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ROCK HILL, SC, November 13, 1998 - For Immediate Release

CRT Systems’ Designers’ Point of View, a Document and Image Processing Database Wizard rounds out the Spectrum Imaging System product line. Now use Designers’ Point of View as a basis to create vertical market, document processing applications.

CRT Systems Inc. today announces a new element of its Spectrum Imaging System family of products. By using Designers’ Point of View Wizard, end-users and software developers can quickly deploy a customized, industry specific version of the Spectrum Imaging System Software.


About Designers’ Point of View

  • Allows Point of View to be easily customized. The basic structure and the names of the data fields comprising the Access® Point of View Database Tables are easily modified during the set up phase.
  • Now Dealers and VARs can create new business opportunities by addressing the needs of virtually any vertical market in minutes by designing templates for use with the Spectrum Imaging System Software.
  • Software developers can use Designers’ Point of View as a basis for new, industry specific, vertical, image/document processing applications.


About Point of View

  • Provides a three-level hierarchical database structure easily modified to enhance or create new "Front-ends" for any Vertical Market.
  • For example with "Judicial Point of View":
    1. Clients’ records
    2. Cases
    3. Individual legal forms, contracts, closing statements, correspondence and images, etc.
  • Example of Veterinary Vertical Package:
  1. Client Records
  2. Patient (Animal Records)
  3. Individual X-rays, Medical Records, Pictures, Ultrasound Videos.
  • Example for Service Business Vertical.
  1. Customer Records
  2. Unit, i.e. Furnace, Dishwasher. Refrigerator
  3. Contracts, Trouble reports, Correspondence.
  • Fully documented Visual Basic® Program Interface
  • Access Spectrum’s Database Directly. An application program can easily access the Point of View and Spectrum Tables.
  • Uses Sheridan’s Active Tree View® Component for a very modern "Windows Explorer®" look.
  • Four options are available for implementing specialized version of Point of View:
    1. Use Designer Point of View
    2. License Point of View Source Code, and implement your own interface
    1. Designer Point of View Source
    2. Judicial Point of View Source
    3. Source Code for other front end interface also available
    1. Contract with CRT Systems to implement YOUR design
    2. "Do it yourself" from scratch


About Document Processing

  • During the past year, an enormous improvement in price/performance in Personal Computers, RAM and Disk Storage has been realized. The need for real-time image and document storage has always been present as shown by the existence of large corporate systems costing one-hundred-thousand dollars or more.
  • In today’s business environment, virtually every company, no matter how small is computerized. Every one of these businesses can benefit from affordable document and image processing.
  • Most generic document processing systems available today are just that, too generic. The Spectrum and Point of View solutions are quite different and advantageous because the desired "virtual folder" is identified through Point of View’s intuitive user database and interface. Because the "virtual folder" is identified in this manner, the requirement to perform exhaustive searches of the data is eliminated, and access is virtually instantaneous.
  • Since the Spectrum solution is immediately available, Software Developers, Dealers and VARs can quickly develop new businesses by implementing unique and new vertical solutions.


About Spectrum Imaging System

  • Spectrum is an Image, Document and Object-Processing Engine. The Spectrum engine responds to requests from various "front-end" programs. These front-ends may be very simple or full-fledged vertical application systems
  • Spectrum was originally developed for use with CRT Systems V/BOSS Veterinary Medical Application for easy Indexing, Storage, Viewing and Annotation of images such as Radiology, MRI, ECG, Ultrasound, Digital Images and other associated objects creating a "virtual patient folder" required for the typical medical practice. In addition, transmission capabilities were implemented allowing Spectrum to be used as a Telemedicine Vehicle. Spectrum was subsequently reengineered to be used with a wide array of application programs.
  • Document Images may be stored as raw binary files such as TIFFs, or by using industry standard software such as Text Bridge® the images may be converted via OCR to word processing text files such as Microsoft Word® or WordPerfect®.
  • Spectrum provides a "Database of Objects" for a variety of front-end interface program types, allowing third party software developers an extremely rapid development environment for implementation of document and image processing capabilities.
  1. Applying the litmus test, Windows® applications that can call the Windows® Calculator, will typically be interfaced in less than one hour.
    C, C++, Visual Basic®, Database Applications such as Access®, COBOL as well as CRT Systems "Point of View" development environment applications are quickly integrated with Spectrum.
  2. When used with a compatible terminal emulation program, "Screen Scraping" techniques allow "legacy" mainframe and UNIX application to easily interface to Spectrum. Generally, NO changes are required to the legacy application code.
  • Spectrum associates a "Virtual Folder" of objects to a primary key passed by a calling application or Front-end. When created or acquired using Spectrum, automatic indexing, naming storage and retrieval, is supported for these objects:

JPG, TIF, BMP, GIF, PDF and scores of additional digital image types; WAV and AVI Multimedia Files; Microsoft Word®, Excel®, PowerPoint®; WordPerfect®; Macromedia Director®; Internet URLs, as well as others.

  • Spectrum is tightly integrated with the Internet:

Send and receive mail; Send Spectrum Objects as Email Attachments; FTP capabilities to other Spectrum Sites.

  • Spectrum provides an image viewer/desktop with Cut, Copy, Paste with other Windows Applications; Zoom, Print, Send, Rotate, etc. capabilities. Annotations layers such as Highlight, Arrows, Circle, Box, Stick Note, Voice may be applied to underlying digital images.
  • Powerful annotations such as Voice, Stick Notes, Highlight, Lines, Circles, etc. greatly enhance the objects.


Target Markets

  • When integrated with a scanner and printer, or a Digital Copier such as the Xerox Document Center®, the Spectrum family of products provides the System Integrator with all of the tools and components necessary to deploy a competitive, full-featured document processing system. Spectrum is hardware independent and network aware, therefore very "scaleable" solutions are possible.
  • Spectrum is sold to Application Developers, VARs, Office Product Dealers, Hardware OEMs and Distributors. Specially priced "Not for Resale" Development CDs are available by contacting us at our Web Site listed elsewhere in this press release. Limited free support is included with the NFR CD.
  • Typical end-user markets might be:
  1. Lawyers
  2. Travel Agencies
  3. Personnel Departments
  4. Real Estate and Time Share Offices
  5. Hotels and Resorts
  6. Service Providers
  7. General Office Environments
  8. Medial Professionals
  9. Education
  10. Federal, State, County and Local Government
  11. Banking
  12. Telemarketing
  13. Accountants
  14. Any end user of vertical applications


About CRT Systems, Inc.

  • CRT Systems was founded in 1978 and incorporated in 1981. Prior to developing The Spectrum Imaging System, the company’s primary business was development, deployment and nation-wide support of a turnkey Veterinary Business and Medial Vertical Application, V/BOSS. CRT Systems has extensive experience and expertise in DOS, Xenix®, UNIX®, Windows® and NT® Environments.

For more information about the Spectrum Imaging System and CRT Systems, Inc. please visit http://www.spectrum.crtsys.com. For media accreditation contact Tony Troskoski, CRT Systems, Inc. at tony@crtsys.com or (800) 826-7740.