by Rick Smith (July 18, 2001)
This year, Internet World in Chicago looked small. It has always been smaller than either the LA or the New York shows, but this year it appeared smaller than last year's Chicago event. This was due primarily from the dot com downturn and the enormous square footage of McCormick Place.
The smaller size provided me enough time to sit in on an excellent seminar titled “Writing for the Web”and the keynote address from the CEO of UPS Logistics.
Some of the unique products we saw were from these exhibitors:
If you maintain a web site then you need to transfer files. One of the best clients for performing this transfer is WS_FTP from Ipswitch. Version 7.0 builds upon the capability of previous versions, by adding new features and modernizing the user interface.
Ipswitch WS_FTP also:
Can schedule repetitious file transfers
Provides both a classic and Windows Explorer interface
Uses dockable toolbars to provide easier access to the transfer process
Manages multiple concurrent FTP connections, which can be to the same site, for faster downloads
Adds a new URL bar to make navigation easier and faster
Automates routine tasks
Provides better access through multiple firewalls
Supports Secure Socket Layers (SSL) for safe file transfer
WS_FTP Pro 7.0 is priced at $45 in stores, or $39.95 online. Upgrades from WS_FTP Pro 6.0 is $9.95.
If you have a web site, how to you know which pages visitors are reading? If you have an e-commerce site, you are also wondering what path your customers are traveling on your site. Questions like these need to be answered with web site traffic analysis software. Sane Solutions has a scalable product called NetTracker 5.0 that comes in three different sizes, depending on the number sites you want to track and the size of your daily log files.
For a single site, NetTracker Professional can handle the job at $495. For multiple sites and more built-in reports, NetTracker Enterprise starts at $995 for 5 sites and can be built-up in 5 site increments. This Enterprise version is handy for ISPs or for tracking your FTP, firewall and proxy server in addition to your web and secure e-commerce server. If you have several gigabytes of LOG FILES a day, (a problem I would LOVE to have) then you need the NetTracker eBusiness edition. It starts at $9,995 and also requires a backend Oracle or SQL Server database as well.
In addition to performing standard web usage summaries, NetTracker 5.0 also:
Measures and tracks repeat, new and unique visitors
Can cluster visitors into categories by their actions
Aids analysis by allowing content to be grouped into categories
Shows trends by comparing traffic over time
if desired, can e-mail reports of relevant information to other coworkers or managers
Analyzes dynamic content by parsing URLs, query strings or cookies
Requires no client software installation -- runs from a browser
The overwhelming feature of NetTracker is that unlike most statistical analysis software packages, it has the ability to “drill down” into the data, to see individual clickstreams that underlie the summarized statistical information.
Reviews OnLine is currently reviewing the Professional version of NetTracker 5.0.
RasterMaster for Java 5.0 SDK
Viewing digital images and engineering drawings on the Web is becoming more essential to business operations. Unfortunately, without using plug-ins, most browsers can only handle a few different graphics formats. When formats change over time, all the plug-ins then have to be upgraded on every computer in the company. Snowbound software has created the RasterMaster 5.0 development toolkit to help alleviate this problem.
Since the RasterMaster toolkit is created in 100% Java, the correct viewer for the desired image is quickly downloaded when the image format needs to be viewed. No more viewer plug-in installations! If your needs go beyond simple document viewing, this toolkit also supports partial zooming (magifying glass) and annotation capabilities. Now all your images can be seen all over your enterprise or extranet, the same way, no matter what platform or operating system you are using. The promise of Java finally realized!
The RasterMaster for Java 5.0 software development kit also:
supports over 70 raster image formats such as TIFF, BMP, PCD (PhotoCD), PICT (Mac Picture) and PSD (Photoshop)
supports document formats such as PDF (Adobe Acrobat) and Group 3/4 data (Fax format)
can be used to develop your own applets, servlets or applications
includes over 100 raster image manipulation functions such as resizing, anti-aliasing images, file conversion, deskewing and despeckling
features the ability to annotation and redline documents
RasterMaster 5.0 for Java is currently available and starts at $2,495.00 for the toolkit. To deploy applications created from the toolkit, simultaneous user licenses and server licenses are also required.
The simultaneous user license for 10 users adds an additional $2,000; 100 users adds $5,000 and 1,000 users adds $16,000. The server license for a single server is $1000.00 and for ten servers it is $4,000.
Screen Detail showing magnifier option
Internet World was held on July 9th to 12th, 2001 at McCormick Place North in Chicago, Illinois. It was produced by Penton Media.
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