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Blast Radius Helps Organizations Leap Barriers to XML Adoption with Launch of XMetaL(R) Author DITA Edition; Market primed for the world's first DITA-based XML authoring solution
[September 26, 2005]

Blast Radius Helps Organizations Leap Barriers to XML Adoption with Launch of XMetaL(R) Author DITA Edition; Market primed for the world's first DITA-based XML authoring solution

VANCOUVER, B.C. & LAKE GENEVA, Wis. --(Business Wire)-- Sept. 26, 2005 -- Blast Radius, the world leader in XML content creation and collaboration solutions, today unveiled XMetaL Author DITA Edition, the first XML application built exclusively for natively authoring and publishing content using the Darwin Information Typing Architecture (DITA).

Featuring a rich topic-oriented authoring environment, XMetaL Author DITA Edition combines the power and productivity of XMetaL Author with new DITA-specific capabilities, enabling authors to deliver XML content with greater ease and speed than ever before.

"The DITA industry-standard model for creating topic-based XML content moves away from the book paradigm to encourage effective content reuse and dynamic online delivery capabilities," said David Antila, Principal, Advisory Services, Collaborative Strategies. "Products such as XMetaL that support the DITA standard will positively impact collaborative authoring capabilities and enhance the re-use of content, ultimately resulting in increased productivity within an organization."

DITA's flexible, topic-oriented approach maps well to modern information delivery models, particularly those in the high tech industry. For example, Sybase, a globally-focused high tech company, plans to use XMetaL Author DITA Edition to meet its DITA needs.

"XMetaL DITA Edition will help simplify our approach to creating DITA content, and help us convert high volumes of technical information into accurate, relevant content for our customers," said Maria Brownstein, technical publications manager at Sybase. "We're really impressed by the depth and richness of XMetaL's DITA support."

XMetaL Author DITA Edition includes the following DITA-specific capabilities:

-- Visual Map Editing - A powerful visual map editor allows users to quickly organize topics into DITA maps.

-- Natural Structured Authoring(TM) - An interface and environment that reduces complex and time-consuming structured authoring chores to a series of simple steps that let users concentrate on writing high quality content.

-- Reusable Components - Built-in support for topic reuse in the DITA Map Editor and more granular content reuse through inline content references (conrefs), dramatically reduces redundancy and writing effort, while improving content consistency and quality.

-- Single-Source Publishing - The DITA Edition tightly integrates with the open source DITA Open Toolkit to let users write content once and output it to multiple publishing formats.

"The interest in XMetaL Author DITA Edition is huge," said Bruce Sharpe, VP Products, Blast Radius. "For many organizations transitioning to XML, our DITA solution is an ideal opportunity to get jump started on fully exploiting the benefits of reusable content and single-source publishing, while gaining the advantage of a standard."

Pricing and Availability

XMetaL Author DITA Edition is available immediately For additional product and purchasing information, visit

About XMetaL

XMetaL from Blast Radius simplifies the creation of critical business information and enables its fast and cost-efficient delivery to print, the Web and all other interaction points. The market's leading XML content creation and collaboration product, XMetaL maximizes a company's investment in content development across an extended enterprise. The XMetaL suite consists of five powerful products designed to meet the combined requirements of business people, IT managers and developers: XMetaL Author and XMAX (XMetaL for ActiveX) are used by content creators, and provide the only comprehensive XML solution available in both desktop and embeddable versions; XMetaL Reviewer is a real-time, in-context reviewing application for content creators; XMetaL Developer is used by developers to build custom solutions for content authors; and XMetaL Central is a server-based XML environment manager.

About Blast Radius

Blast Radius ( helps businesses deliver innovative and profitable customer experiences by combining business strategy, experience design, and industry-leading technologies, including its unique content lifecycle management solutions. With offices in the US, Canada and Europe, Blast Radius has formed long-term relationships with companies such as Aeroplan, A&E Television Networks, BMW, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Heineken, Nike, Nintendo and Philips.

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