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ANNOUNCING NEW NETSHIFT v4
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This upgrade is free to existing customers -
contact your distributor to get it.
To get the free evaluation version -
please see below.

CONTENTS
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NEW NETSHIFT v4
FUNCTIONALITY & ENHANCEMENTS
- Netscape Navigator v4.x support
- NetShift Setup Manager
- Kiosk E-mail Advert
- 'Enter Network Password'
- URL Filtering
- Watchdog TXT file
- JavaScript Error Handling
- NetShift Documentation

FREE KIOSK OPTIMIZING UTILITIES
- NT Keyblocking and auto log-in
- 'NS Kiosk Shell Manager'

BUG FIXES
- MSIE
- MICROSOFT SECURITY ALERTS

RELATED THIRD PARTY PRODUCTS
- FREE VNC Software: Remote Kiosk control
- Kiosk Coin Mechanism total solution
- Net Nanny products advisory

NEW NETSHIFT DISTRIBUTORS/RESELLERS/VARS
Australia, Austria & Denmark

NEW INDEPENDENT KIOSKS REPORT
- From Summit Research

SHORTLY BEING LAUNCHED..
- NetShift 'Full Screen' option
- Log File Analyser

CONTACT
- For further NetShift Information and Support
	
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NEW NETSHIFT v4
FUNCTIONALITY & ENHANCEMENTS
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Netscape Navigator v4.x support
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We are really pleased to now offer NetShift to support
Netscape Navigator v4.x
NetShift still supports.....
Netscape v3.x
MSIE 3.x
MSIE4.01 onwards (not MSIE 4.0 unsuitable for kiosks)
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NetShift Setup Manager
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Overall the NetShift Setup Manager is now viewed in
'landscape' format with less tabs for easier viewing and
configuration.  The removed tabs have been combined
into one new tab called 'Interface Editor' which now
uses a dynamic GUI to to select your customization
requirements.
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Kiosk E-mail Advert
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The ability to provide an optional customized E-mail
advert in the footer of ever outgoing E-mail sent by
users. Provides for global recognition of kiosk email!
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'Enter Network Password'
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New option - To assist further in developing kiosks, for
both the intranet and internet markets, in being able
to enter into the windows 'Enter Network Password'
dialogue box (previous versions suppressed this).  To
either log the kiosk in or use password protected areas
on websites.
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URL Filtering
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The much requested option to 'Allow' only certain
websites that the user can 'goto'.  This also bars links
off the chosen websites unless they are also added into
the 'Allow' list.  For 'Don't Allow' please see reference in
this E-mail to the Net Nanny products advisory
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Watchdog TXT file
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Option - NetShift can now continually write the time &
date stamp to a text file of your choice, so that third
party watchdog devices can check this for a major lock
up.  If lock up detected the watchdog can then order a
kiosk re-start.

Many other mini background optimising features have
also been added in to this new release
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JavaScript Error Handling
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Yet another new major background security feature that
rescues the system from badly written JavaScript web
page errors and auto handles the dialog box.
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NetShift Documentation
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Our documentation has been highly upgraded and
re-edited for simpler more intuitive reading.  The
evaluation and full copy software ships with:
1) Full Documentation Word 97 format
2) Full Documentation HTML format
3) 10 Minute 'Quick Start' guide RTF format
4) ReadMe TXT format

TRY IT:
http://www.netshift.com/tryit.html
GET TECH SUPPORT
support@netshift.com
BUY IT
http://www.netshift.com/buyit.html
GET SALES SUPPORT
sales@netshift.com
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FREE KIOSK OPTIMIZING UTILITIES
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NT Keyblocking and auto log-in
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Yet another FREE but powerful kiosk optimizing
utility for professional NT kiosk integrators.  Blocks NT
key combinations that would normally lead to the user
being able to access the O/S, example: ctrl+alt+del
yet provides auto log-on even though the ctrl+alt+del
log-in password is not available.  Please ensure you
read carefully and understand fully this routine before
installing.  This and other excellent FREE Kiosk utilities
are available from:
http://www.netshift.com/utilities.html
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'NS Kiosk Shell Manager'
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Another major advance for optimising kiosk up-time -
a FREE utility which will create a NetShift Shell and
automate some of the forgotten security settings within
Windows and NT that can often effect the performance
of kiosks. In the first instance please contact our
support team (will be on our website shortly) for
your FREE copy
support@netshift.com
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BUG FIXES
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MSIE
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The bug within MSIE 4.01 and later versions that
stopped the NetShift scroll/direction buttons
(up/down/left/right) from operating has now been fixed
in this new version.

PLEASE NOTE:  MSIE4.0 should not be used as it is
unsuitable for kiosks, please get latest upgrade from
the Microsoft site at:
http://www.microsoft.com/ie/download/windows.htm
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MICROSOFT SECURITY ALERTS
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FIX AVAILABLE FOR CROSS FRAME NAVIGATE
ISSUE IN INTERNET EXPLORER
There is a very small chance this Microsoft security
issue may affect NetShift Users who use Internet
Explorer, so we have brought it to your attention
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q168/4/85.asp

JSCRIPT SECURITY VULNERABILITY ISSUE
IN MICROSOFT INTERNET EXPLORER 4
Microsoft has posted an update to Internet
Explorer 4.0, 4.01, and 4.01 Service Pack 1 that
protects customers against a potential problem
involving JScript vulnerability. When Internet
Explorer encounters a Web page that contains
malicious JScript, Internet Explorer could close
unexpectedly. Microsoft highly recommends that
this patch be installed to protect computers.
Further information, and access to the patch can
be obtained from
http://www.microsoft.com/ie/security/
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RELATED THIRD PARTY PRODUCTS
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FREE VNC Software: Remote Kiosk control
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A very simple yet dynamic FREE piece of software that
gives you remote control of kiosks that have a
permanent IP address.  Full remote kiosk configuration
and  customization seems to be provided by this Virtual
Network Computing product, from:
http://www.orl.co.uk/vnc/
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Kiosk Coin Mechanism total solution
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Specifically written for NetShift application.  Developed
from the ground up for Pay-As-You-Go Internet Kiosk
Systems.  Configurable Coin Acceptor, Serial
Interface, Cabling, Power Supply and Software
Management are included in this total solution from:
http://www.windowkiosk.com/parts/coinsurf.htm
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Net Nanny products advisory
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There is a multitude of choice for Net Nanny products,
however we have found inconsistent problems with
these products and have proved difficult for us to
replicate on our test bed kiosks.  The problem
usually emerges as a Violation Access Code when
running under NetShift.

The main inconsistency is one particular product works
fine for one integrator but then not for another.  Areas
we have identified that may cause problems are:
Firewalls, Proxy Servers, Browser and/or O/S choice.
We also believe that these Net Nanny products have
yet to be fully developed for kiosk use.

We strongly suggest that you fully evaluate and test
your choice of Net Nanny product before deploying your
kiosks.  If you have any problems with these products
please contact the product provider.

Net Nanny third party products:
http://www.cyberpatrol.com/
http://www.cybersitter.com/
http://www1.surfwatch.com/
http://www.netpartners.com/
http://www.sequeltech.com/
http://www.littlebrother.com/
http://www.netnanny.com
And others.
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NEW NETSHIFT DISTRIBUTORS/RESELLERS/VARS
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We are pleased to welcome to the ever growing global
support for NetShift users...

HotelNet - Australia
roly@iinet.net.au

ESAR - Austria
www.esarkiosk.com

First Impression A/S
www.netup.dk

For a complete listing of global NSD's please see:
http://www.netshift.com/distributor-list.html
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NEW INDEPENDENT KIOSKS REPORT
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Now Out! The second in the series of independent
research reports on the global interactive kiosk market.
Packed with over 100 pages of... analysis, forecasts,
interviews with key players, on-site visits etc.,.

A must for serious kiosk developers, integrators or
operators, from:
http://www.summit-res.com
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SHORTLY BEING LAUNCHED..
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NetShift 'Full Screen' option
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Hot on the heels of this launch of new NetShift v4 will
be a FREE upgrade within the NetShift Setup manager
as an option to switch NetShift (really the browser)
securely into full screen mode.  All navigation will then
be provided from the web pages.  NetShift will still
provide (hidden in the background) all its high security
features.  The 'attract' carousel and AVI modes will
still be available as an option and will also run full
screen.  For further information on this subject please
contact:
kevin@netshift.com
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Log File Analyser
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A seperate program to analyse the log file will shortly be available.
For further information on this subject please
contact:
support@netshift.com
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CONTACT
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FOR FURTHER NETSHIFT INFORMATION
Please visit the only global WebSite that is dedicated
to PBI Kiosk software and how to integrate it...
www.netshift.com
or contact:
Kevin O'Keeffe
kevin@netshift.com
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST
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