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Datalogics announces PDF processing products

Datalogics, Inc., a source for Adobe PDF and enterprise document management technologies, announced the release of Datalogics Cloud, a suite of cloud-based PDF processing products, which includes a free app on Zapier and a robust API on Amazon Web Services. The company previously offered their PDF processing products through command-line applications and Software Development Kits. The expansion to the cloud provides Datalogics users with the same enterprise-grade document management processing capabilities to create, edit and convert PDFs. The Datalogics Cloud suite includes two offerings: Datalogics PDF Utility, a free app on Zapier and Datalogics PDF Utility API, a pay-as-you-go option for spinning up your own EC2 server that powers a RESTful API via Amazon Web Services (AWS). Datalogics, Inc. specializes in offering enterprise PDF and digital document management technologies to facilitate efficient workflows and address user needs across a wide range of industries. adds emotion analysis to natural language API announced advanced features enhancing analysis capabilities through its cloud-based natural language (NL) API. The new extension addresses one of the biggest challenges artificial intelligence developers face in the NL ecosystem – extracting emotions in large-scale texts and identifying stylometric data driving a complete fingerprint of content.

The NL API captures a range of 117 different traits, providing a rich emotional and behavioral taxonomy. Emotional Traits are categorized into 8 different groups (anger, fear, disgust, sadness, happiness, joy, nostalgia, shame…). Behavioral Traits are divided into 7 groups (sociality, action, openness, consciousness, ethics, indulgence and capability) and the API assigns 3 levels of polarity (low, fair, high) to further indicate the level of each trait extracted.

The emotions and traits extension can be useful to make media content categorization more effective by capturing new needs or advancing analytics by providing more detailed forecasting and enabling more effective recommendation tailoring for e-commerce. The NL API writeprint extension performs a deep linguistic style analysis (or stylometric analysis) ranging from document readability and vocabulary richness to verb types and tenses, registers, sentence structure and grammar. Compare multiple documents to identify unique writing style and author invariants to streamline authorship analysis, establish the author of a specific text or isolate characteristics such as education level.

OmniIndex now in Oracle Cloud Marketplace

OmniIndex, a file analysis provider bringing analytics to unstructured data, announced that its solution is now available in the Oracle Cloud Marketplace, offering added value to Oracle Cloud customers.  This announcement confirms OmniIndex availability as a Software-as-a-Service via Oracle Cloud as well as being an Oracle for Startups member.

OmniIndex addresses all areas of unstructured data analytics: AI Contextual Awareness, AI Sentiment Analysis, Automatic Content Analysis and PII Alerting. It is a simple to implement SaaS solution with a powerful AI engine.

The Oracle Cloud Marketplace is a one-stop shop for Oracle customers seeking business applications and service providers offering unique business solutions, including those that extend Oracle Cloud Applications. Oracle Cloud  delivers enterprise-grade services at every level of the cloud technology stack including software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS). The Oracle Cloud Marketplace offers an intuitive user interface to browse and search for available applications and services, as well as user ratings and reviews to help customers determine the best business solutions for their organization. With its new automated application installation features, customers can easily deploy provider business applications from a centralized cloud interface.

Cisco Webex and Box deepen integration

Cisco Webex and Box, Inc. announced new and deepened integrations between the two technology platforms to make it easier for customers to work securely and effectively in the cloud. Building on the integrated experience of Box and Webex, the two companies are introducing a new integration which will enable users to connect a Box folder of their choice within Webex messaging, and any content shared in the space will be securely added to the same Box folder. Additionally, users will be able to access Webex as a Recommended App within Box and view Webex App Activity in Box Preview.

  • Link Box folders to a Webex space — With Box as the default content layer for Webex users, teams can easily collaborate on content directly within Webex. In addition, Box’s security and compliance is applied to all Box content, even when it is surfaced in Webex and other third-party apps.
  • Webex as a Recommended App with Box — This new integration allows users to start or schedule a Webex meeting and share content within a Webex space without leaving Box.
  • Webex App Activity in Box Preview — Box App Activity delivers users a unified view of what’s happening in their files across all of their apps in Box Preview.

Pegasystems new low-Code capabilities

Pegasystems Inc. announced new low-code capabilities in Pega Platform that enable both professional and citizen developers to design modern user interfaces (UI) for their apps. By combining enhanced front-end design features with its back-end processing abilities, Pega helps any enterprise user to create more complete digital experiences from a single low-code platform.

The new Pega Platform capabilities combine Pega’s app authoring capabilities with out-of-the-box UX best practices to deliver a complete low-code app design and development solution. With a new UI architecture, enhanced design capabilities, and open APIs, users can both configure and design their app in the same easy-to-use low-code platform. In addition, built-in industry standards help enable front-end developers to readily integrate new UXs into their existing front ends. The new capabilities provide benefits for both businesspeople and professional developers looking to build applications, including: faster and more productive app interfaces, easier-to-use low-code design capabilities, and context-aware APIs that dynamically update as processes change.

The new Pega Platform design and development features will be available by the end of this quarter (Q2 2021) as part of the Pega Infinity 8.6 product release, which was also announced.

Twitter is acquiring Scroll

From the Twitter blog…

We’re excited to announce that Twitter is acquiring Scroll. Scroll has built a way to read articles without the ads, pop-ups, and other clutter that get in the way, cleaning up the reading experience and giving people what they want: just the content. Meanwhile, publishers who work with Scroll can bring in more revenue than they would from traditional ads on a page. It’s a better Internet for readers and for writers.

This is an opportunity for us to introduce this model to publishers on our service and make reading the news better for everyone involved. Looking ahead, Scroll will become a meaningful addition to our subscriptions work as we build and shape a future subscription service on Twitter.

We want to reimagine what they’ve built to deliver a seamless reading experience to our hyper-engaged audiences and allow publishers to deliver cleaner content that can make them more money than today’s business models. To do this, we plan to include Scroll as part of an upcoming subscription offering we’re currently exploring. As a Twitter subscriber, picture getting access to premium features where you can easily read articles from your favorite news outlet or a writer’s newsletter from Revue, with a portion of your subscription going to the publishers and writers creating the content.

Scroll will temporarily pause new sign-ups. Following the acquisition, we’ll be working to include their product into our subscription plans and prepare to grow Scroll’s publisher network. We’ll keep supporting the existing community of customers and publishers on Scroll, and new publishers interested in joining Scroll can sign up on their website for the latest updates. ▪︎

Pantheon launches Autopilot to automate website management

Pantheon, a website operations (WebOps) platform for developers and marketers, announced Pantheon Autopilot released for Limited Availability. Autopilot keeps sites up-to-date by automatically detecting, performing, testing, and deploying updates for WordPress and Drupal CMS solutions in a single, fast workspace environment. It allows organizations to easily visualize and manage sites, users, traffic, and metrics, to keep website management smooth, scalable, and built to craft digital experiences.

The Pantheon WebOps Platform brings value to organizations by utilizing open source CMS to deliver on digital experiences with confidence. Introducing collaborative agile workflows enables digital marketing teams to rapidly build, test, and deploy unique web experiences. Autopilot will automatically detect when new updates across a large portfolio of sites are available and perform the updates in an isolated multidev environment, testing the updates with automated visual regression testing (VRT) and optionally deploying the updates. Since each site has its own unique critical dependencies, Autopilot will maintain these all while keeping a site secure and performing efficiently. Currently in limited availability for Gold, Platinum, and Diamond accounts. General availability to Gold, Platinum and Diamond account customers and agencies in Q3.

Access Innovations launches Data Harmony Crescendo

Access Innovations, Inc. announced the launch of Data Harmony Crescendo, the cloud deployment of Data Harmony. Crescendo is a Platform as a Service (PaaS), available alongside the company’s Software as a Service (SaaS).

Data Harmony Crescendo helps clients index and process increasingly large amounts of data and deploy scalable, responsive, and self-managing services. This is achieved through centralized GIT driven project storage and version control, Docker containers for deployment and project loading, and Kubernetes clusters that are scalable and self-managing clusters capable of mostly administrating themselves. This allows for project development to be more agile: thesaurus features can be developed in sprints, development versions of the thesaurus can be deployed for testing before deployment, thesauri can be versioned and branched for different portions of the application, and project management is simplified at all levels. Docker containers allow for instant deployment and Kubernetes improves reliability, continuously monitors and manages containers, scales applications to handle changes in load, provides better use of infrastructure resources and helps reduce infrastructure requirements via autoscaling.

Crescendo forms a foundation for the infrastructure supporting semantics as a service. Access Innovations Labs helps clients and partners implementing semantic solutions, and takes on cutting edge projects to forward implementation of thesauri, taxonomies, and ontologies, supporting better search, discovery, and retrieval of information.

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