New tools for the trade

MagneTek, Inc., Nashville, Tenn., has developed a comprehensive, linear fluorescent electronic ballast selection software program call SpekTek. The interactive CD-ROM program prompts users to respond to a series of questions on the technical requirements of an application, making ballast selection easier and more accurate. It generates specification suggestions and features a help system and glossary. The disc is available free of charge and can be obtained by calling 800-624-6383 or through MagneTek's Web site at

Trade Service Corp., San Diego, Calif., has announced a "new and improved" CUSTOMCAT Private Label Catalog. By utilizing either Adobe Acrobat or the Trade Service proprietary viewing engine, distributors can choose entire catalogs from the company's existing electronic library or customize their choices by selecting specific pages from manufacturers' catalogs. CUSTOMCAT provides access to manufacturers' product information in a fully electronic format, either via CD-ROM or the Internet.

For more information, call 800-854-1527, ext. 391 or send e-mail to [email protected]

Xpedite Systems, Inc., Eatontown, N.J., has introduced Internet access to its Fax-on-Demand service which gives distributors a tool for information fulfillment through their Web sites 24 hours a day. The information does not need to be translated to web language (HTML) as with Web site updates. Catalogs, engineering drawings and marketing materials (generally in different software formats) can be accessed from the fax-on-demand library by pressing a "fax" button on the home page. It gives Web site visitors who don't have the software (such as Adobe Acrobat) to download Internet pages the capability to receive graphics, charts and other complex pages from a Web site. For more information, call 800-546-1541 or visit the company's Web site at

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