The first beta of version 5.0 of GATE (a General Architecture for Text Engineering) has been released. This release includes major additions to the JAPE pattern language, support for configuration of resources using Java 5 annotations, as well as a host of UI improvements, bug fixes, and better support for manual annotation tasks.
More details can be found in the GATE changelog at http://gate.ac.uk/cgi-bin/userguide/chap:changes
Visit http://gate.ac.uk/download/ for download and installation instructions.
The final release of GATE 5.0 is due early in 2009.