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Open Text updates tools

Open Text updates its Livelink suite of intranet-based applications that allows companies to manage and distribute documents through a Web browser.

Open Text (OTEXF) today updated its Livelink suite of intranet-based applications that allows companies to manage and distribute documents through a Web browser.

Open Text was one of the first Internet search engine companies to go public in January 1996. Its offering t saw shares climb above $20, but quickly level off to the $5-$10 range. The stock price in today's afternoon trading was 6-1/2. Like many of the engines, Open Text has since shifted its focus to the corporate arena, where its search technology is the cornerstone of its Livelink workflow software.

Livelink Suite 7 uses Netscape Navigator as a front end to corporate databases and combines other Internet technologies, such as email and bulletin boards to work as project collaboration tools across a company network.

With Livelink, users post comments to a common bulletin board. Posted notes can be assigned an expiration date or a priority ranking. The Livelink system also uses email to notify project members of important changes.

The Library component of Livelink 7 lets users revise multiple documents and objects but provides version control tracking so that project managers can see who has checked out, modified, or otherwise used project documents and folders. Version control logs the history of each project element, including multimedia objects and URLs.

The Workflow component gives managers a bird's eye view of each step of a project and the status of each element, for example if a document has been checked out of the library for modification. Project elements-- such as documents, queries, and multimedia objects--can be stored and edited with attached comments and attributes.

The Search component provides multiple query fields across three levels of searching: within a project, on the company network, and the Web.

Livelink Suite 7 is available for Sun Solaris, HP/UX, and Windows NT. Pricing begins at $62,500 for the basic Livelink intranet server package with library, search, workflow, and collaboration components. It also includes Netscape FastTrack Server.