(Montréal, Canada, September
Alventis Corporation announced today
the immediate availability of its new information management
application suite called Alventis Database.
A new kind of database application, Alventis Database (or simply
Alventis) bridges the gap between a personal information manager
(PIM) and an industrial-strength database management system
(DBMS). It is the first application in the industry to cover
the full spectrum of data management needs, ranging from those
of individual computer users - to those of the small or medium
enterprise, while not requiring the database designer to have
any programming or development expertise.
Alventis starts by offering the user a variety
of tables and data-entry forms that are usable "out-of-the-box".
This alone would constitute a fairly competent PIM, but Alventis
goes far beyond that.
All tables and forms are fully user-customizable. A user can make changes
to the existing forms and tables, as well as create new ones from scratch
using a highly-efficient integrated development environment (IDE) called
Alventis Designer. This standalone development application uses a novel
approach to designing tables, fields, and forms (which does not rely on
property sheets, coding, or macros) to accomplish essentially the same
application development tasks as such well-known environments as Microsoft
Access, FileMaker, Alpha Five, or Oracle. Alventis achieves much of the
same result with absolutely no programming required.
The user starts by specifying the fields to be included in a table. This
is performed by simply filling out a spreadsheet-like list. Once this
is done, the form is created or modified with drag-and-drop ease. Advanced
formatting and sophisticated layout control is afforded by tools that
work very much like their counterparts found in many modern word-processors.
As a result, even relational database solutions can be implemented in
mere minutes, all without writing a single line of code.
Search is another unique aspect of Alventis. Searches can be performed
on as many data tables as desired, regardless of their structure. The
tables themselves may belong to different databases, which in turn may
reside on different servers. Alventis is capable of working concurrently
with local data, as well as an unlimited number of data sources via shared
or peer-to-peer access, and an equally unlimited number of Alventis servers,
accessible in true client/server mode. The results of a search are presented
in a cumulative list, even though the searched tables may have heterogeneous
structures. A user can work simultaneously with as many search result
lists as needed, each list being based on its own set of tables, databases,
A number of other important features deserve at least a
Banded reports can be created on-the-fly
with unprecedented ease since report layout and formatting operations
are identical to those used in common word-processing.
Alventis supports rich text Memo fields, so each
table can, in effect, contain one or more modern word-processors, which
afford the user with the tools to produce documents with complex layout
and formatting, such as nested tables, embedded graphics, bulleted
and numbered outline lists, and so on.
A sophisticated multi-user security model based
on hierarchical group access privileges allows for fine-grained control
over user's rights.
Record grouping, sorting, filtering, and dynamic
summaries offer rapid data visualization.
Full-text indexing ensures
lightening-fast searches, which are performed "live", as
the user types the search expression (which can include Boolean logic
Data-entry forms can be created or modified even
if they are in active use while the database is on-line.
A powerful and flexible database management solution for non-programmers,
Alventis offers unprecedented ease of use combined with the shortest learning
Alventis is available for all current Windows versions
in three competitively-priced editions: Standard (US$39.95), Professional
(US$79.95), and Enterprise (US$189.95). The latter edition includes
More information, including a free 30-day trial version may be obtained
by visiting the Alventis Web site www.alventis.com.
About Alventis Corporation.
Alventis Corporation is a privately-held company specializing in design
of scalable database software. Based in Montréal, Canada, Alventis
has developed an expertise in lightweight enterprise-class applications
offering both individual and business users unprecedented flexibility
coupled with remarkable ease of use.