SOURCE: Avantstar, Inc.

April 29, 2008 06:00 ET

Avantstar Releases Latest Version of Industry's Most Reliable Source File Conversion and Web Publishing Software

Transit Solutions 8 Relieves Overburdened IT Departments by Turning Complex and Cumbersome Website Changes Into Simple and Automatic Updates

CHANHASSEN, MN--(Marketwire - April 29, 2008) - Avantstar, Inc. (, a provider of digital content viewing, content conversion and web content management software, today announced the release of Transit Solutions 8, the latest version of the company's source file conversion and web publishing software that automatically converts virtually any type of source content files to HTML and then publishes it to the web.

"Transit has been in our use for over six years now. It performs seamlessly in the background, converting source documents of diverse origin into a universal format that can be easily accessed by our varied clientele and end-users in a targeted way," said Steve Raymond, CIO and technical director of United Clinical Laboratories & Pathology Associates. "It is essential linkage in our chain of critical communication."

Transit Solutions is one of the best ways IT departments and web content managers can keep up with the massive number of website changes generated everyday because, unlike other user-content file conversion software, it not only automatically converts and publishes hundreds of file types as HTML, it also recognizes and automatically links within documents (not just among them). Transit also publishes entire information folders on a preset schedule. Websites are less prone to error because there is less manual intervention, allowing webmasters to focus on making the site more useful for visitors.

"Many IT departments are overwhelmed by the volume of content changes they need to keep up with on a daily basis," said Pete Rockers, founder and co-president of Avantstar. "Transit Solutions 8 comes to the rescue by turning what are normally complex and cumbersome changes into simple and automatic updates."

New features in Transit 8 include:

-- Support for Microsoft Windows Vista. Users now have the ability to install and run Transit Solutions 8 on Microsoft Windows Vista.

-- New conversion filters for file formats such as Microsoft Word 2007, Microsoft Excel 2007, Microsoft PowerPoint 2007, Corel WordPerfect X3, Corel QuattroPro X3, Corel Presentations X3, OpenOffice Writer 2, StarOffice Writer 8, OpenOffice Impress 2 and StarOffice Impress 8.

-- A multimedia plug-in that allows users to place rich media directly into their Microsoft Word 2007 or 2003 source documents. Transit Solutions will then automatically convert and publish the documents.

-- An Edit Source option that allows users to directly access source documents while previewing staged content published from Transit Solutions 8 which significantly saves valuable time editing content during the staging process.

Transit Solutions 8 Pricing and Availability

Transit Solutions 8 is available immediately directly from Avantstar or through their sales partner network. Pricing begins at $4,995. For more information, visit, call (877) 829-7325, or e-mail A free fully-functional 30-day evaluation version of the software is available for interested parties.

About Avantstar, Inc.

Avantstar provides innovative tools for managing, viewing and converting digital content. The company's affordable file-viewing and web-content-management software enables businesses and government organizations to reduce IT support costs while providing up-to-the-minute information to employees, vendors, partners and customers. Used at more than 1,200 customer sites, Avantstar's products simplify and streamline the process of viewing, converting and posting critical business information. The company serves customers from its headquarters in Chanhassen, Minn., and through a worldwide network of resellers. For more information, go to

Transit Solutions 8 is a registered trademark of Avantstar, Inc. All other trademarks are owned by their respective companies.

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