Landmark Developments [not current]
Note: Teleshuttle's proprietary software and online
operations services are no longer marketed.
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The information shown dates from 1996 or earlier, and remains relevant to the
history of CD/online/Web hybrid technology.
- August, 1994: Teleshuttle announced the first independent software and services to make it easy for any publisher to link
CD-ROMs or diskettes to up-to-the-minute online information. Wide press recognition and
strong interest from a broad spectrum of publishers, developers, and marketers was
received. The company was initially known as Dynashuttle Corporation.
- August, 1994: Vista InterMedia (Stamford, CT) agreed to use Teleshuttle's
Update Service for CD-ROM publication of the World Health Organization's International
Digest of Health Legislation. Teleshuttle is to provide users worldwide
with quarterly updates, which are seamlessly integrated, with full-text search
capabilities. Other Vista titles in the legal and healthcare market will also use Teleshuttle,
including its NAFTA disc featuring materials licensed from the American Bar Association.
- October, 1994: Folio Corporation (Provo, UT, subsidiary of Reed Elsevier)
agreed to cooperate in developing and marketing a Teleshuttle plug-in
for Folio VIEWS that can retrieve Folio infobase updates via modem. VIEWS is the
delivery mechanism for more than one thousand commercial information titles and resides on
an estimated 30 million desktops. The Teleshuttle/VIEWS module (shipped in February
1995) seamlessly combines the latest available data with infobases previously distributed
on CD-ROM or disk. Teleshuttle fully integrates with the VIEWS user interface and
exploits Folio's latest "shadow file" features.
- November, 1994: Electronic Book Technologies (EBT, Providence, RI) agreed
to cooperate in developing and marketing a Teleshuttle plug-in for EBT's DynaText
that provides simple direct-dial data transport. EBT provides a comprehensive SGML-based
electronic publishing environment, used by hundreds of major corporations to publish large
volumes of mission-critical reference material online. The first joint product is to make
it easy for DynaText users in the field to send document annotations, such as
change and problem reports, to a central facility via Teleshuttle.
- May, 1995: Teleshuttle announced plans to add Internet connectivity
as an alternative to its existing direct-dial support. This furthers Teleshuttle's
objective of providing a single standard mechanism for enabling local/online hybrid
products that can exploit multiple network technologies. It adds Internet capability for
those users who can use it, while maintaining direct-dial support for the vast majority of
modem-equipped users who do not yet choose to subscribe to Internet services.
- July, 1995: The Blockbuster Video Guide to Movies and
Videos was shipped by Creative Multimedia (Portland, OR) as the first consumer
CD-ROM to use the Teleshuttle Update Service, and the first electronic movie guide
with online updates. The disc has information on more than 21,000 movies, including 5,000
photos and 40 film clips. It is updated monthly with 80-100 new video titles, with a
charge to the user's credit card. Seamless searching and hyperlinking across the entire
updated collection is provided.
- September, 1995: The WebShuttle(tm) was
introduced as the way to offer free, direct-dial access to Web content to customers who
lack Internet service. Disks containing the WebShuttle can be provided to
customers, so that anyone with a modem can get simple 800 number access to selected sets
of Web pages.