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The OpenSearch ToolKit is an online service that allows users to create, publish and host commercial Web sites of up to 20 pages without any HTML knowledge. The ToolKit is aimed at small- to medium-sized businesses wanting to establish a Web presence without all the technical difficulties usually associated with learning new third-party software.

Platform: Any PC/Macintosh OS with Netscape 3.0 or IE4 or abovePrice: From $69 RRPVendor: OpenSearchTel (08) 9300 9837 Fax (08) 9300 9802www.opensearch.comDistributor: OpenSearchHARDWAREOlympus P-300E personal photo printerThe P-300E is an affordable 300dpi, photo- quality dye-sublimation digital colour printer (equivalent to 2400dpi resolution on an inkjet printer). It prints photos on a 100 x 140mm (A6) page at a rate of 95 seconds per page, and can print from a PC or directly from any Olympus digital camera.

Platform: Windows 3.1, Windows 95, MacintoshPrice: $999 RRP Vendor: R Gunz (Photographic) Tel (02) 9935 6600 Fax (02) 9935 6622Distributor: R Gunz (Photographic)HARDWARESparQSparQ 1.0GB Drive (winner of PC Magazine editor's choice) is a high-performing removable cartridge drive. It is aimed at the retail sector with OEM possibilities. SparQ is simple to install and comes with over 800MB of bonus software.

Platform: Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows NT 4.0Price: $399 RRP for both internal IDE and external parallel port drive; $199 RRP for a pack of three cartridgesVendor: SyQuestTel (US) 510 226 4000 Fax (US) 510 226 4100www.syquest.comDistributor: Westan, Guardian Data and Advance Pacific PeripheralsHARDwareXCD Pony Print ServerThe Pony Print Server connects virtually any kind of printer to an Ethernet network. Being an ultra compact device, it is the perfect solution for SOHO environments and small networks. The Pony Print Server is also compatible with XCD's PrintraNet software which allows users to use the Internet as a transport mechanism for delivering print jobs to remote sites.

Platform: Windows 3.11/95/98/NT, Netware 3.x/4.x, Unix-AppleTalk, OS/2, DEC LAT Banyan VinesPrice: XCD Pony approximately $385 (price on application); XCD Pony+ (DEC LAT version) approximately $535 (price on application); XCD Pony+B (Banyan Vine version) approximately $665 (price on application).

Vendor: XCD Corporation

Tel (US) 714 573 7055 Fax (US) 714 573 7084www.xcd.comDistributor: Intelligent TechnologiesHARDwareLexmark 5700 Color JetprinterUses unique laser-crafted print cartridges for precision in text and photo printing to deliver the industry's highest-resolution at 1200 x 1200dpi. The Lexmark 5700 also features the new Accu-Feed paper handling system for virtually jam-proof feeding on a wide variety of media. A special Drop & Go feature ensures accurate top-of-form alignment and skew reduction for hassle free paper feeding. High-performance print speed; up to 8ppm in blank draft and 4ppm in colour.

Platform: Supports Windows 95, Windows 3.1 and 3.11 and Windows NT 4.0Price: $599 RRP Vendor: Lexmark InternationalTel (02) 9930 3691 Fax (02) 9930 3550Distributor: authorised dealers and retail outlets Australia-wideHARDwareSamsung Voyager 3 hard driveThese are fast, reliable and inexpensive 2.1GB, 2.5GB, 3.2GB, 4.3GB and 6.4GB UDMA hard drives. The Voyager 3 series now comes with MR head, 5400RPM, 512KB buffer and 500,000 hours MTBF. Other features include error correction on the fly and EPR4 Read Channel with 16/17 rate code. All Samsung hard drives come with three years warranty.

Platform: Multiplatform, including Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, UnixPrice: Starts at $209 ESPVendor: Samsung ElectronicsTel 03) 9563 6775 Fax 03) 9563 6836Distributor: Westan, Westan NSW, Westan QLD, Westan SA, Westan WAHARDwareOlympus ES-10 film scannerThe ES-10 Film Scanner offers very affordable, high-performance scanning up to 1770dpi resolution, and incorporates Olympus' exclusive Super Latitude scanning system. The ES-10 fits unobtrusively on a desktop, and can scan 35mm slides and negatives or advanced photo system films using an optional adapter. The scanner is supplied complete with control and image retouching software, and PC connecting cable.

Platform: Windows 3.1, Windows 95

Price: $859 RRP

Vendor: R Gunz (Photographic)

Tel (02) 9935 6600 Fax 02) 9935 6622

Distributor: R Gunz (Photographic)

HARDware

Samsung Ultra Speed Multi Read CD-ROM driveSamsung Ultra Speed Multi Read CD-ROM drives now have a next-generation auto balancer mechanism that has fixed two main flaws commonly found in high-speed CD-ROM drives: vibration and noise. The new Samsung 24x and 32x CD-ROM drives use Full CAV technology and have 512KB cache. The 24x boasts a data transfer rate of 3600Kbps whereas the 32x speed is 4800Kbps.

Platform: Win 95/98/NT

Price: Starts at $79 ESP

Vendor: Samsung Electronics

Tel (03) 9563 6775 Fax (03) 9563 6836

Distributor: Authorised dealers and retail outlets Australia-wideHARDwareLexmark 5000 Color JetprinterResolution of 1200 x 600dpi. Breakthrough technology in high-definition printheads and a completely redesigned paper feeding system. "Accu-Feed" and "Drop & Go" functions require no levers or user intervention.

Platform: N/A

Price: $499 RRP

Vendor: Lexmark International

Tel (02) 9930 3691 Fax (02) 9930 3550

Distributor: Authorised dealers and retail outlets Australia-wideARN product databaseAt Australian Reseller News we're changing the way we bring you new product information. Not only will we be bringing more products to you each week, but they will also be searchable on our Web site from the end of May. For those of you who are vendors and distributors and wish to submit product information, read on . . .

Submitting product information

Vendors and distributors: while we're still happy to receive press releases in the normal way, information for the product database should be submitted separately via e-mail. This enables us to present the information in a standard way, yet gives you more control over the way it is presented. If you go to our Web site you'll find a form that will show how we need you to present the information. It's at arn.idg.com.au/new_product. Alternatively, drop a note to arn_products@arn.com.au and we'll send you the form.

There is no charge for this service, and we expect it to quickly become the standard way the channel finds out about new products. In order to be fair to all, we ask you to limit your submissions while we get the system up and running. Eventually it will be automated, but in the meantime we're checking each submission in order to fine-tune the process.

If you have any questions, please send them to Helen Futcher at arn_products@arn.com.auFor a guide to how the system works, see the examples on this page.

The rules (so far) are:

The product must be available for supply now.

In general, we need an end-user price, including tax. It should either be RRP (recommended retail price) or ESP (estimated street price) as appropriate.

Keep description to the facts, avoiding superlatives. We may have to edit submissions if the text is excessive or unsubstantiated.

Keep the description to 60 words.

Submissions accompanied by a publishable photo (digital or physical) stand a better chance of being printed in the paper.


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