Technology Infrastructure, Graphics and Visualization, and Adaptive Technologies

Technology Infrastructure: Servers

Acer Altos Servers

Designed for workgroup networking, the Altos server series supports systems for file management, a department, or a LAN or WAN. Features include multiple processor support, large memory and cache possibilities, hot-swappable power supplies and storage modules, and support for multiple operating systems, including Windows NT, Novell Netware, or SCO OpenServer environments. A broad selection of scalable configurations, from basic add-in cards to key-activated Internet, Intranet, or RAID solutions, is also available. Contact: Acer America, San Jose, CA; (800) SEE-ACER;

Dell PowerEdge Servers

The PowerEdge Server line has three different models, the PE300, PE2400, and PE4400. The PE300 has up to two Pentium III 800MHz processors and up to 1GB of ECC SDRAM. The PE2400 has up to two Pentium III 1GHz processor, 2 GB of ECC SDRAM and 144 GB of Hot Swap internal disk capacity. The PE 4400 has up to two Pentium III 1GHz processors, 4GB of PC133 SDRAM and 252GB of hot plug ultra-3SCSI internal disk capacity. Contact: Dell, Round Rock, TX; (888) 560-8324;

Gateway Ultra-Thin Server

Gateway offers a full-featured server in a compact design, for companies with growing server requirements but limited physical space. The 7450-R supports Intel's two latest processors, 4CG of RAM and three hot-plug SCSI drives, optional RAID configurations, and two full-length 64-bit PCI slots. The components are designed for durability. Two high-powered blowers control the unit's temperature, and a tool-free chassis makes servicing convenient. Contact: Gateway, North Sioux City, IA; (800) 846-2000;

IBM RS/6000 Model 43P-140

The 43P-140 is an entry-level desktop/deskside system that provides a range of performance options, from drafting, design, and software development to high-definition 3D graphics and technical simulations. It includes the choice of processor speed, storage devices, and communications features, allowing users to configure the system for particular needs. With the selection of 2D or 3D graphics accelerators or 3D graphics input devices, the 43P-140 provides the necessary capability for demanding 2D or high-function 3D applications. Contact: International Business Machines, Inc., Armonk, NY; (914) 499-1900;

Informix Dynamic Server 2000

The Dynamic Server 2000 delivers a transaction engine for mission-critical applications while providing an upgrade path to the Internet. Capable of supporting thousands of concurrent users, it is scalable to power even the largest transaction processing systems. Features include enhanced Virtual Table Interface (VTI), which provides the ability to integrate and view legacy data from a variety of disparate systems, databases, and formats, and easy migration from previous Informix database products. Contact: Informix Software, Menlo Park, CA; (650) 926-6300;

Quantum Snap Server 4100

The Snap Server 4100 is a slim 1U (1.75') package with up to 240 GB. Preconfigured with RAID 5 and the option of RAID 0, RAID 1, or JBOD, this product will manage workgroup storage, remote office, backup, and data protection needs. It automatically responds and connects to all client protocol, and delivers multi-platform file sharing with Windows NT, NetWare, UNIX, Linux, and Mac. Additionally, each Snap Server package ships with the DataKeeper Snap Edition, a real-time backup solution that automatically stores laptop and desktop files. Contact: Quantum Corporation, Milpitas, CA; (800) 343-SNAP;

Technology Infrastructure: Workstations

Compaq AP550 Professional Workstation

The AP550 Professional Windows NT Workstation offers 128MB of memory and a 9GB or 18GB hard drive (10 or 20GB are optional), and five expansion slots-four for PCI and one for AGP Pro 4X. The machine features an Intel Pentium III processor in a convertible mini-tower design. Contact: Compaq Computer Corp., Houston, TX; (800) 88-TEACH;

Gateway E-1600 Deluxe

The E-1600 Deluxe workstation features a small footprint, Intel Celeron or Pentium processor, 64 to 128 MB RAM, Intel Direct AGP graphics, a 10-20 GB hard drive, and CD-ROM drive. The workstation is designed to meet the needs of large organizations with limited IT budgets. Contact: Gateway, North Sioux City, IA; (800) 846-2000;

IBM IntelliStation M Pro

The IntelliStation M Pro is a flexible workstation that is optimized to the demands of engineers, media creators, software developers, and financial analysts. Features include mission-critical reliability, a user-centric design, task-tuned 2D/3D graphics based on the IBM Fire GL2 graphics card, and a scalable tower configuration. Additionally, this package comes equipped with either Pentium III processors at up to 1GHz or Pentium 4 processors at up to 1.5 GHz, and a choice of either an Intel 840 or 850 chipset. System performance is enhanced by an SCSI controller and disk and RAMBUS memory. Contact: IBM; Armonk, NY; (914) 499-1900;

Silicon Graphics Octane2

The Octane2 is a multimedia workstation capable of interactive rendering of three-dimensional or volumetric data sets, featuring high-performance VPro Graphics and 128MB of configurable graphics memory. The combination supports faster drawing, display, and manipulation of large data sets-up to 1920x1200 pixels at 60Hz. Specifically designed for high performance with big data, the Octane2 delivers a measured 425 million pixels per second with trilinear mipmapping and depth-buffering, and 7.4 million lit depth-buffered, smooth-shaded immediate mode triangles per second. The Octane2 48-bit RGBA creates higher resolution, perspective-correct color, a more realistic blending of colors for transparent objects, higher quality volume visualization, and expanded image-processing capabilities. This 12-bit per color component path achieves more levels of color to allow users to see subtle variations-extremely important in medical imaging and other fields of science and research. Contact: Silicon Graphics, Mountain View, CA;

Power Mac G4

The PowerPC G4's Velocity Engine is the heart of a supercomputer miniaturized onto a sliver of silicon-able to process data in 128-bit chunks, instead of the smaller 32-bit or 64-bit chunks used in traditional processors. In addition, the PowerPC G4 can perform four (in some cases eight) 32-bit floating-point calculations in a single cycle-two to four times faster than traditional processors. Among the G4 key features is a vector permute function capable of rearranging data in the registers, of particular benefit when converting data from one format to another. The G4 features a pre-installed graphics card in the 4x AGP (Advanced Graphics Port) slot capable of transferring digital video data at up to four times the speed of the original AGP bus. The system bus has increased in speed from 100 to 133 megahertz, with data throughput of over 1 gigabyte per second, and PCI throughput has increased from 100 up to 215 megabytes per second. Contact: Apple, Cupertino, CA; (408) 996-0275;

Dell Precision Series

The Precision Series supports high-performance capabilities in digital content creation (DCC), computer-aided design (CAD), geographic information systems (GIS), software development, and financial analysis markets. For those who run computationally-intensive applications, the Precision Series offers the Precision Workstation 330, featuring a Pentium 4 processor at 1.40 and 1.50 GHz, and a 400 MHz system bus, which is optimized for RDRAM and a broad selection of professional graphic solutions. Contact: Dell, Round Rock, TX; (888) 560-8324;

Nvidia Quadro2 Pro

This full-featured board provides advanced 3D and 2D performance for the engineering professional. Features include a hardware antialiased line engine, a 6.4GB/sec bandwidth that enables work in fully textured mode while achieving real-time frame rates, and a 64MB unified frame buffer that supports high-resolution, 32bpp textures. With 1.0G pixels/sec and 31M triangles/sec geometry processing capabilities, the Quadro2 Pro can support just about any engineering design environment. The NVIDIA Shading Rasterizer (NSR) makes realistic material properties possible through per-pixel shading effects. Now with all NVIDIA second-generation GPUs high quality, dynamic per-pixel shading is possible, and features such as per-pixel bump mapping can be utilized to a more dramatic visual effect. Contact: Nvidia, Santa Clara, CA; (408) 615-2500;

Sun Ultra Workstations

Sun offers two new workstations in its more affordable Ultra line. The Ultra 10 is designed for 2D and 3D content creation, software and Java application development, financial analysis, and GIS applications. It offers a 440MHz UltraSPARC-IIi processor with 2MB cache, up to 1GB DRAM and up to two 9GB hard disks. The Ultra 5, featuring a 360MHz UltraSPARC-IIi processor and up to 512MB of EDO DRAM, was developed for software and Java application development, electronic design automation, data collection/retrieval, and digital content creation. Both allow the user to run PC productivity applications at native speeds alongside technical UNIX applications. Contact: Sun Microsystems, Inc., Palo Alto, CA; (650) 960-1300;

HP Visualize X-Class

Hewlett Packard's Visualize X-Class is designed for users performing simulations, virtual prototyping, complex modeling, and other high-end visualization tasks. This package includes single or dual Intel Pentium III processors with 256KB of high speed transfer cache, two clock frequencies to choose from (866 MHz and 1GHz), and greater mass storage expandability (up to 72GB internal disk) for the disk space and performance needed to work on large models and multiple designs. The X-Class features interactive model lighting and rotation and is able to allocate very large amounts of memory for texture mapping. Contact: Hewlett Packard, Palo Alto, CA; (650) 857-1501;

Technology Infrastructure: Notebooks

Acer TravelMate 520 Series

The Acer TravelMate 520 series notebooks come in four separate configurations. All come preloaded with Microsoft Windows 98, are compatible with Windows 2000 and NT 4.0, and feature an Intel Pentium III processor with Intel SpeedStep technology and up to 700MHz. Also included are a 56K modem and 10/100 integrated LAN. Each notebook weighs 6.78 pounds, and is equipped with 128 MB of system memory and 10 GB of hard drive space. Contact: Acer America, San Jose, CA; (800) SEE-ACER;

Apple iBook

At only 6.6 pounds each, the Apple iBook series offers powerful, compact notebooks with up to 466 MHz processor speed and 64MB or RAM (expandable to 320MB). Additional features include a 10GB Ultra ATA hard disc drive, a CD-ROM, and an ATI RAGE Mobility 128 graphics accelerator. The display is 12.1 inches, and the notebooks themselves are 2.06 inches at their thickest point. Contact: Apple Computer; Cupertino, CA: (408) 996-0275;

Compaq Presario 1800 Series

The Compaq Presario 1800 series notebooks feature an Intel Pentium III processor with SpeedStep technology, a 56K modem, and either the Windows 2000 Professional or Windows Millennium Edition. Also included is a one-touch Internet Zone and 2-Way Internet Scroll. The display size can be up to 15 inches, with a maximum total notebook weight of 7.8 pounds. Contact: Compaq Computer Corp., Houston, TX; (281) 370-0670;

Dell Inspiron 8000

Dell's Inspiron 8000 notebook measures 1.71' high and comes equipped with Intel Pentium III processors up to 850MHz, Celeron processors up to 600MHz, and 512MB SDAM memory capabilities. Multimedia features include a high-resolution display, featuring Ultra XGA, 2D and 3D performance, and Harman/Kardon audio. The Inspiron 8000 offers a variety of configuration choices, and comes preloaded with MS Windows ME, and your choice of either Microsoft Works Suite 2001 or Microsoft Office 2000 Small Business Edition. Contact: Dell Computer Corp., Round Rock, TX; (800) 999-3355;

Fujitsu LifeBook C-6577

The LifeBook C-6577 by Fujitsu features a 750 MHz Pentium III processor, complete with Intel SpeedStep technology, two built-in speakers, and a wireless infrared mouse. Also included are a 56K modem, 20 GB hard drive, 128MB of memory, and a built-in CD-ROM. The LifeBook C-6577 weighs 7.3 pounds and is less than two inches thick. Contact: Fujitsu, Sunnyvale, CA; (408) 746-6000;

Apple PowerBook G4

Apple's PowerBook G4 weighs 5.3 pounds, and features a PowerPC G4 processor with speeds of up to 500 MHz. Other benefits include up to 30 gigabytes of hard disk space and 1 gigabyte of RAM, ATI RAGE Mobility 128 graphics, FireWire, USP, PC Card slot, and VGA and S-video output. The PowerBook G4 comes equipped with built-in 10/100BASE-T Ethernet for quick access to a corporate network, and either a DSL or cable modem. Users can connect up to 127 devices, including digital cameras, graphics tablets, and Palm OS-based handheld devices. Contact: Apple Computer Inc., Cupertino, CA; (408) 996-0275;

Toshiba Portégé 7200Cte

The Toshiba Portégé 7200CTe is a highly compact notebook, measuring only 1 inch thick and weighing less than five pounds. It features an Intel Pentium III processor with speeds of up to 650 MHz and SpeedStep technology, 64 MB of memory, a 12BB hard drive, and an integrated V.90 modem. Multimedia capabilities include an S3 Savage/IX8 graphics controller, 13.3' diagonal TFT active-matrix color display, and an optional DVD Network Dock II. Contact: Toshiba American Consumer Products, Inc., Wayne, NJ; (800) 631-3611;

Technology Infrastructure: Routers

MikroTik v2.3

MikroTik v2.0 Software Router System turns a standard PC computer into a network router. To expand the router's capabilities, add standard network PC interfaces. The software includes remote Java box administration, bandwidth control, firewall, wireless 11Mb/s synchronous 5Mb/s, asynchronous PPP/RADIUS (up to 32 ports), LMC DS3 and E1/T1 support, and Ethernet at 10/100Mb/s. Contact: MikroTik, Riga, Latvia; +371-7-801-079;

Netopia R9100 Ethernet Router

The Netopia R9100 Ethernet Router allows small- and medium-sized organizations to connect a LAN to the Internet via the Ethernet port on a DSL or Cable modem. The Netopia R9100 includes an integrated 8-port Ethernet hub with an uplink port for connection to an external hub. No additional equipment is required to create a new network or expand an existing local network. Dial-in users can access the LAN from anywhere on the Internet using a secure, encrypted tunnel. The R9100 router is designed with a modular architecture to allow for future upgrades. Contact: Netopia, Inc., Alameda, CA; (510) 814-5100;

MaxGate Ugate-3300

The UGate-3300 is an integrated Broadband Internet connection and printer-sharing router for both 11Mbps Wireless and 10/100Mbps Ethernet LANs, allowing up to 253 users to setup up a network and share an Internet connection wirelessly. The single-port parallel print server also lets an entire office share one printer. Built-in NAT firewall security keeps intruders out of the network. Contact: MaxGate, Fremont, CA; (800) 284-8985;

WebRamp 310i

WebRamp 310i is an integrated analog router, with a 4-port 10BaseT Ethernet hub and two internal 56K V.90 modems. It operates on Windows 3.1/95/98/NT/Workgroup 3.x, Mac OS 7.5.3 and above, UNIX, and NetWare. It has a single external IP address and has the capability of adding a third external modem if more bandwidth is needed. Contact: WebRamp, Santa Clara, CA; (888) RAMPNET.

Technology Infrastructure: Switches, Access Points, and Hubs

AirConnect Wireless LAN

With AirConnect Wireless LAN, users can send and receive information at speeds up to 11Mbps. Each access point supports up to 63 wireless notebook or desktop clients and provides 300 feet of wireless coverage in a standard office environment. AirConnect connects to an office network via a 10Base-T connection and installs on Windows 95/98/NT 4.x, and Windows CE. This access point features built-in diagnostics and power-up self-check, upgradeable firmware, antenna diversity, and support for SNMP. Contact: 3Com, Santa Clara, CA; (800) 638-3266;

Allied Telesyn Rapier Switches

Allied Telesyn's Rapier family of Layer 3 IP switches leverages the company's AR-series router technology, combining silicon-based wire-speed switching with advanced LAN and WAN routing features. The product line is designed to help smaller businesses address networking needs in ways that were previously beyond their budget. Capabilities like the integrated Stateful Inspection firewall and SecureVPN provide network address translation and LAN/WAN isolation and deliver inter-VLAN protection for mission-critical security applications at speeds of up to 75 Mbps per second. Contact: Allied Telesyn, Bothell, WA; (800) 424-4284;

Cisco Lightstream ATM Switches

The Cisco LS 1010 is a Layer-3 enhanced ATM switch that integrates wire-speed Layer 3 switching and ATM switching in to a single chassis, eliminating the need for network managers to make a technology choice. The 5-Mbps modular switch provides fault-tolerant operation and extremely fast throughput. Contact: Cisco Systems, Inc., San Jose, CA; (800) 553-6387;

Emulex LH5000

The LH5000 Fibre Channel hub features patented digital technology that enables unmatched loop resiliency and system availability. With intelligence on every port, the LH5000 provides port isolation, validates loop protocol, and fully re-times the signal. The LH5000 also provides a number of management capabilities, including Web-based management. The digital architecture of the LH5000 eliminates all signal jitter and provides automatic clock speed matching on every port. As a result, LH5000 hubs can be configured as a single 10 port loop or dual independent 5 port loops, allowing for flexibility in network design and cabling distances. Contact: Emulex, Costa Mesa, CA; (800) 854-7112;

Netgear DS500 Series Hubs

The DS500 series of dual-speed stackable hubs enables users to mix and match 10 and 100 Mbps PCs, servers, and peripherals on the same network. Every port automatically operates at the proper speed. Up to 8 of these hubs can be stacked to support 192 users at 10 or 100 Mbps. The 10-to-100 Mbps bridge automatically locates each user and filters or forwards traffic accordingly. The built-in LEDs provide clear and intuitive status. Two LED bar graphs give online status of network utilization and alert users to potential network overload. Contact: Netgear, Inc., Santa Clara, CA; (408) 907-8000;

Graphics and Visualization

Adobe AfterEffects 5.0

Adobe AfterEffects 5.0 allows users to create motion graphics and visual imagery for film, video, multimedia, and the Web. AfterEffects 5.0 comes in two versions: the Standard version, with a core tool set for motion graphics professionals, and the Production Bundle, with more advanced motion control and keying capabilities, plus 3D channel, audio, and visual effects. New features allow the user to build composite layers in 2D or 3D space with fine control over multiple cameras and lights; animate layers hierarchically by defining a parent-child relationship between any two layers; use nondestructive vector paint tools to reveal an image over time and draw animated cartoons (Production Bundle only); use expressions to define relationships between parameters to create procedural-type animations without using keyframes; and apply new effects such as Shatter, Radio Waves, and Vegas to create a new range of looks. Contact: Adobe Systems, San Jose, CA; (408) 536-6000;

ACD Systems ACDSee

ACDSee allows users to organize and quickly browse through folders and view thumbnail images of files. Supporting more than 40 image formats, the ACDSee Browser is designed for fast display of images and archive file contents. High-speed access lets users click on a filename and get an immediate display inside the Preview window. With a click, a file can be annotated with a descriptive phrase that d'es not alter the filename or contents. The Folder Tree feature provides a view of all the folders on the system for easy access to images. Clicking on any folder opens it instantly, displaying all files inside and the notes that are associated with each file. Other features include image sharing and extensive photo enhancement capabilities, simplified file conversion, drag-and-drop functions, a user-friendly graphical interface, and a customizable toolbar. Audio and video clips are easily played from the browser, and users can acquire images from clip-art, CDs, or the Internet, as well as with the aid of a scanner or a digital camera. Contact: ACD Systems, Arlington, TX; (250) 544-6700;

ATI Xclaim VR 128

The ATI Xclaim 128 is an upgrade that enables users to display 128-bit 3D and 2D multimedia graphics on Macintosh platforms. By bringing movies or TV directly to the screen, education users can create, edit, and store professional quality videos and presentations. Users may watch television full screen or in a window, while working in other applications. The power behind Xclaim is ATI's RAGE 128 graphics accelerator. Xclaim VR supports resolutions up to 1600 x 1200 and incorporates 3D features such as fog, video textures, alpha blending, and morphing. With the Xclaim VR 128 Video Player capture utility, users can import images or video from a VCR, camcorder, or laser disc. Contact: ATI Technologies, Inc., Toronto, Canada; (905) 882-2600;

Autodessys formZ

A general-purpose solid and surface modeler, formZ is a design tool with an extensive set of 2D/3D form manipulating and sculpting capabilities. The interactive graphic interface with associated multiple windows, tear off tool palettes, undo/redo operations, customizable key shortcuts, simultaneously available prepick and postpick modes, and integrated 2D/3D operations allows users to work in either 2D or directly in 3D space. Graphically and dynamically executed 2D/3D geometric transformations provide the ability to move, rotate, scale, or reflect either individual entities or groups of entities simultaneously. Users can attach, extend, and place tools to facilitate the positioning of objects or their parts relative to other objects, and a Query tool provides the ability to determine information about objects, as well as calculate areas, volumes, and distances. A drafting module is integrated with the modeling module, allowing images to be transported from modeling to drafting and vice versa. In addition to a variety of drawing tools, the drafting module offers associative dimensioning and hatching, 2D Boolean operations, text, and symbols. Contact: Autodessys, Inc., Columbus, OH; (614) 488-8838;

Corel Painter 6

Painter 6 is a painting tool particularly useful for graphic designers and artists. Users can choose from hundreds of brushes and art materials, and the new brush engine not only renders continuous single-pixel lines of color (representing individual brush hairs), but also makes the process much faster than in previous versions. The updated interface allows users to tailor collapsible palettes and control the amount of onscreen information. The new interface also merges all palettes into a single master Brush Control palette, allowing users to access as many palettes as needed within an organized workspace. Users can apply different colors of paint to each "bristle" of the brush to emulate the real-world brush loading technique; paint in 3D with an Impasto feature that allows users to build up paint above the canvas or cut through multiple layers; insert, edit, tilt, rotate, stretch, scale, and type works directly on a curve using automatic configurable drop shadows; and open and save CMYK TIFF images. Contact: Corel, Orem, UT; (613) 728-0826;

Extensis PhotoGraphics 1.0

PhotoGraphics 1.0 is a set of drawing and advanced text tools for use within Photoshop. Features include complete text editing, illustration tools, design capabilities, object-level anti-aliasing, and the ability to embed and share illustrations. PhotoGraphics offers text formatting options not in Photoshop, such as character style sheets, individual character color, super- and subscript, full justification, and horizontal and vertical scaling. Productivity features enable manipulation of layers, object-level opacity for each object independently, color palette import and export, dockable palettes, rulers, and guides. Contact: Extensis Corp., Portland, OR; (800) 796-9798;

GenArts Sapphire Plug-Ins

Sapphire Plug-ins from GenArts is a collection of nearly 200 image processing and synthetic effects such as lens flares, edge rays, glows, glints, grain tools, lightning, and wipes. Each effect has many options and adjustable parameters. The plug-ins are resolution independent and support multiple processor hardware types, remote processing on the Avid DS system, and RGBA processing on all Avid products using the Windows NT platform. Contact: GenArts, Cambridge, MA; (617) 492-2888;

Jasc Paint Shop Pro 7

Paint Shop Pro 7, a professional image-editing program, delivers graphics and photo-editing tools that integrate with any work environment. A complete set of customizable paint brushes, editing tools, color enhancements, and multiple layering capabilities allows users to design dynamic print material and Web sites. Paint Shop Pro 7 includes gradient options, 75 special effects, color adjustment layers, expanded digital camera support, multiple image printing, and optimization for producing high-quality Web graphics. With Animation Shop 3 included, users can also create animated GIFs for the Web and multimedia. Contact: Jasc Software Inc., Eden Prairie, MN; (612) 930-9800;

Macromedia FreeHand 9

FreeHand 9 is a design tool for creating and producing illustrations and layouts for print and the Web. Uses of Freehand 9 range from commercial line art illustrations and newspaper infographics to mixed media pieces that combine line art with bitmapped images and typography, as well as graphic elements, interfaces, and animations for the Internet. Also included is support for Macromedia Flash, which assists users in moving their work from print to the Internet. Users can export URL-linked illustrations, layouts, and animations from FreeHand in native Macromedia Flash format files, which can play back via Shockwave or Java. Contact: Macromedia Inc., San Francisco, CA; (415) 252-2000;

Need a font? is an online source for purchasing fonts from many well-known foundries. Launched in 1999, MyFonts. com offers more than 11,000 fonts, most available in TrueType and PostScript Type 1 formats for both Windows and Macintosh. Several useful features make it easy to buy fonts, even for customers who aren’t sure what they want. MyFonts Valet allows customers to enter keywords to browse and locate fonts using descriptive terms, font names, or the name of a particular foundry or designer. The Test Drive feature allows users to enter sample text and display it in a variety of sizes before purchase, and WhatTheFont allows prospective buyers to scan a sample of text and upload it to the Web site where the closest matches are then displayed. There are free fonts available on the site, and fonts for sale range in price from $10 to $200. Customers looking for a font not available for sale on will often find a link to the foundry site where it can be purchased. Contact:, Cambridge, MA; (617) 520-8361;

Nemetschek VectorWorks

VectorWorks 9 offers Macintosh and Windows users integrated object-based design with 2D drafting, 3D modeling, high-quality rendering, a dynamically linked worksheet function, and a flexible scripting language. Other features include multiple undo/redo, improved DWG/DXF support for AutoCAD 14, new tools for creating 3D solid primitives, and context-sensitive menus. Users can create different wall styles that automatically assign class and graphical information, and an improved selection tool makes it easy to align objects without having to worry about accidentally reshaping them or having them inadvertently break a wall. Version 9 offers a 64-bit floating point coordinate system to increase both precision and range. Version 9 can now read and write native AutoCAD 2000 files, and is backward compatible to AutoCAD version 2.5. VectorWorks drawings can be saved as MiniCAD 6 or 7 files, and the file converter allows users to open drawings created even in early versions of MiniCAD. The product ships with templates for several industries, and the new A/E/C Set-up Wizard makes it easy to set up new architectural drawing files with the correct layer, class, and sheet organization. Contact: Nemetschek, N.A, Columbia, MD; (410) 290-5114;

Saelig Repligator 7

Repligator 7 is an easy-to-use graphical effects program that runs on Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows NT. Designed for people who want to produce interesting and colorful graphic images, Repligator 7 is a stand-alone program that d'es not require complicated plug-ins. Repligator 7 includes rectangular mixing and more image control, as well as 11 new effects including dalmation, ethnic, and chaos order. Contact: The Saelig Company, Victor, NY; (716) 425-3753;

Synthetik Studio Artist

The Studio Artist graphics synthesizer is an intelligent-assisted painting, drawing, video, and image-processing software. Studio Artist is able to look at an image and automatically and/or interactively paint or draw it in an unlimited choice of styles, including 3D Paint. Studio Artist is resolution independent-able to take a low-resolution image and re-render it at a higher resolution with its hybrid model of raster paint and editable vectors paths. The Auto-Rotoscoping and Visual Effects features quickly and easily turn low-resolution Quicktime movies into high-resolution moving art. Studio Artist also features morphing and interactive warping features, animation, layers, and a complete image-processing suite. Studio Artist ships with more than 1,000 fully editable graphic tools and allows users to create their own tools using the paint synthesizer or paint evolution feature. Contact: Synthetik, San Francisco, CA; (415) 864-6582;

Three D Graphics Amigo 2000

Amigo 2000 is a new charting program for use within Microsoft Office. Users can create presentation-quality, data-driven charts with a simple, interactive user interface. Amigo features the ability to insert and edit fully rendered 3D bar charts, pie charts, and many others. The program may be used independently, or in conjunction with Excel or PowerPoint (launched from a button on the toolbars of each of the applications. Features include texture fills, grids and scales, and 3D chart rotation. Amigo 2000 uses a software-based OpenGL technology to create fully rendered charts. Contact: Three D Graphics; Los Angeles, CA; (310) 553-3313;

Ulead Systems Cool 3D

Ulead COOL 3D 3.0 enables users to create animated 3D titles and graphics for Web pages, videos, and presentations. Users can use True Type fonts, import graphics, and draw objects or convert images into 3D graphics. COOL 3D 3.0 delivers more than 20 exclusive special effects like Blast, Distort, and Fire. Effects can be customized and inserted via drag-and-drop technology. Ulead Cool 3D works in real-time without complicated commands or modeling. Contact: Ulead Systems, Torrance, CA; 800-85-ULEAD;

Graphics Hardware

Wacom Graphire

Inexpensive and easy to use, the Graphire graphics tablet measures just over eight inches square, with an active area of 4" x 5". The tablet connects via cable to a computer with a USB or serial port, and features a transparent overlay for easy tracing. Graphire comes with a pressure-sensitive pen featuring a programmable DuoSwitch, built-in eraser, and 512 levels of pressure sensitivity to enable users to draw a sketch, add a note to an e-mail, or simply sign their name. Also included in the package is a cordless, batteryless Graphire Mouse, which has 1,015 lines per inch of resolution. The mouse has no ball to clog up, includes three programmable buttons and a scrolling wheel, and is designed for ambidextrous use. Graphire ships bundled with six software applications: Users can edit photos with Adobe Photoshop LE, draw and paint with Corel Painter Classic, annotate Word documents with ParaGraph PenOffice 2000 SE, draw symbols to execute actions with Sensiva, and share photos with Adobe ActiveShare. Also included are PenTools, a set of pressure-sensitive Photoshop plug-ins and the Driver and Control Panel, both from Wacom. Contact: Wacom, Vancouver, WA; (800) 922-9348;

Visualization Tools

Mathsoft Axum 6

Axum 6 is a technical graphing and data analysis package for scientists, engineers, financial analysts, market researchers, and those who need to portray data and information in a rich graphical form. Users can create anything from visual analysis models to publication-quality graphs. Axum 6 features multipanel conditioning plots, customizable toolbars and menus, a link with PowerPoint, and over 90 2D and 3D graphs. Combining multiple data sets and axes on one graph, Axum 6 arranges multiple, editable graphs. It provides a range of data analysis functions such as automatically calculated error bars, data smoothing, curve fitting, descriptive statistics, frequency analysis, and regression analysis. Contact: Mathsoft, Inc., Cambridge, MA; (617) 577-1017;

ESRI ArcInfo 8.0.1

ArcInfo 8.0.1, the geographic information system (GIS) software from ESRI, is the new platform for creating, managing, disseminating and applying geographic knowledge. Compatible with other industry-standard information technology, it also allows software developers to integrate and develop software applications. ArcInfo 8.0.1 has been reengineered to take advantage of a new object-oriented data model that allows users to add behavior, properties, rules, and relationships to their spatial data. ArcInfo 8.0.1 fully integrates DBMS technology. Contact: ESRI, Redlands, CA; (800) 447-9778;

Synergy KaleidaGraph

KaleidaGraph for both the Macintosh and Windows platforms transforms complex data from Excel or text files into visual graphs. Files from both platforms are fully interchangeable. KaleidaGraph uses algebraic and statistical functions to manipulate more than 8 million data points and features precision control of plot elements for 2D plot types. KaleidaGraph 3.5.1 features four new plot types and twelve new plot symbols. Contact: Synergy Software, Reading, PA; (800) 876-8376;

Maple 6

Maple 6 is an advanced computational system and tool set with symbolic algorithms and industry-leading numeric solvers. It provides a single computing environment for defining and setting up models, analyzing the results both numerically and graphically, and creating technical reports for publication, or e-publication. New features include spreadsheets, comprehensive word-processing capabilities, hyperlink manager, context menus, palettes, and expression editor. Maple 6 is available in Windows, Macintosh, Popular UNIX, and Linux platforms. Contact: Waterloo Maple Inc.,Waterloo, Ontario, Canada; (519) 747-2373;

Mathsoft Mathcad 2001

Mathcad 2001, the calculation and analytical software for technical professionals, educators, and college students, uses a familiar scratchpad interface and real math notation to solve complex technical and engineering problems. By integrating text, equations, and graphics, Mathcad 2001 simplifies and streamlines documentation of the engineering process. Automatic recalculation provides instant feedback. With its MathConnex component and Web-based collaboration tools, MatchCad 2001 addresses the workgroup needs of those working on complex technical projects, allowing them to connect to the Web and publish to the Internet or an intranet. Contact: Mathsoft Inc., Cambridge, MA; (617) 577-1017;

SPSS Graduate Pack 10.0

The SPSS Graduate Pack 10.0 for is the full version of SPSS one might find in a lab on campus. The Graduate Pack for Windows includes SPSS Base, SPSS Regression, and SPSS Advanced Statistics. It includes the book SPSS Base 10.0 Applications Guide, a resource to help students approach data, identify and remedy problems, and interpret the results. It focuses on output, on understanding what statistics mean, and on how the different statistics relate to each other. Contact: SPSS, Inc., Chicago, IL; (800) 543-2185;

Mathworks Simulink 4

Simulink 4 is an interactive tool for modeling, simulating, analyzing, and prototyping dynamic systems. Commonly used in control system design, DSP design, communication system design, and other simulation applications, Simulink enables the user to build graphical block diagrams, simulate dynamic systems, evaluate performance, and refine designs. An extensive library of predefined blocks allows users to easily build graphical models of systems. Simulink is a powerful simulation software tool that enables the user to quickly build and test virtual prototypes in order to explore design concepts at any level of detail with minimal effort. Contact: The Mathworks, Inc., Natick, MA; (508) 647-7000;

Research Systems N'esys

Earth scientists, chemists, biologists, medical researchers, engineers, and other professionals use N'esys software from Research Systems for analyzing, visualizing, and maintaining control of data. All versions of the program generate 2D and 3D visualizations and allow varying plotting formats as well. Compatible with both Macintosh and Windows platforms, N'esys eliminates the need for expensive, high-end workstations. Features include an easy-to-use graphical interface and visualization applications Transform, T3D and Plot. Transform generates 2D visualizations such as contours, surface areas and vector plots, and T3D’s advanced ray-tracing enables rendering of data as volumes, slices, or isosurfaces. N'esys also provides raster imaging of data, global map projections, importing of many file types, and the ability to create, edit, and organize data using the HDF (Hierarchical Data Format) file format. N'esys saves data, images, palettes, and annotations in one self-describing file. Users can drag and drop to move data objects from one file to another for fast subsetting of data components. Data components can be exported as text or binary. Contact: Research Systems, Boulder, CO; (303) 786-9900;

Visible Analyst

Visible Analyst is an integrated application development tool that provides graphical analysis and design capabilities in one package. Visible Analyst has a multi-user repository for storing and documenting data, processes, and objects used by analysts and developers throughout an organization, thereby eliminating redundant development efforts. New features of Visible Analyst include the ability to generate XML Document Content Description (DCD) files that can be read by eXcelon eBusiness Information Server, and reverse engineering that analyzes legacy databases to find relationships not expressly defined to the database. Contact: Visible Systems, Corp., Waltham, MA; (617) 890-8909;

Adaptive Technologies

Aurora Access Pack

The Aurora Access Pack for Windows includes StickyKeys, a feature for single-fingered typing; SlowKeys, a feature that ignores keys that are pressed accidentally or for a short time; and RepeatKeys, a feature that adjusts or disables the keyboard repeat rate. Also included is the BounceKeys feature that ignores keys that are pressed too quickly or at the same time; and MouseKeys, a feature that allows keyboard control of the mouse cursor. The ToggleKeys feature provides audio queues when toggle keys are turned on or off, and SerialKeys allows control of the computer using an alternate input device. A TimeOut feature turns off the Access features when they’re not in use. The new Multiuser option allows multiple Aurora users to have their own settings and data files on a single workstation for no additional cost. Contact: Aurora Systems, Inc.; Burnaby, BC, Canada; (604) 291-6310;

Cicero Text Reader

Cicero Text Reader offers PC users a fast, responsive, and reliable method of reading printed material using a regular desktop scanner. Cicero can translate printed text on a scanner into speech. Easy to use via simple keypresses, Cicero features automatic orientation detection, de-skewing of slanted text, image contrast thresholding, and de-columnization and columnization via a hot key. Cicero allows users to export scanned text directly into a word processing program or Braille translation software. Contact: Dolphin Computer Access; San Mateo, CA; (650) 348-7401;

Origin Dragger

Dragger provides automatic, single-click control of most Windows mouse functions. Single clicks, entered manually or with AutoClick, can be converted to a double click or a drag and drop operation, or a right click. The AutoClick dwell feature enters a left mouse button click after the mouse pointer is motionless for a programmable length of time. The Jitter Box feature can be adjusted for a user's capability to control the mouse pointer and enlarge the AutoClick target area to compensate for user instability. Dragger comes with four button sizes to accommodate visually impaired users or those with targeting difficulties. Contact: Origin Instruments Corp.; Grand Prairie, TX; (972) 606-8740;

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 5.0

NaturallySpeaking 5.0 allows users to work in Windows-based applications entirely by voice. Users can change fonts and sizes, select words, and revise text without touching the keyboard. The program spells correctly, eliminating the need for SpellCheck. Users can create and send e-mail by voice and listen to messages read aloud, customize vocabulary, use intuitive commands, launch programs, and switch applications without using a keyboard. The program includes an interactive tutorial and displays commands on the menu bars of Word and WordPerfect. Contact: Dragon Systems, Inc.; Newton, MA; 617-965-5200;

Duxbury Braille Utility

The Braille Board is a print-to-Braille text translation program designed to translate written text into grade 2 Braille for people with a visual disability. As a stand-alone application, the Braille Board can create Braille and emboss it on a commercial embossing device or an engraving machine and save work as an ASCII text file. The included Braille fonts enable the creation of layouts in a variety of programs, including such as CASmate, CorelDraw, FlexiSign, Graphix Advantage, PageMaker, and SignLab. Contact: Duxbury Systems Inc.; Westford, MA; (978) 692-3000;

Assistive Gemini

The Gemini Augmentative and Alternative Communication Device is an Apple iBook redesigned for use by people with computer access difficulties. In addition to the existing iBook features, the unit has enhanced stereo sound, multiple USB ports, a touchscreen, a wheelchair joystick input connector, and connectors for 2-4 large switches for users lacking fine motor skills. The PowerPC G3 processor runs at 300 megahertz, and the unit has 160 megabytes of built-in memory with a 3-gigabyte hard disk. The device can carried with its convenient fold-away handle or for additional safety and protection, a back-pack style carrying case is available. The Gemini is suited to a range of input methods, including touchscreen, switch input, on-screen keyboard, external keyboard, joystick, headmouse, and other alternative pointing devices. Contact: Assistive Technology, Inc.; Newton, MA; (800) 793-9227;

IBM Home Page Reader

The Home Page Reader V3.0 brings spoken access to the Internet for blind and visually impaired users. Users open a Web page, and Home Page Reader 'speaks' the text. Home Page Reader uses Netscape Navigator and IBM ViaVoice OutLoud text-to-speech to present Web-based information in a clear and easy to understand format. This powerful tool speaks Web information as it is presented, including text, text in columns, tables, data input fields, and graphic descriptions. Version 3.0 features a newly improved user-friendly interface as well as talking installation and a talking hands-on tutorial. Contact: IBM (Special Needs Systems Department); Austin, TX; 800-426-4832;


The iCommunicator allows a person who is deaf or hard of hearing to comprehend spoken language, achieve two-way communication without a translator, and improve his or her reading and linguistics skills. The system converts, in real time, speech into text, sign language, or computer-generated speech that can be better understood via a hearing aid or cochlear implant. The system also works in reverse, allowing non-speakers to communicate instantly with hearing people. Contact: Interactive Solutions, Sarasota, FL; (888) 463-0474, or (800) 362-4584 (TDD/TTY);

Intellitools Access Pac

Intellitools curriculum aids include the Access Pac, a package of five software and hardware tools that improve computer access for people with physical, cognitive, and visual disabilities. Teachers can use each tool separately or in combination. Intellikeys is an alternative keyboard for students who cannot use a traditional keyboard. Intellitalk II combines speech, graphics, and text and comes with pre-designed activities, writing templates, toolbars, and hundreds of picture items to help teachers develop classroom activities. Overlay Maker facilitates making a wide variety of keyboard overlays in graphics or text. Intellipics is a graphics and photo tool. ClickIt provides mouseless access to point and click software. Contact: Intellitools; Petaluma, CA; (800) 899-6687;

Sensory ProtoType

ProtoType helps physically challenged users to increase their typing rate, providing a one-stop answer to assisted typing. It allows storage of different user profiles, each with its own complete set of dictionaries, exception tables, and homophone lists. It can be used with almost any text-to-speech system, allowing a wide selection of intelligible voices and access in several languages. ProtoType provides many useful tools, including word completion or next word prediction; automatic spell checking and correction of common spelling errors, abbreviation expansion, automatic insertion of capital letters; and review of text in high-quality speech. Speech output of predictions, spoken definitions of commonly confused words, and smart dictionary management are also helpful features. Contact: Sensory Software International Ltd; or Zygo Industries Inc. Portland OR; (503) 684-6006;

REACH Interface Author

REACH Interface Author features and options include more than 100 on-screen alternative keyboards and augmentative speech communication keyboards and a multimedia Keyboard Author for adding pictures, sounds, labels, speech, and colors to custom keyboards. REACH includes a built-in speech keyboard system; word/sentence completion; abbreviation expansion; a zoom and work anywhere feature; single switch, dual switch, and inverse single switch scanning and auditory scanning keyboards as well as customizable scanning patterns. The program also includes a dictionary of common words; an add-last-word to dictionary shortcut; customizable user dictionaries; a built-in speech dictionary; word-usage learning options; and a speak-last-word, sentence, or highlighted text options. Contact: Applied Human Factors Inc., Antonio, TX; (210) 408-0098;

Bilbo Step On It!

Step On It! provides three programmable foot switches that emulate keystrokes and mouse clicks for people with limited hand capabilities, repetitive strain injury, one-handed typists, and blind touch-typists. The initial setup provides for taking over the Alt, Shift, and Control keys, but the three pedals can be custom-programmed for any other keys, macros, or mouse button clicks. The pedals can also be used with voice recognition systems. Contact: Bilbo Innovations, Inc.; Sunnyvale, CA; (408) 736-6086;

Worldview Desktop

The Worldview 400DT Desktop TTY/PC System provides standard TTY connectivity and much more. In addition to communicating with traditional baudot-based TTYs, the WorldView System incorporates Windows 98 and all the communications and processing benefits available to PC users including e-mail, fax, Internet, and alpha paging. Messages that take 20 minutes to send between Turbo Baudot-capable TTYs can be sent in less than 10 seconds between WorldView TTY/PCs using low to medium speed ASCII connections. An additional upgrade to the TeleASL video communications package allows users to communicate in American Sign Language. The 400DT package includes 64MB Intel Celeron processor, 10.2GB Disk, CD-ROM and floppy disk drives, keyboard, mouse, 56K modem, network adapter, 15" color monitor, sound card, Win 98SE, and WordPerfect Suite 8. Contact: HiTec, Burr Ridge, IL; (800) 288-8303;

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