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October 22, 1999

October 22, 1999




New Version of ColdFusion Tag Released
CFDEV.COM recently released Activedit 1.1, an improved version of its' custom ColdFusion tag. The new tag features easier installation, improved functionality, as well as an added debugging attribute and error catching in order to reduce configuration problems.

New features include: a function which allows developers to apply filters to the HTML content, allowing them to force a coding style they prefer, or add a head to the HTML.

"It allows developers to apply rules to the code their clients create," said Pete Freitag , Activedit's Lead Developer.

The tag which was tested with, NT/IIS, NT/Netscape Enterprise, NT/WebSite, and Solaris/Apache, using Access, SQL Server, and Oracle, running CF 3, 4, 4.01, 4.5, features other improvements such as:

  • adding a familiar-looking Microsoft Word-type WYSIWYG editor into their client's Corporate Web Sites with a few lines of code
  • advanced formatting features that give clients with little Web knowledge the ability to build web-based tables, insert images, create links, change fonts, and font colors
  • pasting a Microsoft Word document into the editor and it preserves the formatting.
Mainframe and AS/400 Host-Screen Content Now Available
iE, an international leader in integrated e-commerce applications, unveiled a new version of iE Screen Surfer, a general purpose Web gateway for screen-based host applications, allowing Web, ColdFusion, and Microsoft ASP developers to include mainframe and AS/400 host screen content in their dynamic Web pages.

iE ScreenSurfer's new features include support for Microsoft's Active Server Page technology, enabling ASP developers to tap into IBM mainframes and AS/400s and access to 5250 terminal sessions, opening up the AS/400 community to interactive Web developers. ScreenSurfer's "hifi" emulation features make it an easy-to-adopt and economic solution to replace terminal emulators.

"Web developers have been selecting ScreenSurfer because it is HTML-centric and provides both full integration with their existing Web browser infrastructure as well as the ability to easily upgrade the user interface when appropriate," says Bill Thorne, VP Products at iE. "iE ScreenSurfer continues to provide the fastest and most cost-effective tool for integrating screen-based applications with ASP and ColdFusion."

A new version of iE ScreenSurfer is available at

Solutions Provider Furthers its Commitment to Content Management
Ektron Inc. recently made several announcements that reflect the company's dedication to Web Content Management. The company first announced the incorporation of new functionality into its eContent Manager, a next-generation Web content and documentation management tool that gives multiple, non-technical staff members throughout an organization the ability to be involved with site management. Currently designed for ColdFusion sites, version 1.1 includes content creation and editing using MS Word functions and allows cutting-and-pasting from MS Word, PowerPoint, and Excel without losing formatting, as well as image uploading, hyper-linking, spell checking, table creation, editing, and more.

In a more recent announcement, the company named two new executives who will help position the organization as one of the industry's first to offer low-cost dynamic Web content management and Web building tools created specifically for non-programmers who are challenged by their lack of ability to have hands-on involvement with e-business. Richard F. Condon and Stephen C. Fetter, join the company as president and vice president of sales, respectively.

"We are pleased to have these two highly experienced professionals as members of the Ektron team," announced Bill Rogers, Ektron founder and CEO. "They bring superior skill sets to our organization... The industry is demanding tools that empower anyone in an organization, not just technical staff, to be involved with building and managing an e-business presence."

Condon stated his first efforts will be directed towards expanding Ektron's presence in the marketplace. "With the best products available and an overwhelming critical need for these types of products, we are in a great position to begin expanding our efforts throughout the world," said Condon.

"We see tremendous potential here," added Fetter, "not only for developers and direct end-users, but also for integrators and resellers who can readily provide these tools as a value-added offering or an additional revenue stream."


Security Patch Now Available
A Security Patch for ISPs and customers hosting multiple ColdFusion applications on a single-server machine is now available to be downloaded.

The patch addresses potential security issues with undocumented CFML tags and functions used in the ColdFusion Administrator. The patch is only necessary for customers who allow .CFM files that are written by other developers to execute on their servers. For more information on the downloadable patch go to:


Funding Allows for More Applications to be Available Via the Web, a Web site offering desktop applications over the Internet, has received it's first round of angel funding. The announcement was made by Marcelo Lewin, the CEO and founder of L2 Inc., a Web design and ColdFusion consulting firm, and maker of My Internet Desktop. Lewin stated that the money will be used to further expand the number of applications that are currently available on My Internet Desktop. Funds will also be used to promote My Internet Desktop.

While most Web-based application sites offer a predetermined set of services and tools, is among a new type of Web business that offers independent software developers APIs (application programming interfaces) in order to build their applications.

More Stories By Maria Waddy

Maria Waddy is a ColdFusion Advisor editor.

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