NextPage has released an update to NextPage 1.5, version 1.5.3. NextPage 1.5 is designed to eliminate ad hoc document chaos for business professionals who collaborate on Microsoft Office documents, without changing the way they work. With this release, NextPage 1.5 brings additional control to these document collaboration problems by adding document comparisons between versions, more advanced notifications about potential version problems, and tools to assist users as they collaborate on documents.
NextPage 1.5, a subscription software service, is designed to securely track document versions stored on desktops, as email attachments, and on servers. Users can still work with non-subscribers, and the service automatically knows how all the versions fit together. NextPage 1.5 is intended to reduce the risk of sending out the wrong version of a document, prevent wasted time working on wrong versions, and provide control over ad hoc document collaboration processes. A major feature added in this release is the ability to compare Microsoft Word document versions at a glance. Users choose the two versions they want to compare from the NextPage Version History and select, "compare." The resulting document shows how one document version compares to another and highlights the differences by author and date, making it easier to see who has made changes to a document version and what changes have been made. Also, this release has additional notifications to let users know when they are editing old versions or who is editing other versions. One of the added notifications alerts users when they start tracking a document for the first time, giving them access to features and information.NextPage 1.5 tracks Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files and runs on the Microsoft Windows Operating System. NextPage 1.5 was initially released in February 2005 and is available for purchase or trial online.
NextPage has also announced it has earned certified status in Microsoft Corp.'s Partner Program. As a Certified Partner, NextPage has demonstrated expertise with Microsoft technologies and proven ability to meet customer needs. Microsoft Certified Partners receive benefits, including access, training, and support. The Microsoft Partner Program was launched in December 2003 and represents Microsoft's ongoing commitment to the success of partners worldwide. The Microsoft Partner Program offers a single, integrated partnering framework that is intended to recognize partner expertise, reward the total impact that partners have in the technology marketplace, and deliver more value to help partners' businesses be successful.