ISSUE 469: The high-tech office- Oct
Web accelerator makes it
a must-have for surfers
Over the past two columns, I have mentioned
some of the businesses that make up Vancouver's high tech industry.
This week, I'd like to focus on two companies, with newly updated
products that may be of value to many of our readers.
PeakSoft moved its head office from North
Vancouver to nearby Bel-
lingham. But most of its employees are still working this side of the
border, so I'm prepared to still think of them as a local company at
heart. Besides, its core product, PeakJet, is too valuable to ignore no
matter which side of the 49th parallel it comes from.
Newly upgraded and renamed, PeakJet 2000 is a Web
accelerator -- a small piece of software that adds itself to your
browser and replaces the browser's cache with a version that has
PeakJet 2000 can be set to pay more attention to pages
you return to and auto-refresh your most frequently visited pages, for
even quicker access. This version runs about 30 per cent faster than
the previous PeakJet 1.5 and offers a number of additional features. A
right-screen vertical window offers a list of all visited sites, making
it easy to trace your steps backward. A "Top 20" list of frequently
visited sites is easily available. All the links on a page can be
stored so that you can visit them later -- even after logging off the
Like a number of other products, PeakJet can
automatically upgrade itself when a new version becomes available.
PeakJet 2000 works with both Netscape
Navigator/Communicator and Microsoft Internet Explorer, and can
speed up Internet browsing whether users are connecting by modem, cable
modem or fast network connection. (Yes, modem users are not the only
Net surfers who spend time waiting.) The product was designed to work
dows 95/98/NT systems, but was written in Java and may be usable on
other Java-capable systems as well. US$29.95 will get you the product
on CD or allow you to download the 6.5-meg version right away from www.peak.com.
There's also a free 30-day trial version if you want to check it out
But I don't want Mac users to feel left out.
Infowave Imaging (formerly known as Infowave
Wireless Messaging) has stayed on this side of the border, located
on the Lougheed Highway, deep in the heart of Burnaby. The company has
recently upgraded its Macintosh PowerPrint utility to version 4.5.
This valuable product allows Macintosh owners to step
out of their printer ghetto and connect to more than 1,500 models of PC
The new version provides im-
proved support for colour inkjets, in-
cluding popular models from Hew-
lett-Packard such as the HP Deskjet 890c, along with the
incorporation of Apple Color Science technology and support for
ColorSync. The re- sult is better colour output on more affordable
The company has also announced a version specifically
aimed at Apple's new, popular, low-cost iMac
computer. This computer does away with traditional Mac printer ports,
looking towards a future when printers and other peripherals will use
Universal Serial Bus (USB) technology. Currently, however, iMac owners
have few options for USB printing.
PowerPrint USB is expected to ship December 1, further
expanding the possibility of printing from an iMac (or other, future
USB Macs) to any of those 1,500 PC printer models. It will ship with a
USB-to-parallel-port cable. Both the serial version (for traditional
Macs) and the USB version (for iMacs) are priced at US$99 or US$69 for
owners of earlier versions (www.infowave.com). *