DUBLIN, Ohio, March 3, 1998 - Information Dimensions, Inc., a leading provider of web-enabled knowledge center solutions, has begun shipping Version 8.2 of BASIS - the most widely used document management system in the world.
BASIS 8.2 includes numerous enhancements that significantly improve the loading, managing and viewing of electronic documents, such as the ability to customize applications, build custom controls, and automatically convert and load documents authored in Microsoft Word 97 and Excel 97. In addition, support for Adobe PDF Version 3 documents is now an integral part of the BASIS system. And, with the integration of Inso Corporation's HTML Export technology, the BASIS Client Suite now supports more than 250 document formats with superior HTML rendering of office documents.
"Most organizations are finding that meeting today's publishing and viewing requirements for mixed browser and desktop environments is a difficult challenge," says George Shemas, Information Dimensions vice president of development. "With these upgrades and better integration, BASIS 8.2 makes managing and publishing a broader variety of documents an easier and higher quality process."
BASIS Desktop 8.2 for Windows 95 and Windows NT greatly improves performance for application developers. The development environment has been extended with new support for Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 and Visual C++ 5.0. Also, the BASIS Desktop Custom Controls have been migrated to 32-bit Active X components. In addition, improvements to support leading edge web platforms, multiple repository searches, and more wide-reaching language capability makes BASIS 8.2 a far more robust document management solution for a variety of knowledge-based applications.
"With the BASIS WEBserver Gateway 8.2," says Scott Scharadin, Information Dimensions director of marketing, "knowledge base searches across multiple repositories are incredibly easy with the introduction of the Multiple Database Search form and Multiple Database Summary display." This powerful feature enables searching against databases having fields with common names without requiring the database views to have a common record structure. This feature also provides great flexibility in how users can tailor the look and feel of the multi-database search and display forms.
Improvements have been made to enhance Web document check-in and check-out. The Producers Gateway now utilizes BASIS document conversion software to detect the document type and automatically set the MIMETYPE field during the document loading process. The document loading options for loading native and index files are now more consistent between browser and client/server access. Support for document versioning is now available as part of browser-based check-in processing. This new set of tools also will handle BASIS Compound fields during document check-in and provides a document delete function.
William Forquer, Information Dimensions president, says great care is always taken in BASIS to provide an easy upgrade path for current BASIS Version 8 users.
"Our company remains committed to ensuring that customers have maximum flexibility for migration and upgrades," Forquer says. "Users can upgrade their BASIS server software to 8.2 and continue to run their BASIS 8.1 Desktop applications. Or they can install BASIS 8.2 Client Suite to take advantage of the new data loading software and stage their BASIS 8.2 server upgrade at a later time."
BASIS addresses large and complex document management problems for organizations with document repositories that are mission critical to their business. BASIS is a high-end solution that features high performance search and retrieval, security, control and integrity to ensure the availability of document resources to the organization. The BASIS Document Management System is available for the following platforms: Sun Solaris, HP HPUX, IBM AIX and Microsoft Windows NT servers and Microsoft Windows 95 and Windows NT clients.
BASIS, according to industry analyst IDC, is the world's most used document management system with well over 1.1 million users worldwide.
About Information Dimensions
With BASIS as its flagship product, Information Dimensions (www.InformationDimensions.com) has been providing leading edge knowledge management tools that set the international standard for innovation, service and support in this area. BASIS has an installed base that includes many of the Global 500 companies and government. More than 300 of them have deployed BASIS on intranets. Information Dimensions' customer base spans virtually every industry that requires rigorous management of documents for business-critical purposes. Information Dimensions, Inc., is an affiliate company of Gores Technology Group (www.gores.com), Los Angeles, CA.