Appian Logistics Software has created the next-generation version of its fleet-routing application, known as Direct Route. The new product takes advantage of Microsoft .NET architecture and XML interfacing, while expanding on features of the vendor's flagship product. The core Direct Route code has been reorganized to produce faster routing solutions, Appian said. The .NET architecture allows the company to integrate more tightly the additions it has made over the years, while providing new routing capabilities that weren't possible with earlier programming tools. The changes also position the vendor to prepare for the impending move to a 64-bit architecture. Appian had previously updated the system from DOS to 16-bit and 32-bit Windows platforms. Direct Route supports the Excel data environment, with the ability to export detailed route information to the familiar application. New drag-and-drop report-editing features allow clients to add logos, configure professional load manifests and quickly create summary and detailed route reports with their desired layouts, using functions common in Excel. Version 9 supports Web services, incorporates XML interfacing and is integrated with Appian's DRTrack GPS (global positioning system) reporting system.
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