Saracen Communications, Inc. announced today the release of its newest product, DirectorE for Macintosh, Windows 3.1/NT, and Windows '95.
DirectorE is an affordable, powerful, electronic membership/employee directory with the speed of a database, the better features of a paper directory, and the power to generate Internet Web directory solutions in either HTML pages or CGI: A solution for any budget.
DirectorE's multimedia capabilities add new dimension to a typical membership directory. Advertising is not black-and-white, or shoved into some forgotten section which only other advertisers browse.
Photos, QuickTime(tm) digital videos, and QuickTime VR presentations can be displayed right next to a member listing, or on premium areas, such as the contents or cover page. This allows an organization, like a Chamber of Commerce or a church group, to actually increase their advertising revenue from such publications by using multimedia.
Other multimedia applications include voice annotation of files, and a text note "read"-back of a user's typed notes on a particular member or employee (Mac only).
DirectorE's primary strength is the delivery of directory information in a number of formats from one source. It can be set up on a LAN/WAN for use by up to 150 simultaneous users. It can be published on the Internet, an Intranet, CD-ROM, ZIP cartridge, or other media for distribution to members.
DirectorE addresses many of the problems associated with taking directory information to the electronic age. Paper directories have typically been high revenue generators, because businesses can advertise. Most electronic member lists are simple databases or spreadsheets, which have no ability to generate revenue other than for the information itself. People like the look and feel of a quality paper directory. DirectorE addresses this desire by providing pages where members can browse articles, photos, and multimedia clips about an organization or department of a corporation.
The WoW!HTML option allows users with the correct authorization codes to quickly and inexpensively generate both A to Z membership directories, and category-based "Buyers" or "Members" guide information in web (HTML) page format in just minutes.
A 1,300 member Chamber of Commerce directory takes a little under 4 minutes to generate a 26 page A to Z member list. Category listings and category pages (549 categories) took a little under 18 minutes. In less than half an hour, a Chamber can create an electronic "book" for the web which could take as many as 80 hours to do manually!
DirectorE stores URL (Universal Resource Locator) Internet "Web" addresses as part of a member listing (e.g.: http://www.mycompany.com) WoW!HTML takes these URL listings and turns them into hot "links" on the web page. A user clicks a button, and is transported to that member's "home" page.
DirectorE provides the speed and versatility of a database with easy-to-use features. No funny query language. Push-button simplicity. Based on the multi-award-winning Claris(R) Filemaker Pro/Filemaker(R) Pro for Windows, DirectorE can be run as a Filemaker file, or as a stand-alone program.3 The LAN/WAN version ships with either Filemaker Pro 3.0 or Filemaker Pro Server. The publication/distribution option ships with the run-time version of Filemaker Pro.
DirectorE comes in a variety of configurations and budget options. For Churches and non-profit organizations (excluding NPO Chambers of Commerce) there is DirectorE-MD, a membership directory system. For Chambers, political organizations, and other commerce associations there is DirectorE-BG, a buyers-guide type system. For corporations and departments of the government, there is DirectorE-DL, a department listing system.
Each of the three main configurations comes in LAN/WAN, electronic-publishing, and e-publishing/Internet publishing options.
Pricing for DirectorE starts at just $498.00. VARs and dealer inquiries are welcome. For more information on pricing, see the price sheet .
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