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Page When? PageNOW!

by Mark H. Anbinder, News Editor <mha@baka.ithaca.ny.us>

This July, Mark/Space Softworks announced that its new wireless messaging software, PageNOW, would soon be available. Mark/Space showed a pre-release version at August's Macworld Expo in Boston, and soon thereafter shipped an "Early Adopter" version while continuing development on a final version. The software can send messages to alphanumeric pagers, or to PCMCIA messaging cards such as Motorola's Newton MessagePad messaging card.

PageNOW is a scriptable application and supports a variety of custom Apple events, so it can be controlled from other applications and automated in several ways. The scripting feature takes advantage of AppleScript, and Mark/Space expects many users will create custom solutions for automatic paging in response to external circumstances. For example, PageNOW could be configured to forward electronic mail messages, report on the status of backups or other long procedures, or send appointment reminders.

In addition to providing documentation on the AppleScript and Apple event features that permit creative users to invent their own customized paging systems, Mark/Space includes samples that can be modified for a given circumstance or used as-is.

PageNOW 0.9, the Early Adopter version, is a fully-functional, fully-tested application that can be installed in 68000, PowerPC native, or fat binary versions. Version 0.9 does not yet support one-step group paging or full logging, and does not yet have a colorful box. Version 1.0, which will be provided to Early Adopters at no cost, will also include support for additional Apple events and more sample scripts and solutions than are provided with 0.9.

Mark/Space has released a demonstration version of the PageNOW 0.9 application that supports sending pages to a single subscriber, and adds a message to each page. The demo versions of this and other Mark/Space products are available on popular online services and on the Internet at:

ftp://ftp.netcom.com/pub/mspace/

PageNOW has a suggested retail price of $79.95, and volume pricing or site licenses are available.

Mark/Space Softworks -- 800/799-4737 -- 408/293-7299
408/293-7298 (fax) -- <mspace@netcom.com>
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