Luminex Announces HOTfolder™ Automated Network Based CD Archiving and Distribution Solution

Riverside, CA - DECEMBER 17, 1998 - Luminex announced today their new HOTfolders product to simplify and automate network based CD archiving. HOTfolders is a revolutionary product that makes network archiving to CD from Windows and Macintosh clients as simple as copying files on the desktop. The product includes many significant features including the ability to span data sets across multiple CDs.

HOTfolders works in conjunction with the Luminex Fire Series CD recording and library management products, and provides a seamless method to record CDs over the network. HOTfolders runs directly on a UNIX server and supports virtually all network clients without requiring any client user interface.

According to Jan Tweten, the Electronic Publications Systems Specialist at LDR, one of the nations leading prepress vendors and integrators, "The HOTfolders product from Luminex solves the complex issues of integrating CD archiving in a server-based network. After using HOTfolders and seeing how simple CD Recording can be, we are going to use the product ourselves in addition to promoting it to our customers."

A network directory is configured by the HOTfolders administration tools and is monitored according to several criteria. The HOTfolders product records data from that network directory, and can be configured to record CDs using three distinct methods: scheduled, immediate, or watermark-based recording. Scheduled recording makes it easy to record all data that has been placed in the HOTfolders directory onto one or more CDs daily, weekly, or at any scheduled time. Immediate recording provides a method for automatically making a CD without waiting. The data is recorded as soon as it is placed in a HOTfolders directory. Watermark recording allows for data to be placed in the HOTfolders directory, and when there is enough data to fill a CD, then a CD is automatically created.

HOTfolders has been in use by Luminex customers for almost a year. Based on the overwhelming positive feedback and the continued development in this product over the past year, Luminex has developed HOTfolders 2.0 as a commercial product with new features and management functions. HOTfolders 2.0 is available for delivery today, at a suggested retail price of $2995.

A new feature of HOTfolders 2.0 is the unique ability to partition data sets onto multiple CDs. This means that if a data set larger than 650MB is placed in the HOTfolders directory, the data will be partitioned using an intelligent algorithm onto multiple CDs.

HOTfolders takes advantage of the Fire Series recording products, including the ability to create CDs using the native Macintosh HFS and Windows Joliet filesystems. When used in conjunction with the Fire Series library solutions, the CDs created can automatically be made available for network access. Multiple CDs can also be created automatically by HOTfolders for distribution and archiving.

Luminex was founded in 1994 with a dedicated focus on developing and marketing high performance CD and digital storage solutions. The company specializes in UNIX and network-based product development, and has extensive background in the expanding market of CD based technology. The Luminex Fire Series software has a worldwide installed base including several of the world's largest mission-critical, multi-terabyte CD-ROM databases. Luminex is located in Riverside, CA and can be contacted by phone at 951/781-4100, by email at or by its web site at

Luminex Software, Inc.
6840 Indiana Avenue, Suite 130
Riverside, CA 92506

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