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Internet Software

Primecom Interactive showed its entire line of desktop e-commerce software packages, which can put small businesses and individual entrepreneurs alike on the web. With most of the packages in its line Primecom serves as the host of the site designed, handling credit card validations, shopping cart functions and the like, for businesses.

Products include QuickSite Gold ($89.95) and QuickSite Premiere ($49.95), which enable users to produce a fully functional e-commerce web store in one day or less. Other packages include WebStock ($49.95), which provides 400 web sites; and QuickSite WebMaster Edition ($89.95), for pro and entry level webmasters, developers and designers.

Multiactive Software has released ecBuilder 4.0 into the retail channel to help small businesses create e-commerce web sites. The $99 program offers small and home-based business the opportunity to create their own commerce-capable web sites easily using wizard-driven screens.

Preview Systems introduced The Portable Store, which is described as “the bridge between brick-and-mortar and online stores.” Described as “a storefront on a CD,” the program is a CD merchandising concept that can contain protected versions of hundreds of software applications for retail customers to evaluate and buy. The Portable Storecan be designed to mirror the look and feel of an online or physical store, the firm said.

Ositis Software’s WinProxy Lite, which allows simultaneous access to the Internet for up to three PCs at any time through a single TCP/IP connection. WinProxy Lite also offers firewall security and comprehensive caching. The suggested retail price is $59.95, which includes free upgrades within 30 days of purchase, the company said.

SoftQuad introduced an upgrade to its HotMetal line of Internet software. Called HotMetal Pro 5.0, the $99 package includes new features as fully integrated page editing, a resource manager, WYSIWYG table editing and an HTML wizard to fix bad HTML and create browser-safe pages. Once the site is constructed HotMetal Pro will publish the entire site with the click of a button.