New Products

by Amy Kukuk
New Products

ION 1.1

Research Systems, Inc. has announced the release of ION (IDL on the Net) 1.1. ION, which is built on IDL (Interactive Data Language), is designed for high-performance data transfers and implements a client-server architecture. All information is passed between the server and client in a binary, platform-independent network format. ION will be sold as an unlimited-connection license, meaning any number of web-based clients can connect to the ION server at the same time. An introductory price of $6,995 US is valid until December 31, 1998.

Contact: Research Systems, 2995 Wilderness Place, Boulder, CO 80301, Phone: 303-786-9900, Fax: 303-786-9909, E-mail: [email protected], URL:

Projector 1.00

The release of Projector 1.00 has been announced. Projector 1.00 is the initial release of a scheduling tool that accepts a list of project sub-tasks with their interdependencies and generates Gantt charts and schedule analysis reports. Projector 1.00 reads a project definition file, containing information about the activities in the project, and produces a two-part analysis of the schedule. Projector 1.00 is available on diskette for $200 US per system.

Contact: Morris Dovey, 1001 Office Park Road, Suite 300, West Des Moines, IA 50265, E-mail: [email protected], URL:


Northern Development Group, Inc. has announced the availability of SwiftView Plug-in for UNIX-based web browsers. SwiftView provides instant “viewing” of technical and business documents and drawings on the Internet and corporate Intranets. This product interactively displays output that would normally be printed out on HP LaserJet printers and plotters, using their native PCL and HPGL output file formats. The license enables an unlimited number of Intranet or Internet users to access documents or drawings from a licensed web site for $1500 US.

Contact: Northern Development Group, Inc., 7100 SW Hampton, Suite 207, Portland, OR 97223, Phone: 503-620-0196, Fax: 503-639-8466, E-mail: [email protected], URL:

WebSite Professional 2.2

O'Reilly & Associates has announced the release of WebSite Professional 2.2. WebSite Professional version 2.2 includes Uplink, a utility designed for Internet Content Providers (ICPs) and Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Other new features include enhanced log file management and generation, the inclusion of Live Software's new JRun 2.1, and support for Java Development Kit (JDK) version 1.2 of the JavaSoft Servlet Advanced Programming Interface (API) 1.1. Suggested list price for WebSite Professional 2.0 is $799 US. The upgrade to version 2.2 is free for downloading by registered version 2.0 and 2.1 customers.

Contact: O'Reilly & Associates, 101 Morris Street, Sebastopol, CA 95472, Phone: 707-829-0515, E-mail: [email protected], URL:


Pick Systems, Inc. has announced FlashCONNECT, a new tool available for use with D3, the Company's DBMS. FlashCONNECT enables application developers familiar with Pick Systems' FlashBASIC programming language to quickly build dynamic, database-driven web sites and web-enabled Intranet databases without requiring extensive modifications to existing applications. FlashCONNECT allows the creation of dynamic web page components that incorporate a consistent look and feel. FlashCONNECT is activated through a one-time fee of $1000 US per database server.

Contact: Pick Systems, 1691 Browning, Irvine, CA 92606, Phone: 717-261-7425, Fax: 714-250-8187, E-mail: [email protected], URL:


Servertec has announced iScript, a platform independent scripting language written in Java, for creating scalable, server-side, object-oriented, n-Tier enterprise solutions. The iScript scripting language features platform independence, object-oriented architecture, web-server integration, support for Common Gateway Interface (CGI), dynamic content generator, static content preprocessor, make facility, just-in-time pcode generator and caching, Java API wrappers and open component API. Servertec will be releasing the iScript Developer Kit, which integrates the iScript scripting language, documentation and examples to the public. Web site developers can use this kit to create and maintain dynamic, data driven and static web sites. iScript preview release is available for free at The final release of iScript is scheduled to ship in the second half of 1998. Final pricing details have yet to be announced.

Contact: Servertec, 18 Oakwood Avenue, Kearny, NJ 07032, URL:

S.u.S.E. 5.2

S.u.S.E., Inc. has announced the latest release of its flagship product, S.u.S.E. Linux version 5.2. This version includes enhancements to YaST, S.u.S.E.'s menu-driven system management tool, which guides users through installation and setup. In version 5.2, YaST enables the configuration of PPP Internet access and scanner support, and for the first time includes the full source code. S.u.S.E. Linux 5.2 ships with over 800 Linux software packages. Included among these is the Netscape Communicator 4.04 web browser and KDE Desktop b3. The price for the new version of S.u.S.E is $49.95 US.

Contact: S.u.S.E., Inc., 458 Santa Clara Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610, Phone: 888-875-4689, E-mail: i[email protected], URL:

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