Follow RITNEWS on Twitter FileFlow, Inc., has donated a server, software and internet subscriptions to the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), enabling students and professors to have near-instantaneous access to their images, no matter the size of the files or the location of the student or professor. File Flow's FastStore server and software, and FastSend internet software subscriptions, valued at $141,000, will help speed up access to large image files through the World Wide Web, despite bandwidth limitations.

"Downloading a 25-megabyte TIF file over a 56K modem usually takes two to three hours," said Ken Freedman, FileFlow's executive vice president. " With FastStore, the file can be downloaded in less than three minutes."

Deaf people learn to rely heavily on visual cues, especially those who choose design-oriented careers. As a result, web-related technologies have played an increasingly important role in educating NTID graphic design and printing technology students.

"FastSend and FastStore will be of tremendous benefit in both our on-site classes and especially in our extensive distance-learning program," said Michael Kleper, professor in the RIT school of Printing Management and Sciences.

While at a recent Graphics of the Americas 2001 conference, FileFlow's donation made it financially feasible for NTID associate professor Edward Mineck to maintain meaningful communication with his NTID students about their assignments from his hotel's standard computer modem hookup.

"In the past, I'd dealt with PDFs squashed down to the point of being pretty much useless," said Mineck.

"Sending a 10 megabyte (MB) file on a 56k dial-up line in less than a minute is a fairly routine experience with FastSend", said Freedman.

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