- Inter@activeWeek Article
September 16, 1997
Actra Corp., the year-old venture cofounded by
Netscape Communications Corp. and General Electric
Information Services, today announced a new version
of its popular publishing tool, as well as
availability for other major components of its
CommerceXpert business-to-business software and
server product line.
Actra plans to ship within the month version 2.0
of PublishingXpert, a system that lets publishers
manage and sell content and services to subscribers
over the Internet. Originally released as the
Netscape Publishing System, the technology's most
prominent boosters include The New York Times, PC
World Online and The Wall Street Journal.
PublishingXpert 2.0 for Sun Microsystems Inc.'s
Solaris will ship by the end of September. A version
for Silicon Graphics Inc.'s IRIX operating system is
due out in the fourth quarter, while support for
Microsoft Corp. Windows NT is expected in the first
quarter of 1998. The new version, a completely
rearchitected design intended to address publishers'
scalability concerns and now based on the Netscape
ONE platform, adds new personalization, content
management and administration features.
A Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT version of ECXpert,
an electronic-commerce system that lets businesses
share applications and information with their
partners that was released in May for Solaris, will
also ship by month's end. Also due this month for
Solaris is SellerXpert, software that lets companies
set up an over-the-Web ordering system. A Windows NT
version of SellerXpert is due in the first quarter of
With the other two components in the CommerceXpert
family -- BuyerXpert and MerchantXpert -- ECXpert,
PublishingXpert and SellerXpert are intended to offer
businesses a complete end-to-end solution for
creating commerce applications for both
business-to-business and business-to-consumer
purposes, Actra said.
Netscape Communications Corp. in Mountain View,
Calif., is at (415) 937-2555 or http://www.netscape.com/.
Actra Business Systems, in Sunnyvale, Calif., is at http://www.actracorp.com/.