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Fast Search & Transfer

January 18, 2006 09:00 ET

FAST Announces Availability of ProPublish 4.1; FAST ProPublish Provides Premium Content Publishers with the Industry's Most Powerful Search Solution

OSLO, Norway & NEEDHAM, Mass.--(CCNMatthews - Jan 18, 2006) -

Fast Search & Transfer™ (FAST™), the leading developer of enterprise search and real-time alerting technologies, today announced the availability of the newest version of FAST ProPublish™, the industry's most complete solution for gathering, processing and delivering professional reference material to online and offline users. Based on the FAST Enterprise Search Platform (FAST ESP™), ProPublish 4.1 is designed specifically for premium content providers whose research-oriented users demand complex search and navigation capabilities.

In the past, professionals in legal, tax, medical and scientific industries have struggled to find job-critical information with inflexible user interfaces, complex query rules and limited navigation. FAST ProPublish 4.1 provides publishers with both graphical and automated tools so they can quickly pull data from multiple sources, apply intelligent rules for enhancing that data, and deliver it via a rich, Web-based interface. This interface, combined with the product's advanced contextual navigation and relevancy tuning, allows business users and research professionals to rapidly find the right information. FAST ProPublish is designed to meet the needs of both commercial publishers offering subscription-based data access and information-intensive corporations tasked with delivery of internal premium or reference content to their users.

"FAST ProPublish is the only solution that combines high-performance and scalability with the intelligence, accuracy and extensibility needed to fulfill the complex search requirements of today's researchers," said Bjorn Olstad, CTO of FAST. "The new features in FAST ProPublish further enable commercial publishers to drive revenue, and corporations to reduce search costs, by providing unmatched levels of search, navigation, categorization and personalization."

FAST ProPublish has global appeal to the likes of Thomson, Reed Elsevier, Wolters Kluwer and other professional publishers with its support for over 77 languages and its completeness as a solution for publishers to monetize, cross-sell, and up-sell subscription-based premium content and enter new markets rapidly.

Editora Revista dos Tribunais a leading publisher of legal information in Brazil, recently selected ProPublish. "Our customers need a search solution that goes beyond the typical Web search experience," explained Marcos Cruz, Innovation and Electronic Products Manager for Editora Revista dos Tribunais "These users are business professionals who rely upon the reference content we publish. We needed the familiarity of Web search with FAST's advanced search and navigation to ensure our customers find the right answer."

New features in FAST ProPublish 4.1 include:

-- Saved Searches & Bookmarks - Users can save personalized searches and bookmarks for convenient access in the future.

-- History - Users can view a detailed history of actions taken during their current session.

-- Improved Navigation - ProPublish now provides email links to documents, the ability to scroll to the first hit within a document, and sub-document navigation.

-- Additional User Interface Localizations - ProPublish now supports Dutch, English, German, Portuguese and Norwegian.

-- Default Advanced Search Form - ProPublish's new Advanced Search is compatible with all document sets, allowing users to customize forms to support specific data sets.

-- Support for FAST Enterprise Crawler in the Production Manager.

-- Enhanced support for Folio and NXT content types.

-- Ability to create offline collections for distribution on CD or DVD.

FAST has transformed enterprise search from a powerful, yet narrowly perceived function, into an enterprise-wide strategic and tactical capability of pivotal importance. FAST ESP, FAST InStream, FAST PSP and FAST's portfolio of solutions and Search Derivative Applications (SDAs) supply a complete information retrieval solution ideal for a growing number of key vertical markets and applications including e-Commerce and Internet Portals, Financial Services, Government, Life Sciences, Media and Publishing, and Telecom. For FAST, the search never stops.

About FAST

FAST creates the real-time search and filter technology solutions that are behind the scenes at the world's best known companies with the most demanding search problems. FAST's flexible and scalable integrated technology platform elevates the search capabilities of enterprise customers and connects people to the relevant information they seek regardless of medium. This drives revenues and reduces total cost of ownership by effectively leveraging IT infrastructure. FAST's powerful enterprise search technology solutions are used by more than 2,000 global customers and partners, including America Online (AOL), AT&T, Cardinal Health, CareerBuilder.com, Chordiant, CIGNA, CNET, Dell, Factiva, Fidelity Investments, Findexa, IBM, Knight Ridder, LexisNexis, Overture, Rakuten, Reed Elsevier, Reuters, Sensis, Stellent, Tenet Healthcare, Thomas Industrial Networks, T-Online, US Army, Virgilio (Telecom Italia), Vodafone, and Wanadoo.

FAST is headquartered in Norway and is publicly traded under the ticker symbol 'FAST' on the Oslo Stock Exchange. The FAST Group operates globally with presence in Europe, the United States, Asia Pacific, Australia, South America, and the Middle East. For further information about FAST, please visit www.fastsearch.com.

(C) 2005 Fast Search & Transfer ASA - Fast Search & Transfer, FAST, FAST ESP, FAST Data Search, FAST Marketrac, FAST AdVisor, FAST InStream, FAST ImPulse, FAST mSearch, FAST ProPublish, FAST PSP and the FAST four-colored logo are trademarks of Fast Search & Transfer ASA. All rights reserved. FAST disclaims any proprietary interest in the marks and names of others. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

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