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January 24, 1989


By CBR Staff Writer

In what it claims is the only full-text database for the new operating system, Dataflight Software Inc is shipping an OS/2 version of its Concordance Information Retrieval System. The Los Angeles-based firm says that by using Boolean, relational, and proximity searches, any word, phrase or combin-ation of the two can extracted from its database. The new version uses files that are interchangeable with the original MS-DOS version, but offers a number of new features. According to Dataflight, these include the indexing of large databases at twice the speed of the MS-DOS version, and support for multi-user and networked systems. The new version also enables users to access library-sized Concordance databases as desktop accessories. Other fea-tures include support for fixed-length and free text fields and the provision of search-management, text-import, -loading, unloading, and on-line context-sensitive-help facilities. A report writer, text editor, and database and stopword dictionaries, together with a macro language to automate searches, are also available. The product can run on AT-alikes or PS/2s, and on 80×86-based micros with a hard disk and Version 1.0 or above of OS/2. Concordance databases can reside on any kind of disk medium, the product is not copy protected and comes on 5.25 or 3.5 floppies – the suggested US price is $500.

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