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New Version of Knowledge Management Software: lexiCan 3

vetafab Software GmbH of Darmstadt, Germany, has released a new version of its Windows application lexiCan. According to the developer, the upgrade improves productivity and collaboration. Individuals and teams use lexiCan to manage information and knowledge for projects in business management, research, and idea gathering. The developer also introduced a new read-only client, lexiCan Reader, which allows users to publish content such as guides, manuals, references, support databases, and knowledgebases within a network with one click, making publishing as easy as editing. The software remains simple; no special training is required.

Similar to a personal Wikipedia, lexiCan allows users to build articles using texts, pictures, tables, links to websites, and files. Using the title as a reference, articles can be accessed in seconds, even in voluminous collections, overcoming the daily burden of clicking through folder hierarchies as done in Windows Explorer. Unlike Wikipedia, lexiCan purely works as a desktop application based on Microsoft's .NET framework, enabling user convenience, such as setting links per drag and drop or dropping emails from Outlook into a description. lexiCan features full-text search that includes embedded files. The developer points at several other intuitive retrieval features, such as an automated view on pictures, embedded files, and tags. Articles can have multiple tags, which lexiCan displays as a list or a cloud. The article tree can be structured in the application's Outline section.

lexiCan uses well-known software interface conventions. The application's "Word-like" text editor allows exporting content or entire projects to Word processing applications. With the upgrade, the application has received new import and export features, including export to PDF. Project information can now also be passed on through a lexiCan reader client. And the application can now travel with the user, as lexiCan can run from a USB memory stick (Microsoft's .NET framework is required).

lexiCan is available for Windows versions 98, Millennium Edition, 2000, XP, and Vista. The standard edition for up to 30 articles per project is available as a free download from and can be used with no time limit (no personal data required, no advertising). The lexiCan Pro Edition license can be acquired online for $ 49.90. The first version of lexiCan was launched in Germany in 2006 and is expanding globally. lexiCan 3 is now available in English.

Source: vetafab Software GmbH

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