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HELIOS: New OPI File Formats and PCShare Supports Dynamic DNS Updates

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GARBSEN, Germany- Oct. 9, 2001--HELIOS Software GmbH, a leading provider of network and prepress server software, announced it has added support for PNG & BMP file formats to its EtherShare OPI prepress server software. These new features are currently in beta and available for testing by existing EtherShare OPI 2.1 customers. Additionally, HELIOS announced that its PCShare server for PC clients now supports dynamic DNS updates. PNG and BMP file formats The PNG file format is the successor of the well known GIF format that is widely used on many Web pages. The PNG format has better features than GIF. The HELIOS EtherShare OPI beta update supports the conversion of all images to PNG interlaced (progressive) format including converting Photoshop and TIFF image masks into PNG masks. Conversion can be configured on a volume-wide or per-folder basis. BMP is also now supported in beta within EtherShare OPI. The BMP format is employed by Windows as the default image format. Additional OPI layout features include the ability to create preview images with a fixed x/y pixel resolution, and Internet previews with a fixed image size are now supported using the new layout command line switch. This preview will timeout on February 1st 2002. The software is available for existing EtherShare OPI 2.1 customers to download at http://www.helios.de/pub/beta/png_bmp. "The PNG and BMP file formats are more frequently used as Internet and PC workflows integrate with prepress workflows,'' explains Helmut Tschemernjak, president of HELIOS. "EtherShare OPI now makes it easy to utilize images for these various purposes.'' PCShare DHCP with dynamic DNS update PCShare 3 includes a DHCP server with support for dynamic DNS name updates of Mac and Windows workstation names. By default every DHCP client (e.g. Mac or Windows workstation) receives their TCP/IP configuration including IP address, subnet mask, router, WINS, and DNS server address. To allow a reverse lookup to this DHCP client (e.g. ping mac-mike.helios.com) instead of the decimal TCP/IP address, PCShare 3 can update the DNS server with the workstation name of the Mac or Windows client. Smart Ideas for Better Networking HELIOS products run on powerful and scalable servers from Apple Computer, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Linux/Pentium, SGI, and Sun, providing reliable cross-platform support for Macintosh, DOS/Windows, and UNIX-based clients. Distributors sell HELIOS products worldwide to value-added resellers who provide complete networking solutions to customers. HELIOS software products are also available as part of OEM solutions by many major vendors in the prepress industry.