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Microlytics Inc of East Rochester, New York this month plans to release a pop-up RAM-resident program for text searching and insertion. The 79Kb program, called GOfer, works in conjunction with word processors that run on MS-DOS micros, including XyWrite III, WordStar, Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, Q&A and Q&A Write, Multimate Advantage, and Displaywrite III and IV. Microlytics claims that GOfer can search through files at a speed of 16Kb per second; on a regular AT, the search speed is 1 megabyte per minute, because GOfer operates without prior indexing, file conversion or key-wording, the company said. Since GOfer is RAM- resident, the program will let you search for particular text from within a document or editing package without returning to MS-DOS, it will look for a word or phrase or take on more complex searches using Boolean logic or how close parameters. GOfer also can be loaded from MS-DOS, without being RAM-resident. After the program finds the text, you can either add it to a document, send it to a printer, or put it in a new file. Microlytics says the pop-up software will work on-line with electronic-mail services such as EasyLink, MCI Mail and CompuServe. It can also search dBase and Ventura files. GOfer will have an introductory price of $59.95 but will sell for $79.95 following the introductory offer, the company said. The company has ongoing development projects with Xerox PARC, and licenses several technologies developed at the research facility.

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