Building on its history as a report software vendor and exploiting the
ever-growing interest in intranets, Datawatch
is creating a new data file format designed just to send reports over the Net.
The company calls the compressed file format a Portable Report Format. The company says that PRF is similar to the PDF format created by Adobe
Systems which lets users view documents in their original form on different kinds of PCs by including formatting information in the file. The format will show up in a suite of report distribution products due in
September that expands on Datawatch's Monarch data mining program, the
company has told CNET.
Monarch 3.0 will let users access, analyze and move data from reports into
other applications such as spreadsheets, much as the earlier version did.
But the new version is aimed at the expanding intranet market by turning
data extracted from those applications into "portable" reports that can be
easily moved around networks without losing any formatting or design
A PRF file includes data format information and an index so that users can
pull data out of the report to create new reports or graphs that can then
be sent to others over the Net. An encryption and password option allow for
The full version of Monarch 3.0 will be available as a stand-alone
application, while a low-cost version called Monarch Report Explorer that
can view and manipulate but not create reports will
be available as a helper application or Navigator plug-in. A beta version of
Monarch Report Explorer is available from Datawatch's Web site.
Monarch 3.0 will cost $499 retail for a single user; Monarch Report Explorer
will cost $250 for five users.
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