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Adobe Systems Incorporated announced the availability of Adobe Acrobat X solutions, including both Acrobat X and a new document exchange service at Acrobat.com. Using new guided Actions, Acrobat X software users can automate routine, multi-step tasks, and share them with coworkers and collaborators, reducing the burden of training. Also added are a series of new layouts, visual themes, and color palettes in PDF Portfolios.

Posted Nov 16, 2010

Atex launched its new Atex Tablet Publishing Solution, which is designed to help media companies generate greater revenue on digital devices such as Apple's iPad and Samsung's Galaxy tablet. Atex's application allows media companies to build tablet apps that support multiple subscription models and also deliver targeted advertising.

Posted Nov 11, 2010

Ephox Corporation released EditLive! 7.5, the latest update in its set of web authoring products. Notable new features in this latest release include faster loading speeds, new commands for editing tables, enhanced API features, and a new option called Select Edit.

Posted Nov 09, 2010

I'm going to let you in on a secret: You're sitting on a gold mine of content that is just lying around hogging up server space. Some of it may even be hidden in physical archives, concealed in printed documents, or stored on microfiche.

Posted Nov 08, 2010

The Gilbane Group, sponsored by Aptara, released a new report, titled "A Blueprint for Book Publishing Transformation: Seven Essential Processes to Re-Invent Publishing." The report explores the book publishing industry and examines how leading publishers are modifying their business to adjust to the realities of a digital and mobile-centric society.

Posted Nov 04, 2010

Sometimes it can be easy to forget just how broad the term "publishers" can be, but attending the MarkLogic Digital Publishing Summit 2010 on October 28 was a great reminder. Publishers come in all shapes and sizes: From book publishers to legal publishers to app builders, publishing is a diverse, if sometimes floundering, industry.

Posted Nov 02, 2010

ADAM Software and Van Gennep - Media Automation Consulting BV announced plans to develop seamless integration of their software systems to meet modern workflow requirements. The companies hope the collaboration will produce an easily deployed platform for digital asset management, business process management, and multi-channel publishing workflows.

Posted Oct 28, 2010

Publishing Technology plc, a provider of software and services to the publishing industry, announced the launch of three new pub2web websites: PierOnline (for Sunmedia), the World Bank eLibrary, and the OECD iLibrary. pub2web provides custom web platforms tailor-made to various business models and content types.

Posted Oct 28, 2010

Gone are the days when you could plan out your marketing and public relations programs well in advance and release them on your agenda. The idea of working on new product launch schedules that target some distant point several quarters into the future doesn't work in today's always-on world of the web. We're living in real time now, and if you're not engaged, then you're on your way to marketplace irrelevance.

Posted Oct 27, 2010

Adobe Systems made several announcements at its annual MAX conference, which is being held from Oct. 23-37 in Los Angeles. Among these were several new components for AIR 2.5, the latest iteration of its Flash platform.

Posted Oct 26, 2010

The volumes of information now at the fingertips of companies and enterprises present unique challenges, not only in terms of understanding but also preservation, indexing, and security. One of the companies helping the enterprise meet these challenges is MarkLogic. The company has apparently had a very productive year so far, with its number of customers now topping 200. And with the 4.2 release of their MarkLogic Server platform on October 19, the company is showing that it hasn't forgotten about the fundamentals.

Posted Oct 18, 2010

For almost as long as there have been books, there have been authors trying to get their manuscripts in front of an acquisitions editor. Today, there are many roads that can lead writers to professional publication. While the destination is often the same, new routes are emerging all the time.

Posted Oct 13, 2010

Project MUSE announced that nine university presses have signed on to participate in its plan to offer ebook collections alongside its ejournal collections. Among these new participants are the Catholic University of America Press, Georgetown University Press, and Syracuse University Press.

Posted Oct 12, 2010

Outsell, Inc. released new research on mobile devices and their effects on the consumer magazine industry. The study involved 400 consumers who own a smartphone or e-reader and 200 consumer advertisers.

Posted Oct 12, 2010

Elsevier has launched Article-Based Publishing, a new publishing model that allows articles to be published as citable without having to wait for the completion of the journal issue that they're set to appear in. The model was created in response to the increased prevalence of online publishing and the need for publishing focused on individual articles rather than traditional print-based issues.

Posted Oct 12, 2010

EPiServer, a provider of platforms that drive online engagement, launched the EPiServer MobileCenter app for iPhone and iPad. The app is a mobile version of EPiServer OnlineCenter and is designed to give interactive marketers, content publishers, and web developers more control over their online properties.

Posted Oct 07, 2010

Attributor announced partnerships with Macmillan and Kensington Publishing Corp. to support the Attributor Protected Badge program. The global campaign is a collaborative industry effort to drive consumer awareness about fair trade and distribution of e-books, along with protection of author royalties.

Posted Oct 07, 2010

Over the course of one frenetic week this summer, two major media companies-the Academy Award-winning art-house film production company Miramax and the venerable 77-year-old weekly news magazine Newsweek were sold off to wealthy investors by their longtime parent companies. Before the dust had settled, the bookselling giant Barnes & Noble (B&N) announced that it too was looking for a prospective buyer.

Posted Oct 06, 2010

The analyst and consulting organization, Outsell's Gilbane Group, has announced the release of its latest study, "Smart Content in the Enterprise: How Next Generation XML Applications Deliver New Value to Multiple Stakeholders." Rather than focus on why companies adopt XML in the first place, this research examines the factors that contribute to broader adoption across an organization.

Posted Oct 05, 2010

Quark announced that Quark Publishing System can now be integrated with Microsoft SharePoint 2010. In uniting the Quark Publishing System with SharePoint, knowledge workers are able to better collaborate within a single system to create, edit, revise, and publish all types of marketing communications.

Posted Oct 05, 2010

Vasont Systems launched Vasont WebLNX, a new web-based product for content contributors. Vasont WebLNX allows content contributors to create, update, and submit XML content for final publishing to the Vasont CMS via a secure website.

Posted Oct 05, 2010

ADAM Software is set to release Creative Suite Connector 2.0, the latest version of its software for accessing ADAM-stored online assets from a Mac or Windows computer. The new version will utilize Adobe Drive 2.0, making Creative Suite Connector 2.0 the first digital asset management (DAM) application to interface fully with Adobe Creative Suite 5.

Posted Oct 05, 2010

Managing Editor, Inc. (MEI) is now offering training, consulting, and design services for publishers looking to create tablet editions of their products. These new MEI services cover all stages of development, from planning to app deployment.

Posted Oct 05, 2010

Barnes & Noble launched PubIt!, a platform that gives independent publishers and authors a means of digitally distributing their works through BN.com and the Barnes & Noble eBookstore. Barnes & Noble reports that, at the platform's launch, the bookseller added thousands of titles by independent authors and publishers who pre-registered for the service since its announcement.

Posted Oct 05, 2010

Given the rise of social media and socially mediated everything-from sales to customer communication-it might seem rather obvious that content consumers want to interact with information and those who produce it. However, as an old school content producer who still produces print publications, I am painfully aware of a "digital divide" that exists between the way we conceive of content for print and the way it wants to be consumed digitally.

Posted Oct 01, 2010

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