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Volume 18, Issue 1 ó January 2001
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Arbortext Introduces Epic 4.1

Arbortext, Inc., a provider of content-management integration software and business-to-business (B2B) commerce solutions, has announced the launch of Epic 4.1, the most recent version of its e-content software. Epic 4.1 supports the conversion between Interleaf and Adobe FrameMaker files and XML and enhances Epicís capability to convert between Microsoft Word files and XML. 

According to the company, many enterprises today employ teams of authors that work with large amounts of material in multiple proprietary formats in order to create and maintain business-critical content. Epic 4.1 builds on the previous Epic version by giving these authors the ability to take proprietary formats such as Interleaf and Adobe FrameMaker and convert them into XML, enabling them to concentrate on the subject matter rather than spending time and resources learning new tools. 

Epic 4.1 also expands the reach of authors who can leverage XML within an enterprise. Occasional authors who contribute content and are accustomed to a particular type of software can continue authoring in that environment, while downstream processes can leverage that content for multiple purposes by converting it to XML. Epic 4.1 also maintains and further enhances features introduced in the previous Epic version, such as rapid applications development, global support, and adherence to W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) XML recommendations. 

According to the announcement, Epic software was designed to help enterprises that are building e-commerce initiatives more easily share information that leads to purchase decisions and enables self-service. With Epic, enterprises have the ability to capture information quickly, manage and control it effectively, assemble it according to individual needs, and distribute it automatically from a single source to multiple media such as the Web, print, CDROM, and wireless devices. Epic enables enterprises to create, capture, and deliver more personalized and dynamic content for e-publishing, e-commerce, and B2B Net marketplace applications. 

Arbortextís software, which has been shipping since 1991, is currently deployed at over 300 of the Global 2000 companies, including AT&T, Boeing, Ericsson Telecom, IBM, Lucent, Nokia, Sun Microsystems, International Thomson Publishing, and West Group. Arbortext is a founding member and active participant in W3C. 

Source: Arbortext, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI, 734/997-0200; http://www.arbortext.com

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