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TOTAL ACCESS COMPONENTS 8.0 BEGINS SHIPPING

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First Custom Controls Designed for Microsoft Access 95 & 97

VIENNA, VA – May 19, 1997- FMS, Inc. is pleased to announce Total Access Components 8.0 is now shipping. Total Access Components is a collection of twenty-seven 32-bit custom controls. It is the only collection of ActiveX/OCX controls designed and guaranteed to work with Access forms and reports.

Version 8.0 is an upgrade from version 2.0 for Access 2.0 with many enhancements:

  • 32-bit version with supports for Access 95 and Access 97, on Windows 95/NT
  • Seven new custom controls
  • Controls support data binding

The seven new controls include:

  • Form Resizer: resizes all the controls on a form when the form is resized by the user*
  • Icon Menu: displays icons in a vertical menu similar to Microsoft Outlook 97
  • Marquee: shows scrolling text
  • Notes: adds pop-up "sticky" notes that can be bound to a field
  • Splitter Bar: resizes controls on a form when a horizontal or vertical splitter bar is added*
  • Video (AVI): plays, pauses, stops, rewinds, and navigates Windows digitized video *.AVI files*
  • Timer: adds multiple timers to form*
    * Only supported by Access 97 not Access 95.

Many controls significantly enhance forms and reports:

  • Rotated text and text with special effects (shadow, sunken, raised)
  • Bitmap animation effects with fade in/out, stripes, and other transitions
  • Tab controls across the top, left, right, or bottom
  • Gauges and progress meters
  • Slider bars and spin buttons
  • Pop-up menus
  • Enhanced buttons with graphics, 3D font styles, and multi-state toggles
  • Fancy borders with beveling, rounded borders, and 3-D effects
  • Digital and analog clocks

Other controls simplify programming common tasks for Access developers:

  • Windows clipboard operations (cut, copy, and paste)
  • Windows common dialogs (select files, directories, colors, fonts, printer, printer setup, etc.)
  • Multimedia control to manage and play CDs, WAV files, and MIDI files
  • Reading and writing to Windows INI and registry files
  • System information (memory usage, CPU type, Windows directories, etc.)

"We are very pleased to offer this professional collection of ActiveX/OCX controls for Access 95 and 97," said Luke Chung, President of FMS, Inc. "Many Access developers want to enhance Access with custom controls but are frustrated by controls designed for Visual Basic that fail in Access. Launched in January, Total Access Components 2.0 was very well received by the Access community. With our enhancements in version 8, Access developers can really spice up their applications and simplify their programming."

Pricing and Availability

Total Access Components 8.0 for Access 95 and Access 97 is now available directly from FMS and most corporate resellers. Total Access Components 8.0 is sold on a per developer basis and includes unlimited, royalty free distribution rights. It is available in two versions: a single developer version for $149 and a 5 developer pack for $449. Owners of version 2.0 can upgrade for $69. Both 2.0 and 8.0 versions can be purchased for $199. Shipping and handling is $7 for domestic orders and $25 for international order. All FMS products come with a 30 day money back guarantee.

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