Canadian software company ShowBase has released an information access tool that lets users publish virtually any database on the Web, without being a computer expert or knowing HTML programming.
ShowBase Extra boasts the ability to publish on the Web any dBASE, MARC, ASCII, Comma delimited or ODBC database or file into Web-accessible format and includes a Java API which allows for full front-end customisation according to the site's design. It also extends a Web site's international presence by letting visitors view in any one of seven languages.
Other features are automatic regeneration, providing maintenance-free refreshing of database information to a user's Web page, and multiple index search capabilities using Natural Language Expression.
One of the first of its kind, ShowBase Extra is available at a first licence price of $995, $1,495 or $3,995, depending on the required CGI, with additional licences available at a reduced rate. For a 15-day evaluation copy see (www.ShowBase.com). Customers include Capitol Records and Caprices UK, a site which maintains a database of new and used cars.
Although ShowBase has no UK distributors to date, ShowBase Extra can be obtained at (www.ShowBase.com).
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