The third annual "Following the Trends -Is Your Content Ready" survey found content developers have increased the range of tools they use to deliver technical content, and while they recognize the need to manage digital content across platforms and outputs, they struggle with resource constraints in meeting customer demands. The survey was jointly conducted by Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) and the Center for Information Development Management (CIDM).
Posted Apr 14, 2015
Each year, SAE organizes about 27 international meetings, serving those three sectors related to the mobility industries, Fadik says; from those events, nearly 3,000 technical papers and journal articles are produced. "So that's really kind of where our whole scenario started," she says. "What we needed to do was to publish the documents in a consistent format. Print still is very important to our customers, so we still have to maintain that print product; so when we looked at the challenges we were facing, that led us down this path."
Posted Apr 13, 2015
Creating addictive and engaging, original, digital content is challenging. Hone, a content marketing and native advertising technology company, launched with the aim of meeting that challenge. Hone provides content creators, publishers, and brands the tools to produce interactive visual quizzes, surveys and polls that have social value, while creating a monetization channel. Dozens are creating content through Hone, including Teen Vogue, Shelborne Wyndham Grand, and Nativo.
Posted Apr 07, 2015
eClerx, a specialist Knowledge and Business Process Outsourcing (KPO/BPO) company, announced the acquisition of CLX Europe, a media content creation, and delivery solution company with over 40 years of experience working with retailers, publishers and luxury brands, for a total purchase consideration of up to EUR 25 million.
Posted Apr 02, 2015
HighWire Press, Inc., a technology platform and strategic partner to scholarly publishers and societies, announced the launch of its latest product, Stackly (Stackly.org), a web-based toolset for content collection, organization, storage, and peer-to-peer collaboration. Stackly integrates into publication sites, offering publishers a proactive way to promote content and engage with the research community. Stackly enables readers to build article collections without leaving a publication site.
Posted Apr 02, 2015
Weebly, a service that lets anyone create a website, announced Weebly for Hosts, a solution designed for web hosts and domain registrars that allows them to provide an intuitive site creation service and complete ecommerce platform to their customer base. Weebly for Hosts puts Weebly's site creation service in the hands of hosts and registrars, allowing them to expand their service offerings to attract and retain a broader set of customers looking to establish a presence online.
Posted Mar 24, 2015
BP Logix, a provider of BPM solutions for rapid workflow app development, announced plans to launch Process Director 4.0. This new version of the flagship product brings together advances in governance, development methodology, and goal orientation, giving organizations more control, more capabilities, and a smoother user experience than ever before. Process Director 4.0, in both on-premise and Cloud versions, will be available in the fall.
Posted Mar 19, 2015
MadCap Software, Inca provider of multi-channel content authoring and a showcase company for Microsoft Visual Studio, announced that MadCap Flare 11.0 is now available. Flare, MadCap's flagship software, is a single-source, multi-channel authoring and publishing solution, supporting the ability to publish to a number of devices and formats including print, Web, desktop, and mobile.
Posted Mar 19, 2015
Content Marketing is not about production. High level executives hell bent on production over substance constantly ask, "What else are we doing?" Then they want you to draw up some elaborate content calendar that "says" that you are going to do something every day. This is wrong and should stop.
Posted Mar 19, 2015
Assembla announced the release of Portfolio Perforce Team Edition, a hosted service featuring Perforce's versioning engine integrated with collaboration tools built by Assembla. Portfolio Perforce Team Edition supports up to 50 users, unlimited repos, and unlimited files of any size or type - meant to handle 3D art, audio documents, and large binary files for distributed teams.
Posted Mar 17, 2015
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.,--a provider of knowledge-based services in areas of research, professional development, and education--announced the launch of a six-month pilot program in partnership with Publons.com. The pilot enables peer reviewers for selected Wiley journals to get credit for their peer reviews on Publons.
Posted Mar 17, 2015
Author Rich James wanted to use existing technology to write fiction in a way that he hadn't seen done before-with hyperlinks embedded in the story, directing readers to external sites that enhance the story being told. "From the perspective of an author, I wanted to show that by using new technology interactively/innovatively an author could publish their work and stand out-and continue to stand out-in an overcrowded marketplace," James says.
Posted Mar 16, 2015
Search and content optimization provider, Searchmetrics, has announced a new integration with Adobe Experience Manager, Adobe's digital experience management solution. The integration will help content marketers and authors create web content that reflects the way Google now delivers search results by analyzing the intentions behind searchers' queries. The aim is to help companies create high-performing, data-driven content marketing programs to boost online traffic, conversions, and sales.
Posted Mar 12, 2015
CSG International (NASDAQ: CSGS), a provider of interactive transaction-driven solutions and services, introduced CSG Ascendon-a digital services platform that allows communications service providers (CSPs), content producers, and retailers to launch, scale and monetize new digital services such as movies, music, games, home security and more. By overlaying existing BSS and other technology systems, CSG Ascendon enables providers to launch new digital services without uprooting existing infrastructure.
Posted Mar 03, 2015
Amazon announced that customers can pre-order the first 10 titles discovered through Kindle Scout, Amazon's reader-powered publishing platform. The books, which will be released on March 3, are the first to be published under the digital publishing banner Kindle Press. To date, there have been 21 titles selected for publication by Kindle Press, with more books submitted and selected daily.
Posted Feb 24, 2015
Technical communicators, tools vendors, consultants, and even client organizations and end users all feel the rapid changes coming to content preparation, delivery and consumption. To better understand these changes over time Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL) and The Center for Information-Development Management (CIDM) are now conducting their third annual survey of practitioners, Following the Trends - Is Your Content Ready?, which is open now until March 16, 2015.
Posted Feb 10, 2015
MadCap Software, a provider of multi-channel content authoring tools and a showcase company for Microsoft Visual Studio and Microsoft XPS, announced the acquisition of Doc-To-Help from GrapeCity. Doc-To-Help, which comes from the ComponentOne Division of GrapeCity, is a Microsoft Word-based authoring tool for multi-channel publishing.
Posted Jan 13, 2015
Kentico Software, a web content and customer experience management provider, announced the release of Kentico 8.2, featuring several new collaboration and ecommerce enhancements that make launching and managing digital marketing campaigns faster and easier. With Kentico's new bi-directional SharePoint synchronization feature, all changes made in Kentico will be made automatically on the SharePoint server. Your files are always up to date, and everyone has the latest versions.
Posted Jan 13, 2015
eBooks in Motion released its online platform to produce multilingual, multimedia-enhanced e-publications across multiple devices. The United States Distance Learning Association will be among the first customers, in collaboration with the New York chapter of USDLA.
Posted Jan 08, 2015
Cloudwords, a cloud-based platform accelerating content globalization at scale, announced extended translation automation capabilities for customers using Marketo and Oracle Eloqua. Cloudwords' new dynamic content feature builds upon the company's integrations with leading marketing automation platforms.
Posted Jan 08, 2015
Ignoring content globalization is no longer an option in international business environments, and questions and comments may come up on how to best define, optimize, and execute against a strategy-and how the expected ROIs and growth can be ensured and measured effectively. Generally speaking, creating and developing awareness around global challenges remains crucial to align and change mindsets-which is the foundation of the organizational and process transformation needed to take up these challenges. Once the stage is set, processes can be defined and implemented in line with global business objectives and enabling technology and resources can be identified.
Posted Dec 29, 2014
I've been thinking a lot about attention span lately. Since the advent of Twitter, we've been told that our audience is no longer capable of maintaining interest in what we have to say if it's more than 140 characters long. Then Vine appeared on the scene with 6-second videos, and panic nearly ensued. Meanwhile, though, millions of Americans sat down on their couches to binge watch entire seasons of Orange Is the New Black. Clearly, the public at large is perfectly capable of paying attention when it wants to. So what are we to conclude from this information? The problem isn't your audience's attention span--it's your content.
Posted Dec 17, 2014
I LIKE ORDER. I LIKE PREDICTABILITY AND CONSISTENCY. I like anything neatly, efficiently, and intuitively classified, labeled, stored, and accessed. I like data, metrics, and maps. I like clear connections. I like patterns. I also like to be pleasantly surprised. I like it when helpful information crosses my path right when I need it most. I like when buying is easy. I like to believe in things. I like to trust things. And I especially like falling so hard for a brand that researching loads of other choices in that category becomes completely unnecessary.
Posted Dec 15, 2014
Onix Networking Corp. announced a new product offering called Equidox. It was developed to meet Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and other government Acts around the world. These Acts dictate that government and industry make websites accessible to visually impaired users.
Posted Dec 04, 2014
These words--"It's quite simple. We are using Bayesian probability theory to solve oncology disease states using genetic immunotherapy."--began a recent presentation for a biotech startup. I was instantly confused. Flunking Algebra I and Algebra II had not prepared me for the potent blend of math and science that followed. I'm not a mathematician or scientist, but I do consider myself well-read and intelligent enough to grasp new concepts in a short amount of time. But the combination of new information and unfamiliar descriptions were flying over my head at a steady clip.
Posted Dec 02, 2014