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Month: February 2023 (Page 1 of 3)

Contentstack announces Contentstack Launch

Contentstack, a composable digital experience provider, announced its new Contentstack Launch front-end hosting service offering. The new service extends Contentstack’s product suite, providing enterprise companies with a composable, automated, digital experience stack from the front-end to the back-end.

Contentstack Launch is engineered from the ground up to streamline development operations. For customers, it means reducing the friction and wait-states that commonly exist as digital experiences evolve from back-end code to front-end user experiences. Customers can:

  • Connect to Contentstack Marketplace apps and reduce technical debt with pre-built component libraries and workflows
  • Create staging and production environments on Contentstack’s lightning-fast Content Delivery Network (CDN) with just a few clicks and automatically trigger rebuilds
  • Build projects in virtually any common Javascript front-end framework, easily connect to and deploy code directly from a git repository

At the core of operations is the Contentstack CMS, a headless content management product. Contentstack adds to this its Contentstack Marketplace for rapid customization and platform extensibility, through 1-click integrations and its App SDK framework. Integrations and orchestration up and down the stack are made simple with clicks using Contentstack Automation Hub. 

Contentstack Launch is available now to customers in the Contentstack Early Access technology program. General availability is scheduled for May 2023.

Quark releases Quark Publishing Platform NextGen v3.0

Quark Software, a global provider of content automation, intelligence and design software, announced the newest release of Quark Publishing Platform (QPP) NextGen, its content automation platform designed to simplify the complexities associated with enterprise content lifecycle management from creation to consumption. QPP NextGen v3.0 takes self-service further with simplified role-based dashboards and now includes enhanced analytics capabilities to help enterprises understand how published content is being consumed. Additional features foster content team collaboration and productivity with the ability to publish personalized, compliance-controlled content across any digital output fast.

QPP NextGen’s automation capabilities support multiple use cases for to managing large, complex documents. Enterprises can create, manage and store structured, reusable content components with auto-generated XML metadata tags from Microsoft Word, collaborate across roles and departments to streamline reviews/approvals and eliminate duplicate efforts, and publish compliance-controlled content in multiple formats from a single source-of-truth CCMS (component content management system).

New features and benefits available in the newest release of QPP NextGen include: granular section-level analytics & visual intelligence, enriched UI team collaboration and workflow productivity enhancements, interoperability of structured authoring tools, version branching, and self-service content modeling.


Wondershare releases EdrawMind 10.5

Wondershare launched EdrawMind V10.5.0, a collaborative mind mapping and brainstorming tool for project managers, product managers, students, teachers, decision-makers, writers, designers, marketers, and engineers. It also offers a new way for team collaboration, enabling users to innovate solutions collaboratively. EdrawMind V10.5.0 includes:

  • All-New Design: The simplified UI design to make it a familiar, functional, and aesthetically pleasing interface. It has rounded buttons and edges, a drag-and-drop feature, and toolbars and other elements are well placed.
  • New Outline Mode: That improves editing performance, supports custom settings for the background, adjusts the width of the content area, and provides rich, personalized configurations.
  • Personal template library: Allows users to save commonly used template files as personal templates and create files from the template library.
  • Third-party resource library: This V10.5 update accesses third-party resource library, including high-definition pictures from Pexels, massive vector icons from Iconfont, and 700+ emojis from Emoji.

EdrawMind also added functions such as Floating Theme Cascade, Style Follow, Style Reset, View Navigation, and Custom Watermark.

Wondershare EdrawMind is available on Windows, Mac, Linux, Web, Android, and iOS. EdrawMind supports English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese, Traditional Chinese, Korean, and Russian. Pricing starts from US$39 semi-annually.

BetterCommerce adds headless CMS functionality to its commerce stack

BetterCommerce, a company in the headless and composable commerce space, has added headless content management system functionality to its commerce stack in an addition to its already existing modules: PIM, eCommerce, OMS, Analytics, and Engage. The new headless CMS will be an addition to the already existing drag-and-drop page builder which is a part of the eCommerce module.

With BetterCommerce already having PIM and ecommerce modules, CMS has strengthened the stack by making it an end-to-end solution suite and has made the platform more flexible and agile. Integrating CMS to eCommerce sites generally poses a challenge but now, with BetterCommerce having its own CMS has made the commerce stack more powerful complementing the ecommerce platform.

The architecture offers features such as Release and Version Management, Workflow Management, Unlimited fields and grouping of fields via components, Reusable components to create multiple pages, Preview feature on different devices, and easily usable Create/Edit and publish pages being the top ones. The CMS being headless in nature, has enabled content to be created and exposed via APIs to be consumed across any device.

MadCap Software acquires IXIASOFT

MadCap Software, Inc., a provider of multi-channel content authoring backed by global investment firm Battery Ventures, announced the acquisition of IXIASOFT, experts in Darwin Information Type Architecture (DITA) component content management system (CCMS) software. Together, MadCap Software and IXIASOFT will deliver solutions across the enterprise for creating, translating and delivering consistent, up-to-date content tailored for different users’ roles.

MadCap Software has been a key player in the evolution of solutions for authoring modern documentation portals, employee training materials, user guides, and more, all from a single source for any format, including online, mobile and print.

IXIASOFT provides solutions for creating structured content critical for ensuring accurate use and safety, such as product guides and operations manuals for healthcare systems, manufacturing equipment, hardware and software, among others. IXIASOFT has been streamlining the production of DITA-compliant technical documentation since DITA was created. IXIASOFT’s enterprise CCMS has attracted an broad customer base using their on-premise and cloud-based offerings.

IXIASOFT is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of MadCap Software. In addition to its headquarters in Montreal, IXIASOFT has operations in France, Germany and Japan, which will further extend MadCap Software’s global presence.


Gilbane Advisor 2-22-23 — ChatGPT, semantic grammar, hashtags

This week we feature articles by Stephen Wolfram, and Mark Wyner.

Additional reading from Steve Nouri, James Vincent, and Steve Nadis.

News comes from TerminusDB, Acquia, PayloadCMS, and Stilo.

Note that news items now link to the original source of the news rather than our 200 word summaries, which are always available here.

All previous issues are available at

Opinion / Analysis

What is ChatGPT doing … and why does it work?

Last week’s featured article by Ted Chiang used a familiar analogy to somewhat demystify why ChatGPT appears to work well while sometimes going off the rails. This week Stephen Wolfram explains what is actually going on under the covers. This is a long (75 min) read, but fascinating, well-written, and guaranteed to make you smarter about large language models in general.

Hashtag accessibility, by everyone for everyone

Every hashtag on every post on every platform should always be pascal case (a.k.a. camel case). There are a number of reasons why this is important, the most notable being that screen readers have a hard time with conjoined words.

Mark Wyner illustrates why this is a no-brainer (4 min).

More Reading

All Gilbane Advisor issues

Content technology news

TerminusDB launches TerminusCMS

The open-source, headless, developer-focused content management system (CMS) is built on an RDF graph database that connects JSON documents into a graph.

Acquia announces new CDP features, pricing tiers, and delivery options

Acquia CDP supports composable customer experience and data strategies through integrations with Acquia DXP and third-party marketing products.

Payload releases CMS version 1.6.0

In addition to optimizing the TypeScript interface of the Local API, the entire API has gotten a significant overhaul.

Stilo management buys out Stilo Corporation

Acquisition transfers all IP, trademarks, and customer contracts and XML software products: OmniMark, Migrate, OptimizeR, and Analyzer.

All content technology news

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TerminusDB launches TerminusCMS

TerminusDB announced the launch of a product called TerminusCMS that connects content, documentation, data, and processes to turn content management from a resource drain into a cross-functional semantic knowledge centre.

TerminusCMS is an open-source, headless, and developer-focused content and knowledge management system. Under the hood is an RDF graph database that connects JSON documents into a graph. It is schema-based and the schema prompts developers to model their knowledge management requirements. By modeling requirements and incorporating operational/transactional data, content, documentation, and media, businesses create an organization-wide knowledge graph. This knowledge graph bridges content and data silos but also includes business logic in the form of graph edges: the relationships between data and content.

Global organizations are complicated environments with huge supply chains, multi-regional teams, and local regulatory compliance needs. Semantic relationships between people, content, and data make the job of obtaining knowledge from day-to-day operations and transactions possible. TerminusCMS has an analytics engine that enables developers to use GraphQL as a proper graph query language. Often hidden transactional and operational data, and once siloed content, is discoverable and useable with TerminusCMS.

Stilo management buys out Stilo Corporation

Stilo Corporation announced that the management team, comprised of Bryan Tipper (CEO) and Jackson Klein (CTO), have acquired 100% of Stilo Corporation’s shares. The acquisition transfers all IP, trademarks, and customer contracts as it relates to Stilo’s suite of software products:

  • OmniMark: A well-established development platform used to build high-performance content processing applications integral to enterprise publishing solutions.
  • Migrate: An automated cloud XML content conversion tool enabling organizations to improve turnaround times, reduce operating costs, and take direct control of their work schedules.
  • OptimizeR: A tool to help automate the deduplication of DITA content, improve content consistency, and help maximize the opportunity for content reuse.
  • Analyzer: An interactive platform that enables users to identify content reuse across multiple source formats, pinpoint potential cost savings, and generate compelling and detailed graphical reports.

With the change in ownership structure, Stilo Corporation will be able to significantly reduce corporate overheads and reinvest these savings into new product development.

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