Bridging the New and Old Workflow

first_imgMark Logic’s second new service, Toolkit for Word, allows organizations to include any content application they build on Mark Logic into Microsoft Word. “What that means is they do all the granular level creation,” said Kreisa. “For example, they might be authoring content using Word and they might want to take advantage of other content they’ve created. They can grab the content application plug-in, search across all their content, and grab components that they want. This dynamically assembles new content with the repository behind the scenes.” The service also creates intelligent authoring. “Most people are cutting and pasting—they open two different documents and try to do that assembly themselves,” Kreisa said. “Now organizations can build content applications they want for that dynamic assembly. They can tag things in the content and apply custom metadata that can be loaded into the Microsoft Office document inside the XML documents.”Toolkit for Word is distributed as open source under an Apache 2.0 license. In theory, the digital workflow makes things easier. Often, though, publishers have to go through multiple steps to get content (which is typically created in Microsoft Word) into the digital workflow or to get different applications working together. XML server provider Mark Logic has introduced two services designed to streamline the digital workflow. The first is MarkLogic Connector for SharePoint, which automatically mirrors content from Microsoft Office SharePoint 2007 to MarkLogic’s server. Once in MarkLogic, users can create XML-based applications that make it easier to find and repurpose individual content components. Users can also set up a folder in SharePoint and anything dropped into that folder will automatically be pushed to the Mark Logic server and converted into XML. Then it’s available to any content application built on top of Mark Logic, including dynamic delivery and syndication. “There might be multiple authors saving work into it directly and anything that gets pushed in there automatically gets indexed and processed by Mark Logic,” John Kreisa, director of industry solutions for Mark Logic, told FOLIO:. “We see this as important in tough economic times. Publishers are looking to save money and want to get away from some of the bloated and expensive enterprise content management systems.”last_img read more

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Currant brings inwall smart outlet to CES 2019

first_imgCES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Post a comment CES 2019: What tech to expect 27 Photos 1:44 25 tips to help you save on your electric bill CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Now playing: Watch this:center_img 0 Currant Currant brought its newest product, the Currant Smart Wall Outlet, to CES. The outlet analyzes power usage and recommends which devices to automatically power off in order to save electricity. The outlet is available in a 15-amp version for residential use and a 20-amp model for the commercial market. Both models are controlled through the Currant app for iOS or Android or with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. In addition to monitoring your energy use, you can also lock the outlet so it can only be turned on or off through the app. The idea is to keep children from using appliances that could be dangerous, or to limit time on devices like game consoles. The outlet analyzes real-time electricity usage and displays graphs that break down consumption and cost by hour, day, month or year. Alerts will notify you when the on and off rules are in effect and when devices are using a certain level of power. Designed to replace your standard in-wall outlet, the Currant Smart Wall Outlet has duplex, tamper-resistant receptacles that can be easily installed in homes or businesses. Currant Outlets use both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for setup and can pair with other Currant Smart Wall Outlets by creating a Bluetooth mesh network in the absence of Wi-Fi. The Currant Smart Wall Outlet will be available in the US in early 2019. Pricing information is not yet available.  CES Products Amazon Smart Home Share your voice Tagslast_img read more

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Hate subscription software Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are on sale for

first_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Aug 29 • Save up to $500 on Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets reading • Hate subscription software? Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are on sale for $60 each Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019 11 great gadgets that can smarten up a dumb dorm room Best back-to-school headphones Premiere Elements: $60 (save $40) $60 at Amazon Adobe Once upon a time, software and apps were a one-shot deal: You went to CompUSA, paid your $50 or $100 (or $500) and walked out with a shrinkwrapped box full of CDs or DVDs. All that, of course, is ancient history: Nowadays, nearly everything is cloud-based, meaning you always have access to the latest version and features, be they Office 365 or Adobe Creative Cloud. Indeed, Adobe’s cloud suite delivers always-on access to 20-some apps for $20 to $52 per month — it’s even on sale through Friday. And if you’re looking for “just Photoshop,” the company offers a very reasonable Photography Plan (Lightroom, Lightroom Classic, Photoshop and 20GB of cloud storage) for just $10 per month or $120 per year.But as attractive as those deals are, they’re still subscriptions that you’ll need to pay “forever” — or at least as long as long as you want access to the apps. That’s why it’s nice to see that one-and-done software purchases are still available. No, these aren’t standalone versions of the pro-level Creative Cloud apps. Instead, they’re Adobe’s stripped-down Elements software — but both are currently on sale. Photoshop Elements for image editing and Premiere Elements for video editing are discounted by 40% each from now through Sept. 3. They don’t have all the features of the full, pro-level Creative Cloud software, but many users will find these perfectly suitable for casual use. You can even download 30-day trial versions so you can try before you buy. Here’s a quick overview of each — along with some notable alternatives. Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. 2 Senior Editor Lori Grunin contributed to this story.Posted earlier, republished after verifying that sale prices were still in effect. Photoshop Elements: $60 (save $40) Share your voice Back-to-School Tech Gift Guide Aug 29 • Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019 $60 at Amazon Premiere Elements gives you a slice of Adobe’s pro-level Premiere video editing tool at a much lower price. If you want to make sure that Elements is right for you, you can download the trial version at Adobe.Windows alternatives worth considering ($54 to $80): CyberLink Powerdirector, Corel VideoStudio, Pinnacle StudioMac alternatives worth considering (free to $300): iMovie, Final Cut Pro XPremiere Elements is also available at Adobe. The Amazon link below offers Mac or Windows download codes or a CD disc version.  Tags Aug 29 • Best college laptops for 2019 The stripped-down version of Adobe’s image editing tool is available for 40% off. If you want to make sure that Elements is right for you, you can download the trial version at Adobe, or through the Windows App Store.Windows alternatives worth considering (free to $80): Affinity Photo, Corel PaintShop Pro, Skylum Luminar, GIMPMac alternatives worth considering (free to $80): Pixelmator/Pixelmator Pro, Affinity Photo, Skylum Luminar, GIMPPhotoshop Elements is also available at Adobe and the Windows App Store at the same price. (For reasons unknown, it’s still priced the usual $100 at the Mac App Store.) The Amazon link below offers Mac or Windows download codes or a CD disc version. See also Need both Elements programs? The bundle including both usually costs $150, but that’s also on sale for $90. That’s $60 off the list price, and a $30 savings versus buying both discounted apps above. Comments See All $90 at Amazon • Elements 2019 Bundle: $90 (save $30) Computers Software Adobe Creative Cloud Adobe Photoshoplast_img read more

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Hajj in numbers

first_imgMuslim pilgrims pray around the holy Kaaba at the Grand Mosque, during the annual hajj pilgrimage in Mecca 27 September, 2014. Photo: ReutersThe hajj pilgrimage, which starts at Islam’s holiest sites in Saudi Arabia on Sunday, is one of the world’s largest annual gatherings.Here are some figures illustrating its scale:- More than two million pilgrims are taking part this year, according to official figures, compared to 1.86 million in 2016 and just 24,000 in 1941.- Some 18,000 civil defence employees, among tens of thousands of security personnel, are helping safeguard pilgrims, officials say. Additionally, thousands of security cameras have been set up along the pilgrimage route.- Twenty-five hospitals backed by 180 ambulances and more than 30,000 health practitioners have been mobilised to provide emergency services to pilgrims, according to the hajj ministry.- Tens of thousands of air-conditioned tents have been set up to house pilgrims.- Around 14,000 international and domestic flights have so far transported pilgrims, according to official figures. Around 21,000 buses have also been used.- Around 16,000 telecommunication towers and 3,000 WiFi access points have been set up to serve pilgrims, the hajj ministry says.- Eight million copies of the holy Koran and their translations as well as other religious books will be handed out to pilgrims, official figures show.- Saudi Arabia hopes to welcome 30 million pilgrims annually in the kingdom by 2030. Muslims also flock to the country for the umra pilgrimage, which can be performed at any time of the year.- Around 54 million pilgrims have attended the hajj over the past 25 years, according to official figures.last_img read more

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