McHenry, Illinois - October 18, 1993 - Follett Software Company announces plans to launch its most revolutionary software design. This product design, called Unison, features new releases of Follett's most widely-used software, including Circulation Plus library circulation management software; Catalog Plus on-line public access catalog software; and Textbook Plus textbook distribution management software. The new design allows for each of Follett's core products to operate together in any combination, or function independently as stand-alone units.
Follett's first Macintosh application software product, MacSearch Plus Station, will also operate under the Unison platform. When used in conjunction with Catalog Plus, MacSearch Plus Station allows for the interoperability between Macintosh and MS-DOS hardware platforms by enabling an MS-DOS database to be accessed from Macintosh workstation computers in networked schools and libraries. Other add-on products within the new Unison line include Alliance Plus MARC database CD-ROM and the PHD+ II portable handheld barcode scanning device.
"At Follett Software Company, we place considerable emphasis on product research and development, and on fulfilling the long-range automation goals of our customers," said Chuck Follett, president of Follett Software Company. "Seventy-five percent of the enhancements made to our core products in our new Unison line were driven by customer needs and suggestions, and the result is a design that provides for complete software modularity and integration and hardware interoperability. We are pleased to bring to the market a line of products tat will allow separate areas of a school or library to operate together as an integrated unit, as well as allow each area to function independently."
Under the Unison platform, all products connect to a central database engine, creating an environment where each product is installable separately, ten automatically links and shares information with additional products as they are installed. All products in the new Unison line feature enhancements over their current versions designed to increase each product's functionality and versatility. Such enhancements include unlimited collection size, seamless interface with Alliance Plus, the ability to import and export in USMARC format, global features, support of LC classification and many others.
The new platform products will operate in both Single User and Multiuser environments, within Artisoft LANtastic and Novell NetWare network operating systems. The first release of Unison products is currently scheduled for January 1994. New Unison products will require more powerful computer hardware than Follett's current products, although customers interested in capitalizing on the benefits of the Unison design can move easily to this new generation of products once hardware specifications are met
Consumers may write Follett Software Company, 809 N. Front Street, McHenry, Illinois, 60050-5589, or call toll-free at (800) 323-3397 for more information on the new line of products, including individual product system requirements.
Follett Software Company is the largest supplier of microcomputer library software in America, with over 18,000 installations of its flagship product, Circulation Plus. Based in McHenry, Illinois, Follett Software Company is a Follett Corporation company.