Introducing Rollbase and thoughts on better searches

Hi again. I hope this finds everyone well.

This month we are changing things up slightly. I will be starting with some business related news and then moving onto more general thoughts. Likewise, I will be seeking feedback from the willing for ongoing conversation points in future newsletters.

In business news I would like to introduce the company Rollbase. Rollbase is a cloud development platform for creating business-centric, software as a service (SaaS) applications. What’s better is that the platform is portable; allowing developers to choose between a hosted cloud or a private cloud solution.

Rollbase made it onto my radar because the platform offers native support for Aspose.Words for Java. One can purchase Aspose.Words for Java and enable Rollbase to accept Word document templates for generating business documents on the fly. More information and savings can be found in this blog post on their site.

In general thoughts, this month I’ll be talking about a feature I would love to see in search engines: object searches. Search engines are great when you know what you’re looking for, but what do you do when you have no idea what you’re searching for? As silly as it may sound this happens to me from time-to-time. For example, let’s say you’re working outdoors and spot a plant you do not recognize. How do you find more information on this plant if you do not know its name? Radica games translated the old 20 questions game to a very entertaining game device. Seeing this concept implemented so well I can’t help but wonder why there isn’t a similar “object” search feature, an interface that allows users to identify what they’re seeking by answering common identification questions. One could even integrate the use of pictures for quicker identification.

If you have already seen some form of this please drop us a line. Or, if there are other topics that you would like to discuss please feel free to share those as well.

Many thanks,

Danny Cooper, Aspose Texas Team Leader @aspose

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New Releases and Updates

  1. Aspose.Total for .NET – a compilation of our latest .NET products.

  2. Aspose.Words for .NET 9.7.0 – adds access permission to PDF creation and fixes a number of issues.

  3. Aspose.Cells for .NET 5.3.0 – enhances conversion features and adds a number of features to Aspose.Cells.GridWeb.

  4. Aspose.Pdf for .NET 5.0.0 – fixes a number of issues.

  5. Aspose.Slides for .NET 5.0.0 – adds ODP format import and improves chart management.

  6. Aspose.Pdf.Kit for .NET 5.3.0 – improves image conversions, text rendering and concatenation.

  7. Aspose.BarCode for .NET 3.9.0 – adds four new image management features and fixes and issue.

  8. Aspose.Tasks for .NET 3.6.0 – adds three new features, including read write MS Office Project XML.

  9. Aspose.Network for .NET 6.1.0. – adds several new features, including support for OST, and fixes a number of issues.

  10. Aspose.Total for Java – a compilation of our latest Java products.

  11. Aspose.Cells for Java 2.5.1 – adds new features and fixes a number of issues.

  12. Aspose.Pdf for Java 2.8.0 – improves HTML to PDF conversion and fixes a number of issues.

  13. Aspose.BarCode for Java 2.5.0 – adds auto-wrapping of captions, and SCC-14 generation.

  14. [Aspose.Total for Reporting Services][4] – a compilation of our latest SSRS products.

  15. [Aspose.Slides for Reporting Services][5] 3.9.0 – resolves an issue with tables.

  16. [Aspose.Cells for Reporting Services][6] 1.7.0 – improves conditional formatting, adds tablix report item rendering and a number of fixes.

  17. [Aspose.Total for JasperReports][7] – a compilation of our latest JasperReport products.

  18. [Aspose.Slides for JasperReport][8] 1.5.0 – fixes alignment and formatting issues.

  19. [Aspose.Cells for JasperReports][9] 1.1.1 – improves Microsoft Excel 2007 file parsing.

  20. [Aspose.Total for SharePoint][10] – a compilation of our latest SharePoint products.

  21. [Aspose.Cells for SharePoint][11] 2.0.1 – fixes PDF conversion formatting issues.

  22. [Aspose.Network for SharePoint][12] 1.2.0 – enhances SharePoint email synchronisation.

Discontinued Products

Aspose.Report and Aspose.Flash will be discontinued on 16 March, 2011. Technical support continues to the end of your product subscription period but there will be no further development of these products. To find out more about what this might mean to you, read about discontinued products.

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