INMAGIC Plus for Libraries

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Vendor:                Inmagic, Inc.                        2067 Massachusetts Avenue                        Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140                        (617) 661-8124; (617) 661-6901 Fax Demo Available:        Yes Version:               1.0 Number of Customers:   6,000+  10,000+ end users) Modules & Prices:      INMAGIC Plus for Libraries, $1,400; SearchMAGIC                        (search-only online catalog), $395; MARC Adaptor                        (for download of MARC records), $125; MULTI Adaptor                        (for download of online search records), $175.                        Quantity discounts available 

PRODUCT REQUIREMENTS

Micro:                 IBM PC or compatible with minimum 640K RAM Operating System:      PC/MS-DOS 3.0+ Language:              C, Fortran LANs Supported:        Novell and other DOS-based LANs 

LTR REPORT CARD

                       Poor        Fair         Good      Excellent                        0   1   2   3   4   5    6   7   8   9   10 Features                                        6 Data Storage                                    6 Performance                                         7 Ease of Use                                     6 Documentation                                           8 Customer Support                                        8 Overall Rating                                  6.6 

FEATURES

INMAGIC Plus is designed to help build, maintain, and use text databases, including bibliographic databases. As a generalized text retrieval package with customers in a variety of organizational settings, e.g., law firms, corporations, government, corporate libraries, etc., INMAGIC Plus offers a user a great deal of flexibility in setting up and maintaining text databases. It provides an upgrade program for the more than 6,000 customers of the older INMAGIC (Release 7.2).

From the moment the manuals are reviewed until the software has been loaded and the user is looking at the screen, it is very clear that INMAGIC Plus is not a typical automated library system. It has been designed to be a general purpose text management tool with additional capabilities built around it for a library.

A customer can establish multiple databases using a database design tool to create the data structure. The data structure establishes what fields are found in each record within the database. In addition, the library can control access to the various databases using passwords.

The data itself are stored in a separate file. Records can be imported into the database or they can be manually entered one by one. The software allows a library to build in consistency and validity checking to ensure that a high quality database is built and maintained.

INMAGIC Plus screens are designed so that the bottom of every screen presents the menu options, e.g., open database, define, utilities, help, and quit. The user can move to any option by pressing the first letter of the word or by using the arrow keys. In some cases INMAGIC Plus provides options in the form of function keys. Messages on the bottom line reveal what action will result when the highlighted option is selected.

Online Catalog

The search screen is simple to use with five search options presented to the user: subject, date, title, abstract, names. The cursor is placed immediately to the right of the first prompt. After the search request has been entered, the system identifies the number of records found. The user must then request the display of these records. If too many records have been retrieved, the search can be modified.

A single line or brief display of the record is provided to assist the user in selecting a record for further display. If no record format is specified, INMAGIC Plus displays the complete record with the different elements labeled. The search argument (word or words) is highlighted in the display of the record. …