Data Management 

LiveCycle offers rights management features

Adobe Systems Inc. introduced LiveCycle Policy Server 7.2, an enterprise rights management (ERM) solution for protecting and controlling  documents throughout their entire lifecycle, from creation, through  distribution and collaboration, to archiving and destruction. 

With the Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server 7.2, organizations can update or revoke usage rights regardless of where the information is stored or  distributed, while monitoring document activity captured in an audit trail. In addition, Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server 7.2 offers a multi-platform solution that enables organizations to aggregate group information and check user credentials against existing authentication  directories.

Additionally, Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server 7.2 for CATIA offers engineering professionals the ability to apply document-level access and  usage controls to Dassault Systèmes CATIA V5R16 engineering and design documents. CATIA users can apply policies to separate parts of an assembly that may require different levels of protection. Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server 7.2 extends back-end systems such as product lifecycle management (PLM) and enterprise content management (ECM) systems to help protect valuable engineering workflows, including supply chain collaboration and external version control. 

Adobe also announced Adobe Document Center, a hosted service that  allows individual knowledge workers to protect, control and track PDF, Word and Excel documents via the web (see separate press release). The service provides Policy Server 7.2 functionality directly from Adobe Acrobat 8 software, plug-ins to Word and Excel and, moving forward, directly from the Web-based service. Adobe LiveCycle Policy Server 7.2 is available immediately.  Pricing starts at US$100 per author. 

Surfulater aims to be better than bookmarks

Soft As It Gets has released Surfulater 2.0, a Windows application to capture, save, and retrieve knowledge as you surf the World Wide Web. Surfulater lets users capture Internet text and images, edit and annotate the information, merge it with data from any Windows programs, store it on a computer, and retrieve it.

In addition to saving Web pages, Surfulater can be used as a personal information manager (PIM), notes manager, outliner, and knowledge management and research tool. The program comes configured with a library of templates that are ready to use.

Surfulater lets users store all important information in a single information archive, and lets them create an unlimited number of these knowledge bases. Sll information is stored on the hard drive, and is available for instant retrieval. Features in version 2.0 include the use of fully customizable style sheets to control the look of saved content, updates to work with IE7 and Firefox Version 2, and easier template creation. 

Surfulater runs on Windows 98/2000/XP/2003, and requires Firefox 1.0 or later or Internet Explorer 6.0 or later. A US$35 licence covers both home and work computers.

Networking 

Nortel pitches to SMBs with portfolio additions

Nortel introduced Business Ethernet Switch 200 and Business Ethernet Switch 50, Business Communications Manager 50 Release 2 and enhancements to the Digital Mobility portfolio.

These offerings are designed to specifically address the unique business needs of smaller businesses to boost employee productivity and satisfaction, streamline business operations and costs, and deliver superior customer service.

A key enhancement to Nortel’s BCM50 is the addition of Intelligent Contact Center and Multimedia Contact Center, giving SMBs access to reporting, real-time statistics and Web presence features previously only available to large enterprises. Nortel’s BCM50 Release 2 and Digital Mobility additions will be available next month.

With the addition of these new SMB products, Nortel is introducing SMB-specific sales training and on-demand marketing tools to assist its channel partners. Tools available to channel partners include an SMB configuration and pricing tool to assist partners in quoting and ordering Nortel products, as well as an SMB-specific Marketing on Demand design tool to help channel partners create co-branded collateral for events, direct mails and promotional items.

NetSupport Manager includes Vista interface

NetSupport announced the worldwide release of NetSupport Manager 10. The latest version of the market leading solution features a “Vista” style interface, real-time screen monitoring of computers, extended platform support and a range of additional management tools.

Version 10 extends unified management and monitoring of systems across a range of platforms including, Windows 9x, 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, Mac, Linux, CE, Windows Mobile, Pocket PC and Solaris all within a single view.

For helpdesk staff, version 10 features a hardware and software inventory tool, the ability to both monitor and interact with a remote computer’s services, processes and active applications, as well as providing a range of supporting tools including audio chat, a remote registry editor and remote command prompt.

Manager 10 allows for connections over a traditional LAN/WAN utilizing IPX, NetBIOS or TCP/IP and also provides as standard an Internet Gateway allowing secure communications between remote sites that are each protected by firewalls. The latest version provides remote support for mobile devices including Windows CE and Pocket PC including communication over GPRS and 3G.

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