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Pastel Releases Windows Version of PostSearch Series

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Pastel Releases Windows Version of PostSearch Series

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Pastel Programming Co. has released Windows versions of the PostSearch Series of database search post-processors. Previously available only for DOS micro-computers, the Series includes coverage of DIALOG, Knowledge Index, Dow Jones News/Retrieval //TEXT, Data-Star, DataTimes, NewsNet, STN, BRS, National Library of Medicine, PaperChase and Syntex.

Now in both DOS and Windows versions, the Series includes single-system editions for each of those systems, and PostSearch OS for one-stop post-processing of all those systems except Knowledge Index and PaperChase in one program.

These post-processors let database searchers turn on the screen capture feature of their communications programs at the beginning of search sessions, capture everything, and when offline use PostSearch to get just the records, labeled and numbered, in minutes.

PostSearch reads a captured search file and creates a new file filtering out everything but the database records. The filters omit menus, prompts, commands, error messages and other unnecessary material. The filters also label and number the records in the form "Record-1" similar to the format of offline prints delivered via DIALMAIL. PostSearch preserves the original captured search file unaltered.

PostSearch also lets searchers "sift" filtered record files. The sifter shows each record one by one allowing searchers to review relevance, importance, format and other characteristics. Each record is browseable and navigation through the file is record-by-record with one-key commands, Next, Previous, First, Last and Jump to a record by number.

While sifting, searchers can "keep" selected records to a new file or some to one file and others to other files. The "Keep" command acts on whole records as discrete units without requiring cursor movements, highlighting, block operations or other manipulations that would be necessary in a word processor. …

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