Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., Releases First Public Beta of eTrans

Public Beta of New 4th Dimension Component

Vero Beach, FL – Thursday, October 4th, 2001: Deep Sky Technologies, Inc.,
today announced the release of the first public beta of eTrans for
Macintosh and Windows. eTrans is a 4th Dimension component which provides a
simple, consistent interface to online credit card authorization service
providers. Using eTrans, 4th Dimension developers can build credit card
authorization services into their 4D databases in a matter of minutes.

With eTrans, credit card and electronic check processing can be added to 4D
applications with as little as four (4) lines of code. Switching between
gateway processors requires a change in only a single line of code when
using the eTrans component. This is ideal for vertical market applications
where the processing of credit cards and electronic checks would be a value
added feature for end customers.

Currently, eTrans supports processing of transactions through the following
provider services online:


Other gateway providers will be supported in future releases of the eTrans

“eTrans providers a very ser of functionality to 4D developers in a simple
and efficient format”, said Steven G. Willis, President, Deep Sky
Technologies, Inc. “With eTrans, developers can now add credit card and
electronic check processing directly to their 4D based applications in a
matter of minutes. And, there is no need anymore to decipher the often
confusing documentation from different gateway processors online. eTrans
provides a single interface to all supported providers, so even switching
between providers is a simple matter for 4D developers.”

eTrans works “on top” of HTTP Client Deux, another 4D component available
for free from Deep Sky Technologies, Inc. HTTP Client Deux provides a
complete web request interface for 4D developers just a couple of routines.

eTrans also works “on top” of TCP Deux, another 4D component available from
Deep Sky Technologies, Inc. TCP Deux provides completely transparent
operation with 4D Internet Commands v6.7.x, Internet ToolKit v2.0.x, and
Internet ToolKit v2.5.x; any of these plugins can be used without any
coding changes. Because eTrans needs to communicate with the authorization
service providers via SSL, eTrans also requires ITK 2.5.x.

All of these components do require that the BASh 4D component be installed
for it to operate correctly. BASh is a 4D component available for free from
DSTi. BASh handles all of the core routines needed to properly run TCP
Deux, HTTP Client Deux, and eTrans.

The beta, officially called v1.0.0b05, for eTrans is open to the public.
The eTrans beta archive contains serialization for using the component
through the end of October 2001. A full manual, explaining every call and
feature available in eTrans, is included with the component.

Features in the eTrans component

The functionality available in the eTrans component includes:

– Single interface adding fields to a financial transaction;
– Full support for the following providers and transaction types:
AuthorizeNet Credit Card (Direct Response)
AuthorizeNet Credit Card (Relay Response)
AuthorizeNet eCheck (Direct Response)
AuthorizeNet eCheck (Relay Response)
PlanetPayment Credit Card (Direct Response)
PlanetPayment Credit Card (Relay Response)
PlanetPayment eCheck (Direct Response)
PlanetPayment eCheck (Relay Response)
LinkPoint Credit Card (Direct Response)
E-xact Credit Card (Relay Response)
– Complete compatibility with all transaction field types;
– Automated request generation and formatting;
– Automatic formatting and content checking for all fields
based on the requirements of each individual providers and
transaction type.

Pricing and Availability

eTrans will be released commercially with separate development and
deployment licensing. Development licensing will include all updates
released within a year of purchase for free and allows for unlimited
development by a single developer for a period of one year from the
date of purchase. Renewals of the development license will be
provided at a discounted price. Deployment licensing is a one time
fee per application which will allow deployments to run for an
indefinite period of time.

The pricing for the different options available for purchasing eTrans
are as follows:

Developer License, 1 year (includes 10 deployments) $195.00
Developer License, 1 year extension $95.00
Deployment License, 50 pack $495.00
Deployment License, unlimited, per application $995.00

* All prices are in US dollars.

The eTrans component can be purchased directly from Deep Sky
Technologies, Inc. Purchases can be made directly online at:

The eTrans component can be downloaded by following the Downloads
link on the Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., web site, located at:

About Deep Sky Technologies, Inc.

Based in Vero Beach, Florida, Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., provides
software development, consulting, hosting, and colocation services.
Founded in 1997, Deep Sky Technologies, Inc., develops and supports a
wide variety of software development tools and services to aid in the
creation of custom applications and web sites for the Macintosh and
Windows platform. For more information, please visit our web site at .

For more information contact:

Steven G. Willis
President, Deep Sky Technologies, Inc.
(561) 794-9494