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News   January 14, 2010   by Auto Service World

Activant Extends Capabilities of LaserCat 3 eCatalog Interface to Include Off-Line Functionality

Activant Solutions Inc. has introduced a new off-line capable version of its Activant LaserCat 3 electronic catalogue to operate even during periods of system downtime or interrupted Internet connectivity.

The new off-line feature maintains year-make-model-engine lookup functionality at all locations even when network or Internet connectivity is lost, enabling counterpeople to continue to look up parts for customers. Without this capability, parts stores that are dependent on a host server and the Internet for electronic cataloguing are susceptible to an interruption of their business in the event of a network or other outage.

Activant’s LaserCat 3 eCatalog user interface consolidates part and application information within a single screen and enables users to launch lookups with multiple inputs – year/make/model, vehicle identification number or part description. Its advanced logic reduces the number of “clicks” required for most lookups as well as the need to take notes when serving a customer.

The LaserCat 3 application integrates all of Activant’s aftermarket databases including InterChange, BuyerAssist, All Lines, Manufacturer’s Pricing, and ItemExpert, which helps make the counterperson even more productive.

The LaserCat 3 interface and off-line feature are now available to users of the Activant Eagle, Activant Vision, J-CON and Activant Prism business management systems and will soon be available to users of the Activant Ultimate system.

For additional information regarding the Activant LaserCat 3 interface, please contact your Activant representative or call (800) 380-9015.