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Neuromedia Releases NeuroStudio Bot Tool

Neuromedia Inc. today released NeuroStudio, a new line of authoring tools and server software that enables non-programmers to develop automated software agents, or "bots," designed to mimic human service representatives on the Web.

Through the use of these "Virtual Representatives," a Web page is able to interactively "chat" with visitors to the site using text, display pictures, or media clips, and aids them in the navigation of the site. The bots may be utilized for sales and service tasks that would normally require personal attention from a member of the staff.

BotSpot, the Internet clearinghouse for intelligent agent news and information, is permanently showcasing NeuroStudio products on its home page as an example of "Agent Technology for the Year 2000."

NeuroStudio uses an integrated "bot server" to connect the Virtual Rep to the Web. The bot server enables NeuroStudio to hold simultaneous independent conversations with users. The server can generate log files which record what the bot "says" to its Virtual Representatives, and the replies it produced.

To test out the technology, visit "Shallow Red," Neuromedia's own Virtual Representative. Shallow Red will be glad to discuss Neuromedia's products and bot technology, and can be reached at the company Web site.

NeuroStudio is available in three versions. Standard NeuroStudio, which retails for $339, is designed for personal sites and standalone development. NeuroStudio Pro, which is targeted at small business, departmental, educational, or other medium-traffic sites, retails for $995.00. NeuroStudio Enterprise Server is the scalable solution for corporate and government use, ISPs, and other high-traffic sites.

Price for NeuroStudio Enterprise Server is based on configuration. For additional information, visit the Neuromedia Web site.