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Arbortext 5 to Support Multichannel Publishing for Dynamic Content

Arbortext 5 Simplifies Multichannel Publishing for Dynamic Content

New Products Reduce Hidden Costs and Inefficiencies, Improve Content Creation and Publishing

Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. May 05, 2003.

Arbortext, Inc., a leading global provider of XML-based software for content creation and multichannel publishing, today announced Arbortext 5. Featuring three major new products and many enhancements, Arbortext 5 is designed to help medium and large enterprises eliminate the substantial costs and pain associated with the implementation of content systems to create and share information.

Arbortext 5 represents a significant advancement for the business user by putting them in control rather than requiring the specialized expertise of an XML programmer. This new version provides the business user with direct access to XML content across the enterprise, which protects document integrity and enables them to quickly and easily create applications for publishing dynamic content to multiple types of media.

Additionally, Arbortext 5 augments the XML editing capabilities of the Enterprise and Professional versions of Microsoft Office 2003.

"The costs of creating, and then re-creating the same content for different purposes may be one of the biggest hidden costs that remain for information-intensive enterprises," said Susan Feldman, IDC's VP for Content Technologies Research. Many companies today are just starting to realize the amount of time and money their employees waste while creating and re-purposing content. "Arbortext 5 helps solve the problem of 'copy and paste abuse' and other redundant work that is necessary in the typical document publishing life cycle. The upcoming release also reduces implementation time and costs by putting more control in the hands of the business users."

"Arbortext 5 represents our most significant product milestones," said Ray Schiavone, president and CEO, Arbortext. "Not only does it provide improved functionality for both authors and developers, it also resolves a critical and often times hidden business problem that many companies are just now starting to address."

Contributor, Styler and DCA Manager are the three new products that will be available with Arbortext 5. Additionally, Arbortext 5 contains the following enhancements:

  • Enterprise Content Creation: Arbortext 5 provides two new options to connect everyone in the organization to the power, efficiency and flexibility of XML-based information. For subject matter experts who create content, this release supports both Microsoft Office Word 2003 and Contributor, the new browser-based editor from Arbortext. For power authors who not only create content, but also package that content for publishing and distribution, Arbortext's Epic Editor continues to offer greater power and greater ease of use.

  • Stylesheet Development: The new Styler is the first stylesheet development tool aimed at designers, not programmers. This product will dramatically reduce the time it takes to develop and update stylesheets for multichannel publishing because it allows designers to work within a familiar user interface while shielding them from the complexity of the actual stylesheet.

  • Dynamic Elements: This feature gives authors a powerful set of controls for making content dynamic, eliminating the need for highly skilled technical resources. DCA Manager tracks and manages the relationships among dynamic elements to ensure the integrity of the resulting publications.

  • Application Integration: Arbortext 5 improves integration with content management systems with its new WebDAV support as well as supporting programming interfaces through SOAP, which allows for easier interface to other business systems.


The Arbortext 5 product suite will be available Winter, 2003.

About Arbortext

Arbortext is a leading global provider of XML-based software for content creation and multichannel publishing to Web, print, CD-ROM and wireless devices. Shipping since 1991, Arbortext's standards-based software supports technical publishing, reference publishing and business publishing applications that enable organizations to provide more accurate, cost-efficient, complete, timely, consistent and usable information on all media. Arbortext's software is installed at over 1,300 large multinational organizations.

Current customers include American Express Financial Services, Audi, Boeing, Bombardier, British Aerospace, Caterpillar, DaimlerChrysler, Ericsson Telecom, Ford, General Electric, GM, IBM, International Thomson Publishing, Lucent, Nokia, Nortel Networks, PeopleSoft, Pfizer, Ricoh, Sun Microsystems, Toyota, United Airlines, Volkswagen, and Volvo. Arbortext is a founding member and active participant in the XML Activity of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, Arbortext has offices around the world. For more information please visit


Beth Ambaruch
APR of Arbortext, Inc.
Tel: +1-734-327-6014


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