DIGITAL digestOctober 2002
The editors see "Content Management" being taken in new directions at SSF 2002. Documentum was recognized for the new client software interface (Digital Asset Manager or DAM) to its enterprise content management (ECM) system. FileNet's Process Analyzer is said to be a business analytics processing tool for the company's suite of content and document management technologies.
According to the report, "Enterprise Content Integration" solutions integrate existing content repositories and media-handling systems rather than replacing them with one master system. Agari Mediaware's Media Star 2.2 system is described as middleware that creates a "Media Bus" interface, which makes the functions of specific systems open to the enterprise. Context Media offers Interchange Platform, which is said to act akin to a control center for content with a centralized catalog as its foundation.
Creating New Tasks
Increasingly, creative professionals are undertaking tasks that were formerly the domain of production personnel, the Seybold editors note. That trend was reflected by their picks in the "Tools for Creatives" category. Adobe InCopy 2.0 was selected for helping to "drive a market transition from dependence on Quark to reliance on Adobe In-Design for pagination." Likewise, Markzware's HawkEye technology puts preflighting capabilities directly in the hand of creatives via a plug-in for popular desktop content-creation applications.
"Specialty Tools" are products that serve niche or specialized markets and do not readily fit into any general category. One example cited was MathPlayer 1.0, a math viewer for Microsoft Internet Explorer developed by Design Science. The free player is said to enable the Windows versions of Explorer to properly display Math Markup Language-encoded text in a Web page.
It may say "Made in China" on the bottom, but the editors also liked FounderFIT from Founder Electronics. The comprehensive publishing system is designed for high-volume, data-driven applications, such as retail advertising, newspapers and other publications. XML data from Oracle and other databases can be automatically imported into, or exported from, a layout.
The trend in "Displays" is toward development of accurate, stable monitors for soft proofing and color-critical judgments. New offerings from Formac and Sony Electronics caught their collective eye.
More complete descriptions of the "Hot Pick" products can be found at www.seyboldreports.com.