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Day: March 11, 2009

Magnolia CMS 4.0 Released

Magnolia International Ltd. announced the immediate availability of Magnolia 4.0. This forth generation of the Java-based content management system introduces production-ready content delivery templates that provide a large set of out-of-the-box functionality. Content delivery is search-engine optimized, follows accessibility guidelines and introduces support for mobile devices. The new Templating Kit allows designers and programmers to quickly and easily build best-practice Web site designs and to control the complete layouting life-cycle. Ready-made XHTML-conformant templates are available for Magnolia 4.0 to create custom Web designs that dynamically adapt  content delivery to various devices, including the iPhone. The standard templates are search engine optimized (SEO) and follow W3C accessibility guidelines. Multiple Web site designs for front- and back-ends can be managed from within Magnolia’s browser-based administration interface. Magnolia 4.0 introduces support for a new templating language called Freemarker in addition to templating in JSP (Java Server Pages). Templating with Freemarker allows to view and edit templates directly in the browser window, have templates under version- and access-control and to backup templates together with the content of a website. The Standard Templating Kit is part of Magnolia’s new Supersonic Template bundle that includes a new form module with newly-added spam protection and server-side field validation. Magnolia CMS 4.0 is available immediately. Magnolia Community Edition can be downloaded for free under an Open Source license. The Standard Templating Kit (STK) is available for download upon registration. Magnolia Enterprise Edition includes the STK, more enterprise functionality as well as support and guarantees – pricing starts at 12,000 USD.

Markzware Releases Publisher-to-InDesign Software for Adobe InDesign CS3 and CS4

Markzware, a developer of data extraction and conversion software and inventor of preflighting, released an upgrade to its conversion tool PUB2ID for InDesign CS3 and CS4. PUB2ID v2 (Microsoft Publisher to Adobe InDesign) is a plug-in that enables users to convert native-application Microsoft Publisher files (MS Publisher versions 2002 through 2007) to Adobe InDesign while preserving the content, as well as the styles and formatting.

Worldware Conference: Localized Software, Localized Tech Content

Although the focus of next week’s Worldware conference in Santa Clara, CA, is on global software strategies, the event is on Gilbane’s calendar because demand for localized product content naturally follows demand for localized software.

A number of the topics on the Worldware agenda resonate with us as relevant across both software development and content development domains within global enterprises:

  • Understanding localization scope and costs
  • Business cases for why localization should remain a strategic focus, especially in uncertain economic times
  • Cross-cultural user experience
  • Web globalization and social media trends
  • Modeling agile software development practices to enable faster-time-to-market for technical content

Gilbane Senior Analyst Karl Kadie will be onsite and would welcome the opportunity to meet with Gilbane readers.

Worldware is produced by Localization Institute and MultiLingual Computing, Inc., Gilbane’s partners in education for language and content management professionals. Collaborative efforts this spring include our participation in Localization World 2009 in Berlin (June 8-10) and a session on community translation at Gilbane San Francisco developed in conjunction with Localization World.

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