Dialog, a Thomson business and provider of online-based information services and integrated information solutions, has announced that DialogLink 5 is now available for free downloading. The new DialogLink 5 software package, designed to help enhance the role of information professionals in their organizations, has a new, more intuitive interface and additional tools to streamline the process of finding, retrieving, and distributing information found through the Dialog online service.
DialogLink 5 features report-building tools and linking capabilities that are intended to provide a faster and more efficient means of integrating retrieved information into management reports, company publications, and internal information-sharing systems, such as company intranets and portals. The software also includes Electronic Redistribution and Archiving (ERA), a service that guarantees copyright clearance for copying, storing, and distributing documents retrieved from Dialog. DialogLink 5 enables users to take information and data from a search and put it into a desired format for relay on to customers, managers, or others in their organization. The new integrated report builder is designed to make it easy to produce reports in less time by providing a selection of pre-formatted Microsoft Excel and Word templates. Users can also build customized templates with unique formatting and with company or department logos.
DialogLink 5 also offers built-in, automated research assistance. Users can link to related information in other files, choose a display format based on search results, access relevant support materials with one click, and ask questions of the Dialog support team directly. DialogLink provides further assistance by analyzing a researcher's initial search query and then recommending alternate sources and search strategies to be pursued for more in-depth research results. A user can modify the prompted follow-up search query, if desired.