Mixed mainframes and terminals

Mixed mainframes and terminals

Lotus on Apricot bilingual Lotus is to produce a version of its best-selling Lotus l-2-3 package for the Apricot PC and Apricot xi from ACT. This will...

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Lotus on Apricot bilingual Lotus is to produce a version of its best-selling Lotus l-2-3 package for the Apricot PC and Apricot xi from ACT. This will be the first time that Lotus products have been adapted for a specific market. It is seen as a key part of Lotus’ expansion beyond the USA. Symphony, the follow on product from Lotus l-Z-3, is also to be transferred to the Apricot by the end of this year. The work is being carried out in the UK. (Applied Computer Teechniques(Holdings) plc, AC? HOUSe, I1 I Hag& Road, B~~ingha~ 316 8LB, UK. Tel: 021-454 8585.) El ~~

applications generator A bilingual applications generator for IBM users has been developed by the Israeli company, Umaney Tochna Ltd. It is based on its DB-1, the generator that is already installed in Israel, with sales in South Africa and the USA. At the moment ‘bilingual’ means English and Hebrew, but the company sees it as potentially useful in those countries with two or more official tongues. (Umaney Tochna, PO Box 2211, Rehovot, Israel. Tel: 054-82441. ) q

Mixedmainframesand t~~inals

WI?on the Rainbow A word processing package for the DEC Rainbow has been launched by Jenson Micro Systems in the UK and Europe. The package, written by Exceptional Business Systems in California, USA, runs under CPlM currently, and will run under MS/DOS and CPIM-86 later this year. It will work on the Rainbow, or on a DECmate II word processor with a CPiM card. Jenson says the software is keystroke compatible with DEC’s word processing products of WPS-8 and


DECword and also Jenson’s other word processing system, Word- Il. WPS-80’s major advantage over DEC WP systems is that it will support a variety of printers, not just DEC’s. The software costs f294, and includes a full-screen editor, 10 cut-and-paste buffers, and a screen format of up to 132 columns. There is also a help facility. uenson Micro Systems Ltd, 30 Queen Square, B~tol BSl ND, UK. Tel: (0.272) 297341.) q

Many organizations have found themselves with a variety of computers and terminals to match, all best for their own application, but difficult to access from one terminal. If you don’t want a terminal on your desk linked to each computer, you could use a black box protocol converter or even insist on a single supplier for all systems. Isolation Technology Ltd (ITL), a combination of the old CTL, OTL and NTL companies, has launched a minicomputer system for controlling communications between hosts and terminals. Access allows the user to collect information from difficult files held on various computers and integrate it on one screen. The screen formatting and protocol techniques are hidden to the user behind a menu, which would be developed either by the user data processing department, or by ITL for an additional cost. Access uses ITL’s Intelligent ~o~u~~a~o~ Env~onment [ICE) and its coruscations

language Class to develop the interfaces to manufacturers’ protocol. Access already supports IBM and ICL batch and interactive protocols, and an extended version of Access supports IBM 3270 and ICL XBM CO3 for local transaction processing. The company says it would be able to develop interfaces for any suppliers’ equipment as requested. Access aiso supports private videotex, and the UK national electronic mail service, Telecorn Gold. It includes standard office functions, such as diaries and electronic mail. It will link into local area networks that are based on Ethernet or ITL’s own broadband LAN. The system is aimed at large organizations, with prices ranging from ~500~ to El50000 for each installation. ITL suggests this would work out at about &3000 per terminal for hardware and software. (ITL, Technology House, Victoria Road, Wincester, UK. Tel: (0962) 54444.) Cl

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