This week, even with Labor Day weekend approaching there are a few notable releases. Vizit has announced the release of v5 that enhances document management in SharePoint, Microsoft has announced Office 2013 On Demand, M-Files announced SkyDrive support for v9.0 and Parascript upgrades FormXtra toolkit.

M-Files v9.0 With SkyDrive

This week, M-Files announced that the v9.0 of M-Files supports SkyDrive. This means that on top of all the existing collaboration features of the M-Files enterprise content management system, users will also be able to review and edit documents using the co-authoring features of SkyDrive.

The addition of SkyDrive support effectively surmounts the problems associated with sharing documents and other content with third parties by enabling those who don’t have access to M-Files, such as customers, partners and contractors, access the content contained in M-Files through SkyDrive.

And as SkyDrive is accessible through any device, including PCs, tablets and smartphones, it means users can collaborate on content while on the move without having to resort to email and associated attachments.

Co-authoring, as a result, will be possible through all Office applications or through WebApps even if Office is not installed locally.

There is other collaboration features available in this new version of M-Files, including better mobile access, search, cloud and hybrid cloud deployments, and long-term archiving. The beta version of M-Files 9.0 is currently available, while the full launch is scheduled for late September.

Parascript Upgrades FormXtra

Also this week Parascript has announced that it is releasing a new version of its FormXtra software toolkit that will enable developers to integrate forms with better accuracy.

FormXtra SDK 5.0 locates key data in machine print, hand print and cursive script enabling organizations to extract the important information. While earlier versions were also able to do this, Parascript says this version offers extraction possibility for a wider range of forms.

Using Parascript’s recognition technology, FormXtra SDK 5.0 can even take information from batches and process images that do not match existing templates. It also offers capabilities for the recognition of tables that may not be discreetly defined like transactional data found on invoices or other business documents.

Vizit v5.0 Released

For content visualization this week, Vizit, which provides search, and social collaboration solutions for SharePoint announced the general availability of Vizit 5.

With it, SharePoint users can find documents and specific passages or exhibits within documents, and share those portions of content in any collaborative SharePoint workspace. It also integrates document management into Yammer, enabling users to bring content into their Yammer conversations.

While Vizit 4 introduced search previews that can be placed beside any search or list result in SharePoint, Vizit 5 extends search by offering Best Bets. This means that Vizit 5 applies the search terms to the document, opens the document to the most relevant pages, and using highlighted search terms, offers users the information they are looking for.

Collaboration also got a makeover in this version, as Vizit 5 offers the ability to create a reference point within a document and share an extract using features like Vizit Conversations or Social Footnote.

It enables users to include content extracts in SharePoint collaborative workspaces, so users don’t have to search document libraries to find the content they are looking for.

Finally, it includes enhancements to SharePoint’s document management capabilities. SharePoint users can now add or edit properties while viewing documents.

Just released this week, Vizit 5 is now available and is accompanied by new bundles and associated pricing designed to accommodate the broadest range of SharePoint users possible. This release of Vizit 5 is also accompanied by new bundles and associated pricing, designed for as manny different business needs and users as possible.

Office 2013 On Demand

Finally, if you missed it earlier this week, Microsoft has announced that subscribers to the online version of Office 2013 will be able to access single instances of Office applications on any computer.

While streamlined versions of Office Web Apps already exist through Office 365, which are aimed at cornering the market that Google Docs appears to have captured, the new version of Office 2013 will consist of full-featured versions of the Office applications like Word, PowerPoint or Excel.

What this means is that once users have signed up to the new service, which is to be called Office On Demand, they will be able to download full versions of the applications and run them on a local PC, simply by logging into their accounts on the Office website. Interested in more?