Patron Computer Software Comparison Chart

The chart on the following pages compares some of the better-known titles that are currently in use in small libraries. They have been grouped by family, based on the most prominent patron computers’ management features. The pricing and support terms reflect discounts for public library licensing and 15 workstations (where applicable).

TYPE OF SOFTWARESOFTWARE PUBLISHER AND TITLEAPPROXIMATE COSTINCLUDED SUPPORT, MAINTENANCE AND SOFTWARE UPGRADE TERMS
Patron Management offers session time and print management, workstation reservations, patron computer usage reportingLibrarica CASSIE
Supports: Windows 95, 98, NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista
Feature list: http://www.librarica.com/features.html
$995 for 5 workstations
$1,990 for 10 workstations
$2,485 for 15 workstations
One year phone, email, online help documentation support (add additional years for 15% of licensing cost per year)
CybraryN Library Solutions1
Supports: Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP
Feature list: http://www.cybraryn.com/Solutions/
$774.95 for 5 workstations
$1074.95 for 10 workstations
$2,519 for 15 workstations
One year phone, email, online help, documentation and remote assistance support (add additional years for $375, according to number of workstations
Userful DiscoverStation1,2,4
Supports: Linux-based thin-client w/ included hardware
Feature list: http://userful.com/products/library-ds
$1,740/year for 5 workstations
$3,480/year for 10 workstations
$5,220/year for 15 workstations
(all rates based on 3-year term agreement)
Phone, email, online help, documentation, and remote assistance support
Fortres Grand Time Limit Manager
Supports: Windows 2000, XP, 2003
Feature list: http://www.fortresgrand.com/products/tlm/tlm.htm
$125 for 5 workstations
$250 for 10 workstations
$195 for 25 workstations
Lifetime phone, email, online help, and documentation support
Disk-Protection preserves a computer’s baseline configuration and restores it upon restarting or logoffFaronics Deep Freeze STD
Supports: Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista
Feature list: http://www.faronics.com/html/deepfreeze.asp
$219 for 5 workstations
$236 for 10 workstations
$334.90 for 15 workstations
One year phone, email, online help, and documentation support (add additional years for $44, up to three years)
Faronics Deep Freeze Mac
Supports: Mac OS 10.3 and 10.4
Feature list: http://www.faronics.com/html/DFMac.asp
$330 for 5 workstation
$364 for 10 workstations
$516 for 15 workstations
One year phone, email, online help, and documentation support (add additional years for $68, up to three years)
 
Fortres Grand Clean Slate
Supports: Windows 2000, XP
Feature list: http://www.fortresgrand.com/products/cls/cls.htm
$295 for 5 workstations
$590 for 10 workstations
$335 for 15 workstations
Lifetime phone, email, online help, and documentation support
Centurion Technologies CompuGuard CornerStone
Supports: Windows 2000, XP
Feature list: http://www.centuriontech.com/products/compuguardcornerstone
$462 for 15 workstationsOne year phone, email, online help, and documentation support (additional years at 10% of license cost per year)
Centurion Technologies MacShield Universal
Supports: Mac OS 10.3 and 10.4
Feature list: http://www.centuriontech.com/products/macshielduniversal/
$453.75 for 15 workstationsOne year phone, email, online help, and documentation support (additional years at 10% of license cost per year)
Workstation Lock-Down restricts patron access to a limited number of functionsMicrosoft Windows SteadyState2,5
Supports: Windows XP
Feature list: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/sharedaccess/default.mspx
Downloadable for freeOnline help, documentation, and discussion forum support.
Fortres Grand Fortres 101
Supports: Windows 2000, XP
Feature list: http://www.fortresgrand.com/products/f101/f101.htm
$295 for 5 workstations
$590 for 10 workstations
$335 for 15 workstations
Lifetime phone, email, online help, and documentation support
Faronics WINSelect3
Feature list: http://www.faronics.com/html/Winselect.asp
$245 for 5 workstations
$490 for 5 workstations
$755 for 15 workstations
Through next version (typically two year lifecycle per version) phone, email, online help, and documentation support
Application Launch Restriction prevents patrons from launching unapproved applicationsFaronics Anti-executable standard
Supports: Windows 95,98,ME, 2000, XP
Feature list: http://www.faronics.com/html/AntiExec.asp
$179 for 5 workstations
$236 for 10 workstations
$398 for 15 workstations
One year phone, email, online help, and documentation support (add on up to three years for additional fees, according to number of workstations)
Beyond Logic Trust-No-Exe
Supports: Windows NT, 2000, XP
Feature list: http://www.beyondlogic.org/consulting/trust-no-exe/trust-no-exe.htm
Free downloadableOnline help, and documentation support
Web Browser Customization modifies the way Internet Explorer looks/locks down its functionalityTeamSoftware Solutions Public Web Browser
Supports: Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista
Feature list: http://www.teamsoftwaresolutions.com/
$125 for one year, renewable site licenseEmail, pager, online help, and documentation and discussion forum support
Workstation Remote Control and Administration allows library staff to see/interact with the workstation desktop to make changes, troubleshoot, or assist a patronGoToMyPC
Supports: Windows 2000, XP, Vista
Feature list: https://www.gotomypc.com/en_US/personalFAB.tmpl?_sid=209346628%3AFE2219D...
$777/year for 5 workstations
$1554/year for 10 workstations
$2,025/year for 15 workstations
One year phone, email, online help, and documentation support
VNC
Supports: Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Mac OS 9 and 10.x, Unix, Linux
Feature list: (various sites, e.g., http://www.realvnc.com/)
Free downloadOnline help, and documentation support
LogMeIn
Supports: Windows 98, 200,0, XP, 2003
Feature list: https://secure.logmein.com/go.asp?page=products_free
Free for LogMeIn Free versionPhone (leave message for call back), email, online help, and documentation support
Patron Privacy Data Cleanup can clean patron tracksCCleaner
Supports: Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista
Feature list: http://ccleaner.com/features.aspx
Free downloadOnline help documentation and discussion forum support

A note about the listed costs: These are prices as reported by the respective vendors in April, 2007. Prices are subject to change, please contact vendor for current rates. In addition, you should always discuss your specific situation with the vendor to get the most appropriate package and pricing for your library.

Notes
1Includes some workstation lockdown features
2Includes disk-protection functionality
3Includes some patron management features
4Requires Linux/Unix
5Requires Windows XP Service Pack 2