ZipBurst CGI update improves performance

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DC&R, a developer of Web server tools, has released ZipBurst CGI 3.0 for the Mac.

The ZipBurst CGI Pro performs multi-threaded location-based Web database searches of your flat or relational database files. It has several tags to support complex custom report generation with conditional tags, loops, variables (with extensive math, string and date operations) and relational searching, according to MacTech magazine .

Web visitors can enter a ZIP Code, Canadian Postal Code, City, State or Area code to search by proximity to that location. Additional search criteria can be added to search your database on one or many fields as well as distance. Search results may be sorted in any order based on distance or the data in each database record.

Version 3.0 improves performance and adds several new features, according to DC&R's David Dantowitz. It adds support for loops; embedded (in-line) CGI calls so you can refine a search by launching a new one within an existing search if you want to change the search parameters; the ability to show all ZIPs in a radius; the ability to look up state and / or city from a ZIP or area code; and HTTP and HTTPS support.

Version 3.0 is a free update to all 2.0 Lite and Pro owners. ZipBurst CGI 3.0 can be downloaded from the DC&R Web site. Pricing starts at US$200 -- five-pack pricing is also available.

The CGI also integrates with other CGIs or plug-ins, enabling you to continue using your tags and programming for MGI, Lasso, FMPro, WebSiphon, NetCloak, PHP, Perl, etc., he added. DC&R also offers a ZipServe hosting service for clients who need to outsource their location-based searching.

Also, if you don't need location-based searching, there's a "lite" version available that supports an unlimited number of databases, users and search pages. And what of Mac OS X? According to Dantowitz, you can run Mac OS Classic ACGIs on Mac OS X Server and Mac OS X today, including The ZipBurst CGI. A native Carbon version for Mac OS X is due this summer.

This story, "ZipBurst CGI update improves performance" was originally published by PCWorld.

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