The updated StoryServer is targeted at businesses as well as the publishing sites for which it was originally designed. StoryServer helps corporate Web developers create and maintain interactive site features like threaded discussions, technical support pages, customer service chat rooms, and promotions.
The product also offers adaptive navigation, which tailors the navigation structure for a particular user based on his or her location and past use in the site.
StoryServer is based on technology purchased in a deal last year with CNET: The Computer Network. CNET also owns an equity stake in Vignette.
Publishing features include the automated addition of stories to the live site, hierachies that determine which users can edit and publish items, and a content dictionary that keeps copies of stories as they are updated.
Vignette's original product lineup included StoryBuilder, whose workflow functions were integrated into the StoryServer product earlier this year.
Development licenses for StoryServer 3 start at $20,000, live site licenses at $40,000. The product will be available this month for use with Solaris servers and Solaris, NT, and Windows 95 clients. NT server and Macintosh client availability is scheduled for December.