Virginia Systems is now shipping version 5 of
WebSonar, the company’s “intelligent document server.” Among other things, it’s “Carbonized” for Mac OS X.
Based on Virginia Systems’ mainstream Sonar Professional text retrieval and document imaging systems for the Mac and Windows, the technology enables companies and governments to dynamically publish legacy documents, manuals, library book card catalogs, databases and other archived materials by simply dropping their existing files into a folder.
The WebSonar appplication runs on the server and is linked to the client through WebSTAR’s server software. WebSonar can be scaled to provide service for a large number of documents and/or clients.
It can process wildcard, Boolean and proximity searches of any document group that has been setup with the indexing application. You can use WebSonar’s navigation controls to jump to any page, occurrence or document and to find what you’re looking for by using words associated with the search phrase.
Client editable, electronic “Post-It Notes” can be attached to any page and documents found with a search can be downloaded in their original format by simply clicking the Download button. The new ViewONE option provides server side TIFF viewing tools for all browsers without requiring the installation of a client side plug-in.
With version 5, all the pieces are finally in place “to show the true power of the WebSonar search engine,” according to the folks at Virginia Systems. WebStar’s BDS Web server, Mac OS X, and the Carbon version of WebSonar combine to “provide the ultimate Web based document delivery solution running on a Unix platform,” they added.
WebSonar can now search over 1,000,000 pages in less than 20 seconds, displaying the full content and exact page numbers of all found documents, the folks at Virginia Systems said. Searching can be performed by any computer running a browser.