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Comdex coverage by CNN and

Internet software's everywhere at Comdex

November 17, 1998
Web posted at: 3:00 PM EST

by James Niccolai


LAS VEGAS (IDG) -- Software products designed to help manage corporate networks and publish a range of multimedia content to the Internet were featured strongly among the deluge of Internet software on display at Comdex here this week.

  • LaserFiche introduced a new version of its "scan to the Web" publishing system, designed to allow customers to post huge volumes of documents directly to the Internet.

    Called LaserFiche WebLink, enhancements include access to multiple databases, the ability to view image annotations, and advanced security options, LaserFiche said. WebLink will be distributed internationally through a network of more than 500 value-added resellers. It carries a list price of $7,995 to $16,995, the company said.

    LaserFiche Document Imaging Software, a division of Compulink Management Center Inc., is located in Torrance, Calif. (See link below.)

  • Ixla announced the availability of its Ixla Digital Camera Interface software developer kit, Version 2.0, which is designed to allow developers to integrate digital cameras into PC and Web-based applications.

    For example, photo finishers could build a Web site where users can upload digital images for printing as photographs. The SDK is available for Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT 4.0. Prices are tiered and range from $2,000 to $100,000. Ixla Ltd., is in Danbury, Conn. (See link below.)
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  • Yesler Software said it will commence shipment on Nov. 24 of Yesler Alive, an application designed to allow users to incorporate audio, video, and other media into a presentation or report and then post it to the Web.

    The wizard-based program requires no HTML programming knowledge, and presentations can be viewed with RealPlayer 5.0 and a Web browser, according to Yesler. Yesler Alive will be available for a free 90-day trial from the company's Web site and will be priced at $195, Yesler said. Yesler Inc., is in Seattle. (See link below.)

  • Play introduced Trinity GlobeCaster, which it billed as a "do-it-yourself Internet television station." The product takes digital video and scales it in real time to the desired network bandwidth using a hardware-based pixel filtering technology, and then broadcasts it using standard video server software such as Microsoft's NetShow or RealNetworks' RealVideo.

    The product works with any IP-based network and can be accessed via cable modems, xDSL, ISDN, and 56Kbps modem connections. GlobeCaster will be available internationally in the first quarter of 1999, priced at $6,995. Play Inc. is based in Rancho Cordova, Calif. (See link below.)

  • Novell announced the first customer shipment of ZENworks 1.1, a product designed to lower the cost of managing networks comprised of Windows-based PCs and thin clients. Based on Novell Directory Services, ZENworks provides software distribution, desktop maintenance, and management capabilities.

    The software is bundled with a five-user version of Check 2000 from Greenwich Mean Time, software designed to help check for year-2000 bugs and apply fixes. Other new features include software metering, support for NetWare 5, and integration with Novell's network and systems management tool, ManageWise 2.6. ZENworks 1.1 is available for $39 per workstation. For a combined desktop and server management package, the product can be purchased bundled with ManageWise for $59 per workstation for a 1,000-user license, Novell said. Novell Inc., is in Provo, Utah. (See link below.)

  • NetPartners Internet Solutions announced WebSense Enterprise, a product that helps network managers control and monitor access to company applications over the Internet. The product allows IS managers to set access policies across an entire enterprise -- including departments and remote offices -- from a single location anywhere in the network, according to NetPartners.

    WebSense Enterprise is slated to begin shipping in the first quarter of 1999. Pricing is based on the number of users, and starts at $495 for an annual subscription for a 25-user license. Versions will be available for Cisco PIX Firewall, Check Point Firewall-1, Microsoft Proxy Server, Netscape Proxy Server, and other platforms, NetPartners said. NetPartners Internet Solutions Inc., is located in San Diego. (See link below.)

  • NTP Software, which makes network management and messaging tools for use with Microsoft platforms, announced the availability of Internet Marketing Manager for Microsoft Exchange. The product is designed to allow business users to connect to databases, extract e-mail messages, attach documents, and send customized messages to a target audience. Pricing was not immediately available. NTP Software, is in Manchester, N.H.

James Niccolai is a San Francisco correspondent for the IDG News Service.

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