Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Active Web Group, Inc. Offers Free Website Link Analysis

Active Web Group, Inc. (AWG), a leading online marketing company headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, today announced a Free Website Link Analysis for interested online business owners.

Active Web Group, Inc. (AWG), a leading online marketing company headquartered in Hauppauge, New York, today announced a Free Website Link Analysis for interested online business owners. Search Engine Optimization, a means by which websites become more visible to search engines such as Google, Bing and Yahoo, is achieved through a systematic process involving many techniques and procedures.

Well-optimized websites rank well on the major search engines which is a key factor in achieving online business’ success. Therefore it is highly recommended that web business owners consider this free website evaluation. It will enable them to pinpoint possible site weaknesses and consider appropriate remedial actions.

“Quality in-bound links or backlinks are an integral part of any internet marketing effort. Backlinks that are directed or point to a site tell search engines that the website and its content are relevant to a given search term,” states Pat Norton, Vice President and Director of Business Development, Active Web Group, Inc. “The value of an assessment such as the Free Website Link Analysis is that it may prevent businesses from making costly marketing allocation mistakes,” he notes. “What few realize is that links are the path that the search engine software follows when someone inputs a search term,” Norton adds. “Their relevance to a website’s visitor will assist them to rank higher on search engines which will contribute to increased website profits,” he continues. “Links are one instance where quantity and quality matter,” Norton concludes.

AWG will determine the quality of existing links and participants will learn more about the value of in-bound links to any successful search engine optimization (SEO) program. This initiative allows corporate decision-makers to view firsthand how they may achieve their online business goals through AWG’s customized internet marketing campaigns and initiatives. To sum up, AWG’s Free Link Analysis targets a site’s linking weaknesses and also presents an internet marketing strategy aimed at improving website rankings and overall ROI.

Active Web Group has a long and substantial track record utilizing Search Engine Optimization initiatives to promote businesses of every size and across many diverse industries. Their link-building strategies for their clients are designed to generate high search engine rankings, more relevant site traffic and increased conversions.

A Free Website Link Analysis from Active Web Group will provide information about the links coming into a site including which domains are sending the most links to the site and the authority of these linking domains. AWG’s link analysis also displays the anchor text that is being used to build backlinks to the site. Anchor text is an important part of building links. If the anchor text uses keyword terms a site wishes to rank for, this is more powerful than a link that includes a company name, website address or “click here” as anchor text.

A full-service agency, Active Web Group also has extensive experience in Web Design and redesign, Digital Media, Programming (all proficiencies including php, asp and asp.net), Email Marketing, Social Media Marketing, Graphic Design, E-Commerce, Magento Ecommerce, WordPress Ecommerce, custom solutions and Pay-Per-Click Marketing.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Improved Recognition Accuracy in Barcode Xpress v8

Accusoft releases faster barcode recognition speed and advanced performance for 1D and 2D barcodes in Barcode Xpress v8.

Accusoft, the leading provider of document, content and imaging solutions, announces the release of Barcode Xpress v8, barcode SDK, with improved QR code, DataMatrix and PDF417 recognition for easy integration of barcode functionality into applications.

Barcode Xpress v8 equips software developers with a fast, accurate and easy-to-use barcode SDK that simplifies adding barcode reading and writing into applications. It is designed for a wide range of industries, including medical, financial, technology, retail and transportation.

”We continue to invest a significant amount of science and development in our Barcode Xpress engine in order to ensure our customers have the best barcode capabilities,” said Tom Setzer, Director of Recognition Technologies at Accusoft. “These improvements ensure that customers can read correctly even in the most extreme cases of damage to barcodes. This reduces the need for human interaction within many of our customers’ software systems.”

Use Barcode Xpress to seamlessly integrate high-speed 1D and 2D barcode reading and writing into high-volume software applications with ease. Barcode Xpress can also be used to locate and decode multiple instances of barcodes anywhere on the page, return the content, and report recognition confidence values.

Popular uses of barcode include auto-indexing, forms processing, inventory tracking, and batch separation. Barcode Xpress handles all of these barcode uses with speed and ease.

Barcode Xpress SDK support is available for .NET 32-bit/64-bit, ActiveX 32-bit, ActiveX 64-bit, Java and Java ME. For more information or to download Barcode Xpress, visit http://www.accusoft.com/barcodexpress.htm.

Accusoft is a registered trademark and Barcode Xpress is a trademark of Accusoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

phpMyDirectory v. 1.4.1 Released

Accomplish Technology, LLC has announced the release of phpMyDirectory v. 1.4.1, the latest version of its lauded directory script application that allows for the easy creation and management of directory-style websites. This update adds a wide range of features while keeping phpMyDirectory one of the leading high-performance and cost-effective directory script applications on the market.

Highly customizable with hundreds of built-in settings, phpMyDirectory v. 1.4.1 now offers integration functionality for a massive array of third party login scripts and payment gateways. This allows users to build php directories through a single directory script program, saving them the cost and hassle of having to shop around for non-integrated application options.

New php directory features in v. 1.4.1 include a “Click to Call” function, business hours listings, mobile device detection, mobile template display, and SMS integration—all this and more alongside the increased seamlessness of the directory script’s website registration process.

Ben Johnson, Founder and CEO of Accomplish Technology, LLC, stated: “An ongoing core goal at Accomplish Technology, LLC is to not only improve the quality and performance of our phpMyDirectory program, but to also back up its established value with an unparalleled level of support from our team. We’re excited to launch v. 1.4.1 and let our active and growing community see how phpMyDirectory continues to evolve for their benefit.”

The phpMyDirectory license is listed at $99.95, and includes free access to directory script application updates for up to a year. However, to celebrate this new release, Accomplish Technology, LLC is offering a 25% discount off all licenses and add-ons for those clients who enter the code “Release141” when completing an order. Free lifetime support is bundled with all available licenses, and all orders fall under a 30-day money back guarantee.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Triniti PSo – PPPM solution for optimised project, operational management

Triniti Business Solutions’ award-winning PSo toolset offers a real solution to companies’ project, programme and portfolio management (PPPM) and operational management challenges.

PSo is enabled as a cloud computing software as service (SaaS). PSo Web-based system encompasses the improvements in security, access and technology and delivers the power of a browser-based system, giving you the power of the Web with the value of a desktop application: one point of installation and maintenance.
Recent implementations were deployed using Microsoft SharePoint 2010, ASP.Net and Windows 8 token development. PSo is designed into logical functional units to allow you the option to select modules that apply to your business requirements, encompassing various PPPM methodologies.

Utilising Microsoft platforms such as Microsoft SharePoint 2010, PSo is flexible, scalable and designed to mitigate risk while increasing a company’s productivity, performance, delivery and profitability while improving tasks, activities and team collaboration.

PSo overcomes changing PPPM environment woes

The proverbial proof is in the pudding – Pso has, since its inception in 2006, delivered myriad tangible customer benefits across South Africa.

For instance, PSo enabled an enterprise customer to overcome the various challenges associated with a constantly changing project and operational environment, while consolidating various silos within the organisation.

Facing issues such as disparate methodologies, support process and skills, Triniti’s PSo had to overcome these issues while retaining the customer’s intellectual property (IP) and staff contingent.

Meeting the challenge head-on, Triniti Business Solutions implemented PSo’s operational and management controls using an integrated model to minimise risk. Furthermore, quality management standards are integrated throughout the organisation to prevent repetition.

Business intelligence relating to real status was made readily available. Also, BI and EI (enterprise intelligence) were integrated to provide information on resources, benefits and costs for effective planning and decision-making.

The overall PSo implementation was recognised through industry awards, accolades and nominations.
PSo benefits

PSo customers have consistently listed the following important benefits derived from their partnership with Triniti Business Solutions:
* Visibility - available across project processes and performance measurement.
* Integration - across all project management standards; all documentation; all human, material and equipment resources management.
* Alignment – from the feasibility phase throughout project until project close-out.
* Communication - 24/7 through reporting on project and strategic operations.
* Control of all versions of communication, reporting and document changes.
* Effective decision management.
* Empowered team members which lead to increased productivity.
* Delivery and result focused.
* Exact view of full project at all times.

Friday, July 20, 2012

CimQuest INGEAR NET.ABLINK 4.0 Provides Easy-to-Use Communication for Factory Floor Devices

CimQuest INGEAR, a leading supplier of runtime-free software development solutions for industrial applications, introduces its newest version of factory floor device communications software, NET.ABLINK 4.0. Providing a direct communication channel to Allen-Bradley programmable logic controllers, NET.ABLINK 4.0 delivers fast communications without the need for costly OPC servers.

INGEAR NET.ABLINK 4.0 allows users to develop their own Windows programs, system services, class libraries and ASP.NET solutions for automation and control applications without OPC constraints. Through the software, operators experience the following benefits:

    -Direct communication to Allen-Bradley programmable logic controllers using Ethernet, DH+, DH-485 or Serial DF1
    -Managed code specifically written to address the demands of writing HMI or data acquisition and control applications for Microsoft’s .NET Framework
    -Runtime free deployments without additional license fees
    -No third-party components, drivers, API’s or tools

“Unlike OPC, which is a middleware application that presents complex programming and challenging application compatibility, NET.ABLINK 4.0 is an embedded class that features a direct communications pipeline to the controller, making it easy to talk to your PLC—fast and without the overhead and recurring costs of OPC servers,” said Chuck Karwoski, President of CimQuest INGEAR.

Like all solutions in the INGEAR.NET software family, NET.ABLINK 4.0 is a runtime free class library that simplifies building, developing and deploying connected systems for manufacturing applications using Visual Basic .NET or Visual Studio C#. It uses only three primary classes of .NET code, which are used to manage the PLC, manage the data that are read from or written to the PLC and manage groupings of methods, properties and events to optimize read/write operations on a collection.

Applications developed with NET.ABLINK 4.0 can run on 64- and 32-bit Windows and Windows Server, Windows Compact Framework, Windows Mobile and Linux with Mono Framework. To provide users with flexible purchase options, NET.ABLINK 4.0 is offered in multiple editions, including Single Machine Edition, Developer Edition, Team Edition and Compact Framework Edition. An optional USB license key is also available to easily float development capabilities to runtime computers for field testing and debugging.

Napa: new programming model for Office 15

As part of its recent announcement of the new version of Office, Microsoft has introduced a new programming model for developing add-ins that combines web technologies and cloud services. The new model is designed to work with future versions of the Office productivity suite and with the SharePoint portal technology. The "Office 365 Development Tools" – code-named "Napa" – currently have "public preview" status and include a model for developing hosted apps that can, Microsoft says, be operated via SharePoint, Windows Azure and custom web servers. Developers will be able to market their apps and add-ins through the new Microsoft Store, as well as through their own companies' app catalogues.

Napa is available as a free development environment for SharePoint and is also referred to as the "online companion to Visual Studio", Microsoft's IDE. As it integrates into a browser, no further desktop installations appear to be required and developers can work directly in the browser. Supported formats include HTML, client-side ASP.NET (ASPX), CSS and JavaScript. Switching to the forthcoming Visual Studio 2012 is only required for more ambitious scenarios. Microsoft says that existing Office and SharePoint extension models such as VBA, COM, VSTO and SharePoint Solutions will work in parallel with Napa, although these models are unlikely to be available to install via the online store.

To start experimenting with Napa, developers must register for the Office 365 Developer Preview. This allows them to access a dedicated developer site with an instance of Office 365 that can be used as a basis for writing, installing and testing apps; developers can then use Napa as described in detail in Microsoft's documentation. An introduction to Napa with screenshots is also available in a blog post by Jason Zander, Corporate VP for the Visual Studio Team in Microsoft's Developer Division. Developers can keep up-to-date with future developments by following the company's new "Apps for Office and SharePoint Blog".

WebHostForASP.net Announces Support Of ASP.NET 4.5 Hosting Service

For years, WebHostForASP.net has been providing quality and affordable web hosting services. Committed to provide the best ASP.NET and Windows Hosting services for customers across the world, WebHostForASP.net is now offering a new technology to businesses

WebHostForASP.net offers three basic ASP.NET 4.5 hosting plans. The plans are Value plan that starts from $3.00 per month; Premier plan starts from $7.99 per month and Professional plan that being offered at $14.99 per month. Each plan is compatible and fully supported with all of servers that available in

WebHostForASP.net services list.

Each customer's site is completed with control panel that can easily switch to ASP.NET 4.5 technology without causing the entire site down. This newest version of .NET framework wills able users to manage and design web application faster. There are various features added such as, Page Meta Keyword and Description that will be very helpful for deploying SEO, AJAX, Visual Studio 2010 Support, IIS7 URL Rewrite, New ListView and DataPager Controls and WCF Support for RSS, JSON, POX and Partial Trust.

With all of these features, developers will be able to cater support for model binders in web forms that bid data controls directly to data-access methods. Also, able to support the modules and handlers easily, the content distribution using ScriptManager Control, writing and reading HTTP responses and requests in unsynchronized manner and so on.

WebHostForASP.net allows the existing customers who still use the older version of ASP.NET to upgrade to ASP.NET 4.5 without any extra cost. Several hosting packages are also offered, from shared hosting, Dedicated Server, VPS, SharePoint and Windows Reseller hosting. All hosting plans are included with unlimited domain, MySQL database, SQL Server 2012, Smarter Mail Webmail software, Windows 2008, IIS 7 and many more.

Accompanying with 24/7 support and 99.8% uptime guaranteed, existing or new customers will be able to deploy this latest .NET framework easily. It gives more compact code, a richer set of services and capabilities, a more effective and appealing user interface, easy to navigate, a more elegant and easy-to-maintain application architecture, and a powerful set of administration tools. For more information of this ASP.NET 4.5 hosting, just visit http://www.webhostforasp.net/aspnet45hosting.aspx

WebHostForASP.net currently owns and operates two state of the art data centers in Dallas, Texas, offering complete redundancy in power, HVAC, fire suppression, network connectivity, and security. It runs Windows 2003 Server and all of its staffs have knowledge and certification in Windows Server. For more information, visit them at http://www.webhostforasp.net.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Telerik Sitefinity 5.1 Adds Native Support for ASP.NET MVC

New Release Offers Enhanced Tools for Developer Productivity, Plus Radically Redesigned Email Campaign Management for Marketers.

Telerik, an end-to-end provider of software application, lifecycle and content management solutions, today announced several key enhancements to its award-winning ASP.NET Content Management System (CMS), Sitefinity. These include full ASP.NET MVC and Razor support, as well as a redesigned email campaign management tool, continuing Telerik’s commitment to deliver the most advanced Web content management platform to developers, marketing end-users and IT managers, while maintaining an extreme focus on usability and productivity.

Native Support for ASP.NET MVC
In order to accommodate evolving trends in web development, the Sitefinity 5.1 release adds native support for the ASP.NET MVC web application framework, together with its Razor rendering engine. This framework mandates the separation of the three building blocks of an application – presentation (View), logic (Controller) and data (Model) – ensuring clean separation of concerns between application layers, making it easier for developers to organize and manage their apps.

ASP.NET MVC enables developers to completely control the markup of web pages, as the abstractions provided by the Control class are gone. With the explosion in popularity of JavaScript, client-side frameworks and AJAX, this developer control is increasingly critical.

With this release, Sitefinity also becomes the first CMS to let developers switch freely between Web Forms and MVC. Each Sitefinity page and template has 3 modes: Web Forms, MVC and hybrid mode - where MVC controllers and Web Forms controls can exist on the same page. These techniques can be mixed-and-matched within a single Sitefinity project, enabling existing projects to be gradually transitioned to MVC if desired.

Enhanced Tools to Increase Developer Productivity
The Sitefinity 5.1 release includes enhancements to Sitefinity Thunder, its Visual Studio plug-in that increases developer productivity. Using Sitefinity Thunder, developers can now work directly with their Sitefinity website through Visual Studio, enabling them to stay in the tool where they work, and centrally manage connections to all of their projects in one place.

With Sitefinity 5.1, developers can directly access and modify their website’s widget templates and, because these templates contain full IntelliSense-support, developers can spend more time coding and less time reading documentation. Furthermore, developers can fast-track their Sitefinity development by utilizing templates for widgets, widget designers, field controls, layouts and themes. This simplifies the process for developers to create a suite of Sitefinity extensions and then re-use these extensions in multiple projects.

Redesigned Email Campaign Management
The 5.1 release also adds a radically redesigned email Campaign Management Tool to help businesses meet their marketing objectives. The email tool enables marketers to effortlessly launch new email campaigns, then track the effectiveness of the campaign through detailed analytics. Each message can be personalized and then refined through sophisticated A/B testing. Furthermore, because these features are fully integrated into Sitefinity, companies can create effective email marketing that blends seamlessly with their other online marketing efforts.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

aspConf - The Free Live ASP.NET Conference - July 17-18

aspConf is a free, virtual conference dedicated to ASP.NET. It's the sequel to the popular mvcConf series, expanded to two full days of great content on the entire ASP.NET platform. We've got an amazing lineup of over 60 presentations from amazing speakers, including a who's who of ASP.NET community speakers, lots of ASP.NET product team members, and keynotes from Scott Guthrie and Scott Hanselman.

The first day (July 17) features live streamed video from Channel 9 Studios, a keynote from Scott Guthrie, and breakout sessions via Live Meeting presented by ASP.NET community speakers from around the world. July 18 continues the fun with a keynote by Scott Hanselman and dozens more breakout sessions.


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Friday, July 13, 2012

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Red Gate Software Releases ANTS Performance Profiler 7.3, First Profiler to Join the Dots Behind ASP.NET Performance Problems

Profiles .NET code performance alongside database calls and shows which HTTP request triggered each piece of code

Red Gate Software has released ANTS Performance Profiler 7.3, the first profiler to tie together code performance, database performance, and HTTP requests.

In a single view, the tool allows ASP.NET developers to relate poor performance in their application to specific lines of code and database requests, and check which of the two is causing the problem.

"Developers usually have to jump between profilers to see everything that's happening in an ASP.NET application," says Elizabeth Ayer, Product Manager at Red Gate.

"ANTS Performance Profiler 7.3 puts a stop to that. You get everything in one place, making it much simpler and quicker to diagnose and fix problems."

Grouping .NET code and database calls by HTTP request provides a picture of everything that happens in the code when a specific activity, such as a search, takes place in an application.

The profiler provides hit counts and timings for each piece of code and database call, so users can see where most time is being spent, and which areas of their application may need optimization.

The ability to see in one view how database queries are called from your .NET code is a unique feature among .NET profilers. ANTS Performance Profiler currently supports local, remote, and cloud-based SQL Server and Oracle databases.

"It's an excellent piece of engineering. I was amazed to see how easily we were able to optimize messaging speed from 1200 messages per second to 5700," says Pushpraj Rahul, a user of the Early Access Program.

"As a long time user, I've integrated the profiler into my entire development process. It has truly helped us write better performing applications from the beginning. The recent release with exposure to SQL statements makes that even more true," says Mitchel Sellers, a Microsoft C# MVP and CEO of IowaComputerGurus.

Free trial available

Developers can try the latest release for themselves with a 14-day free trial, available from www.red-gate.com/antsperformanceprofiler

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Quartet FS ActivePivot Support Added to Syncfusion Business Intelligence Studio

Quartet FS partnership offers developers a way to visualize ActivePivot data within their .NET applications

 Syncfusion, Inc., a leading provider of .NET components for Windows development, announced a partnership with in-memory analytics technology provider Quartet FS. Syncfusion has added support for Quartet FS' ActivePivot platform to its Essential Studio Business Intelligence Edition.

Quartet FS offers clients a clear picture of their business in real-time, by tracking ongoing activity and events and drawing on the right information to make informed decisions faster and with greater confidence. Quartet FS' product ActivePivot is a real-time, in-memory analytics platform, which provides instant insight into complex and dynamic data for timely business decisions.

Syncfusion, with built-in support for ActivePivot, provides a powerful .NET front-end with its business intelligence components - OlapClient, OlapChart, and OlapGrid - which are available across different platforms: ASP.NET, WPF and Silverlight.

"Quartet FS' ActivePivot engine is widely used for in-memory analytics. Now, developers using Syncfusion's business intelligence studio can build cutting-edge information portals that take advantage of the data analytics offered by the ActivePivot platform," said Georges Bory, co-founder and managing director at Quartet FS.

Syncfusion business intelligence components support Quartet FS' ActivePivot server and enable business users to process ActivePivot server databases with only a valid user name, passed through a XMLA service, across the following platforms: ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, WPF and Silverlight. So, the data can now be visualized in desktop applications.

A technical white paper entitled, Active Pivot Data Visualization Using Syncfusion Essential BI, is available and outlines how to incorporate ActivePivot data into custom .NET applications.

Telerik Adds Tablet Support to Kendo UI HTML5, JavaScript Tool

Telerik announced that its Kendo UI framework for building HTML5 and JavaScript mobile apps and sites now supports both tablet app development and server-side ASP.NET MVC development.

Telerik, a maker of application development software, has announced a major update of its Kendo UI, a unified framework for building HTML5 and JavaScript mobile apps and sites.

This release includes a set of controls and widgets for creating rich iPad user interfaces, as well as the first in a series of server-side wrappers to enable developers to incorporate and configure Kendo UI via familiar server-side programming.

On July 11, Telerik announced Kendo UI Complete, a collection of Web, DataViz and management tools for professional software developers.

In an attempt to avoid fragmentation, more developers are focusing on Web standards such as HTML5 and JavaScript to build software that can run anywhere and reach the largest possible audience. Kendo UI’s unified framework incorporates adaptive rendering capabilities and leverages the latest in CSS3, HTML5 and JavaScript Web standards to automatically adapt a mobile app’s native look-and-feel on any smartphone and tablet device, while delivering broad support for all major browsers.

“With this release, Kendo UI moves beyond mobile phones to help developers create experiences with HTML5 that look native on the iPad and other tablets,” Todd Anglin, vice president of HTML5 Web and Mobile Tools at Telerik, said in a statement. “In addition, we’ve added important updates across the Kendo UI framework, including the first in a series of server-side wrappers that further equip developers to quickly and cost effectively create advanced apps and mobile sites with HTML5 and JavaScript.”

According to IDC, more than 107 million tablets will ship this year, with nearly two-thirds of those expected to be iPads. By adding iPad-specific widgets to Kendo UI Mobile, the company provides developers with a streamlined way to build native-like apps leveraging HTML5 for the market’s No. 1 tablet.

HTML5 is quickly becoming the dominant cross-platform runtime, with ABI Research forecasting the installed base for mobile devices with HTML5 to grow from approximately 500 million in 2011, to more than 2.1 billion in 2016. Gartner further forecasts that worldwide tablet sales will grow by 98 percent in 2012 to 119 million units.

Kendo UI Mobile already helps developers build HTML5 or JavaScript apps that automatically transform to the native look-and-feel of iOS, Android and BlackBerry. With this update, developers can use Kendo Mobile UI’s adaptive rendering to target multiple phone and tablet platforms with a single UI code base, thus eliminating the traditional challenges that developers face of manually researching and then combining all the plug-ins and frameworks and libraries needed to build mobile apps.

This new release also adds server-side helpers for ASP.NET MVC, enabling developers to incorporate and configure Kendo UI via familiar server-side programming, while still producing apps that benefit from the client-side power of Kendo UI and HTML5. While Kendo UI works with any server-side technology, some developers are less comfortable in JavaScript and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), but feel very capable when working inside a server-side language. These wrappers ensure that developers who prefer to build apps from their own server-side language can do so quickly.

Moreover, developers using the new ASP.NET MVC wrappers can take full advantage of server-side framework features and coding conveniences, while targeting both desktop and mobile devices using the cross-platform power of modern HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript. Kendo UI Complete for ASP.NET MVC is the first of what the company plans to be a collection of server-side helpers for different platforms, including Java and PHP, all designed to maximize developer productivity with HTML5.

In addition to the new iPad widgets and server wrappers, there are updates across the entire Kendo UI framework, including new and improved widgets and charts in Kendo UI Web and DataViz, enabling the presentation of rich, touch-aware visual information on any browser and any device.

There are new Popover and Split View controls, as well as Action Sheet and Modal View widgets for Kendo UI Mobile. Telerik added new Donut (or torus) and Bubble chart types, as well as date axis support and additional arrow types for the Radial Gauge in Kendo UI DataViz. And the company added a combined DateTimePicker widget, column reordering and resizing on the Grid, and support for hierarchical and relational data in the DataSource for Kendo UI Web.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Beta Enhances dtSearch® Document Filters to Display Highlighted Hits in Context with Document Images (as well as Text) in Popular "Office" and Email Formats

dtSearch Corp., a leading supplier of enterprise and developer text retrieval along with document filters, announces beta testing of Version 7.70 of the dtSearch product line.  The new version adds multiple improvements to the document filters spanning the dtSearch product line.  For customers in need of data parsing, conversion and extraction only, the dtSearch Engine APIs (native 64-bit/32-bit, Win/Linux C++, Java and .NET through 4.x) also make the document filters available for separate OEM licensing.

Document Filters.  dtSearch's proprietary document filters support a broad range of data types (many of which already include combined image and text support):

"Office" documents:  MS Office, OpenOffice, RTF, PDF, etc.; the beta also adds support for Japanese Ichitaro documents
Emails:  MS Exchange, Outlook, Thunderbird, etc., all with nested attachments
Compression formats:  ZIP, RAR, GZIP/TAR, etc.
Web-ready data:  HTML, XML/XSL and PDF—all already with full image (in addition to text) support
Dynamic data:  PHP, ASP.NET, SharePoint, etc.— all already with full image (in addition to text) support
Databases:  SQL including BLOB data (through the dtSearch Engine APIs), MS Access, XBASE, XML, CSV, etc.
The document filters support parsing of all of the above data types as well as text extraction and/or conversion to HTML as required for browser display with highlighted hits.

Embedded Image Enhancements.  The new beta extends the document filters to add image support to Word (.doc/.docx), PowerPoint (.ppt/.pptx), Excel, (.xls/.xlsx), Access (.mdb/accdb), RTF, and email files including Thunderbird (mbox/.eml), and Outlook (.pst/.msg) files.  The beta displays these formats showing highlighted hits in context with both text and now images.

Multi-Level Nested File Enhancements.  The dtSearch document filters also support documents and images in multi-level nested configurations.  For example, the beta would support not only viewing images in an email file, but also images in a PowerPoint embedded in a Word document attached as a zipped file to an email message.  A new "object extraction" API lets developers navigate through the structure of each embedded object as a hierarchy, and optionally extract each object.

Spider.  The Spider works with local and remote, static and dynamic web content.  Hit-highlighted searching can span any level of site depth, across any number of public and private or secure sites, including support for log-ins and forms-based authentication.  The Spider is built into the dtSearch product line, and accessible through a .NET API for programmers.

Terabyte Indexer.  dtSearch enterprise and developer products can index over a terabyte of text in a single index, spanning directories, databases, online data, and emails.  The products can create an unlimited number of indexes, and simultaneously search them.  Indexed search time is typically less than a second, even across terabytes of data.  Online indexed searching operates in a "stateless" environment, supporting unlimited concurrent search threads.

Search Options.  The dtSearch product line includes 25+ full-text and fielded data search types, including special forensics search options.  dtSearch products offer federated or distributed searching with integrated relevancy ranking across any number of different data repositories.  The dtSearch Engine APIs also support faceted searching and other advanced data classification objects.

International Language Support.  dtSearch products support all Unicode languages, including both right-to-left languages, and special Chinese/Japanese/Korean character options.

The dtSearch Engine.  The dtSearch Engine for Win & .NET and the dtSearch Engine for Linux make available dtSearch document filters and instant searching for a wide range of Internet, Intranet and other commercial applications.  The SDKs include native 64-bit and 32-bit C++, Java and .NET (through 4.x) APIs.  For over a hundred developer case studies, please see www.dtsearch.com/casestudies.html.  In addition to standard OEM licenses, the SDK also makes available the document filters for separate OEM licensing.

Other dtSearch Products.  The new release also covers dtSearch Web with Spider for quickly publishing instantly searchable data to an Internet or Intranet site, dtSearch Network with Spider for instantly searching across a network, dtSearch Publish for publishing searchable data to portable media, and dtSearch Desktop with Spider for desktop search.

Microsoft equips Windows Server for cloud duty

Microsoft is giving hosting providers and other organizations some tools for setting up their own Windows-based cloud systems using Microsoft Windows Server.

In conjunction with the company's Worldwide Partners Conference (WPC) this week in Toronto, Microsoft has released a preview set of technologies that can be installed on Windows Server that will allow organizations to set up virtual machines and Web hosting services that can then be offered as services, either internally or externally.

Microsoft initially developed all of the technologies to run its own Windows Azure cloud service, though it did not specify if this set of technologies would be fully interchangeable with Microsoft's own Azure service.

The pre-release preview of the technologies, called a Community Technology Preview (CTP), offers three sets of services that can be used by multiple parties. One is for hosting websites and Web applications. Another is for offering virtual machines, of either the Linux or Microsoft variety. The third set of services provides consumers with their own self-service portals.

On Monday, Microsoft announced that it would soon release Windows Server 2012, the next-generation Windows operating system for servers. Server manufacturers will get the OS in August and it will be generally available in September. During his keynote at WPC, Satya Nadella, who is president of Redmond's server and tools business, touted the release, along with these Azure-based technologies, as an alternative to VMware's cloud software.

For website hosting, the package runs not only Microsoft's own ASP (Active Server Pages) and ASP.NET frameworks, but also the open-source PHP Web programming language and Node.js JavaScript framework. It can run both Linux and Windows Server as virtual machines. The package also provides a portal, as well as an API (application programming interface), which both can be used to manage websites and virtual servers. It also includes the ability to provision services, keep track of billing, and add customized artwork and additional services.

The package requires at least four virtual machines running either Windows Server 2012, which will be available by September, or Windows Server 2008 R2. It requires System Center 2012 SP1, currently available only as a CTP. It also requires the updated .NET Framework, both versions 3.5 and 4. And it requires both SQL Server 2008 and MySQL 5.1.

There seems to be interest around offering Windows Server as a cloud service. Monday, hosting provider Rackspace announced that it would start offering Windows Server 2012 as a virtual machine service in the cloud sometime in the next few months.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Microsoft quietly bangs Bing's big bucks drum

Microsoft has created an angel investment fund for startups using its Bing.com search and ads platform.

The Bing Fund is described in a Microsoft job posting for a creative director as “a small team working with start-ups and accelerators to bring a wave of innovation to OSD”. OSD is Microsoft’s Online Services Division.

The creative director job post states that the Bing Fund, first reported here by Mary-Jo Foley, has a portfolio which includes "startups working on the web, desktop, mobile and console".

It appears that funding is not reserved for projects which solely use Microsoft technologies – a program manager job posting here says Microsoft wants engineers with broad experience of HTML, Javascript jQuery, the LAMP stack, AWS, Heroku, Google App Engine in addition to C#, ASP.NET and Windows Azure.

Heading up the Bing Fund is Rahul Sood, a former general manager for Microsoft’s Xbox and founder of PC maker VoodooPC, which was bought by Hewlett Packard in 2006. Sood joined Microsoft in 2011 and became a general manager at Xbox, which is part of Microsoft’s entertainment unit that is also home to Bing. Sood took over Bing Fund in March this year, according to his LinkedIn bio.

Microsoft hasn’t officially announced Bing Fund and everything seems to be in stealth mode. But there have been job postings, a cryptic Twitter feed – since the end of June – and now a website. A recent tweet from Sood suggests that his "new project" will launch in mid-July.

It's not unusual for tech companies to invest in startups to promote their platform or technologies: SAP, Intel and Google all run funds. Microsoft has run a programme called BizSpark under Silicon Valley veteran Dan’l Lewin since October 2008. BizSpark gives startups free access to Microsoft tools, technologies, and services and is open to private companies which are less than three years old and have less than $1m revenue. Microsoft claims more than 30,000 startups have joined the programme so far.

One beneficiary of BizSpark is IssueLive, co-founded by Bing Fund senior programme manager David Raskino.

Bing, along with Microsoft's online services business, are the weakest performing areas of Redmond’s empire. Despite pouring billions into building Bing, the business still earns Microsoft relatively little cash – $700m in the company’s most recent quarter – while it also reported a loss. The outlook is not great either: Microsoft just wrote off $6.2bn on the failed aQuantive acquisition from 2007, saying expectations for the future growth and profitability of OSD are lower than previous estimates.

Microsoft will likely use its annual Worldwide Partner Conference this week to rally both new and existing partners to Bing, asking them to build businesses and services on the platform. It wouldn't be the first time chief exec Steve Ballmer has begged partners to show Bing some love.