OmniPilot Software Announces Lasso Professional 8.1

Dania Beach, Fla. – September 20, 2005 – OmniPilot Software, Inc., a global provider of integrated management software, today announces the release of Lasso Professional 8.1, as the premier tool for developing, serving and managing data-driven web applications and offers developers a “build once, deploy anywhere” approach.
More than 100 changes and 19 new tags have been added to Lasso 8.1. Key emphasis has been placed on enhancing Lasso’s speed and performance in critical areas. Many improvements have been made to Lasso’s browser support and handling of a multitude of character sets and encodings. Lasso 8.1 has new features for creating and modifying encrypted PDFs and provides enhanced support for PDF forms.
“This is the last major Lasso update for 2005,” said Brett Circe, president of OmniPilot Software. “We tried very hard to incorporate the majority of the feature requests and fixes that our customers have requested since the release of Lasso 8.”
The most significant enhancements include:
Performance: Lasso’s performance and stability has been improved, making it more suitable for applications under heavy load. Operations on binary data and character strings have been optimized. The improved document caching eliminates the need to re-compile code or execute redundant database queries. Streamlined security and configuration settings have eliminated delays and bottlenecks.
Compatibility: The handling of data from a wider variety of browsers is now improved, allowing the Lasso developer to reliably deliver applications to a larger audience. Digest authentication with more versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer® browsers is now supported. Many fixes have been made to support Microsoft® Outlook’s display of Lasso sent email.
Sessions: Sessions, which track data associated with each visit, are now held in memory initially, before more permanent storage to a SQLite database, resulting in noticeable performance gains. Additional tuning parameters make it easier and more efficient to store session data from multiple Lasso servers in a single MySQL® data source for load balancing.
Data Sources: Improved compatibility with FileMaker® data sources and support for the new multilingual capabilities of MySQL® 4.1 gives Lasso even greater flexibility in data storage choices. Highly optimized database and table level security checks and additional batch operations in the administration LassoApps, make the configuration of data sources easier than ever.
Customer Requests: Numerous customer submitted feature requests have been addressed, resulting in the addition of new features in the areas of encryption and SSL certificate handling, POP and SMTP email handling, and many others throughout Lasso.
Lasso Professional Alliance (LPA) member Jim Van Heule, president of Heunox Corporation, has tested the beta program release version of Lasso 8.1 and states, “The testing I have done on the beta program release has shown incredible speed increases. Plus, I have really liked how OmniPilot has been taking the time to not only fix bugs, but to also tweak the overall performance and compatibility of the product. In some tests, I saw a 25x speed increase vs. the current LP8 release. There are also some very nice new features.”
This is a FREE update for Lasso customers and LPA members who own any version of Lasso Professional 8. As a special promotion, through the end of September, any previous version of Lasso can be upgraded to Lasso 8.1 for $349. LPA members can upgrade for only $249. For more information visit or email
About OmniPilot OmniPilot Software, Inc. is a software development company offering cross-platform business management solutions designed to help small-to-midsized businesses (SMBs) optimize their online presence. With eight years of custom application development and its 2004 acquisition of the Lasso product line, OmniPilot Software applications ensure that clients benefit from time-tested efficiencies, which have proven to yield success. OmniPilot’s software is used by over 1,000 educational institutions and more than 15,000 corporations around the world, including Apple Computer, Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO), and Sun Microsystems, Inc. (NASDAQ: SUNW).