It’s been a busy week for document management product releases. Adobe has finally released Acrobat XI, KnowledgeTree has released a number of easy-to-use templates for the legal and financial space, Pingar is offering automated SharePoint metadata, and Alfresco has released a Cloud API for easier mobile access for developers.

Adobe Acrobat XI

It's only Wednesday, but it’s likely that one of the big announcements of the week is the unveiling of Adobe Acrobat XI. This new version of the PDF application comes with a whole pile of new features and functions that will make it easier to take data from PDFs and send it to other applications across the enterprise.

One of the major additions is the new cloud services feature. There is also tighter integration into SharePoint and Office.

Just before the announcements Adobe’s Mark Grilli, senior director of product marketing for Acrobat, and Ali Hanyaloglu, senior Acrobat Solutions evangelist sat down with CMSWire to take a look at Acrobat XI, which, they say, focuses on better productivity and collaboration.

DocTrackr Raises US$ 2 million

We talk a lot about document security, and finding documents in the enterprise, whether they're in SharePoint, an enterprise CMS, or a document management system. We also talk a lot about collaboration and sending documents here, there and everywhere, with encryption and password-based locks on the documents.

But once a document has left the enterprise, do we actually know where it is going, or whose desk it lands on?  Well docTrackr, is a Paris-based start-up that aims to tell enterprises where their documents are.

Built on Microsoft Office technology and Adobe cryptography, it gives document owners control over who can read, edit and even see their documents.

But that’s not the news. The news is that they’ve just managed to raise US$ 2 million in a funding seed round led by Atlas Venture and Polaris Venture Partners.

It’s always a good sign when investors start gathering -- they don’t like to lose money, so their investments are well thought-out. In the grand scheme of things, US$ 2 million is not a staggering amount of money, but it does show interest in their products.

KnowledgeTree’s Templates

Also this week, KnowledgeTree, which provides cloud solutions to enable enterprises take control of their documents, has announced the release of Quick Start templates which have been developed for its document management application.

The templates are pre-built for Legal and Finance teams and enable users to co-author, organize and manage critical documents in an environment designed specifically for their industries without requiring the application to be re-configured by developers.

With the templates, KnowledgeTree aims to enable teams to manage their workflows better and approve budges and contracts faster, while at the same time managing to stay compliant. It does not say whether these workflows can be initiated automatically, but does add that they can be developed to work for any team in the organization.

Of course KnowledgeTree has been developing these kinds of tools for a while. Added to its existing collaborative and document management tools, Quick Start templates should add to the company's traction in a space in which it already has a substantial client base.

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Automated SharePoint Metadata From Pingar

For SharePoint this week, we have a new release from Pingar (a vendor of applications to manage unstructured data) that automates the assignment of metadata to documents in SharePoint 2010.

If it does what it says it does, this will be a real bonus for enterprises struggling to manage their unstructured content in SharePoint. Called Pingar Metadata Extractor for SharePoint 2010, it extracts metadata from hundreds of documents on a recurring basis.

It does this by installing directly into the SharePoint 2010 environment and can access the Pingar entity extraction API via the cloud or via an on-premises installation.Using the Metadata Extractor, it processes all the documents in SharePoint libraries and assigns metadata into the library columns.

The API can also be integrated into an organization’s proprietary taxonomies, which ensures that all applicable information is searched, saved and stored systematically. The overall result, Pingar says, is customized Enterprise CMS that manages unstructured data easily and  is easy to install.

Alfresco’s Cloud API

Finally, this week, at Oracle Open World,  Alfresco announced that it is enabling developers to access Alfresco in the cloud using their own mobile apps, through an API that includes CMIS standards.

Alfresco is again taking a pop at Dropbox -- as it did in mid-September with the release of its new synching abilities -- by offering developers another way around Dropbox. But what’s the betting we get something juicy from Dropbox in the coming weeks, to counter the Alfresco move?

All that sniping aside, this looks really useful for anyone who is looking for Alfresco access while mobile. Following Alfresco’s Jeff Potts’ presentation at OpenWorld, CMSWire’s Anthony Myers caught up with him and asked him for more details on the new mobile API.