Networking

Password replacement tool enables logon to Windows PCs 

Teslain has released Rohos Welcome 1.9, a password replacement tool which allows users to securely log on to Windows PCs without the need to memorize passwords.

Rohos program works with all leading Windows access services including both local and remote login. Rather then entering one’s logon name and password upon startup, users simply insert USB drive. The drive contains login and password information that is entered automatically. 

The program turns an ordinary USB flash disk into a security token which is used to lock the computer whenever it is left unattended. One USB drive can be configured to have access to multiple workstations over a network. Features in Rohos Welcome 1.8 include access to a remote desktop with a USB key, a USB Key Management Utility, User-Switching support for WindowsXP and support for Novell Netware login. 

A business licence costs US$35.00. A personal license costs US$25.00.

Multi-port aggregator allows remote management

VSS monitoring, Inc. released a distributed tap – the 10/100/1000 12×4, multi-port aggregator – which is designed to allow remote management, greater network visibility and higher bandwidth monitoring on Gigabit infrastructures. 

This device allows four independently controllable ports to monitor up to 12 network links. This enables the end user to have each monitoring server view different (or identical) groups of networks simultaneously. Each of the 12 network ports can also be independently configured for inline/span deployment. 

The 12 network ports operate at 10/100/1000 Mbps, while the four monitoring ports are made up of two gigabit SFP modules and 2 10/100/1000 UTP ports. The speeds of the UTP ports operate independently, allowing for further deployment flexibility. All network and monitoring port configurations, along with other management options can be controlled either locally or remotely via standard management interfaces.

Data Management

Flash Studio aims to improve PowerPoint presentations 

IncrediTools has released PPT To Flash Studio, a Windows application that transforms a PowerPoint presentation into a dynamic, interactive movie that users can distribute to people who don’t own PowerPoint.

Unlike PowerPoint presentations in which slides are delivered sequentially, PPT To Flash Studio lets users determine how to navigate a presentation. Choose from a selection of controls that let users select buttons and move around freely from topic to topic. Users can add their company logo, author photo, and any artwork that will enhance a Flash movie. The application includes more than 200 animations and slide transitions to make presentations memorable.

With support for teachers and trainers, PPT To Flash Studio lets users add multiple choice, short answer, and click-action quizzes to your presentations. The program will even email you the test results, making it ideal for classroom and homework assignments.

The program’s Flash movies come with both HTML and streaming SWF files, ready for online viewing. In addition, you can create an executable movie file that includes a customizable splash screen, and an autorun file for CD distribution. The program’s output files are fully compliant with SCORM/AICC standards.

PPT To Flash Studio runs under Windows 98/2000/XP and requires Microsoft PowerPoint 2000/2002/XP/2003. The Professional version costs US$149.95 for a single user license. The US$99.95 Standard version is designed for users who do not need the clip art library, the ability to insert additional video files, the ability to create interactive quizzes, or to email quiz reports. 

Change management tool offers redesigned GUI

Intasoft has released version 3.0 of its Web-based change management software, IntaChange.

This version includes features to improve information visibility, including a new home page for a user-centric view of key information and a redesigned GUI that displays information in horizontal tabs, familiar to any Windows user. There is also a feature that lets users switch from Calendar View to a ‘Gantt’ style calendar, at the click of a button.

IntaChange 3.0 is based on ITIL best practices and is designed to simplify the change management process, allowing organizations to adapt to changing competitive and market pressures. IntaChange 3.0 evaluates and controls the impact of change, reducing the risk of implementing unwanted or unauthorized changes, the company said. It improves accountability by comprehensively tracking all change requests and allows managers to easily gather information, communicate the purpose and impact of change, monitor votes and gather approvals, Intasoft added.

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