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Inform Technologies has developed Publisher Services, a suite of solutions designed to allow traditional media companies to serve online visitors in new ways.

Posted Nov 07, 2006

In a recent edition of John Lienhard's The Engines of Our Ingenuity, which I heard in the car on National Public Radio, Lienhard discussed the demotion of Pluto from planet to dwarf planet—brilliantly tying in the naming of the Disney dog. When I went to the University of Houston's site to check the name of the episode ("Poor Old Pluto"), I found that in addition to offering online transcripts of his commentaries on NPR, Lienhard now also provides them as podcasts. I will admit that I got what I needed from the transcript, but I clicked to listen anyhow, to reignite the flame of inspiration.

Posted Oct 31, 2006

By sharing cultural history, the countries of the world can come to a better mutual understanding through the digitization of historical newspapers. That’s the idea behind Apex CoVantage’s creation of the Apex Advisory Board for its Global Newspaper Initiative. The purpose of the advisory board is to bring together experts, literaries, and leaders who share the aspirations for the global newspaper. The first advisory board meeting was held on August 22 in Seoul, Korea, during the IFLA World Library and Information Congress.

Posted Oct 30, 2006

Adobe Systems Incorporated has introduced the public beta of Adobe Digital Editions, a Rich Internet Application (RIA) built from the ground up for digital publishing.

Posted Oct 27, 2006

PTC, a Product Development Company, has announced it has acquired ITEDO Software GmbH and ITEDO Software LLC (collectively, ITEDO), for approximately $17 million in cash.

Posted Oct 20, 2006

Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced the immediate availability of Adobe Contribute 4 software, a new version of its web publishing solution designed for business, education, and government workers to contribute content to the web without having to learn HTML.

Posted Oct 06, 2006

Blurb, a book publishing service, has announced that its new BookSmart blog-to-book beta was released to a select number of SixApart TypePad bloggers.

Posted Oct 03, 2006

Ovidius has announced its new version of the Technical Publications CMS TCToolbox.

Posted Sep 29, 2006

When Burger King was looking for an edgy way to promote itself among the coveted (nay, fetishized) young male demographic, it did the only thing a sensible old fart of a corporate entity can do when it struggles to be hip: it handed the camera to someone who really is, well, hip.

Posted Sep 26, 2006

Texterity, a provider of digital publishing solutions, has formed a Best Practices Group designed to help publishers increase revenue, build circulation, and generate or expand their international subscription base.

Posted Sep 22, 2006

TransMedia will unveil the second-generation Glide platform.

Posted Sep 19, 2006

Adobe Systems Incorporated has announced Adobe Captivate 2 software, which enables the creation of interactive simulations, software demonstrations, and scenario-based training modules.

Posted Sep 08, 2006

CambridgeDocs, a provider of unstructured data management and enterprise publishing, has announced the release of Word FO Designer, a new plug-in for Microsoft Word that allows organizations to add multi-channel publishing to their business applications.

Posted Aug 29, 2006

RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, provides an outlet for publishers to distribute their content to a wide audience without worrying about email subscriptions or spam filters. Unfortunately, RSS may well have made it easier for unscrupulous website owners to steal content.

Posted Aug 29, 2006

To many, the word bibliography sounds about as pleasant as nails on a blackboard, calling to mind unpleasant recollections of last-minute, late-night research reports: After burning the midnight oil completing a scholastic epic, you still face the daunting task of sifting through mountains of research materials, then citing sources—including book title, author, publisher, copyright date, and page numbers. Luckily, there are those hard at work trying to make at least the citation part of this familiar academic drama fade into distant memory.

Posted Aug 24, 2006

Controversy trails Google Book Search wherever it goes. The latest bout of trouble comes from France. La Martinière Groupe, an international French publisher, filed a suit in early June against both Google, Inc. and Google France on behalf of three of its publishing houses, Le Seuil (France), Delachaux et Niestlé (Switzerland), and Abrams (The United States). La Martinière claims Google has disregarded intellectual property rights and has produced counterfeits of its books on the Book Search site.

Posted Aug 18, 2006

A subtle shift is occurring in the way we value and manage our office content—those files that constitute 80% of the investments we all make in our mainstream office work: text documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. Today there are tremendous legal pressures to ensure that we abide by various mandated schedules to keep documents as long as the law requires (but no longer). On the flip side, practices are emerging to selectively destroy many of our documents that we need not keep at all. Destruction provides a measure of protection from widely cast subpoena nets.

Posted Jul 31, 2006

British software company etribes has launched a secure, online personal publishing and photo-sharing service for adults who are too busy to 'blog'.

Posted Jul 21, 2006

XMetaL, a provider in XML content creation and collaboration solutions, and Mekon Ltd., a DITA and XML content solutions consultancy organization, have announced FrameMaker Adapter for the DITA Open Toolkit.

Posted Jul 21, 2006

Comcast has acquired thePlatform, a provider of digital media publishing solutions.

Posted Jul 07, 2006

As our content divides, sub-divides, and disperses like so many amoeba into the new digital mediaverse, anxiety must be running high among media companies. Ad dollars visibly drained from network television and print this past year, and most media budgets are fully in play now. Advertising allegiances are fluid, as big-brand accounts flip daily from agency to agency, and chief marketing officers warn the whole ad business that they better start coming up with answers to this growing problem of how to focus the scattering eyeballs of a fragmented landscape and deliver measurable results. Many in the media and ad industries are predicting doom, gloom, or at least a long passage through chaos.

Posted Jun 19, 2006

Spymac, a Macintosh community with over 1 million members, has announced Spymac Galleries, a photo and video community that lets users post photos, movies, and music online for free and then discuss photos, music, videos, gossip, news, etc. online with friends and other Spymac members.

Posted Jun 16, 2006

One of the great things about technical journalism is getting to talk to the people who are making the tools of tomorrow and thus changing the way we work. It’s also an opportunity to take the tools out for a spin. In this issue, I do my first comparative review of content-creation software XML Author and Developer tools.

Posted Jun 13, 2006

These days, Tim Berners-Lee’s dictum, “If it’s not on the Web, it doesn’t exist,” may need to be supplemented with, “And if your business is not creating XML content, it may soon cease to exist.” Here we take an extensive look at many of the popular XML content-creation tools on the market to help you navigate the power and potential of XML.

Posted Jun 13, 2006

PTC has launched its enhanced Windchill 8.0 content management system, which features integration with Arbortext XML authoring software. PTC, a Product Lifecycle Management and Enterprise Content Management solutions provider, acquired Arbortext in July of last year, and PTC developers have worked to leverage the synergies between the two companies to provide an integrated PLM content management and publishing system.

Posted Jun 06, 2006

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