WESTBOROUGH, MA (March 2, 1998) -Geac announces the next release of two of its client products-GeoPac 4.0, a public access research workstation and GeoCat 4.0, a MARC cataloging client. The new releases of these Windows-based graphical clients improve functionality and streamline library operations.
GeoPac is a graphical public access client for searching local and remote databases. With the new features of GeoPac 4.0, patrons can view and renew items currently checked out; and view, place, or cancel hold requests. There are improvements to user-defined search windows and the ability to save retrieved records, as well as enhanced basket operations. Geac continues to develop patron access functions, and will offer further improvements in the next release of GeoPac.
GeoCat 4.0 is a sophisticated cataloging tool that now offers the ability to use the OCLC Z39.50 extended services to notify OCLC that a record has been retrieved from their (OCLC) database. There are also enhancements to passwording capabilities and user configurable automatic removal of tags from imported records.
GeoPac acts as an OPAC for researchers, as well as the front-end search engine for GeoCat. This unique integrated approach enables library staff to use the powerful searching capabilities of GeoPac to access Z39.50-compliant databases for bibliographic and authority records, and take advantage of the robust and easy-to-use functions of GeoCat for editing. The ability to notify OCLC through Z39.50 extended services eliminates the requirement for a separate software package for OCLC interface functions. Geac's server-based ADVANCE and PLUS Integrated Library Systems support all Geac clients.
Marcel Bernard, Corporate Vice President of Operations/Acting General Manager of the Library Division explains, "The latest releases of GeoPac and GeoCat demonstrate Geac's continuing focus on the development of our GUI clients to complement the rich and proven ADVANCE and PLUS server capabilities. Libraries selecting a Geac solution can implement the latest technology without compromising a system's functionality."
Geac's Library Division offers client/server products which provide access to global information through graphical user interfaces and Web-based software. Our developing client-product line currently includes GeoWeb, Web-based public access software; GeoPac, a public access research workstation; and GeoCat, a MARC cataloging client. Geac's server-based ADVANCE and PLUS Integrated Library Systems support all Geac clients.
Geac Computer Corporation Limited delivers and supports total computer solutions, including complete mission-critical client/server applications to various cross-industry and vertical markets worldwide. Product and service information on Geac's Library Division is available on the World Wide Web at www.library.geac.com, or through electronic mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . Geac is a publicly traded company with its common shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (Symbol: GAC).