PageNOW! 2.0 for the Mac, a utility for sending wireless text messages, is now available from Mark/Space Softworks. The long-in-the-works update adds support for TCP-based paging and a host of other new features.
Using PageNOW! 2.0 you can reach pagers and digital phones with personal messages, appointments & reminders, wireless e-mail, and network alerts, according to
MacTech magazine. The update offers new ways to send messages such as: SNPP via TCP; HTTP via TCP using XML plug-ins (so you can send to any service that provides a Web page to send messages; SMTP (so you can send to any e-mail address or pager/phone with an e-mail address), and Text-to-Speech via a speaker. The folks at Mark/Space say they’ve also beefed up UCP via modem, EMI via modem, and Citiruf via modem.
PageNOW! 2.0 comes with new manuals in the PDF format for printing or reading on-screen; pre-defined service entries have been updated; and there’s a new modem configuration dialog. With the new version, Custom Connection settings can be implemented on a per service basis. Services may have a custom modem setting that overrides the default one (so that, for instance, some services can be 7E1, while others are 8N1). You can now “suspend paging” via a checkbox/icon in the message monitor
Other new features include a status report during message send in the Message Monitor, the ability to have a “service” column in the subscribers window, and a Cancel Button in the Message Monitor window. There are also new features for administrators, including optional automatic purging for the message monitor window/database and a designated “Backup Subscriber” for each account. The “Backup” gets a message in case the message can’t be sent to the first account.
PageNOW! Lite costs US$49.95. The PageNOW! (Personal Edition) for one subscriber is $89.95. And the PageNOW! Server, for five and up users, starts at $199. A demo version of PageNOW! 2.0, a 1.6 MB file, is
available from the download site and can be unlocked after purchase.