Originally Published: Tuesday, 25 January 2000 Author: John Eastman
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Qarbon.com's 'Viewlets' Change FAQs and Help Files into Live, Vivid 'How To' Demonstrations

Qarbon.com announced the immediate availability of "Viewlets," a Web innovation that changes help files and FAQs into vivid and dramatic "How To" demonstrations. Created to provide Internet consumers and business users with a next generation of demonstrative help and information content, Qarbon.com launched Viewlets at Upside Events' Showcase.

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Viewlets Provide Consumers and Business Users with a New Experience For Answering Thousands of Questions About the Internet and Software Applications

PALM SPRINGS, Calif., Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Qarbon.com, a San Jose, California Internet start-up, announced the immediate availability of "Viewlets," a Web innovation that changes help files and FAQs into vivid and dramatic "How To" demonstrations. Created to provide Internet consumers and business users with a next generation of demonstrative help and information content, Qarbon.com (www.qarbon.com) launched Viewlets at Upside Events' Showcase.

"Viewlets show consumers, in a clear and unique way, how to perform simple to complex computing tasks such as unzipping files, using Instant Messenger, defragmenting a hard drive, changing email preferences and thousands more," said Qarbon's CEO John Marshall. "For business users, Viewlets demonstrate how to install new software, meet network sign-on requirements, complete HR forms and hundreds of other business-related computing and navigating tasks. The great thing is that Viewlets are free and almost anyone can create a Viewlet."

The company's syndication business model establishes Qarbon.com as a Viewlet infomediary that invites webmasters to feely place Viewlets on their sites. At the same time, Qarbon.com aids and encourages individuals to create a wide variety of Viewlets with the company's free Viewlet development tool. Web sites playing Viewlets and authors of the web's newest innovation participate in an advertising-based revenue sharing opportunity.

Development and distribution of Viewlets is supported by three web sites, teach2earn.com, qarbon.com and viewhow2.com, all dedicated to syndicating Viewlets. Teach2earn.com is the syndication engine that delivers a wide array of Viewlets categorized for webmasters to easily place Viewlets on their sites. Fueling the syndication engine is a growing inventory of Viewlets independently developed through a highly motivated development program. Qarbon.com is the home base for general Viewlet information. The third supporting site, viewhow2.com, provides consumers a place to find Viewlets based on multiple criteria.

Examples where Viewlets can be used range from MP3 player software to demonstration of Linux tools. Viewlets enhance any web site, intranet or extranet. Minimizing frustrations and repeated questions, Viewlets "How To" pictures, reduce technical support calls and create good will with consumers, vendors, employees or anyone with network access.

"We are inviting anyone who wants to make a Viewlet to come to our site, download the tool and find out how easy it is to create a Viewlet and in many cases begin to make money," continued Marshall. The company offers a cash reward program for participation in a commercial Viewlet program. "For approved Viewlets," said Marshall, "we have a cash bonus program and the opportunity to receive continued revenues every time a Viewlet is played."

At Showcase, Qarbon.com played Viewlets placed at www.pcsupport.com, www.garageband.com and www.petfoodexpress.com. Viewlets at PCSupport.com can be found at the company's Learning Center. An MP3 "How to" Viewlet plays within Garageband.com in the Help section and the PetFoodExprss viewlet can be played after users access a shopping cart. More Viewlets are available under "Viewlet demos" at www.qarbon.com.

THE FOUNDERS

Patrick LeGranche, Founder, has more than fifteen years of experience creating hi-tech start-ups. In the early 1990's LeGranche founded VIF, one of the pioneers of electronic software distribution in France. The company worked with many United States software vendors, including Borland, Lotus and Microsoft, to distribute their software via the Minitel -- the French ancestor to the Internet.

John Marshall, President and Chief Executive Officer, has eighteen years of experience in the software and Internet industry. Marshall worked at Netscape Communications, where he was responsible for reviewing technology partnerships, acquisitions and investments on behalf of the executive staff. Before his involvement at Netscape, Marshall was a founder and the CEO of MetaFore Software, developers of MacOS printing and PostScript software.

ABOUT UPSIDE EVENTS

Upside Events is the conference development and production unit of Upside Media Inc. Upside Events produces leading technology conferences for industry executives, technology start-up companies, venture capitalists, media and industry analysts. Based in San Francisco, Upside Events produces Showcase, Digital Living Room, Preview, Encore, LAUNCH! and the Upside Southeast Technology Conference. For more information, visit http://www.upsideevents.com/.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Qarbon.com, a privately held San Jose, California company, distributes "Viewlets," which evolve standard text help files and FAQs into live, vivid "How To" demonstrations. Qarbon.com's business model includes a free Viewlets development tool, advertising-based revenue sharing for Viewlet authors and participating web sites, and a Viewlet syndication process designed to promote the use of Viewlets across the web. For more information contact Victoria De Alba at 650-344-4944 or vdealba@terpin.com.

SOURCE Qarbon.com





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