Wednesday, August 31, 2011

LPT:One 3x: We're Going to the End of the Line (But It's All Right)

Does anyone remember the Edison wax cylinders? I'm guessing not, as they were already past their market peak by 1915 and officially went out of production in 1929. But in their day, those wax cylinders were the height of recording technology. The great Thomas Edison himself ushered in the era of home audio in 1877 by warbling “Mary Had a Little Lamb” into a cylinder recorder, and by the turn of the century you could pick up all the hottest tracks by Caruso and Ma Tiger Lily at your nearest general store.

Eventually the wax cylinder was replaced by the phonograph disc (which, in the Man in the Purple Shirt's opinion, has never been surpassed—but that's a subject for another blog), and the world moved on. Whatever passed for “support” in those days for the wax cylinder player was discontinued after 1929.

EnvisionWare is coming to a similar cutoff point with regards to its support of the LPT:One™ 3x line, which was officially replaced by LPT:One™ 4x back in 2006 (a lifetime ago in the software world). We have continued to support the Legacy (3x) product in subsequent years, but in this current world of Windows 7 and 64-bit, it is no longer a practical system. 

For those customers who may still be using LPT:One “Classic,” as I like to call it, we have prepared a document that outlines the superiority of 4x and some options for helping make the (inevitable) switch as painless as possible. Welcome to the future!

The Past
The Future

Monday, August 15, 2011

EnvisionWare Announces Conclusion of Patent Litigation With 3M

Duluth, GA - August 12, 2011 - 3M Company and EnvisionWare, Inc. have entered into
a confidential settlement agreement that completely resolves all issues raised in the
lawsuit between them filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota on June
22, 2009.

In the dispute, 3M sought damages by claiming that EnvisionWare infringed three of
3M’s U.S. patents relating to use of RFID and related technology in libraries, and
EnvisionWare responded by alleging that the 3M patents were not infringed and were

About EnvisionWare:
EnvisionWare is a leading supplier of self service and efficiency solutions for libraries
around the world. The Company serves more than 10,000 libraries with technologies
ranging from PC Reservation® computer management to turnkey RFID systems. The
Company operates from its headquarters near Atlanta, Georgia and from an Asia-Pacific
center in Adelaide, Australia. Sales and support services are also delivered from
regional locations around the United States and from Strategic Partners in Canada,
Europe, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and Malaysia.

Press contact:
Michael J. Monk
Vice President
2855 Premiere Parkway | Suite A
Duluth, GA 30097-5201
+1 678-382-6590

EnvisionWare and PC Reservation are registered trademarks of EnvisionWare, Inc. 3M
is a trademark of 3M Company.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Product Announcement: Self Service and Staff eCommerce for III

EnvisionWare is pleased to announce a new service that brings self service fine payment at kiosks and via the web, and staff financial management and credit card processing to Innovative libraries.

Please review the Protocol Translation Service Product Announcement for more information and, if I can be of further assistance, please contact me at 800.216.8370 or complete this information request.

For detailed information about the individual products, please visit the financial management section of our website.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

New EnvisionWare Website is now live!

In days of yore, The Man in The Purple Shirt was sometimes asked why EnvisionWare's webpage was such a confusing, Byzantine maze, crammed overfull with (sometimes out-of-date) text, and bracketed by links that spiraled off into the four horizons.

Well, that old webpage has gone the way of the Byzantine Empire itself: impressive in its day but superseded by a leaner, smarter, better-looking and more useful replacement. Yes, it is time to unveil the new improved! This has been in the works for some time, and we are very proud of the end result.

You will notice links to both our Facebook page and this very blog, as well as a link to Mike Monk's blog. (Mike Monk, by the way, is not The Man in the Purple Shirt. It's time to put that particular conspiracy theory to rest). Most importantly, access to the Customer Center has been significantly streamlined. So why don't you mosey on over there and let us know what you think?