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Join content experts Val Swisher, Scott Abel, and Jose Castillo to talk about global content strategy, iPad Air, and whether or not news bundles are worth paying for.

Posted Oct 25, 2013

SDL, a provider of Customer Experience Management tools, and Acrolinx announced a partnership that aims to deliver more effective content across all customer touchpoints through SDL LiveContent. SDL will integrate Acrolinx's content optimization technology with SDL's content creation, management, and delivery technologies to provide a powerful content delivery solution.

Posted Oct 22, 2013

Aquafadas, developer of digital publishing solutions, previewed its new cloud-based digital platform, AQ Cloud Authoring, at the Frankfurt Book Fair. AQ Cloud Authoring lets just about anyone looking to publish an ebook convert PDF files into digital format and distribute across tablets, smartphones, and the web. With simple production tools, users can re-order and crop pages as well as add enrichments like Guided Reading. AQ Cloud Authoring's flexible export options include ePUB, AVE (for publishing apps), and the WebReader.

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Data Conversion Laboratory (DCL), which digitizes, converts, and reorganizes content to facilitate universal access and expand revenue streams, announced availability of its Automated Document Processing (DCL-ADP) system. Processing hundreds of thousands of pages per day, and operating 24/7 without human intervention, the system is ideal for organizations needing to process high volumes of documents, and accurately extract information.

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Every year it's the same story. Millions of people leave their homes to visit our region and take in the gorgeous surroundings. But why is the Mountain South the place to visit? What makes this place so special compared to others? The same questions can be asked about content online. What makes one blog post stand out from the others? Why do some videos on YouTube gather hundreds of thousands of views while others barely crack 100? The answer to all of these questions lies in the eye of the viewer. And while we can't solve the riddle of why people prefer one thing over another, we can certainly tackle how to make our content more attractive. So here are three ways to make your online content more beautiful.

Posted Oct 17, 2013

Global content can be tricky business, especially when it comes to translation. BuzzFeed has a new approach. Rather than relying solely on regional editors and translation tools for its new Spanish, French, and Portuguese sites - launching this month - it will use Duolingo, which helps users learn six languages through its free apps. According to Gigaom, though, BuzzFeed will be paying for the translation services.

Posted Oct 15, 2013

Cenveo Publisher Services, a digital and print services company, announced updates to its entire suite of technology solutions. Editorial and workflow tools have new front-end interfaces that facilitate content interaction.

Posted Oct 10, 2013

An analysis of U.S. ISBN data by ProQuest affiliate Bowker revealed that the number of self-published titles in 2012 jumped to more than 391,000, up 59% over 2011 and 422% over 2007. Ebooks continue to gain on print, comprising 40% of the ISBNs that were self-published in 2012, up from just 11% in 2007.

Posted Oct 10, 2013

Aquafadas, ieveloper of digital publishing solutions, announced updates to its Digital Publishing System. Version 3.1 now features support for iOS 7 app development, newly available premium enrichments including real world physics and games, and improvements for Android apps creation.

Posted Oct 08, 2013

If you're like other publishers, you have a lot of content; a lot of great content. You also have a lot of channels on which you're pushing out that content and an equally diverse group of users to whom you're delivering it. But how do you make the most of that content? By ensuring you can reuse and repurpose it many times across multiple channels and platforms. Through its reuse, companies can get more mileage out of their, often expensive, content. Yes, there's also the cost factor that can't be ignored. "The main reason content is reused is it saves a huge amount of money," says global content strategist Scott Abel.

Posted Sep 23, 2013

The power of communication is evident throughout the history of humankind. Whether it's Biblical stories about the Tower of Babel, misinterpreted spies in courts of old, or even modern day marketing gaffs in foreign countries, the struggle to be understood continues to this day. In a recent Spiegel article, Franz Josef Och head of Google Translate, laid out his vision for what's next. Och wants to build a perfect translation machine that will instantly translate any text or audio fed into it. And current tools show that we may not be too far away from that dream becoming a reality.

Posted Sep 19, 2013

In her annual presentation on the state of the internet, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers' analyst Mary Meeker teased out a single theme that will challenge content providers for another generation. The proliferation of devices in the last 5 or 6 years has created a massive new flow of data. But this time that data is coming more from the users than from traditional content providers. The amount of data being created and shared increased nine times in just 5 years to almost 2 zettabytes (or 2 trillion gigabytes) in 2011. That will increase to 5 zettabytes by 2015. The number of photos uploaded and shared each day has gone up from about 200 million in 2010 to more than 500 million (projected) per day this year.

Posted Sep 17, 2013

Alive Software Inc. has released ePageCreator v. 5.5, a digital publishing application for Windows and Mac that lets you turn PDF, Flash, and image files into flipbooks that can be published to your website, blog, or CD/DVD, and to your customers' mobile device. ePageCreator creates ebooks, e-catalogs, and e-brochures from a single source file. The documents employ a realistic 3D page-flipping visual effect that displays your content professionally and memorably.

Posted Sep 16, 2013

Back in May, Social Media Today compiled case studies from several reputable sources regarding the correlation between blogging and sales for businesses. Unanimously, studies show that maintaining an active blog can provide an increase in traffic of up to 210% to a website. Clearly, blogging still remains one of the most commonly produced and read forms of content marketing (in fact, many experts find that blogging is the first thing someone thinks of when mentioning content marketing). And, just like any other form of marketing, the blogosphere is evolving.

Posted Sep 11, 2013

InboundWriter, which specializes in content performance improvement, announced the latest release of its software platform. This new release makes it possible for enterprises and publishers developing rich, text-oriented online content to measurably improve content quality, and consistently predict how content will perform prior to investing significant time and resources into writing, publishing, and promotion.

Posted Sep 10, 2013

Primestream released FORK 4.5, the latest version of its FORK Production Suite for managing and automating broadcast workflows. FORK 4.5 features Workflow Manager 1.0, a new add-on module for designing internal video production processes across multiple departments. FORK 4.5 with Workflow Manager is suited for all IT infrastructures, including broadcast, postproduction, and corporate enterprise.

Posted Sep 03, 2013

Seattle-based WordRake officially released WordRake Version 1.3, the newest addition to its editing software for clarity and brevity. WordRake 1.3 provides compatibility with the 32-bit version of Office 2013, and all versions of 64-bit Office on Windows 8.

Posted Aug 22, 2013

Brainshark, Inc., a sales enablement platform provider, announced the launch of VideoSync -- a new Brainshark On-Demand feature that lets users quickly and easily combine video and slides, side-by-side. VideoSync can include "talking head" video clips, subject matter expert commentary, pre-recorded product demos, executive speeches, and more playing alongside and complementing slide content.

Posted Aug 20, 2013

If you weren't able to tune into the first ever EContent Live Google Hangout, you can still watch. Listen to EContent columnists, and content experts Jose Castillo, Scott Abel, and Drew Bedard discuss whether or not Facebook makes you sad, if Gmail is killing e-mail marketing, the importance of context, and the truth about responsive design.

Posted Aug 16, 2013

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) report "A World of Opportunity," 96% of the world's consumers do not live in the United States. This important fact is not lost upon American business executives, especially those looking for new ways to increase corporate revenues. That's why many U.S. firms have set their sights on emerging international markets. They're developing partnerships and setting up shop in nations around the globe.

Posted Aug 15, 2013

At this point, ebooks are practically old news, but digital technology continues to change the way books are created, discovered, and even funded. Wattpad, a social network for aspiring writers, has added a crowdfunding component to its site--only they call it "fan funding."

Posted Aug 13, 2013

Aquafadas, developer of digital publishing solutions, announced it has added two new features--Progressive Downloads and ImageMagick support--to its Aquafadas Digital Publishing System version 3.0.

Posted Aug 05, 2013

Suppose you've had an active Twitter account since 2008 and you've been posting, on average, about three tweets a day, five days, a week, 50 weeks a year at about 140 characters/tweet-that's about 115,500 words, or the equivalent of about three books' worth of content. But, if you haven't been collecting, aggregating and effectively using that content, it is literally "lost in cyberspace."

Posted Jul 24, 2013

Archimedia Technology, a new company whose technology and applications bridge the gap between content producers and their archives, announced a reseller agreement with Front Porch Digital, a company that specializes in migrating, managing, and monetizing large and complex media content. Under the agreement, Front Porch Digital customers will be able to purchase the Archimedia Reference Player, Archimedia HD, and 4K SDI cards, and proprietary Archimedia test patterns in conjunction with Front Porch Digital products.

Posted Jul 17, 2013

PTC announced it has acquired Enigma, a developer of software that aggregates and delivers technical content in aftermarket service environments. The acquisition enhances PTC's existing portfolio of service lifecycle management (SLM).

Posted Jul 17, 2013

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