LODESTAR releases updated load analysis application

Peabody, MA, April 24, 2006 — LODESTAR Corp., a provider of software solutions for the energy industry, announced the release of LodeStar 9.1. LodeStar is a program designed to help collect, manage and analyze load research data. It consists of integrated subsystems for sampling, data management, and data analysis.

The 9.1 release of LodeStar contains over 50 enhancements, addressing even more business needs for analysis than the current version. The main areas that have been improved upon include the graphical user interface (GUI) (or user console), and the server. New functionality highlights include the ability for users to view reports in Microsoft Internet Explorer in the GUI, and populate control files using a list of queries. Previously, users were required to manually type in control files. Users will also be able to easily create Microsoft Word documents from the default reports, and e-mail reports directly from the results screen.

Some of the enhancements to the server include added support for XML and CSV output formats; control space allocated to Recorder ID in reports; the ability to search for a string in any validation message; and the addition of the TRIM function which removes unwanted space between output fields in the query tool.

Almost half of the enhancements have been implemented based on feedback from LODESTAR customers, said LODESTAR in a recent press release.

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