XML: Inso Announces Availability of DynaBase 3.0

Inso Announces Availability of Version 3.0 of the Award-Winning DynaBase

Web Content Management and Dynamic Web Publishing System

Delivers Unprecedented Support for XML, Adds Workflow, Automatic Conversion-to-HTML, Java Client and Java Command Line Interface, Enhances Performance, Security and Replication

BOSTON, August 24, 1998 - Inso Corporation (Nasdaq: INSO) today announced availability of Version 3.0 of DynaBase, Inso's award-winning XML-based web content management and dynamic web publishing platform. DynaBase 3.0 provides newspaper, magazine, technical, and financial information publishers with an open, standards-based, and fully integrated Web publishing system for developing, managing, automating, and dynamically publishing high-impact, professional Web sites.

In Version 3.0, DynaBase delivers a wealth of new capabilities in direct response to customer requirements. Importantly, DynaBase now provides the industry's most comprehensive support for Extensible Markup Language (XML), the next-generation language for the Web being developed at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) with significant contribution and direction from Inso staff.

New features in DynaBase 3.0 include: workflow capabilities that can be flexibly applied to a variety of authoring, editing, and publishing business processes; support for automatic file format conversion-to-HTML to enable instant publishing of legacy documents without requiring time-consuming manual conversion; a Java™ command line interface (CLI) for automating content exchange between DynaBase and other systems; a cross-platform Java client for use by Macintosh and Unix-based site builders; and support for batch export of dynamic Web pages to static, file-based servers. In DynaBase 3.0, Inso has also enhanced DynaBase performance, security, and replication capabilities, while adding plug-in support for Microsoft Internet Information Server 4.0 and Netscape Enterprise Server 3.5.1.

"DynaBase represents one of the few 'next-generation' commercial Web publishing solutions currently available on the market. It delivers an integrated set of capabilities for managing content, including XML, in a systematic manner and for flexibly distributing it across the Web," said Geoffrey E. Bock, Senior Consultant, Patricia Seybold Group. "Being one of the first with an underlying object repository -- and a league ahead of file-oriented solutions from such market heavyweights as Lotus, Microsoft, and Netscape -- Inso should garner a big chunk of a rapidly growing market segment."

"A great deal of dialogue with our commercial, financial, and technical Web publishing customers has resulted in the dedication of additional engineering time and resources to significantly enhance version 3.0's capabilities and feature set," said Kim Shah, General Manager of DynaBase at Inso. "Now, through comprehensive support for XML, new workflow, command line, conversion, and export capabilities, enhanced performance and security, and inherent openness and integration ability, DynaBase 3.0 satisfies the most rigorous of Web content management and publishing requirements."

In addition to providing support for all major formats, DynaBase now provides the industry's most comprehensive support for XML. DynaBase Web teams can now utilize XML as a standard content format in order to design, build, operate, and automate Web publishing activities. Version 3.0's XML content management capabilities include the ability to import, parse, and store native XML components, as well as support for indexing, version control, and edition management of XML content. XML dynamic publishing capabilities now include support for XML component serving, XML tag-level scripting, and XML tag-level search and retrieval.

Version 3.0's flexible new workflow and staging capabilities enable Web production teams to track, approve, and release content in an automated, secure, and controlled fashion. The workflow system utilizes a built-in document status property and new file- and folder-level access controls to record status and to control the use, approval, and publishing of content. DynaBase workflow can be flexibly applied to a variety of authoring, editing, and publishing business processes to enable designers, developers, and content contributors to work independently, while supporting a concurrent Web site update, approval, and release process by Web publishers or administrators.

Also new in DynaBase 3.0 is the integration of Inso's award-winning Outside In® technology. Outside In supports automatic conversion-to-HTML of a variety of popular file formats including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. This important new capability allows legacy business documents to be instantly published without requiring a lengthy manual conversion process.

Also shipping with Release 3.0 is an enhanced version of the Command Line Interface (CLI). The CLI provides site developers with an open application programmer's interface (API) for the controlled exchange and management of content between any machine on the Internet and any Web server running DynaBase. The DynaBase CLI is used by publishers to integrate content from front-end editorial systems such as SII, Quark QPS and Lotus Notes with the DynaBase platform. In Release 3.0, DynaBase was redesigned to provide high-speed page delivery, more extensive component caching, improved multiprocessor scalability, and new database replication capabilities. Together, these enhancements provide faster page rendering, improved server throughput, and the ability to operate multiple replicated servers anywhere across the Internet.

Available immediately, DynaBase 3.0 plugs-in to Microsoft Internet Information Server running Windows NT 4.0 and Netscape Enterprise Servers running Windows NT 4.0 and Sun Solaris 2.6. Starting pricing for a DynaBase enterprise installation is $47,000. Call Inso at 800-733-5799 for specific pricing and configuration information.

DynaBase is an award-winning publishing system that provides Web teams with an integrated solution for developing, managing, automating and dynamically publishing high-impact Web pages. DynaBase stores and manages Web site components including XML and HTML content, graphics, multimedia files, applets and scripts. From these components, as well as from external sources such as relational databases, DynaBase can dynamically assemble and serve professional, personalized Web pages.

Leading newspapers such as the Dallas Morning News, magazine publishers such as Hearst New Media, financial publishers such as Adams Harkness, and Hill, and technical publishers such as AT&T WorldNet have selected DynaBase over competing alternatives because it provides the most complete, open, integrated, and automated environment for advanced Web design, development, and publishing.

Inso Corporation is a leading global provider of electronic-publishing and content-management tools for critical business information. With Inso's Integrated Publishing Solution, organizations gain an integrated system for managing, distributing, publishing, and continually updating their intellectual property. Inso's award-winning technology enables large corporations to exchange and publish all types of information, from the simplest memo to the most complex multimedia document. For more information, visit the Inso Web site at http://www.inso.com.

Inso, the Inso logo, Outside In, and DynaBase are registered trademarks of Inso Corporation. Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems. All other company and product names are trademarks of their holders.

Inso Media Contacts:

Paul Lamoureux
Tel: +1 617-753-6854
Email: plamoureux@inso.com

Donna Murno
Tel: +1 617-753-6788
Email: dmurno@inso.com

[For Immediate Release 980824]