Wednesday January 24, 11:06 am Eastern Time
Digital Creations Enhances Open Source Application Server
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
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
* Significantly improved Zope Management Interface for web-based authoring
* 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
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.
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 http://www.zope.org .
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, HomeGain.com, ZapMedia, Cox Communications, and a major