Sequel Technology Corp. is preparing software that will form the cornerstone of what the company is terming "corporate collaborative surfing."
The Seattle company is planning to ship this month an upgrade of its Sequel Net Access Manager, followed next month by the new Sequel NetPIM client. The programs will enable corporate users to share information collected off of World Wide Web sites, turning the browser into a collaborative research tool.
Early next year, the company will tightly integrate the products with new applications that will automate much of their functionality, officials said.
Sequel Net Access Manager 1.5, software similar to a proxy server but designed to provide users with a complex set of reporting, auditing, site-blocking, tracking and monitoring functions, is being upgraded with support for Windows NT, SQL Server 6.5, static IP and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol.
The new NetPIM personal Internet manager enables users to access, manage and share browser information over a corporate intranet.
Users can create personal filing systems of bookmarks that can then be shared across the network. Those bookmarks also can be annotated with thumbnail images of each site.
NetPIM's file manager provides users with a log file about their Web surfing--capturing and categorizing information about users' online connection time or data on the last time they visited a site.
In addition, NetPIM can be configured to compress Web-based documents, files and entire Web sites to be read later. It can send those Web sites as an E-mail message to co-workers to be viewed offline.
The new client also provides automatic updating capabilities designed to search and retrieve new information off a specific Web site.