US start-up Web 3000 is about to ship an advanced version of its Netsonic Internet Accelerator, a Web utility that speeds Web surfing.
The new release will ship in late October. Gene Kavner, Web 3000 founder and chief executive, explained: "We asked our users what they needed in order to enhance their surfing experience and the answers were speed, recency and customization. Web surfers want real time information and they want it fast."
To try to meet these demands, the company has added an Auto-Refresh feature, which allows users to view requested Web information instantly with automatic updates; as well as Smart Acceleration, which gives users the option to always view only the most recent information.
Kavner gave the example of users needing the most recent data available on stock quotes.
"Netsonic Pro not only alleviates the problems an average consumer or business user has surfing the Internet, it also reduces overall Internet traffic," Kavner said.
Along with the above features, Netsonic Pro contains an MTU (Maximum Transfer Unit) Optimizer, which automatically adjusts an existing Internet access setting to expedite the connection to the Web regardless of access - whether through a modem, ISDN or T1 line. The MTU Optimizer also speeds up email and file transfers, making Netsonic Pro the only Internet accelerator that speeds Web surfing the first time a user accesses the Web, Kavner added.
Also included is a facility to pre-load links, including graphics and text, from the current site and to others. This is called Prefetch Graphics/Prefetch Offsite Sonicfetch.
Customised Cache Location allows users to install Netsonic Pro in one location and locate the cache on an alternate hard disk or on a network drive.
Web 3000's initial rollout, a Microsoft Windows 95 utility dubbed Netsonic, uses proprietary technology to sample, update and cache and store a user's favorite Internet sites. This is available free at the company's Web site, www.Web3000.com. Netsonic Pro is available for download for $39.95 from the same site.
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