Digital Creations Enhances Open Source Application Server

Jan 24, 2001, 00:00 ET from Digital Creations

    FREDERICKSBURG, Va., Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Creations, leaders in
 time-to-market-focused content management solutions, today announced the
 release of Zope 2.3, a new edition of the leading Open Source application
 server. The new release is focused on increased ease-of-use and improved
     Zope specializes in rapid delivery of rich content to wide audiences, and
 Digital Creations bases its services business in content management on the
 Zope platform.
     New in the 2.3 release:
     * Scripts allow safe web management of logic, dramatically improving the
       ease of site design
     * Cache Manager provides a powerful caching infrastructure for
       dramatically improving site responsiveness while retaining dynamicism
     * Built-in infrastructure for complex virtual hosting of multiple sites in
       one server
     * Significantly improved Zope Management Interface for web-based authoring
       and administration
     * Other important changes, such as improvements in WebDAV support,
       customizable object creation, running an optional server for browsing
       source documents, significant improvements in cataloging and indexing,
       and support for abstract interfaces
     "This is the most significant release since the move to Zope 2.0 in summer
 1999," says Paul Everitt, CEO of Digital Creations. "We took a major step on
 easing the learning curve and accelerating speed of development, which will be
 the focus over the coming months. At the same time, we've rolled in important
 improvements for content management."
     "Our products and services require full use of the power Zope delivers,"
 says Doug Hellmann, Director of Portal Development for ZapMedia
 (  "The 2.3 release shows the increase in Zope's growth
 through the substantial improvements in performance, scalability and ease-of-
     Zope 2.3 will be released in January 2001, in source form and with
 binaries available for Linux, Windows, and Solaris.
     About Digital Creations
     Digital Creations was formed in 1995 as a joint venture with Infinet,
 itself a joint venture between newspaper chains Gannett, Knight Ridder, and
 Landmark Communications. Infinet's goal was to bring newspapers online,
 providing a point of presence on the Web for every newspaper, that could then
 be resold under the paper's own brand.
     Digital Creations was commissioned to develop a classified advertisement
 engine for the Internet. As part of that work, they developed Bobo, a free
 toolset for publishing and storing Python objects; Principia, a commercial
 superset of Bobo aimed at the application server market; and Aqueduct, a
 commercial package that integrated relational data into the application
 server. When the partnership with Infinet dissolved in 1997, Digital Creations
 received the intellectual property rights for the products.
     In 1998, the company received its first round of financing. Hadar
 Pedhazur, a principal at Verticality, the company that provided the funding,
 convinced Digital Creations to merge the free and commercial software into a
 unified, free, Open Source product. The first version of Zope was released in
 December 1998.
     In November 2000, Digital Creations closed a $12 million round of Series C
 funding, led by Whitney & Co. The funding round is being used to scale the
 company and build significant strategic partnerships.
     About Zope
     Zope is the leading Open Source application server for dynamic, high-
 performance Web services. Zope's unique integrated object database and object
 model greatly simplify the job of creating and deploying truly impressive Web
 applications. Zope delivers content management, comprehensive database
 integration, application development and support for a wide range of operating
 systems, Web servers and databases.
     Since Digital Creations introduced Zope as an Open Source product in late
 1998, Zope has quickly become the platform of choice for demanding application
 developers and content managers. As an Open Source solution, Zope is available
 free of charge, and comes with complete source code. More information about
 Zope is available at .
     Key Customers
     Digital Creations has provided high-end solutions for organizations such
 as newspapers and other media, telecommunications firms, the government, the
 military, educational institutions, and Internet businesses. Customers include
 WebMD, the U.S. Navy,, ZapMedia, Cox Communications, and a major
 television-broadcasting network.

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