November 26, 1996 5:45 PM ET
Site-caching software speeds Web browsing
By Michael Moeller

  Users looking to drastically improve computing performance over the Internet could get a boost from a recently released Java-based software technology developed by Peak Technologies Inc.

Called Peak Net.Jet, the new client technology runs behind the scenes of any browser and automatically monitors a user's World Wide Web site activities and begins downloading possible URLs that are hotlinked to the site in the background while a user is reading a specific Web page.

For example, if a user downloads a page that has 15 different hotlinks associated with it, Peak Net.Jet automatically begins downloading and caching the page on the user's local hard drive in case the user decides to click one of the links.

Then if a user picks one of the links cached, Peak Net.Jet automatically presents the text from the page while pulling down the associated graphics. At the same time, the software also flushes its caches and begins rebuilding the caches with new pages.

Company officials at the Bellingham, Wash., company added that they are looking at creating a proxy server version for corporate workgroups.

"Anything that is going to speed up the process of the Web is going to be something that I will take a close look at using at the company," said an IS manager at a major Los Angeles law firm. "This sounds interesting, but we will have to put it through the paces to see if it can really provide what is says it can."

The company also is working on two other Java client technologies.

Peak is due to release within the next few months a Java-based animation software called Peak Web Animator, which is designed to enable users to add Java animation applets to a Web site with no programming. In addition, Peak officials said the company also has a Java-based compression offering called Peak Lightning Strike, which is designed to provide 200 to 1 compression of graphics and images.

Peak Net.Jet is priced at $29.95 and is available now. Pricing for the other products has not been set. Peak can be reached at

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