Electronic Book Technologies announces CADleaf Graphic Workbench and FIGleaf Plus; New products expand online graphics viewing capabilities: CADleaf, within DynaText Electronic Books; FIGleaf, within World-Wide Web Browsers.
SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 27, 1995-- Electronic Book Technologies, Inc. (EBT EBT
See: Earnings Before Taxes , Booth #1137) today announced two new products at the Seybold San Francisco San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which are connected by the strait known as the Golden conference, CADleaf(TM) Graphic Workbench and FIGleaf(TM) Plus.
CADleaf Graphic Workbench provides EBT's DynaText(TM) electronic publishing system customers with Thumbnail graphics technology for creating miniature renditions of large graphic files that, when clicked, display the full graphic in-line within a DynaText electronic book. FIGleaf Plus is the commercial version of the free FIGleaf multi-format graphics viewer for the World-Wide Web (Web). FIGleaf Plus adds import filters for several graphic file formats not supported in the free version of FIGleaf and provides enhanced User Interface(UI) functionality for viewing and manipulating graphics.
FIGleaf Plus supports import of a variety of graphic file formats including CGM (1) (Computer Graphics Metafile) An ISO/IEC standard format for 2D graphics images introduced in 1987. Primarily a vector graphics format for technical illustrations and geophysical visualizations, CGM also supports raster graphics and text. , a pending vector graphics format for the Web, GIF GIF
in full Graphics Interchange Format
Standard computer file format for graphic images. GIF files use data compression to reduce the file size. The original version of the format was developed by CompuServe in 1987. , JPEG JPEG
in full Joint Photographic Experts Group
Standard computer file format for storing graphic images in a compressed form for general use. JPEG images are compressed using a mathematical algorithm. , SunRaster, TIFF, BMP (1) (BitMaP) Also known as a "bump" file, it is the native, bitmapped graphics format in Windows. A BMP can be saved in several color options: 1-, 4-, 8- and 24-bit color provide 2, 16, 256 and 16,000,000 colors respectively. BMP files use the .BMP or . , PPM, CALS (Computer-Aided Acquisition and Logistics Support) A DOD initiative for electronically capturing military documentation and linking related information. Group 4 (I&II), EPSI (Encapsulated PostScript Interchange) A bitmap format used as a preview image in an EPS file. It contains only 7-bit ASCII data. It has been used in DOS applications that do not support TIFF, WMF and PICT formats. See EPS. , EPSF (Encapsulated PostScript File) The full name of an EPS file. It is used for EPS file extensions in non-DOS and Windows platforms that can handle more than three characters. See EPS. (raster preview), HPGL (Hewlett-Packard Graphics Language) A vector graphics file format from HP that was developed as a standard plotter language. Most plotters support the HPGL and DMPL standards. , HPGL2, DXF DXF - Drawing Exchange Format , C960, and C907. FIGleaf Plus is configured as a Web browser The program that serves as your front end to the Web on the Internet. In order to view a site, you type its address (URL) into the browser's Location field; for example, www.computerlanguage.com, and the home page of that site is downloaded to you. helper application. Helper applications, specified in Web browsers' `Preferences' area, are automatically launched when a browser encounters a format that it does not natively support.
CADleaf Graphic Workbench benefits end-users of DynaText electronic books, enabling faster and more efficient navigation through DynaText books. End-users can now preview what a graphic contains through a Thumbnail image of a larger graphic, without having to load, wait, and view the entire image. The Thumbnail replaces the previously used camera icon to indicate a graphic within a DynaText book. Thumbnail images are stored in a raster graphic format of choice, including JPEG, GIF, TIFF or SunRaster.
"The new FIGleaf and CADleaf graphic tools reinforce EBT's high level of commitment to on-line and Web publishing," explains R. Bryan DiAntonio, Senior Product Manager for CADleaf Products at EBT. "FIGleaf Plus was developed from CADleaf, enabling Web users to benefit from CADleaf's impressive history in the graphic marketplace. In addition, the CADleaf Graphics Workbench `raises the bar' in graphics viewing, enhancing the experience of DynaText users with Web-style graphic publishing via Thumbnails," continued DiAntonio. "Further, we fully expect FIGleaf and FIGleaf Plus to lead the way for CGM to become a Web standard graphics format."
CADleaf Graphic Workbench enables users to strictly enforce Thumbnail sizes. End-users can manipulate Thumbnails from either the User Interface or from the command-line. From the UI, users can see icons being created, and watch their progress. From the command-line interface, users can programmatically call the function to create thumbnails as part of their existing DynaText electronic book-building process.
CADleaf Graphic Workbench supports the following graphic file formats:
Import Export Raster
TIFF x x
GIF x x
JPEG x x
CALS I&II x x
SunRaster x x
EPSI x x
ASCII Files x
Import Export Vector
CGM x x
HPGL x x
DXF x x
DWG (filename extension) dwg - The filename extension for Autodesk drawing files.
IGES (Initial Graphics Exchange Specification) An ANSI file format that is system independent and also intended for human interpretation. Evolving out of the U.S. x
CPCI See CompactPCI. x x
VRF VRF VPN Routing and Forwarding
VRF Variable Refrigerant Flow (HVAC)
VRF Virtual Routing & Forwarding
VRF Visiting Research Fellow
VRF Vector Relational Format
VRF Very Rapid Fire
VRF Victims' Rights Foundation x
Interleaf Desktop publishing software that was widely used for DOS, Windows 95/98, NT, and a variety of Unix-based computers from Interleaf, Inc., Waltham, MA. Interleaf's full-featured program supported a large number of document and image types, including its ability to handle extremely long ASCII ASCII or American Standard Code for Information Interchange, a set of codes used to represent letters, numbers, a few symbols, and control characters. Originally designed for teletype operations, it has found wide application in computers. x
Frame MIF (1) (Maker Interchange Format) An alternate file format for a FrameMaker document. A MIF file is ASCII text, which can be created in another program and imported into FrameMaker. x
EPS (Encapsulated PostScript) A PostScript file format used to transfer a graphic image between applications and platforms. EPS files contain PostScript code as well as an optional preview image in TIFF, WMF, PICT or EPSI, the latter being an ASCII-only format. x
CADleaf Graphic Workbench runs on Microsoft Windows 3.x and Windows NT, as well as the following UNIX(R) platforms: Sun OS 4.x, Solaris 2.x, SGI IRIX 5.x, HPUX 9.x, and IBM AIX 3.x. CADleaf Graphic Workbench is available immediately and is priced at $495 for the MS Windows version and $795 for UNIX platforms. Floating licenses are available. FIGleaf Plus, priced at $49.95, will be available in November via ftp from the following EBT Web sites: http://www.ebt.com/, http://www.ct.ebt.com. FIGleaf Plus will run on Microsoft Windows 3.x and Windows NT, as well as the following UNIX platforms: Sun OS 4.x, Solaris 2.x, SGI IRIX 5.x, HPUX 9.x, and IBM AIX 3.x. FIGleaf Plus will also be bundled with EBT's DynaBase(R) SGML Repository and Document Management System. DynaText, introduced in 1990, is the world's leading standards-based online publishing system. DynaText accepts any valid SGML document and automatically builds a dynamic electronic book that enables users to quickly browse, search and annotate large documents. DynaText electronic books can include an interactive table of contents, hyperlinks, tables, equations, graphics, audio, video and animation. DynaText electronic books can be shared on heterogeneous client/server networks or placed on standalone workstations, PCs or PDAs. DynaText runs on Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh(R) systems, as well as all major UNIX platforms. DynaWeb(TM) Web server software enables Web client browsers with extremely powerful searching and navigation capabilities for efficiently accessing large DynaText electronic book collections on a Web server. Publishers can also maintain and/or modify multiple output filters to accommodate different audiences, different Web browser capabilities, and different flavors of HTML. DynaText and DynaWeb along with FIGleaf Plus, now eliminate the need to create and maintain separate information and separate processes for supporting cross-platform CD-ROM, LAN/WAN, and Web publishing. FIGleaf Plus and CADleaf Graphic Workbench were developed by EBT's CarberryTechnology division from the CADleafT family of products. CADleaf has been an industry standard for high-end graphics viewing, markup, and conversion since 1991. The CADleaf family includes CADleaf Viewer, CADleaf REDlining, CADleaf Batch, CADleaf Integrators Toolkit and CADleaf Raster to Vector. CADleaf enables companies to adopt an enterprise wide automation strategy as part of engineering, publishing, and manufacturing. CADleaf has become an integral part of product data management due to its ability to convert from proprietary graphics formats into open systems standards. Electronic Book Technologies, Inc. (EBT) provides corporate and commercial publishers with the industry's most comprehensive standards-based online publishing solution. EBT, a founding member of SGML Open and the MIT World-Wide Web Consortium (W3C), develops and markets a product suite engineered from the ground up around SGML. EBT's cross-platform software tools enable customers to manage and publish information to CD-ROM, World-Wide Web, LAN, and print from a single, standards-based source. Carberry Technology, a division of EBT, provides engineering, manufacturing, and publishing solutions for product data management. EBT and Carberry Technology information can be accessed on the Web at http://www.ebt.com. EBT is privately held and headquartered in Providence, RI, USA.
-0- Note: Standard Generalized Markup Language (SGML) is an international ISO standard for document markup. SGML has been adopted by industries with large amounts of in-house publishing including aircraft, airlines, automotive, computer, defense, electronics, pharmaceuticals, securities, telecommunications and transportation, as well as government systems integrators, publishing companies, and academic centers. HTML is an application of SGML used for marking up and rendering documents on the World-Wide Web. DynaText, DynaWeb, DynaBase, CADleaf and FIGleaf are trademarks of EBT. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, exclusively licensed through X/Open Company Ltd. All other company, product or service names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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Aly Reynders, Craig Librett