Colossus P200 System 97-5
High-performance PC featuring a 200MHz Intel Pentium processor with MMX technology. Other features include 512Kb of pipeline burst cache, 64Mb of EDO-RAM, a 5.1Gb EIDE hard drive and a PCTV tuner with Teletext. It also has 3D graphics with 8Mb of SGRAM, a Soundblaster card, 16-speed CD-ROM drive, a V.34+ voice modem and a 200W speaker system.
Contact: Colossus Computer Corporation on 01707 258899
Instant Accounting 97
New version of complete PC accounting solution for start-up businesses. This off-the-shelf system is easy to use and requires no in-depth knowledge of accountancy procedures. It is both year 2000-compliant and Internet-ready: users can directly launch a Web browser which allows them to access supplier price lists, verify suppliers? stock levels before placing orders, or carry out online credit checking ? all without leaving the accounts program. This version also features enhanced accounting and reporting facilities and an advanced help system.
Contact: Sagesoft on 0191 255 3000 or www.sagesoft.co.uk
Planit Contracts & Agreements
Product to help UK managers and directors produce legally binding documents without having to rely on expensive and time-consuming legal advice. The program contains more than 90 essential legal documents which are divided into subject areas. Each is accompanied by legal advice, describing in detail the purpose of every clause. This text is jargon-free so it can be easily understood by users with no legal expertise.
Contact: Planit Software on 0181 875 4420
Voicemail modem for businesses that want a combined fast modem and digital voicemail facility at a reasonable price. With the Multimodem ZDXV users can send, receive and manage fax, email or voice messages through a single device inside their PC. It has enhanced 28.8Kbits/sec V.34 data, and is bundled with Communications Suite 5.0 software from Trio Information Systems, which provides 14.4Kbits/sec Class 2 fax capability. It also supports industry standard IS-101 AT-V commands for voice control. The modem can carry out a variety of voice functions, from a simple answerphone service to customised voicemail.
Contact: Multitech Computers on 0118 959 7774 or
HP Network Scanjet 5
Network scanner which makes it easier for people to share and communicate digital information over internal and external networks. Scanned documents can be distributed efficiently and quickly to other network users, network printers, specified desktop applications and external fax numbers. It has a 15ppm automatic document feeder, 300dpi optical resolution, and is available in Ethernet and Token Ring models. It comes with Caere?s Limited Edition OCR engine and can be upgraded to Caere Omnipage Pro or Xerox Textbridge.
Supplier: Hewlett Packard on 0990 474747 or www.hp.com
Price: from #2,040
Cyber Patrol Corporate
New version of the popular Internet filter, which allows companies to manage and control employee access to the Web, newsgroups, chatrooms and FTP sites. The filtering technology allows employers to not only control access to specific parts of the Internet, but also to specify when the Web can be accessed. Furthermore, restricted sites are divided into categories so that companies can designate access to specific content areas according to the time of day.
Contact: Microsystems Software on 01344 874111 or www.microsys.com
Price: from #40 for each user, for up to nine users
d2 CD Editor Kit and CD Editor Kit Pro
Two integrated CD-R solutions for PC multimedia users. Both versions are bundled with Gear Multimedia software which allows users to create CDs with hi-fi quality sound for both PC and Mac CD-ROM drives. The Pro version is aimed at high-end PC users whose volume of CD-R work demands a high-performance product. Features include a d2 CD-R (quad-speed recorder, 6-speed player) in a robust casing, 100 units of d2?s recordable CDs and the Press It utility for creating professional-looking labels. The quad-speed recorder can write a typical 650Mb CD in 18 minutes. It also has a high-performance 2Gb AV stackable hard disk to ensure fast and error-free recordings.
Contact: electronique d2 on 0171 833 0009 or www.eld2.com
Price: Editor Kit is about #525; Pro version is about #1,295
Single device which allows users to communicate with phone, fax and PC over an ISDN link. It is ideal for small businesses which want to take advantage of the high-speed of ISDN technology for communications. With this money saving unit, users can operate two separate phone numbers via a single ISDN service; with data-transfer rates up to five times faster than by modem. Phonebox is supplied with all the software and cabling needed for plug-and-play use.
Contact: Controlware on 01635 584000
Psion Series 3c with backlit screen
Latest version of the popular palmtop computer, the Series 3c 2Mb model is now available with a backlit screen. The backlighting feature, which is particularly useful for working in dimly-lit conditions, is switched on simply by pressing a key, with an option of auto switch-off. The Series 3c weighs 275g (including batteries) and features a Windows-style graphical user interface with pull-down menus, dialogue boxes and help menus.
Supplier: Psion on 0990 143050 or www.psion.com
Price: from #339.95 to #399.95
Internal security device which protects Simm chips against theft. It is easy to install and provides an extra level of security. Fitting the Symgard is easy: you do not need to modify the hardware because the shatterproof cover totally encases the memory chips and fixes onto existing mounting positions on the motherboard. It is secured by hardened screws that can only be released by a special tool.
Contact: Business Information & Intelligence Consultants on 0181 332 8928
Price: #35 plus fitting
Entry-level remote access server solution which has all the security and remote access protocol support of a high-end server. It?s suitable for departmental, workgroup or small business sites where users want to mix and match existing devices or only need a small number of remote access ports. This range is ideal for Internet access, Microsoft and Novell network access, as well as legacy and IP host access. These are fixed-port remote access units, available in 4, 8 and 16-port configurations with automatic modem discovery and full support for V.34 modems and ISDN devices.
Contact: Hayes Microcomputer Products on 01252 775577 or www.hayes.co.uk
Price: from #1,739
A 33.6Kbits/sec data-fax modem which provides easy-to-use email, voicemail and fax and speaker phone facilities ? all in one unit. With Audiospan technology, users can talk and send data simultaneously over a single standard phone line. This means that a user can speak to a remote customer or colleague while viewing an associated presentation on a PC. This feature also improves the use of desktop video-conferencing, remote training and technical support. The Officeporte can transform a PC into a professional voicemail system with multiple mailboxes and greetings and remote message retrieval.
Contact: Microcom on 01483 242800 or www.microcom.com
Price: about #140
New version of remote access software which now has native 32-bit Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 support and advanced Internet and intranet features. This release is the first to work on five platforms (Windows NT, Windows 95, Windows 3.1, DOS and 32-bit Web browsers) in one box. Reachout Passport is also new to this release. It allows fast TCP/IP remote access to any Reachout desktop over the Internet or intranet. Also included is Reachout Global, an Internet desktop access package which harnesses the power of Reachout Passport, while combining both a remote viewer and local host for download and use.
Contact: Stac on 01344 302900 or www.stac.com
Intellisync For Pilot
Program which allows users of US Robotics? Pilot Organiser to directly synchronise their data with multiple PC applications. Pilot users can now take full advantage of the organiser?s Hotsync feature which directly links contact management, scheduling and personal information management applications to their PCs. This ensures that all mobile and desktop information is uniform. Intellisync is compatible with Lotus Organiser 2.1, Microsoft Schedule + for Windows 95, Starfish Sidekick for Windows and Windows 95. The Pilot is a handheld device which fits easily into a shirt pocket and has a date book, address book, to-do list, calculator and note-taking applications.
Contact: Roderick Manhattan Group on 0181 875 4441 or www.rmg.co.uk
A new addition to the company?s range of Lifebook notebooks, the 635T is both thin (28mm) and light (1.9kg). When used with the Enhancement Unit, you can access features normally found in high-end multimedia notebooks, such as an 8-speed CD-ROM drive and stereo speakers. This unit can also be used as a docking station. Standard features include a 133MHz Pentium processor, 16-48Mb of EDO-RAM, 2Mb of VRAM, a 1.3Gb hard disk, Card Bus and Zoom Video, a 12.1in SVGA TFT screen and two Type-II PC-Card slots.
Contact: Fujitsu ICL Computers on 01344 475555 or www.fujitsu-computers.com
Price: from about #2,875
Software which helps expand the use of business mapping applications for first-time users by providing the data sets and tools needed to get started. The software, supplied on a single CD, is suitable for sales and marketing applications, such as site location, sales territory and competitor analysis. It features the three key data sets most commonly required by first-time users which, together, drastically reduce start-up costs. These are an overview map of the UK, which is used as a geographic backdrop, a postcode boundary map and a geo-coder for attaching data to maps.
Contact: Mapinfo on 01344 482888 or www.mapinfo.com
Pantone Colorweb for the Macintosh ? European Version
European release of a set of tools for designing and accurately managing colours for publishing and viewing over the Internet. The tools provide Web designers with an easy way of ensuring that corporate or product colours, text, backgrounds and graphics used in page design stay the same when viewed on a user?s screen. Colorweb includes the Pantone Internet Color System, which is a cross-platform palette of 216 colours that are ?Internet-safe?.
Contact: Pantone on 01303 259959 or www.pantone.com
A 17in monitor that can be used with high-end graphics and CAD applications. It supports resolutions up to, and including, 1,600x1,200 at 75Hz refresh rate, and is optimised for use at 1,280x1,024 at 85Hz. The monitor also features a new high-resolution microfilter CRT which dramatically improves brightness and contrast ratios.
Contact: Microvitec on 01274 390011 or www.microvitecplc.com
A 120Mb disk drive which allows Compaq customers to upgrade their existing machines to higher-capacity storage technology by installing it as an additional drive. This 3.5in disk drive is fully compatible with 720Kb and 1.44Mb disks. It reads-writes the new 120Mb disks up to five times faster than conventional 3.5in drives. It also provides over 80 times more storage capacity than standard 1.44Mb disks. This allows users to store large amounts of data on a single disk at the same time as being able to access data on traditional 1.44Mb disks.
Contact: Compaq on 0181 332 3000 or www.compaq.co.uk
Second CD in the Business In Sight series of CD-ROM-based courses, offering training in strategic management for senior managers and professional business advisers. Business Strategy covers the strategic planning process and includes analysing an organisation?s industry, its environment, product, strengths and weaknesses, developing strategic options and implementing change. It provides more than 12 hours of training in standalone modules, with either AVI or Mpeg video.
Contact: Xebec on 0800 585889 or www.xebec.co.uk
Price: from #250
Digital Trainer Professional 4.1
Latest version of package designed for developing computer-based education and training material. It allows companies to design interactive training modules for any subject, which can then be used on standalone PCs, on a network or over the Internet. The modules can contain text, pictures, movies and sound. A free-standing player program can be freely distributed so that training modules can be sent off-site. Existing word-processed documents can be imported to convert traditional training material into interactive lessons.
Contact: LTS on 01386 792617 or www.dmcl.com/lts
Price: from #199 to #699
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