Organisations frustrated with screen saver-based news updates devouring network capacity now have a bandwidth-friendly alternative.
Dutch push technology company Netpresenter has launched version 3.0 of its newscaster aimed squarely at market leader Pointcast.
Aimed at corporate Intranets, Netpresenter 3.0 takes up 220Kbytes of memory compared to Pointcast?s 7Mbytes.
?Pointcast is one of the most de-installed programmes in corporate America because networks cannot cope with its bandwidth requirements,? said Frank Hoen, Netpresenter?s president and chief executive.
?Netpresenter?s network load is unheard of, and will appeal to those who think the competition is network unfriendly,? he added.
Chris Lewis, network analyst at the Yankee Group said: ?A lot of companies have suffered badly from Pointcast because it seriously slows the network down. Any product placing a low demand on the network should be welcomed.?
Because Netpresenter sits on the client rather than the server, Hoen claims version 3.0 gives the company more control over the news it distributes across Intranets.
The suite includes a client-based business editor allowing organisations to choose content, while a pop-up facility relays urgent news on top of every active application.
The basic Netpresenter 3.0 package comes with a content editor and 20 players, and costs Fl2,990 (#950). It is available in the UK from Accurate Technology.
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