Moon Valley Hitchhiking On The Information Highway


Navigating the Internet is a test that leaves trails of lost and dazed new users behind. To the rescue comes Moon Valley Software with a Windows-based CD, Hitchhiking on the Information Highway, a collection of tools to assist navigation through online services, especially Internet.

The company is calling it the most comprehensive reference guide and communications software library available.

Kirk Keys, vice president of sales and marketing for Moon Valley, said, "The evolution of the product came from our personal use of these services, especially Internet. Like many users, we think it seems way cool to go out and do net surfing but in reality it takes a lot of skill and practice and many first time users are put-off or lost when it comes to so much confusion and learning time. We think a product like this has to appeal to the first time user and at the same time provides enough data to attract the serious experienced user."

He explained, "When going through the CD one may choose the level they wish to enter in terms of finding tutorial information or specific resources. Our video tutorials show users exactly what they need to get connected and begin to navigate."

According to Moon Valley, this CD offers more than $125 of free online time and software.

Keys continued, "Once we saw Netcom’s new front-end interface, Netcruiser, we knew immediately that this was a product which out- performs anything on the market today, including Chameleon or Mosaic. To keep up, these other front-end interfaces are going to need serious upgrades."

This new CD allows users to log-on to most popular online services, view multimedia tours, access tips and educational tools for both the novice and advanced user.

Softronics joined Moon Valley to develop the communication software named, Softerm For Hitchhikers. According to the company, Softerm features a voice-capable 3D user interface, point and click connections to frequently performed tasks, and supports a wide variety of modems, and auto-download detection for ZModem and CompuServeB. It also includes File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and Transfer Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) support, as well as RIPterm 1.54 graphics features.

The reference guides provide the full text of Internet Basics, Zen and the Art of the Internet, and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Internet. There are more than 12,000 on-ramps or bulletin boards listed which can be searched by area code or zip code. Trial subscriptions and software from CompuServe, GEnie, America Online, Prodigy and Netcom, Netcruiser are included.

Shipping the third week of July, this CD requires a 386 or higher processor, Windows 3.1 or higher, four megabytes (MB) of random access memory, 10MB of hard disk space, a CD-ROM drive, a pointing device, a VGA monitor and graphics card, a modem and a sound card are recommended. Moon Valley has posted a suggested retail price of $99.99 with introductory offers in the $50 range.

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