ORWELL, Vermont, Nov. 16 2000 -- Digital Spinner, a web development and ecommerce solutions company, announced today the fourth development release of the GroupIT Engine (http://www.groupit.org), a group collaboration and knowledge management system to power the next generation of web sites, intranets and extranets. This release adds several notable features including an automated installation script, mime support for document forums, an improved security model, convenient front-end editorial features, threaded bulletin boards, improved session logging, a 100% performance improvement and a dramatic increase in scalability tolerance.

Groundbreaking Features

Built for the Linux platform, the GroupIT Engine is fast becoming the most manageable, powerful and customizable knowledge management engine of it\'s kind. GroupIT supports the organization of content through an unlimited number of hierarchical categories and sections, which can be created or modified through simple online forms. GroupIT supports threaded bulletin board messages, dynamically paginated articles, external web links, photo galleries with automatic thumb-nailing and binary documents (including spreadsheets, printable documents, presentations, audio, video). Access is controlled through read, write and editorial security levels assigned on a per-category and per-section basis. Any section can be open or moderated, and work group memberships provide for secure, compartmentalized team environments. A comprehensive administration web site allows direct access to the database back-end, and provides detailed reports concerning membership, security, activity and content. Bug tracking technology sends SMTP alerts immediately upon errors, transmitting full environment information to the web site administrator for fast problem resolution.

It\'s a Small World

GroupIT allows geographical content to be organized into nearly 6,000 regional web pages with a few mouse clicks. \"Toggle on a section\'s geography for automatic geographical organization of content.\", Sean Pecor, the author of GroupIT, explains. \"Imagine adding a single Links section titled \'Distributors\' in merely a few seconds. Instantly, you have a worldwide, national or regional directory of distributors. That section would immediately be available for visitors, members or employees to search and maintain.\" GroupIT is packaged with a geographical database consisting of 248 countries, 3,886 provinces and 1,649 U.S. cities. Further, GroupIT\'s database of 42,399 U.S. postal codes help pinpoint a member\'s location via latitude and longitude coordinates.

Massively Multilingual

The multilingual capabilities of GroupIT, through it\'s language tree, are groundbreaking. \"Each tree defines the look and feel and the words used.\", says Sean, \"GroupIT is packaged with an English tree that can be translated into other languages without disturbing html or core logic. Further, each registered member of your GroupIT powered web site can change their language preference, and the entire web site will update instantly.\" The GroupIT language tree also lends itself to the creation of themes. \"An entertainment portal could create multiple visual frameworks and each member could change the entire look and feel with a few mouse clicks. Create a Hand held theme for a small screen with no graphics or a High Bandwidth theme that uses the latest in desktop technology. You have complete control of the look without interfering with the core logic of the GroupIT Engine, which is version controlled and supported by Digital Spinner.\"

It Takes a Village

Community features are encoded in GroupIT\'s DNA. \"There is a GroupIT profile page for each member of your web site or extranet.\", says Sean, \"This page provides contact information and gathers all of the content that the member has contributed and displays it in a compact guide format. With no additional programming, you\'re able to gather together, by author, works of art in an Art Community, photos in a Photographer Community, or Sales Reports by Personnel in an extranet environment. This community feature will help people connect with colleagues and peers through their contribution to the greater community, and with no additional effort. GroupIT will even allow one member to contact another through this profile page while protecting the privacy of the recipient.\" Users may bookmark any category, section, content and/or geography combination. Sean explains, \"Drop a \'Profiles\' section into any or all categories and your users can be shown which members have book marked within that area. This is just another way that GroupIT helps a user establish to a network of mentors, peers, colleagues or friends.\"

Instant Gratification

GroupIT is a turnkey product that can be customized by Digital Spinner, or by any competent third party developer. Customized solutions can be developed for any application including inventory, ecommerce and human resources. Thanks to the modular nature of GroupIT, these customized solutions can be developed rapidly and seamlessly integrated with the GroupIT Engine. Says Sean, \"So much research and development went into the default installation of GroupIT that very little customization is required for many Extranet environments. In fact, the www.groupit.org web site is running a vanilla installation with no custom programming. What you see there is what you get moments after downloading GroupIT. Simply change the logo and you\'re ready to go live.\"

The system installs in less than 10 minutes. It requires the Linux operating system, the MySQL database server, the Apache web server and PHP. The entire source code of the GroupIT Engine is available for download and use under the terms of the \"Orchestrated Original Source License\", which restricts distributing modified versions of GroupIT but allows anyone to make their own modifications and to distribute modifications as separate plug-ins or packages. Use of GroupIT in research and development environments, and for personal use, is made possible under OOSL at no charge. Competitively priced commercial licenses are available for business use, and include unlimited email technical support and free upgrades.

About Digital Spinner, Inc. Digital Spinner (http://www.digitalspinner.com) is a small, privately held company that builds innovative Web solutions for clients throughout North America. Presently, several companies have taken advantage of GroupIT Technology, including Arete Industries, Inc. (http://www.areteoutdoors.com), Job Village LLC (http://www.jobvillage.com) and Digital Spinner, Inc. itself (http://www.marketingtool.com). Digital Spinner is seeking its first round of venture financing while working towards GroupIT v1.00. For more Information about the GroupIT Engine, please visit http://www.groupit.org.

SOURCE Digital Spinner, Inc. Web Site: http://www.digitalspinner.com