January 1996

Libertech's Software Adds Visualization Features

Libertech, a Research Triangle-based developer of software to visualize, organize and support research in electronic databases, has announced that it is shipping the V-Search Publisher's Toolkit Final Beta Version to its test group of over a dozen electronic legal publishers. The company will be displaying the functionality of its V-Search product to the public for the first time at New York Legal Tech ( booth number 420).

The Toolkit allows developers of electronic document databases, whether for internal use or commercial distribution on CD-ROM, to add V-Search data-visualization capability. The software is a Windows-based data visualization system that simplifies and enhances the efficiency of research in large, complex hyperlinked databases, the company reports. Law firms seeking to cope with information overload from huge electronic document collections can use V-Search to find and make sense of relevant documents, Libertech adds.

The proprietary V-Search cluster algorithm analyzes large collections of hyperlinked documents to identify topical clusters of closely related documents and displays data in easily-understood visual maps, Libertech explains. All traditional search methods remain available, but the use of V-Search results in significant improvements in the overall speed and accuracy of electronic research, according to the company.

West Acquires Chena Software, Developer of InfoDepot

West Publishing of Eagan, Minn., has announced that it has acquired Chena Software of Allentown, Pa. The acquired company is best-known for its outlining software, InfoDepot. The software program offers outlining capabilities for Apple Macintosh personal computers. A Windows version is currently under development and is expected to be released early this year. West announced that it plans to incorporate both the Macintosh and Windows versions into several products currently under development.

Thomson Consolidates Three Units to Form RIA Group

Thomson Financial and Professional Publishing Group, a division of The Thomson Corporation, announced the formation of the Research Institute of America Group, which it describes as the largest publisher and information provider to the tax and accounting markets in the United States. The new group is comprised of three of TTC's American publishers: Research Institute of America; Practitioners Publishing Company and Warren Gorham & Lamont.

According to Euan Menzies, the president and CEO of the new unit, the formation of the RIA Group is an internal strategic move that will not overtly affect customers in their day-to-day relationships with any of the companies. By merging internal resources such as electronic product development, sales and marketing operations, the company says it will become a more efficient information provider that will be able to react more quickly to changes in tax and business law than any publisher has been able to react in the past.

Separately, Research Institute of America announced that it will supply Intuit, Inc.'s TurboTax ProSeries subscribers with its Research Companion. The Companion contains more than 1,500 numbered paragraphs on individual and corporate tax, pension plans, employee benefits, estate and gift tax, and IRS taxes.

ERM Unit and Database Sold To Information Handling

Environmental Resources Group of Exton, Pa., announced that it has sold its ERM Computer Services, Inc., unit and its ENFLEX environmental, health and safety databases to Information Handling Services Group of Englewood, Colo. A new company, IHS Environmental, Inc. will produce and market the ENFLEX databases and the EarthLaw Environmental and Safety Libraries, and will be part of IHS Regulatory Products, Inc.

According to ERM, IHS Environmental will maintain a strategic alliance with ERM and will continue to draw on its resources.

EveryWare Development, Web Genesis Reach Agreement

EveryWare Development Corp. of Mississauga, Ontario, and WebGenesis, Ithaca, N.Y., have reached an agreement to integrate Tango and Butler SQL, EveryWare's web/database integration tool and relational database with the New York company's GenesisRegistration, which is a tool for expanding WebSTAR's built-in security system.

WebSTAR can accommodate 2,000 users with its built-in database and stores user name and password information. GenesisRegistration extends WebSTAR's capabilities by allowing any number of user names and passwords to be entered into a database. Tango is a development tool for integrating web servers with database servers. Butler SQL is a database server for the Macintosh system.

The agreement, the companies report will allow WebGenesis to integrate with the two EveryWare products to create a feature-rich tool for creating Web site registration systems.

DISC's Libraries to Join Fiserv Imaging Products

DISC, Inc., of Milpitas, Calif., announced that it has signed an agreement to incorporate its storage libraries with Fiserve Imaging Group's imaging systems. The new agreement, according to DISC, puts its products in the middle of a market it had targeted as strategic for its storage libraries. Fiserve, of Milwaukee, Wis., provides imaging solutions for the financial services market, one that requires storage-intensive applications.

Printronix and Datamax Alliance Targets Thermal Technology

Printronix, Inc., and Datamax have announced a strategic alliance to develop, manufacture and sell direct thermal/thermal transfer printers for on-demand bar code label printing. According to a joint announcement, the alliance meets the goals of both companies to penetrate the bar code thermal printer marketplace.

Datamax, of Eden Prairie, Minn., is a designer and manufacturer of thermal printers for the bar code market. With $70 million of sales revenue, the company has shipped more than 170,000 thermal printers for bar code applications since 1989.

Printronix, of Irvine, Calif., is a $150 million sales revenue company that has shipped more than 400,000 printers worldwide. Its product lines include three printing technologies, line matrix, laser and thermal for bar code label printing.

Ingram Micro Agrees To Distribute nView Products

nView Corporation has announced that its entire line of presentation projection products will be distributed by Ingram Micro of Santa Ana, Calif. The agreement, according to nView of Newport Beach, Va., calls for Ingram Micro to handle nView's product line through Ingram's Technical Products Division, and will include, in addition to other products, the new DiaMond D-400 DLP projector; the GraphX Z350 LCD panel; the Z Series LCD multimedia panels; the Presenter 101 LCD panel; and the Viewframe II + 2 LCD panel.

Texas Instruments Enters Wireless Alliance Momentum

Texas Instruments and Momentum Microsystems have entered a strategic alliance with an intent to include the Aviator wireless connector with TI's notebook computers. According to Dallas-based TI, its goal in entering the alliance was to demonstrate its commitment to wireless communications by providing a low-cost solution for notebook users who want to create a network in their home or office.

The joint effort with Momentum, a Colorado Springs, Colo., wireless communication is designed to allow notebook users the Aviator, a wireless network that uses radio frequency to connect fewer than ten notebook computers with virtually no line-of-sight limitations, TI reports.

Kofax Signs Letter of Intent To Buy LaserData's Assets

Kofax Image Products has signed a letter of intent to acquire the assets of LaserData, Inc., a Tyngsboro, Mass., provider of optical storage software to the document imaging market. The acquisition is subject to a definitive purchase agreement. Current plans for LaserData's operations to be assumed by Kofax, an Irvine, Calif., a provider of document imaging software.

LaserData's primary software products include OS/N, a high-volume storage management solution for Windows NT and Novell NetWare environments, and DocuData, a document management toolkit.

I. Levy Selects FLOWMAN Software for Navigator 2000

I.Levy & Associates, Inc., of St. Louis has announced that Logical Software Solutions Corporation's FLOWMAN enterprise-wide software solution will be integrated with the Navigator 2000 family of imaging products. The open architecture of both product lines will permit a seamless integration of FLOWMAN into the Navigator line. FLOWMAN, according to I. Levy, will bring its Navigator products a flexible, reliable integrated imaging and production workflow solution.

I. Levy is a supplier of scalable, integrated, image-based document management workflow and COM Replacement systems for the client-server environment. Logical Software is a consulting and systems integration firm specializing in business process re-engineering, workflow analysis, multimedia and client/server imaging technologies.

CompLink Enters Merger Agreement with Netplex

CompLink Ltd., a provider of electronic messaging and workflow technology products and services, announced that it has entered into a stock-for-stock agreement with The Netplex Group, Inc., and its affiliate, America's Work Exchange, Inc. Upon consummation of the merger, the shareholders of AWE and Netplex will receive approximately 3.25 million shares or 30.4 percent of the then outstanding shares of CompLink. The merger is subject to shareholder approval of all companies and certain other conditions.

Netplex is a network systems integrator specializing in applying work-flow techniques and networked systems management solutions to the commercial and professional services marketplace. AWE provides contracted professional technical talent to organizations seeking to outsource technical support, project tasks, or augment their information services staff.

Unipress to Sell, Support PC-Xware

UniPress Software, Inc., of Edison, N.J., has announced that it has signed an agreement calling on it to sell and support PC-Xware, developed by NCD Software of Beaverton, Ore. Unipress is a developer and distributor of PC-UNIX connectivity software and UNIX development tools. NCD Software's PC-Xware, according to UniPress, is the world's fastest PC X server and most X11R6 compliant.

Interim Acquires Staffing Company

Interim Services Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has announced that it has acquired Hernand & Partners, a San Francisco-based company specializing in project attorney staffing. Terms of the transaction were not announced.

This is Interim's fourth acquisition in the past four months in support of its plan to grow its niche business.

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