Wednesday Sep 03, 2008

Oracle IRM 10gR3 PR4 release

Wow, another release of our Oracle IRM technology this year! This isn't as significant as the previous version but it has some cool new features. You can upgrade your existing Oracle IRM Desktop to this latest release for free by clicking on the "free download" button in the resources section on the right hand side of this page. This release includes functionality available in the IRM Desktop, the desktop software which authenticates and applies your rights to sealed content. Some of the new headline features are:

 

Support for Oracle UCM check-out and open


More features added to the Oracle UCM - IRM integration, allowing for an ever simpler user experience. We are continuously working on bringing tighter integration with Oracle's content management system.

 

 

Support for sealed CSV (Comma Separated Variable) files in Microsoft Excel


We are extending our format support based on requests from customers. CSV is a common format that is exported from applications, applications which Oracle IRM is being integrated with more and more.

 

One feature of this new format is worthy of going into extra detail. When using native CSV files, Excel performs "column auto-conversion" which may be undesirable. For example, suppose you have a CSV file containing the data 


000023,"Acme Co"
000067, "ABC"
000190, "Bananas R Us" 

Then Excel will auto-convert the first column and remove the leading zeroes ie. 23,67,190. Even enclosing the numeric value in double quotes and prepending with spaces doesn't work - Excel will auto-convert them away. The only solution available is to wrap the numbers in ="<number>" i.e to treat the number as a formula.

 

 

To get round this problem sealed CSV content is loaded different to native CSV. Each column of data is treated as text and data is not auto-converted. There is a registry setting which can be used to override the way Excel loads sealed CSV. This is located at 



HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\SealedMedia\Unsealer\sealedmedia.unsealer.csv.open  


It takes three possible string values:

 

 

0 = treat all sealed CSV in the same way as native CSV

 

 

1 = (DEFAULT) when opening sealed CSV treat EACH column as text i.e do not auto-convert each column. This option ensures that any "save unsealed" content is a faithful copy of the original CSV file.

 

 

2 = read the first line of the CSV file. If it contains the string "xlTextFormat" then the file is opened using method 1 else it is opened using method 0. This is effectively a hybrid of the first two options.

 

 

Support for Adobe Reader 9


We continue to support the widest array of platforms and now add Acrobat version 9.

 

Of course we are continuing to work hard on the 11g release which is going to be the biggest step forward for any IRM technology today. Watch this space!

More detail can be found in the release notes.

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