Software Briefs: IBM, HP, Adobe

Software Briefs: IBM, HP, Adobe

IBM developer site

IBM is consolidating two Lotus software technical resources for developers into a new Web site, the Lotus Developer Domain. The new Lotus Developer Domain replaces and the Lotus Developer Network. The main goal of the change is to bring together in one place content previously scattered across several sites, said an IBM spokesperson. The Lotus Developer Domain includes all the content from the old sites, along with new features such as enhanced discussion forums for each Lotus product and Product Pages, a site section organising technical resources on Lotus software by product line.

HP ditches developer show

Hewlett-Packard has pulled the plug on its worldwide developer conference that was scheduled to take place in Las Vegas at the end of May. The company decided to postpone its Invent 2002 conference after receiving feedback from customers that they couldn't afford to attend because of the tough economic times, according to information at the conference's Web site. Delaying the four-day conference also gives HP more time before it has to update customers on future product plans in light of its planned merger with Compaq Computer.

Adobe wins patent trial

A jury in Delaware has determined that Macromedia infringed on technology patents held by Adobe Systems and has awarded Adobe $US2.8 million in damages. Adobe sued Macromedia in August 2000 in the US District Court, District of Delaware, charging that its Flash animation product makes use of patented technology developed by Adobe for its "tabbed pallette," a feature that helps users organise information on their computer screens. Along with its damages award, Adobe said it expects the court to issue an injunction that would prevent Macromedia from further infringement of Adobe patents.

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