WEAVING SLIDE SHOWS ON THE WEB
A POPULAR USE FOR PCS is showing colorful slide shows to illustrate sales pitches and other business presentations. In many cases, the slides are prepared days in advance and, as a result, may be out of date when they're finally shown to a prospective customer or client. But now, Software Publishing Corp. has come out with a scheme that would let a salesperson out on the road, say, get the latest slides almost instantly from the World Wide Web.
The company's product, ASAP WebShow, works closely with Netscape Communications Corp.'s popular Navigator 2.0 Web-browser software. First, slides are prepared using Software Publishing's ASAP slide-show program, already on the market. The software then compresses the slide data, so that all the graphics and text on 30 slides can be crammed into a mere 11,000 bytes. At that size, using a 14.4 kilobit-per-second modem, those 30 slides could be sent from a Web server to a laptop computer in a hotel room in just seven seconds, according to the firm. ASAP slides can be embedded in standard Web pages for viewing on-screen through the Navigator program or for printing to paper. A trial version of the software, usable for 30 days at no charge, is available at http://www.spco.com/ asap/asap.htm. The software runs with all three versions of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows software.
EDITED BY JOHN W. VERITY
Updated June 14, 1997 by bwwebmaster
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