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Adobe introduces V4

Adobe introduced the all-new V4, a creative collaboration platform that streamlines and simplifies workflows across content creation and production. V4 is designed to meet the complex needs of creative teams delivering personalized content by centralizing feedback, helping to reduce rounds of revisions and accelerating the delivery of media assets. The next generation of will begin to roll out today in beta for Free and Pro customers, and is planned to launch later this year for Team and Enterprise customers. 

With all-new workflow management capabilities, anchored by a dynamic metadata framework and smart folder system called Collections, V4 introduces a cloud-based platform that is customizable and flexible enough to facilitate any creative workflow. File transfer, media asset review and approval, sharing, and presentations have undergone a complete transformation in V4, offering users a platform for their most demanding creative projects. is integrated with Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects and will be available in Adobe Photoshop for Creative Cloud Enterprise customers beginning in May, with support for more Creative Cloud tools, customer segments, and integration with Workfront coming later this year.

TransPerfect acquires TheSpeech

TransPerfect, a provider of language and AI solutions for global business, today announced that it has acquired TheSpeech, a remote simultaneous interpretation platform for multilingual events. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

TheSpeech’s self-service platform enables customers to have their live events interpreted from multiple source languages to multiple target languages and broadcast live to any size audience, anywhere around the world. Key features of TheSpeech include:

  • Support for live, online, and hybrid events
  • 150+ languages
  • Closed captions for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers
  • Support for nearly all platforms and configurations
  • Data collection and statistics for meeting organizers to be informed on engagement while being GDPR compliant
  • No hardware rental required and nothing to physically install

TheSpeech will continue to be led by CEO Peter Cselenyi, who will join TransPerfect’s management team. Cselenyi has served as CEO since founding the company in 2015 with partners Peter Vincze and Virag Vinceffy. TransPerfect was advised on the transaction by DLA Piper Hungary. TheSpeech was advised by Andersen Legal Hungary.


Quark announces QPP NextGen v3.3

Quark Software, a global provider of content automation, intelligence and design software, today announced the newest release of Quark Publishing Platform (QPP) NextGen, its cloud-based content automation platform that simplifies the complexities associated with the entire enterprise content lifecycle management process, from creation to consumption, in a fully integrated CCMS.

QPP NextGen v3.3 includes new content workflow visualization capabilities that help content teams understand the impact of change across content workflows. Additionally, newly available self-service Microsoft Excel data integration options for content authors reduces IT dependency and helps eliminate errors when creating data-rich documentation.

With QPP NextGen v3.3, Quark has infused more features within Quarky AI – the company’s enterprise AI copilot that works with customer’s own AI services and LLMs. It delivers real-time visibility to address inefficiencies, ensure compliance when working with sensitive information, and offers fast access to Microsoft Excel data for content authors to analyze and organize large amounts of componentized, reusable content quickly and efficiently.

New features and benefits available in the latest v3.3 release of QPP NextGen include:

  • Visualization Workflows
  • Access to Microsoft Excel Data
  • Improved Security Posture
  • Improved Search and Discovery of Content
  • Prioritize Content Attributes

MadCap Software acquires Xyleme to expand suite of intelligent content management products 

MadCap Software, Inc., announced the acquisition of Xyleme, Inc. With the addition of Xyleme to their product portfolio, organizations will have a single source of enterprise-class solutions for their content needs—from delivering product and user documentation to onboarding customers and their workforce.  

MadCap Software solutions allow for creating, managing and publishing modern technical documentation, such as support and Help portals, knowledge bases, instructional and procedure manuals, from a single source for any format, including online, mobile and print. MadCap, customers rely on the cloud-based MadCap Central content management platform, MadCap IXIA CCMS component content management system, and MadCap Flare technical authoring software for how corporate documentation is delivered.

Xyleme offers an intelligent learning content management system (LCMS) to control and manage an enterprise’s mission-critical content. Xyleme’s platform supports the development, management, multi-format publishing, and syndication of content for complex use cases, such as employee or customer onboarding, skills development, product and skills certification, customer training, and channel and partner enablement. Because Xyleme’s platform deliver content to all applications within the learning ecosystem—learning management system (LMS), learning experience platform (LXP), adaptive learning, mobile app, etc, it serves as a single source of truth for content and critical data.

Digimarc offers free digital watermark embedding and detection tools to device and chip manufacturers and content creation platforms

Digimarc announced they are now offering device manufacturers, chip manufacturers, and content creation platforms free access to its Secure, Automated, Fair, and Efficient (SAFE) digital watermark embedding and detection tools for digital assets, to protect digital content owners and consumers.

In addition to gaining compliance with upcoming global regulations, device manufacturers (camera, smartphone, tablet, laptop, and more) and content platforms can now offer content creators native (on-device or in-platform) tools to bind authenticity and ownership information to digital assets by embedding digital watermarks before assets are published, while also protecting manifests based on the Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA) standard. These manifests are often stripped from content when uploaded to content libraries, websites, or published on social media.

Last month, Digimarc introduced an open-source web browser extension to validate and display digital asset manifests based on the C2PA standard. The new Content Credentials Chrome extension allows content consumers to check images for C2PA manifests – adding a Content Credentials pin (“CR”) to the image if a manifest is present. The web browser extension is now available in the Chrome Web Store.

Figma and Adobe abandoning proposed merger

From the Figma blog…

Figma and Adobe have reached a joint decision to end our pending acquisition. It’s not the outcome we had hoped for, but despite thousands of hours spent with regulators around the world detailing differences between our businesses, our products, and the markets we serve, we no longer see a path toward regulatory approval of the deal.

We entered into this agreement 15 months ago with the goal of accelerating what both Adobe and Figma could do for our respective communities. While we leave that future behind and continue on as an independent company, we are excited to find ways to partner for our users.

Amid the uncertainty of a pending acquisition, I am deeply proud of how the Figma team delivered for our community and feel we have only continued to accelerate our pace over the past 15 months. Our team built and shipped new products to make it easier to ideate, design and build software, including our first native AI features, Dev Mode, Variables, and Advanced Prototyping. We also opened new hubs in the UK and Asia, hosted an epic Config IRL in San Francisco, acquired AI startup Diagram, and added more than 500 new Figmates.

Figma’s founding vision was to “eliminate the gap between imagination and reality.” The shift from a physical economy to a digital economy and huge advances in AI have combined to make this aspiration feel even more urgent and within reach today than it did 11 years ago.

This will be our focus moving forward. We want to make it easy for anyone to design and build digital products on a single multiplayer canvas—from start to finish, idea to production. I’m so excited for what the future holds and beyond grateful to our community for supporting us. Figma’s best, most innovative days are still ahead.

Axel Springer and OpenAI partner to deepen beneficial use of AI in journalism 

From Axel Springer…

Axel Springer and OpenAI have announced a global partnership to strengthen independent journalism in the age of artificial intelligence (AI). The initiative will enrich users’ experience with ChatGPT by adding recent and authoritative content on a wide variety of topics, and explicitly values the publisher’s role in contributing to OpenAI’s products. This marks a significant step in both companies’ commitment to leverage AI for enhancing content experiences and creating new financial opportunities that support a sustainable future for journalism.

With this partnership, ChatGPT users around the world will receive summaries of selected global news content from Axel Springer’s media brands including POLITICO, BUSINESS INSIDER, and European properties BILD and WELT, including otherwise paid content. ChatGPT’s answers to user queries will include attribution and links to the full articles for transparency and further information.

In addition, the partnership supports Axel Springer’s existing AI-driven ventures that build upon OpenAI’s technology. The collaboration also involves the use of quality content from Axel Springer media brands for advancing the training of OpenAI’s sophisticated large language models.

Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer: “We are excited to have shaped this global partnership between Axel Springer and OpenAI – the first of its kind. We want to explore the opportunities of AI empowered journalism – to bring quality, societal relevance and the business model of journalism to the next level.”

Brad Lightcap, COO of OpenAI: “This partnership with Axel Springer will help provide people with new ways to access quality, real-time news content through our AI tools. We are deeply committed to working with publishers and creators around the world and ensuring they benefit from advanced AI technology and new revenue models.”

MadCap Software brings ChatGPT to MadCap Central  

MadCap Software, Inc., a provider of multi-channel content authoring, management and publishing software, announced the newest release of its MadCap Central content management platform featuring AI Assist. 

Available today, MadCap Central with AI Assist is a content management platform to provide integrated ChatGPT functionality optimized for authors and editors of technical content, such as documentation websites, knowledge bases, online Help, policy manuals, and training. With AI Assist, authorized users can now:

  • Make requests to ChatGPT and receive responses directly in MadCap Central.
  • Train ChatGPT on their existing content to receive responses in the company’s voice.
  • Edit and format the ChatGPT responses in the AI Assist interface.
  • Click to insert the text directly into a document on MadCap Central.
  • View the difference between original content and text edited by ChatGPT.
  • Translate content directly in the Content Editor.

Designed for teams and enterprises, the cloud-based MadCap Central platform combines the content authoring capabilities also found in MadCap Flare with functionality for publishing, project management, collaboration, translation, hosting and analytics. Because MadCap Central supports single-source publishing, the same content can be repurposed to deliver modern documentation websites, print brochures, online Help, knowledge bases, support sites, training and development content, and more.

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