DTI Ships FaceSpan 4.0; Patent for SpeedURL

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By: E&P Staff

Digital Technology International of Springville, Utah, released FaceSpan 4.0 for OS X following months of public review. Devised for creating interfaces and applications using AppleScript, FaceSpan 4.0 was completely rewritten from FaceSpan 3.5 in order to support Mac OS X.

Supporting Cocoa Scripting, FaceSpan 4.0 gives users access to a larger set of scripting commands than before and fully supports the Aqua interface, including such features as sheets and drawers, enabling users to create applications with the OS X look and feel.

Designed for those with minimal scripting experience, FaceSpan facilitates tasks ranging from creating a droplet or building a utility application to automating workflow, prototyping an interface, or writing large, more complex applications.

FaceSpan’s simplicity means that a programmer can simply start a project, name it, open a window and drag items into the window. Once items are in place, scripts can be attached to objects, to the window or to the application. In the tradition of an object-oriented design, events generated at the item level can be handled in its parent (the window), or the parent of its window (the application) — FaceSpan’s hallmark from its inception.

With FaceSpan’s unlimited runtime license, users can compile and freely distribute applications they build. 4.0 upgrade pricing is available to 3.X registered owners. A “lite” version of FaceSpan also is now available at a discount to those needing a single runtime license.

DTI also was granted a patent for SpeedURL, which allows readers to reference URLs of any length in print with a simple four-digit code, making it simple for publishers to create a link between print and online content.

SpeedURL’s four-digit alphanumeric code solves the problems of mistyping lengthy, complex URLs and their incorporation into an ad’s design. A SpeedURL in a print story or ad gives readers Internet sources for more information, pictures or a place to make a purchase. A reader visits a newspaper’s home page and enters the short code into the SpeedURL linker, a simple HTML entry box, which immediately redirects the browser to the desired Web page.

Readers install nothing, and SpeedURL can be implemented for any device — Mac, PC, PDA, cell phone, or Internet appliance.

Any publisher can add SpeedURL to a publication using browser-based SpeedURL Creator, which enables editors to insert a URL of any length and complexity and instantly receive a unique four-letter code in return. The code can be typed or pasted into a story or ad with any pagination or editing tool.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal is the first U.S. newspaper to buy SpeedURL. Other sales are pending.

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