Actinic Announces New Ecommerce Products plus v5 of Actinic Catalog and Business Monday 12 November 2001 PDF Print Hi-res JPG box shots are available at http://www.actinic.co.uk/press/v5.htm Review product available on request to Dexterity 12 November 2001 (A0109) ~ Actinic, the UK developer of ecommerce tools for SMEs, is today launching version 5.0 of both Actinic Catalog and Actinic Business, the award-winning shop-in-a-box applications for small to medium businesses trading online either B2C or B2B. Both are available now. Furthermore, to offer the most comprehensive range of ecommerce software solutions for SMEs and web designers, Actinic is announcing the imminent arrival of two new products. Actinic Developer is an ecommerce development tool aimed at web designers, and Actinic Order Manager is for e-tailers who wish to control their order processing, but prefer to leave the site maintenance with the designer. Release will be early December. Prices: Actinic Catalog v5 and Actinic Business v5 remain at £349 and £850 respectively, while Actinic Developer will retail at £1250 and Actinic Order Manager for £149. All + VAT. Upgrade prices are available on request. See http://www.actinic.co.uk for details. "Over the summer we've done extensive research into the ecommerce requirements and plans of business owners and web professionals. The results have identified two core Actinic customer types: the 'DIYer', who develops and maintains the store for themselves, and the web designer who develops and deploys online stores on behalf of their clients," comments Nick Kington, marketing director of Actinic. "We saw a clear need to extend and evolve our product range and introduce a development tool for commercial designers who create and deploy multiple sites as part of their core business. This will enable us to focus on adding web designer functionality to Actinic Developer and further develop our out-of-the-box applications, Actinic Catalog, Actinic Business and Actinic Order Manager. " Chris Lamle of ImageByte E-commerce Solutions, an Actinic partner remarks, "As a web designer I immediately noticed the extra flexibility in the design aspects of version 5 including the introduction of a more WYSIWYG approach. It is now so easy to develop customised page layouts and there's no question that it will save me a lot of time and effort." Actinic Catalog v5 ‘Everything you need to sell on the internet’ This desktop application has everything a small business needs to design, build and control their own secure web store. Designed for merchants who sell 'hard goods' direct to consumers (B2C), the enhancements and new features will reinforce the product’s popularity with users. New features include: · 'Site Upgrader' automatically updates templates from previous versions (v3 and v4), simplifying implementation. · Improved Navigator walks first-time users through store creation and order processing. · Ready made shipping tables with the rates of leading UK postal companies speeds set up. · Enhanced tax features allow different tax rates to be applied in different tax zones. · New email module keeps customers updated with the status of their orders. · Advanced sales analysis, featuring numerous reports detailing top customers, top products etc. · Ability to export product catalogue and shipping tables enables external editing and processing. · Graphical template navigator eases the design process. · Ability to import externally developed design themes. · Enhancement of payment and security settings such as Shared SSL encryption, plus the ability to allow more than one PSP at once. · Different payment methods can now be allocated to certain geographical regions facilitating fraud prevention. Actinic Business v5 ‘Integrating your business with the internet’ Actinic Business builds on the comprehensive features in Catalog and allows the online merchant to integrate ecommerce into other existing business systems to create a true ebusiness. Aimed both at suppliers who deal online with other businesses (B2B) as well as retailers who want to give regular customers a more personalised service, the incremental new features in Business v5 include: · New content management includes the ability to create and maintain pages and promote special offers. · Two-way integration with popular accounting systems via Actinic Link modules - Sage Line 50 and Exchequer Enterprise are available and QuickBooks is in development. · Command-line activation of key Actinic tasks, including upload and download. · Dynamic linking to external databases and spreadsheets now includes Microsoft Access 2000. · Enhanced account and registered customer facilities e.g. monthly statement reports, custom messaging. Actinic Developer (Beta) - ‘Professional tools for ebusiness development’ Actinic Developer is aimed at web designers, web developers and other organisations that develop and deploy ecommerce solutions for SMEs. Building on the established Actinic products, Actinic Developer offers a set of easy to use and flexible tools to enable internet professionals to create highly functional ecommerce sites. Actinic Developer has all the features in Actinic Business plus the following: · Integration with Macromedia Dreamweaver enabling the identification and modification of Actinic design templates. · Multiple, unlimited site creation and licensing. · Power to deploy dedicated order processing facilities to end-users with Actinic Order Manager. · Ability to export and distribute design themes. · Facility to create colourisable graphics for use in themes. Actinic Order Manager (Beta) Actinic Order Manager is a self-contained order download and fulfilment application for merchants who wish to control their order processing but prefer to leave the site maintenance with their designer. Customers can upgrade to a full version of Catalog or Business if they wish to take over the site management. About Actinic: Founded in July 1996 and floated in May 2000 on the London Stock Exchange, Actinic plc is a company focused on developing ecommerce software for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) who want to sell online. The software is sold through channel partners including web designers and developers, Internet Service Providers, web hosts and traditional IT VARs. Actinic Catalog is a boxed software solution for setting up and managing a secure online B2C web store. Actinic Business is a more sophisticated application for those wanting to integrate ecommerce and back-end systems seamlessly, and is suitable for those selling B2B and/or B2C. Actinic Developer is a development tool for commercial web designers who deploy ecommerce solutions for SMEs. Used on thousands of live sites in 39 countries, some of Actinic's better known UK users include the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Opera House, Sony Europe, Lloyds of London, Robert Dyas, Focus Do-it-All, Ericsson, J & J Crombie, Michel Roux's Waterside Inn, Essex and Worcestershire County Cricket Clubs, Fulham FC, easyJet gifts, Letts Diaries, Royal National Institute for Deaf People, Anything Left-handed, Devon and West Sussex County Councils. Actinic has sales and marketing bases in Weybridge (Surrey), New Jersey (USA) and Paris with a technical centre in Birmingham. Visit www.actinic.co.uk Contacts: Lisa Walden Actinic. Tel 01932 871000 Mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org Jane Lee Dexterity (PR for Actinic). Tel 01273 470199, Mailto:email@example.com Chris Lamle ImageByte. 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