Dialog Launches New Version of Profound(R)

- Service Offers Improved Performance and Usability, Additional Content,

Standardized Worldwide Pricing -



Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Dialog

    CARY, N.C., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Dialog, a leading provider of
 online-based information services and a subsidiary of The Thomson Corporation
 (TSE: TOC), today announced major enhancements to its Profound online
 information service.
     The product now offers faster performance via AltaVista-powered search
 technology; enhanced usability and features; additional content and
 publishers; and standardized worldwide pricing.
     "These enhancements significantly decrease times for complex searches and
 greatly enhance the overall platform, while adding features and content
 requested by our customers," explained Roy M. Martin, Jr., president and CEO
 of Dialog.  "Profound users can now spend less time finding data, and more
 time analyzing and applying it."
     With AltaVista-powered searching, Profound provides 80 percent of defined
 searches within 10 seconds, and 95 percent of all searches within 35 seconds.
 Profound users can also monitor the status of their searches with a new
 display counter.
     The new release also features substantial improvements to Profound's
 navigation, search input, and search output review capabilities. In response
 to customer feedback, it also features table of content pricing, allowing
 users to monitor and control their spending more effectively. Pricing for
 Profound and Newsline has also been standardized on a worldwide basis.
     With an exclusive relationship with Frost & Sullivan, a full-service
 training and consulting company, Profound Researchline(TM) alone offers the
 Market Engineering Series.  Also, Researchline content additions include an
 initial loading of more than 250 IDC technology business reports; Snapshots
 International, unique top-line market information crossing multiple
 industries; Asian Information Resources Limited, market intelligence from the
 Greater China region; GIA, global industry analyst market research reports;
 and Datamonitor, reports from a wide range of sectors.
     Additions to Profound QuickSearch content include the full collection of
 PDF-formatted financial and business reports from Investext; Kompass Directory
 Files, profiling non-US businesses; Teikoku Databank: Japanese Companies,
 information on approximately 240,000 Japanese businesses; ICC British Company
 Financial Datasheets, a comprehensive analysis on the latest financial data on
 all companies with limited liability in the United Kingdom; and D&B Market
 Identifiers, which offers directory listings, sales volume, and marketing data
 for more than 18 million establishments in nearly 200 countries.
     "These content enhancements, along with improvements in performance and
 usability, will provide immediate returns for Profound users," commented
 Martin. "Dialog will continue to enhance Profound and other tools to fortify
 our position as the leader of online-based information services."
 
     About Dialog
     Dialog is the worldwide leader in providing online information services to
 organizations seeking competitive advantages in such fields as business,
 science, engineering, finance, and law.  Its Internet and intranet-based
 products and services such as Dialog(R), Dialog1, Profound(R), and
 DataStar(TM) offer immediate access to over 12 terabytes, or more than six
 billion pages, of key information.  The company has recently been named Grand
 Prize winner in the Database Scalability Program 2000 by the Winter
 Corporation for the size and breadth of its content.  Headquartered in Cary,
 N.C., with offices around the world, Dialog has over 20,000 customers in more
 than 100 countries and is a subsidiary of The Thomson Corporation.  For more
 information, contact Dialog at 1-800-3DIALOG, or on the World Wide Web at
 http://www.dialog.com.
 
     The Thomson Corporation
     The Thomson Corporation, with 2000 revenues of approximately $6.0 billion,
 is a leading global e-information and solutions company in the business and
 professional marketplace.  The Corporation's common shares are listed on the
 Toronto and London Stock Exchanges.  For more information, visit
 http://www.thomson.com.
 
     All designated trademarks used herein are the property of The Dialog
 Corporation or its subsidiaries. Registered marks are registered by The Dialog
 Corporation or its subsidiaries, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. All other
 marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
 
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    CARY, N.C., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Dialog, a leading provider of
 online-based information services and a subsidiary of The Thomson Corporation
 (TSE: TOC), today announced major enhancements to its Profound online
 information service.
     The product now offers faster performance via AltaVista-powered search
 technology; enhanced usability and features; additional content and
 publishers; and standardized worldwide pricing.
     "These enhancements significantly decrease times for complex searches and
 greatly enhance the overall platform, while adding features and content
 requested by our customers," explained Roy M. Martin, Jr., president and CEO
 of Dialog.  "Profound users can now spend less time finding data, and more
 time analyzing and applying it."
     With AltaVista-powered searching, Profound provides 80 percent of defined
 searches within 10 seconds, and 95 percent of all searches within 35 seconds.
 Profound users can also monitor the status of their searches with a new
 display counter.
     The new release also features substantial improvements to Profound's
 navigation, search input, and search output review capabilities. In response
 to customer feedback, it also features table of content pricing, allowing
 users to monitor and control their spending more effectively. Pricing for
 Profound and Newsline has also been standardized on a worldwide basis.
     With an exclusive relationship with Frost & Sullivan, a full-service
 training and consulting company, Profound Researchline(TM) alone offers the
 Market Engineering Series.  Also, Researchline content additions include an
 initial loading of more than 250 IDC technology business reports; Snapshots
 International, unique top-line market information crossing multiple
 industries; Asian Information Resources Limited, market intelligence from the
 Greater China region; GIA, global industry analyst market research reports;
 and Datamonitor, reports from a wide range of sectors.
     Additions to Profound QuickSearch content include the full collection of
 PDF-formatted financial and business reports from Investext; Kompass Directory
 Files, profiling non-US businesses; Teikoku Databank: Japanese Companies,
 information on approximately 240,000 Japanese businesses; ICC British Company
 Financial Datasheets, a comprehensive analysis on the latest financial data on
 all companies with limited liability in the United Kingdom; and D&B Market
 Identifiers, which offers directory listings, sales volume, and marketing data
 for more than 18 million establishments in nearly 200 countries.
     "These content enhancements, along with improvements in performance and
 usability, will provide immediate returns for Profound users," commented
 Martin. "Dialog will continue to enhance Profound and other tools to fortify
 our position as the leader of online-based information services."
 
     About Dialog
     Dialog is the worldwide leader in providing online information services to
 organizations seeking competitive advantages in such fields as business,
 science, engineering, finance, and law.  Its Internet and intranet-based
 products and services such as Dialog(R), Dialog1, Profound(R), and
 DataStar(TM) offer immediate access to over 12 terabytes, or more than six
 billion pages, of key information.  The company has recently been named Grand
 Prize winner in the Database Scalability Program 2000 by the Winter
 Corporation for the size and breadth of its content.  Headquartered in Cary,
 N.C., with offices around the world, Dialog has over 20,000 customers in more
 than 100 countries and is a subsidiary of The Thomson Corporation.  For more
 information, contact Dialog at 1-800-3DIALOG, or on the World Wide Web at
 http://www.dialog.com.
 
     The Thomson Corporation
     The Thomson Corporation, with 2000 revenues of approximately $6.0 billion,
 is a leading global e-information and solutions company in the business and
 professional marketplace.  The Corporation's common shares are listed on the
 Toronto and London Stock Exchanges.  For more information, visit
 http://www.thomson.com.
 
     All designated trademarks used herein are the property of The Dialog
 Corporation or its subsidiaries. Registered marks are registered by The Dialog
 Corporation or its subsidiaries, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. All other
 marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
 
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