Internet publishing gets new tools

Several small software vendors have unveiled a range of development tools at Comdex for both professional and end-user developers of World Wide Web sites.

Several small software vendors have unveiled a range of development tools for both professional and end-user developers of World Wide Web sites.

At Comdex San Diego-based Template Graphics Software (http://www.tgs.com) has rolled out a tool for designing and authoring 3-D graphics that can be incorporated into Web sites or embedded in desktop applications such as Microsoft Corp.'s Word and PowerPoint.

Priced at US$295, 32-bit Windows-based 3Space Publisher comes with 500 pieces of 3-D clip art that can be dragged and dropped to create 3-D scenes, according to Robert Weideman, vice-president of marketing. Through a pull-down menu, the scenes can then be published as VRML, Animated GIF, 3-D ActiveX or Java applets, he says.

Design Intelligence (http://design-intelligence.com) is aiming its i publish application at users who want to enhance Web sites with text and graphics taken from sources such as CD-ROMs or the Internet, the company says .

Priced at US$149, i publish will be available starting in April.

For corporate Web site developers who want to publish legacy documents on an intranet or link them to intranet sites, Lexington, Massachusetts-based Ski Soft Publishing (http://skisoft.com) has announced its Web Publisher 2.0 family of Windows-based tools.

According to Ski Soft, developers can create Web pages out of hundreds of pages of documents that were initially produced in desktop applications including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint in addition to Wordperfect. The Web Publisher products are priced between US$495 and US$7495, the company says.

Targeting managers who oversee distributed members of a project team, Primavera Systems says it has begun shipping Web Publishing Wizard, which is designed for delivering project management information over the Internet and intranets.

With the tool, users can build Web pages containing reports written in the company's SureTrack project management software, the company says.

The tool is available for a street price of US$399, but current users of version 1.5 of Primavera's SureTrak Project Manager can download it free of charge from the company's Web site (http://www.primavera.com).

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