OfficePower 2001 provides users, particularly Windows users, with X.400 mail, together with time, alert and file management capabilities to complement their use of PC applications such as word processors and spreadsheets. In addition, it provides full Word Processing, database capability (UDAP), and graphical presentation of numerical data (PowerGraph).
OfficePower 2001 is available in English only.
OfficePower 2001 includes:
- Mail user preferences.
- Mail filtering.
- Internet Mail Gateway
- OfficePower Web
- To-do lists.
- Meeting scheduler.
- Task Manager
- Distribution lists
- Spelling checking
- Print services.
- Converters for ASCII/DCA/RFT/RTF/Navy DIF/OP-Word/Uniplex WP V7 formats used by X.400 mail.
- View only converters for Lotus 1-2-3 and Excel spreadsheets.
- OfficePower Redundant File Store (OPRFS)
More details on the other features listed above can be found in the previous edition of this guide (GI-TW-1464 issue7), which covers OfficePower/Xtra, and issue 8 which covers OfficePower 2000 can be found on the CD-ROM under specialist information or on request from Teamware Group. User and administrator documentation on all OfficePower features is provided in a range of manuals described in Appendix A.
Users want to access and process information from a simple standard but customisable interface that applies across the full scope of what they are permitted to access. OfficePower offers four types of interface:
Web access through standard web browsers.
Web access is becoming increasing popular. Many users want to view the world through a web browser, accessing local data via an intranet and global data over the internet.
Windows access through the PC client OfficePower for Windows.
Windows access is still the most popular for professional people who need to get maximum benefit from applications.
Mail access using Microsoft Outlook or other standard PC mail client.
This is for users who want a simple mail service, and have standardised on a client like Microsoft Outlook.
Terminal access with familiar OfficePower menus and ‘green screen’ file manager.
Terminal access is retained for users with ‘dumb’ terminals who do not need the power of PCs to carry out their work. Most OfficePower users now use PCs but there are still a substantial number who have terminals.
OfficePower 2001 options
The following options add value to OfficePower:
Locating local documents and other files
PowerSearch allows you to search on different document types on your local host - and now you can search for other types of file with text content, including record objects (e.g. UDAP datafiles) or Microsoft Excel workbooks.
Each significant word within a file is indexed so you can locate a file by specifying a word or phrase in the text. The original file is unchanged.
PowerSearch enables you to:
- Define a collection of OfficePower folders (or UNIX directories) which are then indexed automatically, usually overnight.
- Search rapidly any file to which you have access.
- Display documents or other files located by the search.
- Work directly on files using the appropriate application.
If a search results in a large number of hits you can refine the search definition to make it more specific. The search results in a list of retrieved files displayed as a set of OfficePower records. These may be sorted, searched, marked and printed in the normal OfficePower way.
Searches are defined by specifying:
- Individual words.
- Word stems.
- Words within a specified proximity of each other.
- Boolean combinations (i.e. 'And' 'or' 'not').
- 'Wild cards' may be used for any character except the first.
After a search is complete, you can display the files that satisfy the search criteria subject to normal OfficePower security rules.
PowerSearch indexes local server based documents such as OfficePower-Word, AmiPro, WordPerfect and Microsoft Word for Windows. It will also index other files with text content, including spreadsheets and OfficePower record objects.
For more information about PowerSearch, read the manual OfficePower PowerSearch. For additional information on new PowerSearch features in OfficePower 2001, read the manual OfficePower 2001 Release Notes. See Appendix A for details on where to find these manuals.
OfficePower PowerConverters enable the conversion of text between a wide range of industry standard formats. Although primarily intended for conversion to and from OfficePower-Word, they may be used for conversion between any of the supported formats provided the files are in the OfficePower filestore.
Converters for the formats listed below are included in the OfficePower Base to facilitate the transfer of these documents to and from OfficePower-Word:
- DCA/RFT (Revisable Form Text).
- Navy DIF.
- Microsoft RTF (Rich Text Format).
- Uniplex 11 Version 7.
In addition, the OfficePower Base also contains the ability to view the following spreadsheet formats as OfficePower-Word documents:
- Microsoft Excel 2.1, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 7.0
- Lotus 1-2-3 1.A, 2.0, 2.1, 3.0
and to view the following word processor formats:
- Microsoft Word 97 and 2000
The additional (optional) PowerConverters package provides converters for the following PC based word processors:
- DisplayWrite 2, 3, 4, 5
- WordStar for Windows 1.x
- WordStar 3.3, 3.31, 3.45, 4.0, 5.0, 5.5, 6.0
- WordStar 2000 Release 3.0, 3.5
- Uniplex onGO Write
- Ami Professional 1.x, 2.0, 3.0, 3.1
- WordPerfect 5.0, 5.1, 6.0
- WordPerfect for Windows 5.1, 5.2, 6.0, 6.1
- Microsoft Word 3.0, 3.1, 4.0, 5.0, 5.5
- Microsoft Word for Windows 1.x, 2.x, 6.0, 7.0
Due to the wide variations between formats and character sets of the different word processors, a complete conversion is not guaranteed. Some editing of the resulting document may be required.
When using OfficePower the converters may be called explicitly by the user (from Folder:Update CONVERT OBJECT*, one of the Import or Export functions, or when attaching or extracting a mail attachment); or may be configured by the system administrator to be called implicitly by other OfficePower facilities, for example Mail, to facilitate viewing or transfer of documents.
For more information about PowerConverters, read the manual OfficePower PowerConverters - see Appendix A for details on where to find this manual.
OfficePower for Windows
OfficePower for Windows is used by Windows PC users as a client interface to their OfficePower system. It provides a workspace in which users can carry out their daily tasks. Users can use the ‘alerts’ service to manage their tasks, and they can use the mail interface to process their mail. Within the workspace users can browse the records in their OfficePower calendars, databases, To-Do lists etc. Mail, documents and other objects can be viewed off-line from the network, if needed.
Using the "integration kit" supplied with OfficePower for Windows, users can access OfficePower facilities, from within PC applications. Send a document via OfficePower mail from the menu bar of a PC-based word processor, for example.
OfficePower for Windows has the following features:
- File management of both PC and OfficePower files/objects on the server
- Mail interface (GUI) for sending and receiving email - supports off-line mailboxes too
- Mail directory and address books
- Alerts interface to organise tasks and requests
- Records browser for viewing calendars, To-do lists, reminders etc
- Integration with PC applications
- Easy installation, startup and configuration
- Works against OfficePower 2000 or OfficePower/Xtra hosts
- Supports access to UNIX applications using VT220+
- Additionally supports familiar OfficePower menus in text mode (but with mouse support) for experienced users
- Can be used over dial-up connections and for offline working on shared documents
For more information about OfficePower for Windows, read the manual OfficePower for Windows - see Appendix A for details on where to find this manual.
Pl@za for OfficePower
Teamware Group's new Pl@za product range provides web-based applications to help communities to share information and contact one another via an intranet or the Internet. Pl@za for OfficePower provides these facilities using your existing OfficePower server - with the added benefit that the information exchanged by Pl@za users can also be accessed by existing OfficePower users, even using the "green screen" user interface. Facilities in this initial version include:
- Interactive Business Cards - your personal "home page"
- Member List - identify and contact other members of the community
- Who's online? - with access to Interactive Business Cards
- Community Page - public information
- Work Space - your personal view of the community
- Login/out - secure access to community information
- Registration - allowing password change
- Message of the Day
- Preferences for session customisation
- Send mail from Business Cards to either Internet or OfficePower mailbox.
- Totally separate look-and-feel from OfficePower, but with link into normal Folders display for full OfficePower Web functions
- Document Folders service
- Discussion Group service
For more information about Pl@za for OfficePower, read the manual OfficePower Web Administration Guide - see Appendix A for details on where to find this manual.
Teamware recognises that some customers use OfficePower alongside other mail systems, and perhaps are replacing UNIX with NT systems. Some users of OfficePower also spend most of their time working away from the office, offline from their OfficePower system. These users still want to use the data they normally have available to them.
To support such users and to support co-existence and possible migrating of some users, Teamware have introduced OfficePower Archive. This product allows users or teams of users to copy and optionally convert where applicable OfficePower objects including documents, databases, calendars, mailboxes from their OfficePower filestore onto a PC drive or CDROM. While offline, users can access objects using Windows Explorer or MS Outlook. While on-line to any OfficePower server, users can choose to update the OfficePower objects but still have the master objects on their PC drive.
So the value of accumulated data need not be lost to users who are working offline or who have migrated to a different system. As a bonus to OfficePower administrators, they can now recover valuable server disk space by encouraging users to keep their 'heritage' data on their own PCs.
For more information about OfficePower Archive, read the manual OfficePower Archive User Guide - see Appendix A for details on where to find this manual.
The 20/20 integrated spreadsheet modelling program is supplied as a fully integrated feature of OfficePower. On top of the features of the standard version of 20/20, there are valuable additional features, such as the ability to mail spreadsheets and interchange data and text with OfficePower-Word.
For more information about 20/20, read the manual OfficePower 20/20 - see Appendix A for details on where to find this manual.
US Legal Option
This option has been designed specifically for the US legal market, and offers the ability to collect and report statistics on OfficePower-Word processing operations, and also offers the ability to construct a Table of Authorities from within the word processor.
OfficePower US Legal Option is only available in US English language and contains terms that apply only to the US legal market.
More details on the US Legal Option can be found in the previous edition of this guide (GI-TW-1464 issue7), which covers OfficePower/Xtra, or on request from Teamware Group.