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By John J. McLaughlin

August  1995
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Product: PGP Companion for Windows Guide ($29.95)
Company: Ventana Communications Group (Research Triangle Park, NC)
Telephone: (800) 743-5369 (orders only) (919) 544-9404
Fax: (919) 544-9472
Description: The official guide to WinPGP, the software for protecting your electronic data against unauthorized access. This book explains how to encrypt company files on your laptop, protect the privacy of your information and data sources, ensure the security of confidential information by using PGP to electronically "lock" reports and memos, prevent private communications from becoming public, and guarantee your readers and correspondents that documents are genuine.


Product: Apex 4.6 Gigabyte 5.25" Optical Drive (from $1695)
Company: Pinnacle Micro (Irvine, CA)
Telephone: (800) 553-7070, x3036 (714) 789-3036
Platforms: Windows/Windows '95, Windows NT, Unix, SGI, Macintosh
Description: Offered as both an internal and external drive, Apex claims the magneto-optical drive offers performance equal to that of hard disk drives with a 6MB per second data rate and a cost-per-megabyte below magnetic disks.

Product: EN166x MultiPacket Accelerator (MPX) Ethernet adapters (from $29)
Company: Accton Technology Corp. (San Jose, CA)
Telephone: (408) 452-8900
Fax: (408) 452-8988
Platforms: ISA, PC-NFS, Solaris X86
Description: The new MPX2 adapters have been optimized using on-chip error checking, a new parallel-tasking architecture, and enhanced software drivers. The EtherCombo-16 (EN1660) 10BASE-T/10BASE-2/10BASE-5 adapters give users the option of three cabling media and are claimed to be self-configuring. The EtherPair-16 (EN1661) is a 10BASE-T adapter with RJ-45 connectors. The EtherCoax-16 (EN1662) is Accton's new adapter for 10BASE-2 cabling.

Product: Encore Desktop DLT 2000XT Model ENC-6001-30S ($5,961) & Desktop DLT 4000 Model ENC-6001-40S ($9,071)
Company: ANDATACO (San Diego, CA)
Telephone: (800) 334-9191; (619) 453-9191
Fax: (619) 453-9294
Platforms: SunOS 4.1.3, Solaris 2.3 and 2.4, also HP, SGI, IBM
Description: The Encore desktop DLT 2000XT, a backup drive for Suns, promises a native 15GB capacity, can transfer data at a native rate of 1.25MB/sec., and can access a file in an average of 45 seconds. The Encore desktop DLT 4000 has a native 20GB capacity, can transfer data at a native rate of 1.5MB/sec., and can access a file in an average of 68 seconds.

Product: IEM Products on Sun
Company: IEM, Inc. (Fort Collins, CO)
Telephone: (970) 221-3005
Fax: (970) 221-1909
Platforms: Sun running Solaris, Hewlett-Packard
Description: The following IEM products are now supported on Sun: 4mm and 8mm Carousels (20-, 40- and 60-tape); Alexandria Network Backup and Archive Librarian; 8mm 10-tape Autofeeder (EXB10h); 4mm Dual-Drive, 25-Tape Datawheels (with or without barcode reader); 4mm 12-tape Autofeeder; 4mm 6-Tape Autofeeder; Building Blocks - including RAID solutions.

Product: Multi-Protocol WAN Controllers, WanMultiServer 3000 & 3000 Plus (Starting price $1000 for 4 ports)
Company: Aurora Technologies, Inc. (Waltham, MA)
Telephone: (617) 290-4800
Fax: (617) 290-4844
Platforms: SBus-based system; OS: SunOS and Solaris 2.x
Description: Aurora Technologies' Multi-Protocol WAN Controllers are now SunLink compatible, allowing users of Sun's suite of SNA v9.0 products, PPP, and X.25 to use the most popular synchronous network protocols. Aurora has also extended the support to include Sun's "zsh" interface, enabling customer-written synchronous protocols to operate and take advantage of the Aurora environment. Unique features include sync/async connections from four to 64 ports from a single SBus or ISA/EISA slot, baud rates up to 128Kbps full-duplex per sync line, on-board intelligence, and large, dual-ported DMA buffers, which handle heavy traffic without compromising system performance.

Product: S+ Series X Terminal with Telephony ($2,695-$3,495)
Company: Phase X Systems, Inc. (Beaverton, OR)
Telephone: (800) 845-4064, (503) 531-2400
Fax: (503) 531-2401
Platforms: X Window, Hosts: Sun, HP, DEC, SGI, IBM RS6000, etc.
Description: An Intel 960 RISC-chip based X terminal with integrated telephony as well as video/audio multimedia integration, 1.9 to 3.2 Xmarks, and a high speed SBus expansion option that includes ISDN. Color monitors range from 14 inch to 21 inches; also available is a 19-inch gray-scale.

Product: SpringWell Intelligent SCSI Subsystem
Company: Carmel Graphic Systems (Ontario, Canada)
Telephone: (416) 449-4353
Fax: (416) 447-2819
Platforms: Mac, Power Mac, MS Windows, Sun Solaris 1.x & 2.x, OS/2, others
Description: Designed for workgroups dealing with the large files common to the electronic prepress, publishing and multimedia industries. Virtual "disks" are mountable/dismountable from many platforms. These disks can be worked on as though they were local disks inside the workstation, then released and passed on to the next station. SpringWell's new technology prevents wasting space on the disk array and maintains high file availability by locking files on an individual basis. SpringWell can also share SCSI devices such as scanners, proofers, magneto-optical drives, tape drives, and Syquest drives.

Product: X.25+ (X.25+ $1995, X.25 $1495)
Company: MAGMA (San Diego, California)
Telephone: (800) 285-8990, (619) 457-0750
Fax: (619) 457-0769
Platforms: Solaris 2.x, SPARC computers and compatibles
Description: EXPRESS X.25 and MAGMA's synchronous serial communications provides Sun users with a hardware/software solution that allows computers to communicate over worldwide Packet Switched Data Networks (PSDNs) and also provides customers with a virtual TCP/IP network over their X.25 backbone. This allows standard TCP/IP applications such as NFS, X Window, or remote logins to communicate over an X.25 circuit at speeds of up to 256Kbps. EXPRESS X.25 conforms to 1984 and 1988 CCITT recommendations.


Product: CAPBAK/X 5.1 (Starting at $4,370 for single floating license)
Company: Software Research, Inc. (San Francisco, CA)
Telephone: (800) 942-SOFT (415) 957-1441
Fax: (415) 957-0730
Platforms: SPARC/SunOS, SPARC/Solaris, x86/Solaris, HP-9000/HP-UX, SGI/IRIX and other Unix platforms
Description: A client-server GUI capture/playback system for X Window. Triple-mode testing includes: intermixable and switchable ObjectMode and TrueTime operation combined with Character Mode operation from its built-in OCR engine; interpreted C-language scripts; and TrueTime automatic output synchronization. CAPBAK/X 5.1 also includes: Xvirtual to background your tests and to generate realistic, multi-user loads; Xdemo to send realistic live demos of your application into the field; and Xflight for beta-site test/usage data collection plus field recovery of crash data.

Product: CDR Publisher 3.4 ($1,495)
Company: Creative Digital Research (San Jose, CA)
Telephone: (408) 255-0999 x 224
Fax: (408) 255-1011
Platforms: Solaris 2.3, 2.4, SunOS 4.1.X, CD-ROM Recorders from Kodak, Philips, Plasmon, Sony. Yamaha
Description: Desktop CD-ROM Pre-Mastering Software for Sun. The new version of CDR Publisher has true three-level hybrid capability; supporting PC (ISO 9660), Unix (ISO 9960 with Rock Ridge Extension), and Macintosh (HFS) file formats integrated on a single CD-ROM. This CD-ROM format -- HyCD (hybrid CD) -- can be read on PC, Unix, and Macintosh computer systems, eliminating the need to create separate CD-ROMs for each computer system. HyCD preserves all the data in the native environment. All data are shared not duplicated. HyCD preserves:

  • Sun: full long file names, unlimited directory depth, full file and directory permissions, symbolic and hard links, and device files.
  • Mac: resource fork, data fork, finder information, icon and icon position, and full names including unprintable characters.
  • PC: file names in 8.3 format and permissions.

    Product: DynaWeb 1.0 Web server
    Company: Electronic Book Technologies Inc. (Providence. RI)
    Telephone: (401) 421-9550
    Fax: (401) 421-9551
    Platforms: Solaris 2.x, HPUX 9.x, SGI IRIX 5.x, IBM AIX 3.2.x, DEC Alpha/OSF 1.x, UnixWare 2.x, and Solaris x86.
    Description: An SGML-based, large document World-Wide Web (Web) server that serves large SGML documents to Web browsers for navigating and searching. DynaWeb provides important benefits to both DynaText publishers and to Web end-users by enabling remote Web browsers to fully exploit DynaText-like functionality on the Web. The DynaText/DynaWeb environment provides publishers with a single solution for cross-platform publishing via the Web, CD-ROM, and LAN/WAN. DynaWeb can be integrated with HTTP servers with Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Secure HTTP (S-HTTP) capabilities via CGI.

    Product: I/AUDIT (one-time report is $5,000; quarterly reports are $3,000 each; monthly reports are $1,500 each.)
    Company: I/PRO Corp. (San Francisco, CA)
    Telephone: (415) 975-5800
    Fax: (415) 975-5818
    Description: I/PRO provides independent audits of World Wide Web site use through standard reports. The company provides services and products that measure Web site use for Internet publishers, advertisers, catalog producers and others. Information contained in I/AUDIT reports, which can be generated on a one-time, monthly or quarterly basis, includes:

  • User-sessions per month
  • Average user-session length
  • User-sessions by day of the week and by time of day
  • Most frequently requested files accessed
  • User-sessions by state and country
  • User-sessions by organization

    Product: Micro Planner X-Pert ($1995)
    Company: Micro Planning International (Denver, CO)
    Telephone: (800) 852-PLAN
    Platforms: Apple Macintosh, Sun, HP, SGI, & MS Windows
    Description: Multi-platform project management software. Among the features and enhancements in the new versions are: selective archiving (allow any piece in an enterprise wide project management system to be rebaselined), and schedule analysis enhancements (e.g. 10 times faster, on the fly schedule analysis). Micro Planner can be used independently or can be combined to provide an Organization Project Management (OPM) solution. Micro Planner Manager is designed for the project level, while X-Pert is designed for use at higher levels in the organization for consolidating and managing many projects or subprojects.

    Product: MMail ($320)
    Company: Atelier de Software Ltd (Avon, BS24. 6TL. England)
    Telephone: +44 (1934) 822 983
    Fax: +44 (1934) 820 209
    Platforms: Sun/SPARC SunOS 4.1.2 or greater, Solaris 2.1 or greater
    Description: A WYSIWYG text composition, visualization, and MIME mailer. Text can be organized with different fonts, inline images (images mixed with text) are supported, and free full functionality evaluation is available via FTP. MMail features include WYSIWYG full text composition and visualization (MIME/text/enriched or MIME/application/MMail), adjustable margins and line attributes (left, center, right, spread, fixed), IMAP2 interface (and IMAP4 when it becomes available), hyphenation (in 17 different languages), spell (via Unix spell), multiple fonts (ISO-8859-1), MIME/attachments via mailcap to viewer, alias and group, mail box filing/editing, ignored unwanted headers, automatic file carbon copy, file include (signature, template, image), message find/sort/move/delete/udelete/history, and database of known MIME/MMail users.

    Product: Open Market WebReporter ($495)
    Company: Open Market, Inc. (Cambridge, MA)
    Telephone: (617) 621-9500
    Fax: (617) 621-1703
    Platforms: Sun Solaris, SunOS, Digital Unix, BSD/386 operating systems
    Description: Translates data about a World Wide Web site into meaningful demographics for business managers and system administrators. A user can create customized reports incorporating up to 18 different fields. Reports can be output in a variety of file formats including plain text, HTML, or coma-delimited data for importing into spreadsheets.

    Product: Platinum InfoExpress, InfoRefiner, SQLAssist and ProReports
    Company: Platinum technology, inc. (Oakbrook Terrace, IL)
    Telephone: (708) 620-5000
    Fax: (708) 691-0417
    Description: A data warehouse solution for Solaris that encompasses data extraction, data refinement, data distribution, and data access functions. Platinum's data warehousing promises to provide an enterprise-wide solution that operates with leading industry technologies. Platinum includes the following tools:

  • InfoExpress and InfoRefiner, a flexible solution set for bulk transformation and replication of data, based on user-defined criteria
  • SQLAssist and ProReports, tools for ad hoc SQL querying and reporting.

    Product: PhaserPrint ($495)
    Company: Tektronix Inc. (Wilsonville, Oregon)
    Telephone: (800) 835-6100, (503) 682-7377
    Fax: (503) 682-2980
    Platforms: Sun, SGI, HP,IBM, DEC
    Description: Printer management software for Unix. With push-button control of printer features, it provides the same ease of use as a PC or Macintosh driver. PhaserPrint also provides fast raster file and screen copy image printing. It is Adobe PPD based, which makes it compatible with all current and future Tektronix color printers.

    Product: Product X ($995 for 8-user system)
    Company: Emphasys, Inc. (Eden Prairie, MN)
    Telephone: (800) 800-3399
    Fax: (612) 941-9750
    Platforms: Unix, DOS
    Description: Consolidates and manages Unix applications in a menu-driven desktop environment on both PC's and character-based ASCII terminals. Through its logical point and shoot interface, Product X allows you to create modern menu systems for character-based applications, set up multiple level application-based security, and customize users' desktop environments.

    Product: SES/objectbench Version 2.1 for Sun Solaris
    Company: Scientific and Engineering Software, Inc. (SES) (Austin, TX)
    Telephone: (512) 328-5544
    Fax: (512) 327-6646
    Platforms: Sun Solaris 2.4, SunOS, HP/9000 Model 700 HP-UX workstations
    Description: SES/objectbench, now available for Solaris, is an object-oriented analysis and design modeling toolset. It includes a graphical editor that allows users to create and validate models. Models are dynamically checked for completeness and accuracy through user-controlled simulation and on-screen animation.

    Product: Siren Fax 2.1 ($2,895 Fax Server, $100 PC Client, $195 Motif user agent)
    Company: Siren Software (Palo Alto, CA)
    Telephone: (800) 45-SIREN, (415) 322-0600
    Fax: (415) 322-9999
    Platforms: Sun SPARC, HP9000, IBM RS/6000, PowerPC/AIX, Data General Aviion, Motorola 88000
    Description: Networked, secure, high-volume fax software. It allows users to create, view, manage, send, and print faxes from their desktops.

    Product: SoftQuad HoTMetaL PRO 2.0 (lists for $195 US; is available for $99US for a ltd time; upgrade price is $59 US.)
    Company: SoftQuad Inc. (Toronto, ON Canada, M8X 2W4)
    Telephone: (800) 387-2777 (416) 239-4801
    Fax: 416-239-7105
    Platforms: MS-Windows, Macintosh, Unix
    Description: Version 2.0 promises Web publishers more flexibility and control over the creation of their documents than earlier versions. Features include an import filter that imports and converts documents created in a variety of other packages, including MS-Word, and Wordperfect.

    Product: Visigenic ODBC DriverSet ($595)
    Company: Visigenic Software, Inc. (San Mateo, CA)
    Telephone: 415-286-1900
    Fax: 415-286-2464
    Platforms: Solaris, SunOS, HP-UX, IBM AIX, SCO, SGI, AT&T, Windows, Windows NT, OS/2, Macintosh
    Description: Provides cross-platform access to multiple SQL databases from ODBC-enabled applications. The DriverSet includes drivers that provide your application access to enterprise-wide relational databases including Oracle, Informix, Sybase, Ingres, Microsoft SQL Server, and the IBM DB2 Family. Visigenic's ODBC drivers have been designed to support the development of mission-critical applications.


    Product: MostX (Mobile On Site Training Xpress) (Call for pricing - typically runs the same as a dedicated class.)
    Company: NSC Systems Group, Inc.
    Telephone: (800) 358-Unix (8649)
    Platforms: Sun
    Description: Sun Educational Services training classes taught on-site using equipment and materials which are brought to the site. Efficient, cost-effective training for up to 12 students, taught by Sun instructors without travel and without using customer computers.

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