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  Hi-Caption™ SE For Use With Macromedia® Flash™ Provides Solution For Captioning Macromedia Flash Movies And Presentations


Hi-Caption SE delivers a multimedia captioning management solution for Macromedia Flash Software

Concord, NH —May 29, 2003-HiSoftware, Inc. today announced the release of Hi-Caption SE for use with Macromedia Flash, which will provide multimedia developers worldwide with a comprehensive solution for managing the multimedia captioning for their Flash projects, in complete conformance with standards mandated by Section 508 of the federal government's Rehabilitation Act, as well as the international accessibility guidelines set forth by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Amendments mandates that federal agencies ensure that all electronic and information technologies purchased, maintained or developed meet the accessibility standards established by the U.S. Access Board. Although federally mandated, state governments and private organizations can also benefit by adhering to these standards, which enable access and usability by the widest possible audience.

In order for multimedia to be accessible under Section 508 Rule (b) and W3C WCAG 1.0 Priority 1 checkpoint 1.4, developers must create synchronized captioning for media files. Hi-Caption allows for fast and efficient creation, editing, and testing of the captioning of multimedia. The captioning file is stored in an XML captioning file. The Hi-Caption SE XML file allows for the embedding of multiple languages, which can then be selected dynamically by the user who is viewing the captions.

This Hi-Caption SE XML file contains the captioned text and the timing sequence, and optionally the names of the speakers in the presentation. Just as you would rather use a web editor to create web files, Hi-Caption allows you to easily create the XML captioning file, without having to learn the code behind it. Hi-Caption also supports captioning multimedia files in multiple languages so that they audience may select and view captioning in the language of their choice.

The Hi-Caption Viewer component for use with the Macromedia Flash Software provides drag-and-drop integration with the Flash Developer Environment. Developers can simply “drop on” the Hi-Caption Viewer component, set the properties, and then can provide closed captioned media to their site visitors. No knowledge of ActionScript is required. This is useful for training, accessibility, multi-language delivery of content and more.

“Macromedia is deeply committed to helping customers create rich, engaging and accessible experiences on the web. Hi-Caption for Flash makes it significantly easier for our customers to add in synchronized equivalents for audio. This is a very exciting announcement for Macromedia and our customers,” said Bob Regan, Senior Product Manager of Accessibility for Macromedia Corporation.

Hi-Caption SE provides users with the ability to create, test and mange captioning for their Flash productions. Features include the following:

  • Load Windows Media, Real Player Files or Flash Movies from Local System or the Internet for easy captioning

  • Collaborate with other users via the Internet or Network File System

  • Create transcripts with the press of a button from your captioned work

  • Create and share projects

  • Support for WCAG 1.0 Priority 1-3, Full Section 508, CLF, and any derived from WCAG

“Hi-Caption SE will assist Flash media developers in creating presentations that will be fully available to end-users regardless of technical or physical abilities,” according to Robert B. Yonaitis, CEO and President of HiSoftware Company. “As more and more developers understand the importance of accessible Web design, they will realize that it is within their grasp. We believe that their efforts will significantly improve the quality of the web for all. We are pleased to add the accessibility capabilities of Hi-Caption SE to Flash developers."

More information about Hi-Caption SE is available from the HiSoftware Web Site at: http://www.hisoftware.com/hmccflash/index.html

HiSoftware’s verification, repair and monitoring software solutions assist organizations in achieving and maintaining Web sites in compliance with organizational standards for accessibility, privacy, searchability, usability and custom quality factors. These solutions, available as client and automated server-based applications, help organizations develop long-term strategies to achieve Web content accessibility and quality. They allow multiple users to work collaboratively on Web site content testing-resulting in reductions in time and resources. HiSoftware’s solutions help organizations develop long-term strategies to achieve Web content accessibility, enhance usability, and comply with U.S. and international accessibility standards.

HiSoftware Company, the leader in enterprise content quality management solutions, provides innovative products that empower quality assurance teams, content developers, Web site architects, and company executives to work collaboratively on their efforts to create and manage corporate Web standards for Accessibility, Privacy, Searchability, Usability and custom guidelines and policies. HiSoftware’s integrated, full lifecycle solutions dramatically reduce the time required to test, manage and deploy e-business Web sites.

HiSoftware works closely with industry leaders and visionaries to provide solutions for today's information accessibility, content quality, search and retrieval needs. HiSoftware’s customers represent Fortune 500 companies, and many of the largest e-commerce, government, and educational sites in North America and around the world and include ChevronTexaco, Commerce One, Mercury Interactive, and Microsoft Government.

Founded in 1998, HiSoftware Company maintains North American corporate headquarters in Concord, New Hampshire. Further information about HiSoftware can be found online at www.hisoftware.com


Note to editors: If you are interested in viewing additional information on HiSoftware, please visit the HiSoftware® Web page at http://www.hisoftware.com/press/index.html on HiSoftware’s corporate information pages. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may since have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact appropriate contacts listed at http://www.hisoftware.com/co/contacting_us.htm 

HiSoftware and AccVerify are registered trademarks of Hiawatha Island Software Company, Inc. Microsoft, Microsoft FrontPage, Microsoft Office, .NET, Windows, and Windows NT are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Macromedia and Flash are trademarks or registered trademarks of Macromedia, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Any and all other product and company names mentioned herein are the trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.

Members of the press: To receive breaking news regarding HiSoftware via e-mail, please send your request to be added to the HiSoftware News Distribution List to: hsnews@hisoftware.com



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