New products for the week of November 1
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- Java Network Computer
Company: Sun Microsystems (CA)
Description: JavaStation itself is simply built. It has no hard drive, no slots, no floppy, no CD-ROM player, no jumpers, no moving parts to worry about. Yet, it contains everything Fortune 1000 companies will need to link the desktop with the Internet or corporate network: a microSPARCII(TM) chip provides the processing power; memory scales from 8 MB to 64 MB; it has built-in standard 10BaseT networking and will expand to 100 BaseT by mid-1997; and it includes either a 14-inch or 17-inch XVGA color monitor. In mid-1997, Sun will add PPP and Flash RAM features. The JavaStation device is easy to install, and boots up quickly. It's about the size of a human footprint and as interchangeable as a light bulb - if one breaks down, it can be swapped for another system without losing any applications, saved user files or experiencing significant down-time.
- scalable database solutions
Company: Informix Software, Inc. (Menlo Park, CA)
Telephone: (415) 926-6891
Platforms: Netscape Navigator 3.0, Netscape Enterprise Server,
Description: Informix Software has expanded its Web-enabled database solution to its entire family of database products, using Netscape Communications Corp.'s Internet and intranet software. The combination of Informix's OnLine databases with Netscape Enterprise Server software and Navigator client software gives a scalable database solution that connects distributed enterprises via the Web for either Internet or intranet applications. Using this solution, companies can distribute information stored in Informix OnLine databases between data centers and remote sources for access via a single browser interface. Companies can now deploy applications and provide information access across geographies with a common, Web-based interface for both Internet and intranet applications. By adopting an open platform, they save time and money developing and deploying a variety of applications. Additionally, companies can expand the usability of their data resources by developing new applications for the Internet or intranets that increase information distribution.
- Java Animation Tool
Company: Dimension X (San Francisco)
Telephone: (415) 243-0900
Platforms: Java, Internet
Description: Liquid Motion is now included in all retail versions of the Microsoft Internet Explorer Starter Kit, including the standalone retail product. With it, users can create Java applets with sound and interactivity for Web sites and presentations. Information and ideas can be delivered with action-packed, interactive and dynamic animation via intranets or the Internet. Used for on-line multimedia presentations, Web advertising, financial data representation, personnel training, human resource information and corporate reports. Open architecture lets programmers extend the functionality of the product to develop custom behaviors, sound and image libraries, as well as integrate database applications. Features include sprite and audio sequencing, motion path control, content management and support for interactive behavior functionality. It generates an animation script and an HTML file for quick and easy insertion into Web pages and takes advantage of all the features of the Java language, such as platform independence, object orientation and multithreading. Since the player classes are implemented as an ActiveX Control, they are automatically installed on the user's machine the first time they encounter a Liquid Motion-generated applet. The next time a user activates a Web page with an applet, they experience a considerable decrease in download time.
Objective Plug-in 1.0
- Converts Windows Applications Into Internet/Intranet Plug-Ins
Company: Stingray Software, Inc. (Chapel Hill, NC)
Telephone: (800) 924-4223, (919) 933-0863
Fax: (919) 933-0892
Platforms: Netscape Navigator, Microsoft Internet Explorer browsers
Description: Tool helps Microsoft Visual C++ developers develop plug-ins for both Netscape Navigator and Microsoft's Internet Explorer browsers. Includes a plug-in wizard and a set of C++ Microsoft Foundation Class (MFC) extensions that make developing plug-ins easier. It also serves as a cross-browser development tool. Product has two key components: the Plug-in Wizard and three Plug-in classes that create the bond between the Netscape plug-in API and the Microsoft Foundation Classes. The classes are: COPWinApp - A CwinApp derivative that handles the creation and destruction of an MFC-based plug-in. COPIFrameWnd - A CframeWnd derivative that provides a drawing area for an MFC-based plug-in's view, toolbars and status bars. COPIDocTemplate - A special CsingleDoc Template derivative that automatically creates a document and view when the plug-in is provided with a file stream.
OneWave Enterprise v2.2
- Java development environment
Company: OneWave, Inc. (Watertown, MA)
Telephone: (617) 923-6500
Platforms: Internet, intranets, Java
Description: Version 2.2 includes support for Java. A Java applet can access line-of-business applications running on legacy and client/server systems, from any intranet or Internet platform. It allows organizations to integrate data and transactions from existing business systems, such as SAP, Baan, PeopleSoft and Illustra, with an interactive Java interface. It helps developers leverage existing technology through customizable software components that integrate back-end systems and simplify access to them through a variety of front-end options. Version 2.2 utilizes standard Internet protocols, component-based, object-oriented technology, and a scaleable multi-tier architecture. A graphical, point-and-click environment is used for creating reusable components at every layer, as well as system utilities for managing components in a distributed client/server environment.
- Web content management
($20,000 per server)
Company: Documentum, Inc. (Pleasanton, CA)
Telephone: (510) 463-6966
Platforms: Netscape, Windows NT 3.51 and 4.0, Sun Solaris, HP Unix
Description: RightSite is an extension of the Documentum Enterprise Document Management System (EDMS) for Web content management. It captures, manages, and assembles the frequently changing information on corporate Web sites. It assembles Web pages "on the fly" and enables organizations to tailor frequently-changing Web content to users' needs. It delivers only the information relevant to, and authorized for, a particular user -- filtering and assembling it according to the user's preference of topic, format, and document status. It preserves the hyperlinks associated with a corporate Web application to ensure that they always point to the appropriate version of a page. The product consists of a DocPage Server, Clients, Spider, and Builder.
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