Traction Software, Inc., a provider of enterprise Weblog software, has announced Traction TeamPage Release 3.0. New features include: internationalization, enterprise authentication, a new extensible framework for user interface customization and branding, enterprise search engine compatibility, and enhanced support for standards. The new release of Traction's Instant Publisher Client adds round-trip WYSIWYG editing as well as integrated one-click publishing from Microsoft's Internet Explorer using a.NET architecture. Features of Traction 3.0 are designed to tailor it for commercial and government users.
With 3.0, Traction adds; Unicode project names, user names, labels, and file names; localization that can be performed by Traction, its partners, or customers using Sun Microsystems Java standard resource packaging; Japanese language localization provided by Traction partner Applied Knowledge Systems, Inc.; Western and non-Western language word boundary segmentation using Java's internationalization capabilities. Traction 3.0 introduces a plug-in authentication mechanism that allows external administration of user account names, passwords, and role-based permissions. Traction provides executable and Java language source code for LDAP and Active Directory plug-ins, as well as a run-time extensible interface that can be used to interface with micropayment and single sign-on solutions. Traction provides five skins with the product, including one that is optimized for Palm OS, Microsoft PocketPC, or Blackberry handheld devices.
Traction 3.0 articles, comments, and file attachments can be completely or selectively exposed to spidering by search and data mining engines such as Verity Ultraseek, Google, Tacit Knowledge Systems, and Autonomy. Each Traction article is independently indexed. Traction supports RSS 2.0 for content syndication, as well as Blogger and MetaWeblog XML-RPC API's for publishing and editing of Traction content using blogging and RSS aggregator programs such as NewsGator, NewsMonster, and NetNewsWire. Traction allows readers to create a custom RSS feed from combinations of projects, topic labels, authors, and search expressions. Traction 3.0 supports password-protected RSS feed for aggregators that support Basic http: (realm) protection.
Traction supports SOAP bindings (in addition to email and http interfaces) that permit external applications to post automatically generated messages to the Traction server. Traction's wrapper kit can be used to create SOAP wrappers for Journal databases, relationships, or other functions exposed as part of Traction's Java Software Developers Kit (SDK). The wrapper kit and SDK are provided to Traction customers without additional charge. A preview edition of Traction 3.0 is immediately available, with delivery of a final edition in December 2003. Traction TeamPage 3.0 workgroup pricing starts at $4,995 per server. A personal edition, Traction Communicator, sells for $249. Traction 3.0 is free to all Traction Customers entitled to receive software updates.