Persona 4.3 from Persoft Allows PDF Printing

Joanna Doyle

With the latest release of its Persona Web-to-host connectivity product, Persoft (Madison, Wis.) aims to provide a solution for users who are frustrated with printing from 5250 or 3270 terminals. Persona 4.3 allows remote users to deliver host session reports in PDF format.

“Remote access users who have not been happy with their print solution will be really excited about this release,” says Elliott Smith, Persona senior product manager for Persoft. “Persona version 4.3 provides a ‘paperless’ print capability by securely delivering reports in PDF format, allowing for a more efficient use of a report than is possible by just sending it to paper.”

Persona 4.3 also allows users to search and store reports locally, which improves security in addition to cutting down on paper use. Print data streams received from the host undergo conversion to PDF along with compression and encryption before being transported to the end-user. The latest release of Persona also includes a Java application to allow organizations to manage remote desktops without requiring a specific version of a browser for host connectivity.

“With Persona 4.3 and PDF printing support, Persoft is providing functionality which will ensure first-class status to the remote user,” says Lucinda Borovick, program manager, Data Center Networks at research firm IDC. “The remote user is a critical constituency. By 2003, remote users will account for 69 percent of the Web-to-host installed base.”

Persoft says Persona 4.3 will be available in the second quarter. A 10-user version of the product will sell for $1,995.

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