November 20, 2006
PTC Advances Dynamic Publishing System
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This week PTC released Arbortext Content Manager to expand its Dynamic Publishing System. The Arbortext Content Manager is based on PTC Windchill technology and was developed to meet the needs of organizations that face the challenge of authoring and managing the development of complex publications in a globally distributed and highly regulated environment.
PTC's Dynamic Publishing System combines text authoring, graphics authoring, content management and configuration management, automated publishing and graphics visualization. It is the industry's first integral system explicitly focused on optimizing the publishing process for organizations in the pharmaceutical, financial services, government, transportation and process manufacturing industries.
Content management and graphics visualization are critical components of the PTC Dynamic Publishing System. The Arbortext Content Manager and PTC's recent acquisition of ITEDO, the leader in the technical illustrations market, build on the vision to enable organizations to create, manage and deliver high quality publications consisting of both text and illustrations.
Traditional publishing systems are used to create and manage documents as monolithic objects, requiring users to recreate existing content and manually update each instance of the same information, and contribute to inconsistencies in the sequence and structure of information.
The PTC Dynamic Publishing System revolutionizes traditional publishing systems. PTC's Dynamic Publishing System enables organizations to create content out of XML-based reusable components, create illustrations from scratch or automatically from design data, automate content management, review, and approval processes with powerful workflow and configuration management capabilities, and automatically publish information in multiple formats, languages and media. PTC's integral system lowers deployment risks and support costs by ensuring interoperability and seamless integration of all components.
Additionally, the Dynamic Publishing System provides a significant opportunity for companies that offer products or services with multiple options or configurations, serve customers in multiple geographies, or frequently update their product, service or marketing documentation.
Highlights of the PTC Dynamic Publishing System include:
Arbortext Content Manager is optimized to manage Arbortext-authored XML data. It provides organizations with a single source of information while also delivering many other essential benefits, including access control and version control at a component level, management of component relationships, and deep configuration management capabilities. Arbortext Content Manager supports collaboration of geographically dispersed teams and its advanced workflow capabilities make it easy to automate critical processes such as configuration management and release of publications.
By Jeffrey Rowe, Editor, MCADCafe
management, or component content management, or structured content management, or just XML content management. Ironically, the number of labels assigned to a software segment seems to be inversely proportional to its market size – either real or potential – but that remains to be seen in this case.
PTC’s Arbortext Dynamic Publishing System combines text authoring, graphics authoring, content and configuration management, automated publishing, and graphics visualization. It enables organizations to create content out of XML-based reusable components, create illustrations from scratch or automatically from design data, and automate the content management, review, and approval processes. Information can also be published in multiple formats, languages, and media.
PTC says that content management and graphics visualization are critical components of the Dynamic Publishing System. The Arbortext Content Manager and PTC’s recent acquisition of ITEDO for technical illustrations, are intended to enable organizations to create, manage and deliver complex publications consisting of both text and graphics.
As the market for content management (or whatever you want to call it) technology continues to grow, so do the ways in which companies seek to use content management. Companies of all sizes are beginning to realize how content and its reuse can improve productivity -- and the bottom line.
Complex products often require all sorts of content necessary for manufacture, operation, and maintenance after they is sold and can include production plans, assembly instructions, user manuals, maintenance manuals, service updates, advisories, and marketing materials For a complex manufactured product such as an automobile or aircraft, it is not unusual for the product-related content to number in the thousands of pages. In fact, there’s more than a grain of truth to the claim that all of the documentation associated with a Boeing aircraft weighs more than the aircraft itself.
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UGS Corp. announced a new reseller agreement with Microsoft that extends the strategic alliance the two companies announced earlier this year. Under the new agreement, UGS becomes the first PLM company authorized to sell Microsoft SQL Server 2005, Microsoft's database software, directly to companies looking for comprehensive PLM fully supporting the Microsoft platform. As a result of the agreement, Microsoft SQL Server 2005 is being added to the official UGS Price Book, enabling UGS to quote prices directly to customers and to include the database software as part of an overall PLM proposal.
UGS Corp. announced its third quarter 2006 results. Third quarter financial highlights included:
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