Corel XMetal 4 Adds ActiveX Support

Corel announced the new version of its XML authoring solution at the XML 2002 conference in Baltimore.

BALTIMORE—Corel Corp. highlighted the XML 2002 Conference and Exposition on Tuesday with a couple of announcements aimed at souping up XML content creation and simplifying the management and deployment of XML applications.

The Ottawa company announced XMetal 4, a new version of its XML authoring solution that adds support for Microsofts ActiveX technology.

Corel officials said the new product is targeted at both developers and users, and is made up of four separate components: Corel XMetaL Author, Corel XMetaL for ActiveX, Corel XMetaL Developer and Corel XMetaL Central.

Corel XMetal 4 will be available in early 2003. It features integration capabilities with content management solutions and supports content re-use and distribution to the Web, print, and mobile devices, the company said.

Corel also announced Corel Smart Graphics Studio, a development platform for building Scalar Vector Graphics (SVG)-based smart graphics, which Corel officials said could change old XML and legacy data into dynamic graphics for use on a variety of platforms and devices. The product will be available mid-2003.

Meanwhile, Veridocs Corp., a Boston-based XML software, consulting and development firm, announced that it would soon release the beta version of its XMLdocs technology, followed by XMLdocs Version 1 in February 2003. XMLdocs is a Web-based platform for building XML solutions. Using the technology, users can create XML document templates that take advantage of the XMLdocs word processor and underlying technology to create documents for use on Web sites or in Web services, the company said.

In other XML-related news, Cambridge, Mass.-based DataPower Technology Inc., a maker of XML-processing hardware, Tuesday announced a joint marketing and development agreement with Contivo Inc., a Mountain View, Calif.-based provider of automated data integration, to integrate the Contivo Enterprise Integration Modeling (EIM) solution with the DataPower XA35 XML Accelerator system. The companies said the combined solution delivers both data modeling and high-performance XML data translation and transformation.

And Datawatch Corp., of Lowell, Mass., Tuesday announced the release of its VorteXML Server, which transforms legacy data into XML, the company said. Datawatch officials said VorteXML Server works to convert high volumes of data to XML and can be used remotely through a Web service. In addition, the new product complements the companys VorteXML Designer, which allows users to transform and map data from structured text output into XML without programming.