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Inmagic announces DB/Text ODBC driver: now provides open access to specialized textbase structure

Press Release: Inmagic, Inc. [November 2, 1998]

Copyright (c) 1998 Inmagic, Inc.

Woburn, MA---Inmagic, Inc., leading developer of library automation and information management software for the Web, intranets, CD-ROM and LANs, today announced the release of the Inmagic DB/Text ODBC Driver. ODBC (Open Database Connectivity), developed by Microsoft(r) Corporation, is a programmatic interface that enables users to manipulate data from many different databases using third-party tools. Now ODBC-compliant, Inmagic DB/TextWorks(r) databases and the information they contain can now be accessed and combined with data from other corporate databases, such as Oracle and Microsoft Access.

The DB/Text ODBC Driver is available in two versions. The desktop version of the DB/Text ODBC Driver for Windows(r) 95/98/NT workstations is installed on a local hard drive and enables the user to "talk" to a local DB/TextWorks database or to one on a network file server. Users can combine data from DB/TextWorks with data from other databases; use third-party tools such as Crystal Reports to create graphs from DB/TextWorks databases; or design customized DB/TextWorks features, such as a voice-activated data-entry screen.

The DB/Text ODBC Driver for Windows NT is the latest component of Inmagic's Interactive WebPublisher Suite. It is designed to support Web-based applications, such as editing records from a Web browser, or for building Web applications using third-party Web development tools such as Cold Fusion that enable users to interact with Inmagic databases on the corporate intranet.

"We're pleased to be able to offer open access to Inmagic's unique textbase structure while preserving a good part of what makes it special," said Inmagic president and CEO Phillip Green. "Because we didn't want to sacrifice the superior indexing and keyword searching that Inmagic users have come to expect, we enhanced the standard syntax used for ODBC transactions to enable us to perform keyword, phrase and proximity searches. Compared to other ODBC products, Inmagic's unique in that respect."

"The specific benefit of Inmagic's ODBC Driver is that we can use the same standard SQL calls to access Inmagic 'tables' as we would an Oracle table," said Bob Kraas of Strategic Information Management Services. "Additionally, Inmagic has built in extended search capabilities that Oracle doesn't have."


The DB/Text ODBC Driver and the complete line of Inmagic products is available through the company's direct sales force and worldwide network of value-added resellers. The desktop version is available as an "add-on" to DB/TextWorks software on a per-seat basis. The NT server version is available as a component of Inmagic's Interactive WebPublisher Suite. Free trial versions of Inmagic products and a listing of local resellers are available from the company's web site, Contact Inmagic at 800-229-8398/781-938-4442 or send an email to

About Inmagic

Inmagic, Inc. is a global leader in providing library automation and information management software and services to special libraries. Harnessing leading-edge technology, the company helps information professionals manage and disseminate today's diverse corporate resources via networks, the Web and intranets, as well as stand alone PCs. Information professionals choose Inmagic software for traditional applications, such as online catalogs, serials management, loans and orders, as well as for the management of other information, including competitive intelligence, technical reports, annual reports and photo archives. Inmagic's information management solutions are installed in more than 15,000 special libraries and information centers in over 50 countries.

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Publication Year:1998
Type of Material:Press Release
Language English
Issue:November 2, 1998
Publisher:Inmagic, Inc.
Place of Publication:Woburn, MA
Company: Inmagic, Inc.
Products: DB/TextWorks
Subject: Product announcements
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Record Number:6102
Last Update:2012-12-29 14:06:47
Date Created:0000-00-00 00:00:00