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Managing Editor Inc. (MEI), an Adobe development partner and a provider of software solutions for the publishing industry, announced that it is ready to install and support integration between the vjoon K4 Cross-Media Publishing Platform and Adobe's recently announced Digital Publishing Platform.K4 works for users running Adobe CS3, CS4 or CS5.

Posted Jun 29, 2010

The annual Semantics Technology conference (SemTech 2010) is taking place in San Francisco this week, and if the first day of the sessions in the Publishing Track proved anything, it's that semantics for the content industry is poised to explode - if it can just get out of its own way.With attendance up 30% over last year, the 1200 attendees are a testament to the fact that interest in semantics continues to swell, even in, or perhaps because of, a sluggish economy. But the day's sessions zigzagged between the types of technical three-letter-acronym laden presentations by semantic technology vendors that tend to scare off the very buyers who could benefit most from their solutions, and inspiring examples of real world semantic implementation that media and publishing executives could easily extrapolate to address their own specific business challenges.

Posted Jun 28, 2010

Quark lifted the curtain on its new publishing strategy, called Digital Publishing 2.0. The initiative includes new versions of QuarkXPress, Quark Publishing System, and Quark XML Author, aimed at enabling users to create interactive content from color touchscreen devices without any knowledge of programming languages.

Posted Jun 22, 2010

In an increasingly paperless world, does the publishing industry stand a chance? Absolutely. The semantic evolution of web publishing could cut costs, save time, and increase ad revenue.

Posted Jun 17, 2010

Social media company Demand Media unveiled the beta release of its Talent & Expert Network. The network represents a new angle for Demand Media, which seeks to add new personalities to the company's content creation mission.

Posted Jun 10, 2010

Ingram's Lightning Source Inc. announced an expansion of its work with PediaPress, an organization that provides users with tools to create customized books from wiki content. According to the agreement, Lightning Source will support the PediaPress Create a Book custom book feature on the English language Wikipedia site with book manufacturing and distribution.

Posted Jun 10, 2010

Cabinet NG (CNG), a provider of document management and workflow software, announced the availability of the latest version of CNG-WEB, a module that provides a secure web-browser interface to CNG-SAFE. Version 6.2 of CNG-WEb gives users access to workflow and several other new capabilities to the browser based experience.

Posted Jun 03, 2010

Cross-platform publishing company WoodWing Software announced the release of Content Station 7.1. The new version introduces iPad compatibility, support for the Digital Magazine Tools for iPad, and the ability of third-party developers to create plug-ins for Content Station, among other updates.

Posted Jun 01, 2010

Publish2 released a new news distribution platform designed to disrupt the Associated Press' control over the distribution of content to newspapers. Publish2 News Exchange provides both free content from the web and content from any paid source.

Posted Jun 01, 2010

Ebooks have moved out of the niches and into the mainstream, and this panel demonstrated how players of all types are examining the opportunities they present. Not surprisingly, one of the primary concerns forum expressed is confusion given the number of devices and competing standards on the market It is time to rebuild the ebook infrastructure from the ground up.

Posted May 31, 2010

Atypon revealed Literatum 10.1, a new release of the company's professional and scholarly publishing platform. Literatum 10.1 allows users to include user-generated content, such as discussions and polls, into their publications, as well as grouping content by subject.

Posted May 25, 2010

Online retail and ebook giant announced several new features for Kindle for PC, the PC-based application that supplements its portable Kindle e-reader. Kindle for PC now enables customers to edit notes and marks, take advantage of full-screen reading mode, change the background color, and control the brightness of the screen.

Posted May 20, 2010

Yahoo announced the purchase of Associated Content, a website that commissions freelance writers and video producers to create a variety of content on different topics. The site was founded in 2005 to serve as an open content economy and database. The site has more than 350,000 contributors.

Posted May 20, 2010

VitalSource Technologies Inc., an Ingram Content Group company, announced an "accessibility release" for its VitalSource Bookshelf etextbook platform. The new version of VitalSource Bookshelf includes the new DTD (Document Type Definition) v3.4 and VitalSource's "MathSpeak" program which adds rich English-language articulation to MathML tags.

Posted May 18, 2010

Alchemy Software Development Limited announced the release of Alchemy PUBLISHER 3.0, the newest generation of the company's visual localization technology. The company claims that the new translation memory technology can save companies up to 60% of their translation costs by ensuring that a single sentence never needs to be translated more than once.

Posted May 18, 2010

Linguistic and cultural issues impact the success of businesses seeking to expand throughout the increasingly global marketplace, as well as successes closer to home—given the fact that many countries are populated by those speaking different languages. Previously, only companies of a certain size looked beyond their borders. Today, every business is in competition with every other business across the planet.

Posted May 10, 2010

Altova's conversion and data mapping tool, Altova MapForce, is now integrated with Quark Dynamic Publishing Solution. The company also rolled out Version 2010 Release 3 (v2010r3) of the Altova MissionKit, an integrated suite of XML, database, and UML tools.

Posted May 06, 2010

Managing Editor Inc. (MEI), an Adobe premier development partner, lifted the curtain on the latest edition of the vjoon K4 Cross-Media Publishing Platform. K4 6.2 is a product of German developer vjoon, and is fully compatible with Adobe Creative Suite 5.

Posted May 06, 2010

Author-it Software Corporation (ASC) is launching Author-it Assist, a program that enables organizations to create and personalize their own user assistance for any third-party software application. Rather than sifting through pages of developer-created material, Author-it customers can create their own customized user help guides.

Posted May 06, 2010

Digital publishing vendor YUDU Media announced that it has launched a cross-platform self-publishing solution that enables users to create their own digital publications that are viewable on the web, iPad, and iPhone via custom-built branded apps. The company also announced that the availability of self-publishing applications for all other major ereaders and mobile devices will follow in the coming months.

Posted May 04, 2010

OnCopyright 2010, a 1-day event held at the Union League Club in New York City and sponsored by the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), tackled the issue of copyright from four vantage points: art, society, technology, and law. The 19 experts from these four sectors provided insights into the changing parameters of remixing, mashups, collaboration, and disruptive technology.

Posted Apr 23, 2010

Springer Science+Business Media expanded its service on, a free analytical online tool for discerning trends, patterns and subject experts within scientific research. AuthorMapper offers searchable content from all Springer and BioMed Central journals, and now offers ebook data.

Posted Apr 20, 2010

study by the Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) shed some light on the issue of speed versus accuracy in online journalism and the secrets to profitability.

Posted Apr 19, 2010

Japanese software vendor JustSystems released version 6.0 of XMetaL XMAX, an embeddable ActiveX component, and XMetaL Developer, an XML configuration tool. The 6.0 releases will broaden support for for a wider variety of customized XML formats.

Posted Apr 15, 2010

Although evidence continues to suggest that students and consumers in general are not yet ready (if they ever will be) to entirely give up print as an information source, e-readers, e-technology, and etextbooks are becoming increasingly common. As consumers become more familiar with the options that technology provides in terms of lower cost, personalized access to information, and accessibility anytime, anywhere, the impact on the textbook market is unavoidable.

Posted Apr 14, 2010