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Bellevue, WA (March 12, 1998)-With the phenomenal growth of the Internet and corporate intranets, printed documents find new life when delivered in electronic form. Many documents such as shop floor procedures, field technical service manuals, and information that needs to be accessed in "clean room" environments are suitable only when viewed from a computer screen. To address this need, InfoAccess™ Inc., a pioneer in electronic publishing, today shipped a new version of its GUIDE® Professional Publisher™ – the first commercially available hypertext publishing product. Version 5.0 of GUIDE Professional Publisher (GPP) is a powerful online knowledge-delivery system with the sophistication and flexibility required to intuitively deliver mission-critical information via CD-ROM, LANs or corporate intranets. The new release includes 32-bit processing, more tightly integrated table viewing, improved hotspot formatting, and other enhancements. GPP 5.0 is immediately available direct from InfoAccess and selected value-added resellers. Pricing for a complete set of application development tools begins at $15,000; upgrades are $5,000 or free to those under a service contract.
"GUIDE products provide the most advanced solution for electronic delivery of information," said Jim Culbertson, president of InfoAccess. "With the release of GPP 5.0, our customers can now deploy even more powerful and high-quality interactive electronic publications."
InfoAccess also announced a new development effort to enable applications such as Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETMs) to be made viewable from standard Web browsers. This will include the use of XML (eXtensible Markup Language), XSL (eXtensible Style Language), and InfoAccess’ Transit technology to produce Web viewable applications such as technical manuals, training manuals, and assembly instructions.
"XML is very complementary to HTML and, with our extensive experience in template-based electronic publishing and Web publishing, we’re excited about the potential for incorporating XML into our products," said Culbertson. "XML enables us to extend our Web publishing solutions to handle IETMs and other complex applications."
GPP enables users to combine information from word processors, databases, SGML, audio, video and other sources to automatically publish it in the form of sophisticated IETMs, service manuals, assembly instructions, and other online applications. The product provides an integrated environment for developing complete flexibility in the organization and display of information. A GPP solution can read incoming files, identify standard formats such as chapter headings, footnotes, paragraphs, figures and tables, and then display them on screen according to the user’s specifications. It can process popular word processing files as well as Interleaf, FrameMaker, SGML, and ASCII text files. GPP is installed in major corporate and government agencies around the world, including Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Principal Group, ElectroTech, British Nuclear Power, Lockheed Martin, and the US Department of Defense.
GPP 5.0 includes 32-bit processing power providing improved performance, better memory management, support for larger document and object sizes, as well as the ability to include long file names. The new product has tighter integration of table viewing – tables can be viewed inline in GUIDE documents and hotspots may be included on individual table cells. GPP 5.0 also provides improved hotspot formatting, including colored (opaque or semi-opaque), transparent and various shapes. Hotspots are especially useful in schematic diagrams and call-outs. In addition, the new product provides larger limits on objects (frames, expansion buttons, and LOGiiX scripts). These large objects can also be fully indexed as text. GPP supports double-byte (Asian) languages and now includes support for full text search on all of the major Japanese variations, including single-byte Katakana.
GPP 5.0 is a 32-bit application and requires a 486 or Pentium processor; Windows 95 or Windows NT 3.5 or 4.0; 16MB of RAM for Windows 95; 32MB of RAM for Windows NT 3.5 or 4.0. It also requires 25MB of hard disk space and a CD-ROM drive.
InfoAccess pioneered hypertext publishing systems, and is a leader in advanced knowledge-delivery systems and automated Web publishing solutions for corporate intranets and document management systems. The company was named one of the top 25 intranet companies by Information Week Magazine. In addition to GUIDE Professional Publisher, InfoAccess also offers Transit Central™ for automated, server-based Web publishing. Transit Central was recently named Best Government Buy by Federal Computer Week Magazine. The company also offers HTML Transit® for batch translation of standard business documents into finished Web publications. HTML Transit has received numerous awards including InfoWorld’s Groupware Product of the Year, NetGuide Magazine’s Editors’ Choice, Windows Magazine Recommended List, and five stars from PC/Computing Magazine. For more information, contact InfoAccess. Telephone: 800 344-9737 or 425 201-1915. Fax: 425 201-1922. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: www.infoaccess.com.
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