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By: Kevin D. Weeks
Abstract: Daily news summary for 29 October 1999. By Kevin D. Weeks .
Dark secrets remain safe as encryption technology strides forward. A new
Software Developer Kit offered by SpartaCom
Inc. lets third-party developers incorporate SpartaCom's CryptoGram encryption
software directly into other programs.
The API offered in this SDK, unavailable from any current encryption program,
allows developers to build CryptoGram into their programs, giving users a
non-intrusive tool for securing data with bit triple DES Encryption.
"CryptoGram has always offered a simple solution to the complex problem
of data confidentiality," said Dominique LeRoux, president of SpartaCom
Inc. "Now that third-party developers can transparently integrate
CryptoGram's effective security features into specific programs, users who want
privacy can easily get it as part of any computer application they use."
In addition to
providing encrypting features, the SDK can generate self-decrypting files for
export to selected outside users. Authorized export versions of CryptoGram are also available in addition to
the triple DES 168 bit key encryption version available in the USA.
The SDK is available free, if users purchase the same number of licenses for
CryptoGram that they purchased for the host software. Cryptogram will continue
to remain available for purchase as a separate program.
With a friendly beast of course. Version 4.0 of Dragon
Systems'' NaturallySpeaking Developer
Suite is now available on the company's Web site. The Developer Suite
includes the Dragon NaturalVoc tool. This is an enhanced version of the
NaturallySpeaking Vocabulary Builder for creating redistributable custom
vocabularies. Also included are development runtimes, code examples, and on-line
The SDK can be used with Microsoft's Visual Basic, Visual C++,
Borland's Delphi, and any other development environment that supports ActiveX
components. NaturallySpeaking offers continuous speech recognition, a macro
scripting language, a text-to-speech capability, and constrained recognition
Dragon has also created a web site for developers named Developers'
Den. The site includes technical tips, articles by members of the Dragon
technical staff, free utilities, and a calendar of events and seminars.
The Developer Suite is available for free download
and on CD for US$9.99. You will also need NaturallySpeaking version 3.52 in either the
Standard, Preferred, Professional, Medical, or Legal editions as well as a
microphone headset and a sound card.
Don't be scared. It's just a British company named Innovasys
has released a tool named Build!
VB. Build! VB adds error handling to your Visual Basic programs.
But unlike other such tools, the instrumentation is added when the code is compiled. This
means that your source isn't cluttered with code you didn't write.
According to the company, "Build! VB adds error handling to every part
of your code, whilst leaving your existing error handlers in place." The
tool can also capture GPFs and other exceptions, and convert them into ordinary
The level of information reported by the tool is configurable and can even be
encrypted. Errors can be logged to the clipboard, a file, the Windows NT and Windows
2000 event log, or to a Web site. Build! VB can also add debugging features to
your program including a call-stack monitor and an object-instance counter.
Build! VB sells for US$199 and can be purchased online and downloaded from
the company's Web site.
Web-based business document generation available in the blink of an eye --
proposals, sales materials, whatever you need. Sound to good to be true? No
longer, thanks to Pragmatech's
launch of their Proposal
Assembler solution. This newest addition to Pragmatech's product line allows
for high-quality self-service e-commerce proposals via the Internet.
Users can design custom templates and assemble content in real-time, taking
advantage of the continually-updated knowledge base. Proposal Assembler replaces
generic text with customized entries; it ensures key document elements are not
overlooked; it tracks statistics on database hits for analysis; and it
ultimately delivers the end product in Microsoft Word format. Proposal Assembler
is flexible. Topics such as product specifications, competitive analysis,
contract clauses, terms and conditions -- documents that have different
positioning statements -- can be generated with ease.
Ever have that scary feeling your Windows NT system files aren't really safe? Has the
hair on your neck ever bristled at the thought of hackers infiltrating your
business? There's good news. Peace of mind may be just around the corner with Intact
Intelligence, a new product from Pedestal
Software. Intact Intelligence is a change detection tool that learns your
system's optimal settings and creates a database of behaviors against which your
system is constantly monitored for changes or intrusions.
Intact Intelligence can be used to monitor Web servers, file servers,
firewalls, policy management servers and stand-alone dedicated workstations. It
offers a GUI configuration editor and simple change detection readings. Intact
Intelligence operates on Microsoft Windows NT4.0, and is planned to run on
Microsoft Windows 2000
early next year.
A scaled-down version of Intact Intelligence (excludes the self-configurator)
is available as a free download.
The planned retail price of Intact Intelligence is US$459 per system. You can
take advantage of a special introductory offer of US$95 for Intact Intelligence
until 31 Dec. 1999.
Christmas may have arrived early for the transient laptop user. Symantec
Corp. has just announced a single-user version of their Mobile Essentials
2.0 software -- Mobile
Essentials Personal Edition.
Road warriors, longing to eliminate the problem of mixed connectivity
protocols, can make their traveling lives instantly easier with the flexibility
offered by Mobile Essentials Personal Edition. This latest Symantec solution
enables laptop users to quickly adjust to different work environments by
configuring up to four unique locations in advance, and then simply clicking on
the preconfigured location upon arrival. All settings, such as TCP/IP, printer,
e-mail and browsers, are changed instantly, resulting in increased user
For a limited time, Mobile Essentials Personal Edition can be downloaded
free of charge. Mobile Essentials Corporate Edition retails for US$69.95.
Well it's not exactly magic, but Zero-G's
Enterprise Edition may be as close as you can get. Adding to their family of
Java-based deployment tools, InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition gives commercial
and enterprise developers the ability to create customized solutions for
installing and configuring software across multiple platforms. A new open API
increases a developer's ability to customize installations for rich
client-server, thin client-server and standalone applications.
InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition's multi-platform capabilities also gives
developers the ability to detect pre-installed software, making it a good choice
for configuring heterogeneous server clusters running Microsoft Windows NT,
Solaris, Linux, AIX, HP-UX and any other Java-compliant server and client
According to Greg Maletic, Zero-G's executive vice president, "In
speaking with enterprise developers, we found that what they want is a single
deployment solution that runs on multiple platforms, can install Java or native
software and is extremely flexible."
InstallAnywhere Enterprise Edition retails for US$1995 per-developer,
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