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DocBlaster ‘D-Day’ Outflanks Office – Windows Upgrade Nexus

(PRWEB) June 8, 2005

DocBlaster today launched its first ‘super substitute’ for use within Microsoft Office 2000 onwards. Code-named ‘D-Day’, the software features better-targeted most-wanted functionality for a fraction of Microsoft’s traditional upgrade cost.

“We are offering access to D-Day’s intuitive document search, display, security and distribution control services - initially for as little as $ 6 per business user, per year,” says Eric Wilson, IT journalist and software inventor. “Some of D-Day’s features substitute for similar in Office 2003, while others have never been seen before. DocBlaster D-Day is a non-Microsoft upgrade path, which doesn’t prevent users from upgrading with Microsoft later if they choose – so it’s a super substitute.”

D-Day includes deep Microsoft Office integration technology, code-named Mulberry. Mulberry is also planned for a progressive release to the developer community later this year, to help other third-party Microsoft Office developers create their own super substitutes.

“Super substitutes work on Windows 95 onwards”, Eric Wilson says. “So there’s no need to upgrade your operating system - which often forces a hardware upgrade too. DocBlaster D-Day is designed to get people off that treadmill.”

Using Mulberry, DocBlaster D-Day colonizes part of Microsoft Office to provide additional functionality - without forcing multiple upgrades or new learning curves. So unlike traditional upgrades, super substitutes are also free of new platform-related bugs or security risks – drastically reducing deployment complexity and cost. Despite this, some users may wish to upgrade anyway.

“Automatic document reformatting and intuitive folder search is fairly CPU intensive”, Eric Wilson says. “This means some people might want a faster processor - but only at their option when they’re ready. D-Day never triggers the issue as a traditional upgrade might.”

DocBlaster D-Day only provides document search, display, security and distribution control. Therefore end users may wish to upgrade to Microsoft Office 2003 for unrelated reasons. Either way, DocBlaster D-Day is fully compatible. Its compiled Office interfaces use the same standard programming calls corporate Office developers use for their customized applications. Therefore, unless Microsoft abandons these, super substitutes should work with future versions of Office too – with little or no modification.

“Microsoft made a record profit late last year, mainly on Windows and Office products that shipped way back in 2001 and 2003,” Eric Wilson points out. “But DocBlaster's view is super substitutes will provide real competition and real choice to over 300-million users.”

For a limited time, end users wishing to help the super substitute cause can make a contribution to the DocBlaster Progress Fund - which also qualifies them for deeply discounted D-Day subscriptions. DocBlaster D-Day is due to ship at the end of the year, with a Flash demonstration of Beta 1 now available at http://www.docblaster.com.

In September 2005, DocBlaster will announce the finalised names under which D-Day and Mulberry will be made generally available.

More information about D-Day’s document search, display, security and distribution architecture, plus ‘Mulberry’ stable control technology for Microsoft Office, is now available at http://www.docblaster.com.

Contact:

Eric Wilson

press@docblaster.com

+61 4 2920 0001

Microsoft Office is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation. DocBlaster is a pending trademark of The Eric Wilson Family Trust.

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