The upgraded software family, called Folio 4, includes three components: a browser, a database builder, and an application development kit. All three are built on top of what the company calls an "infobase," a text-based database that has no formal structure and that allows users to search for any word stored in the database. Up to 125 users can simultaneously access and edit documents in an infobase, the company said.
Folio infobases run on Windows 95 and NT operating systems. A Macintosh version will be available in the first quarter of 1997. The products in the Folio 4 line are targeted toward companies with a need for many users to have real-time access to the database, such as a customer support staff at a large bank or software company.
Folio Builder is the tool set for building the infobases at the core of Folio 4. Builder indexes and compiles ASCII, Word, WordPerfect, FrameMaker, and Folio flat files into an infobase and provides a developer with encryption, compression, and security options. Builder was previously called the Infobase Production Kit.
Folio Views is a browser with a built-in search engine that can scan for keywords within documents as well as across a group of documents. Views also features a table of contents viewer that breaks down a document hierarchically.
Content publishers who distribute their material in a Folio infobase can license Views to distribute with their content.
For publishers who want to build their own front-end viewer, Folio will ship Integrator, a software development kit to create browsers that run the Folio search engine as well as applications that run with the Folio infobase. Integrator, which supports the C programming language as well as ActiveX, is the same software development kit Folio used to create Views, company officials said.
Folio 4 is set to ship in the fourth quarter. Single user licenses will be priced at$1,995 for Builder, $295 for Views, and $495 for Integrator.