PROVO, UT—epixtech, Inc. today announced the general release of Horizon Sunrise 7.0, which has already met with accolades from the ten libraries who did the beta testing for its general release. New features included in Horizon Sunrise 7.0 include Z39.50 cataloging, circulation enhancements such as hold suspension and cluster hold capability, Windows 2000 client support, Unicode enhancements, and other new features.
epixtech's Chief Technical Officer, Julian Critchfield, has overseen the development of the new version and made these comments about its release. “Our development team has worked extremely hard on this new release along with the beta libraries. Intense work and late hours have gone into this release, both from our staff here at epixtech, and from the libraries that have tested this release. The beta sites have really enjoyed the hold suspension, where hold requests can be suspended for later reactivation, to accommodate patrons leaving on vacation. Z39.50 cataloging, which gives the library staff the ability to capture records from Z39.50 databases has also been used enthusiastically. There are enhancements in all areas of Horizon Sunrise 7.0, but those in Cataloging and Circulation will improve the quality and speed of service for library patrons.”
Lana Porter, President and CEO of epixtech, has kept close tabs on what epixtech customers wanted from this release, as well as the beta libraries and their opinions of the software. “We regularly hear from our customers about what they like and the improvements they would like to see in the future. It's very gratifying to meet their expectations with a new release. We love to hear from our beta libraries that everything has worked exactly as they anticipated it would. With this release we're right on the mark, both with features and with meeting our delivery schedule. I'm proud of the epixtech staff, and appreciative of our beta libraries and their staffs who have worked together so well to make this release such a success.”
epixtech is the leading provider of automation technologies, solutions and services for libraries worldwide. epixtech's award-winning library automation systems, including Dynix and Horizon Sunrise as well as ConnectLib solutions for patron self-services, desktop management and interlibrary loans and its new Web-based solutions and services empower libraries and their patrons. epixtech's Application Service Provider (ASP), has more installed sites than any other library automation vendor. epixtech was formerly Ameritech Library Services and became a private corporation in December 1999. epixtech's library automation services meet the needs of academic, research, public, corporate, consortia and K-12 school libraries. Headquartered in Utah, epixtech has offices in Evanston, Illinois; Waterloo, Ontario; as well as in Australia, France, Ireland, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Taiwan. epixtech, inc. is located at 400 West 5050 North, Provo, Utah 84605; Telephone: 800.288.8020; fax 801.223.5202; and www.epixtech.com.