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Kaltura Releases Version 1.0 of Its Open Source Video Module for Drupal

Kaltura, Inc. announced that it has released version 1.0 of its “All in One” video module for Drupal. The Kaltura module handles every aspect of rich-media, allowing Drupal site-builders to customize, configure, and manage rich media functionalities that include uploading, importing, editing, annotating, remixing, and sharing of video, audio, and photo files. Kaltura’s “All in One” video module was developed using the open source Kaltura code. It is specifically tailored for Drupal, and integrates with Drupal’s features and modules, such as CCK, Views, cron, metadata, permissions and taxonomy. The module is currently compatible with Drupal 6 (a Drupal 5 compatible version will be available soon). http://www.kaltura.com

ClearStory Systems Expands on Entry Level SaaS Solutions with New ActiveMedia Editions

ClearStory Systems, Inc. announced new ActiveMedia Software as a Service (SaaS) packages that offer hosted DAM services that cater to a marketing organization’s size. ClearStory will offer three ActiveMedia-based service plans for marketing workgroups, departments, and larger enterprise organizations, starting at $100 per user per month. ActiveMedia Essentials offers basic marketing services for workgroups in small organizations of 5 to 10 users. ActiveMedia Professional supports larger marketing departments of 10 to 20 users and includes full access to ActiveMedia’s standard work flow automation features. ActiveMedia Essentials and ActiveMedia Professional also provide fixed-fee deployment services and application training that ensure successful and rapid deployments. ActiveMedia Enterprise expands upon ActiveMedia Professional by increasing the number of users and storage, typically required by larger enterprise and global marketing organizations, and including options for full text search of document assets and enterprise-class video processing. http://www.clearstorysystems.com

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Microsoft to Make XML Default File Format in Office 12

Microsoft Corp. announced that it is adopting XML technology for the default file formats in the next version of Microsoft Office editions, currently code-named “Office 12.” The new file formats, called Microsoft Office Open XML Formats, will become the defaults for the “Office 12” versions of Microsoft Office Word, Excel and PowerPoint, which are expected to be released in the second half of 2006. The interoperability capabilities of the Microsoft Office Open XML Formats enable Microsoft Office applications to directly access data stored in systems outside those applications, such as server-based line-of-business applications. These third-party applications, in turn, can access data stored in the new Office file formats. Microsoft Office Open XML Formats are fully documented file formats with a royalty-free license. Anyone can integrate them directly into their servers, applications and business processes, without financial consideration to Microsoft. People using Office 2000, Office XP and Office 2003 will be able to open, edit and save files using the new formats, thanks to a free update available as a download from Microsoft that enables those older Office versions to work with the new formats. Documents created with the current binary file formats in Office also will be fully compatible with “Office 12” applications. So workers can save documents to their current formats and exchange those documents with people using “Office 12” — and when they upgrade to “Office 12,” they can continue to use their existing binary documents. Microsoft will provide further technical information about the Microsoft Office Open XML Formats, including draft versions of the schemas, to help ensure that developers and IT professionals can be prepared to take advantage of the formats before product shipment. People interested in the new file formats and the next version of Office can get additional information beginning Monday, June 6 at a preview site, http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview

Gilbane Report & Compliance Consortium Publish Paper on Operational Framework for Managing Enterprise-Wide Compliance

The Gilbane Report and The Compliance Consortium, an international membership organization to promote effective governance, risk and compliance management (GRC), has published its operational approach for managing GRC requirements within the enterprise. Applicable to both public and private companies, the framework is designed to assist senior management and boards of directors in setting objectives for managing a wide range of compliance-related activities and instituting the programs needed to attain those objectives. This initial version is a “public draft” and is intended to invite constructive criticism and ultimately to build a broad consensus within the hundreds of companies that have registered as part of The Compliance Consortium Community over the past year. Interested parties may access the report at: “Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance: An Operational Approach” www.thecomplianceconsortium.org.

Arbortext Partners with Data Conversion Laboratory

Arbortext, Inc. announced a new partnership where Arbortext will offer data conversion services from Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL). Including DCL data conversion services with Arbortext applications gives organizations access to more comprehensive solutions as they build and implement XML-based publishing applications. www.dclab.com, www.arbortext.com

Entrieva & Northern Light Partner

Entrieva, Inc. and Northern Light Group LLC announced the signing of a marketing and technical co-operation agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, the companies will integrate the Northern Light Enterprise Search Engine with Entrieva’s Semio classification engine so that a customer of either would have the option of using the other component seamlessly. The companies further agreed to work on joint sales and marketing opportunities together. www.entrieva.com, www.northernlight.com

Vignette to Acquire Intraspect

Vignette Corp. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately held Intraspect Software, Inc., a provider of enterprise collaboration solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, Vignette will pay $20 million, comprised of $10 million in cash and approximately 4.2 million shares of Vignette stock, for Intraspect. The transaction is subject to approval from the Intraspect stockholders and customary closing conditions. The Intraspect product line includes Java-based collaboration functionality and a complete collaborative applications framework so users can customize the user interface and collaboration services flow. Services provided by the core Intraspect platform include indexing and search, security, communications, data management and subscription notification. In addition to the core Intraspect 5 platform, Intraspect offers several packaged horizontal and vertical solutions that help customers solve more complex collaborative business process needs. As part of Vignette, the Intraspect 5 platform will continue to be sold, supported and enhanced as well as offered in an integrated suite. Vignette also will integrate Intraspect technology with its content management and portal solutions. www.intraspect.com. www.vignette.com

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