My favorite part of any do-it-yourself show is the demolition. "Get all your aggression out," the bubbly host proclaims just before the token newlywed fumbles with the sledgehammer. I'm not alone because every one of these shows dedicates a segment to displaying a plume of dust. After all, you can't appreciate the shiny new kitchen if you don't show the studs and decaying wallpaper first. Why don't we extend the same logic to the new content we create on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis?
Posted Sep 16, 2014
Amazon announced KDP Kids, designed to help children's book authors prepare, publish, and promote both illustrated and chapter books in Kindle Stores worldwide. Children's book authors can use the new Kindle Kids' Book Creator tool to create illustrated children's books that take advantage of Kindle features like text pop-ups. Once the book is ready, authors can upload it to KDP, and use KDP's category, age and grade range filters to help millions of Amazon customers choose the right books for their kids.
Posted Sep 04, 2014
Although there is some debate about just how many freelancers there are in the U.S., everyone agrees that the number is rising. Writers, graphic designers, photographers, videographers, and other professionals are choosing to work for themselves even as the demand for creative content increases. Meanwhile, brands, non-profits, and small businesses need content for online platforms and other communication channels. The "freelance economy" is creating a new problem: How do organizations that need content find the professionals to create it?
Posted Aug 20, 2014
ProQuest Flow, a cloud-based research management solution, has released an add-on to operate with Google Docs. The add-on expands the collaborative writing capabilities of Google Docs by integrating the document management tools of Flow during the authoring phase of research. Researchers can find, share, and annotate documents in the cloud, then author as a team in a common virtual workspace, supported by automated citations and bibliographies. The free add-on is available in the Google Add-on Store.
Posted Aug 19, 2014
Business today is all about collaboration and technology has been the great enabler. Why? Because a fundamental requirement of collaboration is communication. John Mancini, president of AIIM, the global community of information management professionals, explains.
Posted Aug 18, 2014
In the creation of content, storytelling is a valuable and necessary skill. For those who consume content, a good story makes consuming the content that much easier. It is often assumed that simply having good content or having a good idea will translate into good stories, though this is often far from the truth. Indeed, the ability to tell a good story can be an extremely useful tool.
Posted Aug 11, 2014
Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. announced the general availability of the Lionbridge onDemand API. The onDemand API is the first translation API that provides support for a broad range of translation options, cost levels and content types. This enables technology platforms to write to a single API, rather than managing separate integrations and custom development with numerous providers.
Posted Jul 22, 2014
Following the success of its pilot Accelerator last year, Dogfish announced the launch of the second cycle of Dogfish Accelerator, a comprehensive development financing program that offers funding, mentorship, and partnership opportunities. The program will provide $10,000 to each candidate or team to establish initial financing and will offer business development and networking support over a nine-week period, from September 22 to November 19, 2014, at the company's headquarters in New York City.
Posted Jul 21, 2014
Amazon Web Services, Inc. announced several new capabilities to make it easier for developers to build, deploy, and scale mobile applications. Amazon Cognito is a new service that provides simple user identity and data synchronization that lets developers create apps that authenticate users through popular public login providers, and then keep app data such as user preferences and game state synced between devices. The new Amazon Mobile Analytics service allows developers to easily collect and analyze app usage data, up to billions of events per day from millions of users, and delivers usage reports.
Posted Jul 10, 2014
In a blog post on its site, Cisco announced that it bought Assemblage "to help us capture the ongoing market transitions of mobility, cloud and the Internet of Everything (IoE)." Assemblage provides real-time collaboration apps.
Posted Jul 01, 2014
Aptara announced it has expanded its offerings to provide end-to-end solutions for information providers and all businesses involved in content production. Aptara says its solutions and services will enable its customers to find new ways to monetize their content assets, measurably improve performance, and increase revenues across their entire operation.
Posted Jun 26, 2014
Great content creation does not have to start with being a great writer. Let's take me for instance: I am a husband and father in my mid-30's with little time on my hands for anything outside of family, church, and work. Literally, that's about all I can handle. But you are asking yourself, how did you become such a damn good writer? (Thank you by the way). And how do you make time for it in your tremendously busy schedule? Well friends, here is my secret: I study copywriting.
Posted Jun 26, 2014
Cenveo Publisher Services, a digital and print services company, announced the release of its latest editorial and production solution. Cenveo Publisher Suite, featuring Smart Edit, Smart Compose, and Smart Proof, is a cloud-based ecosystem of tools that facilitate the creation, development, structure, and delivery of content.
Posted May 29, 2014
What child hasn't become immersed in a picture book, fervently wishing the characters could come to life? In the past, a child sitting on the floor with a book, talking to the characters and imagining that they had come to life might have been considered fanciful, but the connection with imaginary characters is a rite of childhood. It's a fantasy that has been conveyed through movies such as 1994's The Pagemaster, starring Macaulay Culkin. Today, thanks to HTML5, these fantasies have become reality, literally making it possible for the characters and scenes in books-ranging from children's stories to business tomes and textbooks-to emerge from the "page" and spring to life in full color, image, movement, and sound.
Posted May 19, 2014
Splice Machine, provider of the only Hadoop RDBMS, announced that its real-time relational database management system is now available as a public beta. The Splice Machine database enables companies to replace traditional RDBMS systems. A full-featured, transactional SQL database on Hadoop, Splice Machine moves Hadoop beyond its batch analytics heritage to power operational applications and real-time analytics.
Posted May 13, 2014
As a thought leader in the content industry, I'm provided with many opportunities to wax poetic on the virtues of starting a content project with a strategy. From conferences, to webinars, to columns in magazines such as this one, I've spent the past decade evangelizing the methods, standards, and tools required to help organizations efficiently and effectively deliver the right content to the right audience, anywhere, anytime, on any device.
Posted May 13, 2014
Altova announced the upcoming release of Altova MobileTogether, a cross-platform mobile solution that enables companies to put relevant data at the fingertips of their employees, wherever they are. Using MobileTogether, companies design custom enterprise mobile solutions that are accessible on any mobile device, with native support for Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8, and Windows 8 smartphones and tablets, as well as any other device via a browser-based client.
Posted May 12, 2014
Throwback Thursday (aka #TBT) is not just a day of the week for the US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). Tasked with preserving historical and government documents for the United States of America and making that data more accessible to the general public, NARA has one of the largest curation jobs in the country. The National Archives has a treasure trove of images, movies, audio, and text cataloging the history of the USA. In 2009 NARA launched a YouTube channel and a Flickr account where you can watch the moon landing or see construction pictures of the US Capitol. If you want a more up-to-date place to hear about our history you can also check out their Instagram account. Sharing this country's history has started countless conversations around the content.
Posted Apr 17, 2014
Change is a part of life--people are dynamic by nature. We evolve, for better or worse. The very idea of change often serves as the barometer for how far we've strayed from that high school self we remember, but no longer clearly identify with. No matter how far we stray from that bygone persona, we rarely leave behind many of the natural tendencies that define who we are. The pink hair you sported for your Sweet 16 has given way to a carefully manicured pixie cut, but your laugh hasn't changed. The Camaro IROC-Z may be long gone, but you still reach for your favorite leather jacket. No matter how much we distance or embrace our past, the natural character that defines us rarely departs.
Posted Apr 15, 2014
Ceros Inc., an interactive content creation platform, announced it has secured $6.2 million in B round venture capital investment. The investment, made by Sigma Prime Ventures, Starvest Partners and Ceros' A round investors, Greycroft Partners, enables the company to accelerate development of its technology and rapidly expand its sales and marketing activity.
Posted Apr 08, 2014
ProofHQ, the leading provider of cloud-based content review and approval software, has released Automated Workflow, a feature which provides marketing project managers with a simple way to automate the time-consuming, manual tasks required to complete their projects. Independent studies show that using ProofHQ cuts project delivery time by 56%, and the number of revisions by 29%.
Posted Apr 07, 2014
Acrolinx and MadCap Software announced that the companies have partnered to integrate their software. The combination helps writers not only create technical content, such as manuals, knowledge bases, and online help systems, but also optimize it for consistency, grammar, terminology, and tone of voice.
Posted Mar 27, 2014
Adobe and SAP announced a global reseller agreement targeted at digital marketing for enterprise customers. SAP will resell Adobe Marketing Cloud with the SAP HANA Platform and the hybris Commerce Suite. Additional partnership were announced with Epsilon, Deloitte, and Wunderman. Adobe also announced enhancements to its Adobe Marketing Cloud and Adobe Experience Manager.
Posted Mar 25, 2014
Digital Rapids, a provider of media transformation and workflow solutions for bringing video to wider audiences, and Cinnafilm, Inc., a provider of file-based image processing technology, announced that Cinnafilm's Tachyon standards conversion solution has now been integrated with the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager 2 automated media transformation software and its underlying Kayak workflow platform.
Posted Mar 25, 2014
In February Scott Abel and Rahel Bailie released a book they co-edited, The Language of Content Strategy. Bringing together 52 content experts to define the important terms that content strategists often toss around -- such as content quality assurance, content flow, and transclusion -- and why they are important, Abel and Bailie created a much-needed guide for the industry. As a relative newbie to the field of content strategy this book was a great resource, but this will be valuable to industry veterans as well. Perhaps even more interesting is the story behind the book.
Posted Mar 21, 2014