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Zinio Systems, Inc., a provider of digital publishing and marketing services, has announced it has merged with Blue Dolphin Group (BDG), an online magazine retailer.

Posted Sep 13, 2005

The April announcement of a planned Adobe/Macromedia merger left some content creators in a lather, fearing that it would, at worst, blunt competition and inflate price tags on vital publishing and Web development tools, or at best, result in the most successful product in each space being simply integrated by its former competitor.

Posted Sep 09, 2005

Cadmus Communications Corporation has announced that it has released version 3.0 of Rapid Review, an online manuscript submission and tracking system for publishers.

Posted Sep 02, 2005

Altova, creator of XMLSpy, MapForce, and other software development and data integration tools, has announced the launch of a new online resource that describes how current and emerging business problems can be solved using XML and other technologies.

Posted Aug 26, 2005

Adobe Systems Incorporated and Macromedia, Inc. have announced that the stockholders of each company have voted in favor of Adobe's proposed acquisition of Macromedia at their respective special stockholder meetings held today.

Posted Aug 26, 2005

Pageflex, a provider of Web-to-print technology, has announced that ICS Diversified, Inc., a direct mail production company, has purchased Pageflex Storefront software to help the company expand and enhance its literature fulfillment services to include Web-to-print document customization and online ordering.

Posted Aug 23, 2005

McGraw-Hill Higher Education, a provider of electronic and print learning materials, and Zinio, a provider of digital publishing services, are offering ebooks, an interactive, lower-cost option to the traditional textbook.

Posted Aug 19, 2005

From the start, Adobe fine-tuned Acrobat with releases every 18 months or so. Most releases offered stunning new features, often with a modified interface, and an increasingly heavier client footprint that took correspondingly larger amounts of storage and time to load. Some versions seemed perfunctory; others offered significant new capabilities. Acrobat 7 falls into the latter camp. After letting the new 7.0 release settle down with the inevitable service upgrade, what is really new about Acrobat 7.01? More important, given Adobe’s acquisition of Macromedia, is it time to fundamentally reconsider your use of Adobe and Acrobat?

Posted Aug 17, 2005

Quanticus S.A. de C.V. has announced the release of version 6.0 of DBxtra, a standalone query and reporting tool for the Windows platforms.

Posted Aug 16, 2005

Back in 2000 when it looked as though the entire world’s content would soon be digitized, a myth developed that in the not-too-distant future, paper books would be supplanted by ebooks. While this hasn't come to pass, ebooks have wormed their way into the reference market and may have found a home.

Posted Aug 10, 2005

Telestream, a provider of Flip4Mac digital media tools for the Macintosh, has announced the release of Flip4Mac WMV Studio Version 1.0.6, which adds Windows Media encoding support for Apple Compressor 2.

Posted Aug 09, 2005

In mid-May, Audible, a provider of digital spoken audio content, and Pearson Education, an educational publisher, announced a partnership to develop and distribute audio-only study guides to college students as a supplement to Pearson’s textbook product line.

Posted Aug 08, 2005

I’m sick and tired of the media elite bitching and moaning about their diminishing role in society. There’s lots of blame and finger-pointing going on at big media these days: people don’t watch network TV news “because they work long hours”; newspaper and magazine revenues are down, which is “the advertiser’s fault”; and everyone’s favorite scapegoat—blogging—is “not real journalism.” That’s the world according to traditional media. I disagree. The news cycle has changed, and with it, so must many of the rules of the game.

Posted Aug 05, 2005

Access Innovations Inc., specialists in creating and maintaining databases of digitized research, news, and other content for a wide range of government and business clients, has announced it has been awarded a patent from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for the underlying database design and maintenance technology that drives its Data Harmony line of software.

Posted Aug 02, 2005

Thomas Technology Solutions helps Northstar Travel Media streamline its production process and unify its systems.

Posted Jul 26, 2005

The BBC recently launched a trial program called BBC Backstage that allows developers to use some BBC content free of charge for non-commercial purposes. The BBC hopes the program encourages creativity and produces interesting ways to use its content in the same spirit in which Google and Amazon (and others) have opened up their application program interfaces (APIs) to developers.

Posted Jul 25, 2005

Simian Systems Inc. has announced the release of SiteMailer 2.

Posted Jul 15, 2005

Cladonia Limited has announced the immediate availability of Exchanger XML Editor.

Posted Jul 08, 2005

Product Development Company (PTC), has announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Arbortext, Inc., an enterprise publishing provider, for $190 million in cash.

Posted Jul 08, 2005

NewsKnowledge GmbH has announced that NewsIsFree, an online newsreader and search engine has released an update of its website.

Posted Jun 21, 2005

Quadralay Corporation, a provider of complete electronic publishing solutions,has announced the immediate availability of WebWorks ePublisher Pro for Word, its software solution for creating online content.

Posted Jun 21, 2005

The open access (OA) landscape is littered with misconceptions and misunderstandings. In fact, the very definition of open access is frequently disputed. There are those who assume that anything free is open access and others who confuse it with kindred spirit open source, but understanding the definition is only to begin to grasp the issues OA raises. Marydee ojala

Posted Jun 14, 2005

When Ourmedia.org launched this past March, it provided a free space for creators of all types of content—including video, audio, and the written word—to distribute their content. Perhaps more importantly, however, it stepped in to fill an emerging need for a forum in which to discuss the best ways to create, produce, and distribute content.

Posted Jun 09, 2005

Citizen Journalism provides a place for people to celebrate the ordinary victories in their lives, a forum for discussing local political issues, coverage that specifically suits its local readership, and a way to connect people to one another—all things found wanting in a world dominated by big media monopolies. This budding phenomenon supports the community along with a new journalistic business model. Ron miller

Posted Jun 07, 2005

SDL International, a provider of translation services and technology solutions, has announced SDLAuthorAssistant 2005, which is intended to advance the quality and efficiency of global authoring processes.

Posted Jun 03, 2005

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