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Week of December 3, 2006

SoftMaker Office 2006 for Windows CE now in Public Beta Testing

German software maker SoftMaker today announced availability of the first public beta of SoftMaker Office 2006 for Windows CE. This means that SoftMaker Office 2006 now not only runs on Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs, but also on Windows CE and CE.NET - no other office suite worldwide achieves this flexibility.



TextMaker and PlanMaker

SoftMaker Office 2006 is composed of two applications:

* TextMaker 2006 is a powerful word processor that is compatible with most word processing formats, including all versions of  Microsoft Word.

* PlanMaker 2006 is a feature-rich spreadsheet application that is completely compatible with Microsoft Excel.

Together, TextMaker 2006 and PlanMaker 2006 cover the two most important applications users require from modern office suites in a user-friendly application suite.

Most important: SoftMaker Office 2006 not only reads and writes Word and Excel files without losing any formatting, it is also capable of this task equally well on all operating systems. It is therefore possible to edit the same document on Windows PCs, Pocket PCs or Handheld PCs with Windows CE as well as on Linux and FreeBSD computers.


Beta test for Windows CE is starting now

The public beta version of SoftMaker Office 2006 for Windows CE is now available as a free download from SoftMaker's homepage at www.softmaker.com. It is easy to install on the mobile device and can be fully used until January 31, 2007.

Especially on Handheld PCs with the Windows CE operating system, a full-featured office suite was sorely lacking. The preinstalled programs Pocket Word and Pocket Excel look like a "toy office" as they provide only rudimentary functionality and remove most formatting from existing Word and Excel files.

In contrast, SoftMaker Office 2006 lets you use all the features of a powerful office suite even on Windows CE devices. The programs not only use their own file format but also read and write Word and Excel files and read OpenOffice.org and OpenDocument files faithfully.

The beta version of SoftMaker Office 2006 for Windows CE is now available as a free download. The completed software will be priced at US$ 69.95 or EUR 69.95. For more information, visit www.softmaker.com

The public beta version of SoftMaker Office 2006 for Windows CE is available free of charge from http://www.softmaker.com/english/ofc_en.htm  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Saturday, December 9 2006 by ChrisD
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Conduits Technologies, Inc. Releases Timekeeper 2.0 for Windows Mobile 5 Smartphone and Pocket PC

Conduits Technologies, Inc. announced today the release of Timekeeper 2.0 for Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC and Smartphone. Timekeeper is a customizable high precision multi-function stopwatch with session tracking and data export capabilities.

Timekeeper offers myriad features and four modes of use: Count down/stop, Count down/repeat, Count down/up, and Count up. Every mode allows the user to implement a customized skin to complement the activity at hand, and add up to 32 independent timers. Also included are decorative skins to further personalize a timer, adding dynamic designs to activities as common as running a lap, boiling an egg, clocking a chess match, or timing a race.

Each timer will display all functions necessary to customizing a timer, such as indicating the exact amount of time to measure, preset times for ease-of-use, and on/off to stop or start a timer. Also available are functions to start, stop or reset all timers simultaneously. When a timer concludes, Timekeeper will alert the user with a flashing display and audible alert, and turn on the device if necessary. All sounds are configurable by the user.

When timers are ascending, laps may be marked and counted. New for Timekeeper 2.0, all lap information, as well as start/stop times, are automatically kept for all timers and are reviewable at a later date. These "Timer Sessions" can be viewed for an individual timer, or for all the timers at once. Session information can be exported to text format (for Word Mobile), spreadsheet format (for Excel Mobile), or can be sent by email or SMS, directly from Timekeeper.

Session times can be combined, and therefore be used to track performance over time, track billing hours, or record a group of activities. For example, timing a daily walk around the block over the course of a month would produce 30 Sessions. Combining these, the user could see the total times at a glance. By using a multi-timer interface, multiple athletes can be tracked on an activity, as well as their performance over time.

Timekeeper supports and is bundled with user-configurable "Activities." Activities organize groups of settings where the user can specify the skin, timer modes, and preset times. For instance, choosing the "Cook Breakfast" activity will load the kitchen-themed skin, set all the timers for Count Down mode and several cooking times (for Eggs, Bacon, etc.), and also populate the Countdown Preset Time display with other cooking times.

Timers can also function as mutually exclusive "pairs"; starting one timer will stop the adjacent timer. This method is useful with the included Chess skin, when users are clocking a chess match.

New for version 2.0 is the ability to map any button to various functions in Timekeeper. A user can bind physical buttons to start, stop, lap, or reset an individual timer. This is helpful to emulate a physical stopwatch. Timekeeper skins now feature watch dials, and show the elapsed lap time on the skin as well.

Timekeeper 2.0 is available for $9.95 from http://www.conduits.com. More  information, including a full list of features, downloadable skins and  screenshots, can be found at the Timekeeper website at  http://www.conduits.com/products/timekeeper/.  (Source: Press Release


Posted Thursday, December 7 2006 by ChrisD
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Boxwave Announces New Products

New Products:

Asus MyPal A632 ClearTouch Crystal/Anti-Glare
Dell Axim X50/X51 Standard Capacity Battery
Dopod 838 Styra
Mio A700 Desktop Cradle
Mio P350 Desktop Cradle
O2 XDA Atom Desktop Cradle


 
BoxWave releases ClearTouch screen protectors for the Asus MyPal A632!

Meet the most durable screen protection available. BoxWave’s ClearTouch Screen Protectors for Asus MyPal A632 provides you with more than protection from scratches!

BoxWave’s ClearTouch screen protectors comes in two options: Crystal or Anti-Glare

ClearTouch Crystal screen protector benefits:

• True Color Display
• Eliminates 99% of UV
• No Adhesive
• Easily Cleaned

Check it out here: http://www.boxwave.com/products/cleartouchcrystal/cleartouch-crystal-screen-protector-asus-mypal-a632_1255.htm

Anti-Glare screen protector benefits:

• Textured finish
• Enhanced contrast
• Enhanced writing surface
• Masks blemishes

Check it out here: http://www.boxwave.com/products/cleartouch/cleartouch-screen-protector-asus-mypal-a632_1255.htm 



BoxWave's Standard Capacity Battery released for the Dell Axim X50!

Boxwave's Standard Capacity Battery is designed specifically for your Dell Axim X50! The Standard Capacity Battery serves as an excellent primary replacement battery. When you're on the go and don't have time to charge your Dell Axim X50, bring along BoxWave's new Standard Capacity Battery as a spare battery! It is a rechargeable lithium ion (Li-Ion) battery that is specifically designed for your device.

Compatible with:

• Dell Axim X50v
• Dell Axim X51
• Dell Axim X51v

Check it out here: http://www.boxwave.com/products/stdcapacitybattery/standard-capacity-battery-dell-axim-x50_462.htm 


 BoxWave releases the Styra stylus for the Dopod 838!

More than a stylus, BoxWave’s Styra provides both a ballpoint pen and reset pin for a great multi-function stylus! All these additional functionalities fit perfectly into your handheld's built-in stylus holder. Its durable construction and retractable design makes a perfect replacement stylus. It is the ultimate stylus upgrade!

Compatible with:
Cingular 8100
Cingular 8125
HTC Wizard
Vodafone VPA Compact II

Check it out here: http://www.boxwave.com/products/styraballpointpen/styra-ballpoint-pen-stylus-dopod-838_1026.htm


BoxWave is pleased to announce Desktop Cradle for Mio A700!

BoxWave's Desktop Cradle is a USB cradle that is specifically designed for your Mio A700. It comes with everything you need to synchronize and charge your Mio A700 to your computer. BoxWave's Desktop Cradle also supports Hi-Speed USB 2.0 data transfers which provides optimal performance. Also includes an A/C adapter cable for quicker charging time! BoxWave’s Desktop Cradle is perfect for home, office, or frequent secondary locations.

Check it out here: http://www.boxwave.com/products/desktopcradle/mio-a700-desktop-cradle_1167.htm


BoxWave is pleased to announce Desktop Cradle for Mio P350!

BoxWave's Desktop Cradle is a USB cradle that is specifically designed for your Mio P350. It comes with everything you need to synchronize and charge your Mio P350 to your computer. BoxWave's Desktop Cradle also supports Hi-Speed USB 2.0 data transfers which provide optimal performance. Also included is an A/C adapter cable for quicker charging time! BoxWave’s Desktop Cradle is perfect for home, office, or frequent secondary locations.

Check it out here: http://www.boxwave.com/products/desktopcradle/mio-p350-desktop-cradle_1334.htm


BoxWave is pleased to announce Desktop Cradle for O2 XDA Atom!

BoxWave's Desktop Cradle is a USB cradle that is specifically designed for your O2 XDA Atom. It comes with everything you need to synchronize and charge your O2 XDA Atom to your computer. BoxWave's Desktop Cradle also supports Hi-Speed USB 2.0 data transfers which provide optimal performance. Also includes an A/C adapter cable for quicker charging time! BoxWave’s Desktop Cradle is perfect for home, office, or frequent secondary locations.

Check it out: http://www.boxwave.com/products/desktopcradle/o2-xda-atom-desktop-cradle_1117.htm  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Wednesday, December 6 2006 by ChrisD
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The year's most beautiful puzzle game, Glyph, now available.

Astraware(R) and Sandlot Games are excited to announce the release of GlyphTM for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(R) for Pocket PC and Smartphone.

Save the dying world of Kuros by reassembling ancient glyphs hidden beneath layers of rock and glistening stones. Using stylus or buttons, clear groups of like-colored gemstones to break through the layers of rock and reveal the glyphs. Several different types of powerup will aid you in your task. Progress through 5 elemental areas and 125 levels to complete Quest mode, or explore the simpler challenge of over 100 levels in Action mode.

"Glyph is, in a word, gorgeous!" said Howard Tomlinson, CEO of Astraware. "A fun game with a simple premise, but with an incredible depth of atmosphere that draws you in to keep on playing!"

Glyph for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(R) is based upon the highly-acclaimed PC game from Sandlot Games. With its beautiful graphics, ethereal soundtrack and atmospheric sound effects, Glyph is the perfect game to enjoy through the Holiday Season and into the New Year.

"Glyph is a game which works extremely well in a handheld touch-screen environment," said Daniel Bernstein, CEO of Sandlot Games. "We are once again excited to have Astraware as a partner to deliver this quality game to the handheld market."

Glyph is available now for devices running Palm OS(R) 5.0 with high resolution screens, Windows Mobile(R) for Pocket PC 2003 and higher with QVGA, VGA and 240x240 square screens, and Windows Mobile(R) for Smartphone  2003 and higher with standard 176x220, and portrait or landscape QVGA screens. Glyph is priced at $19.95 with a special release discount for Club Astraware members.   (Source: Press Release)
Posted Wednesday, December 6 2006 by ChrisD
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Merriam-Webster Unabridged available for PDA

Paragon Software (SHDD) is proud to present Merriam-Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged for both Palm and Windows Mobile Pocket PC PDAs.

The famous Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary, found in every school and most of home libraries, provides with the most extensive coverage of American English. America’s biggest dictionary carries Merriam-Webster brand name that long ago has become the synonym of high-quality wordbases and reliable source of linguistic knowledge. This authoritative dictionary contains 476 000 entries, 700 000 definitions and numerous illustrations, etymologies, synonyms, etc. In addition to quickly word looking up and reading its definition, user can listen to word’s pronunciation and find etymologies describing its origins.

Due to unique engine by Paragon Software, Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary adapted for Palm and Pocket PC based PDAs. Time-consuming process of looking for the necessary word through such an imposing edition will no longer prevent to improve linguistic skills. The built-in morphology module helps to get the definition of the word entered in any form (for instance, plural nouns and adjectives, different verb forms), shows its grammatical info and includes up to 2 million word forms and synonyms for one language additionally to the general word data base content.

Mobile Merriam-Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged offers the following functional features:
• Search of different grammatical forms of the word,
• Word search while working in another application without switching to the dictionary,
• Add-on sound modules, which enables to check correct pronunciation,
• “Word of the Day” and “Card Quiz” special teaching tools, making language study more interesting,
• Possibility to search by several known letters of the word.

Merriam-Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged, the biggest encyclopedia of American English, is now available for Palm and Pocket PC devices. Paragon Software (SHDD) and such respected reference publisher as Merriam-Webster, Inc. have joined their efforts to release the mobile reference source for both beginners and language professionals.
For more information about Merriam-Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged for Windows Mobile Pocket PC or for Palm OS, please, visit http://www.penreader.com.  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Tuesday, December 5 2006 by ChrisD
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Spb Software House Releases Spb Mobile DVD — a Fast and Handy Video Converter

December 4th, 2006 — Spb Software House, the leading Pocket PC software developer, releases Spb Mobile DVD — a desktop application that provides a simple way to convert DVDs and video files to mobile format with the fastest possible speed and a true real-time preview.

According to a recent Spb Pocket PC Survey, approximately 50% of Pocket PC owners watch movies on their Pocket PCs. They watch videos while traveling or during just about any idle time. One can share home videos, show cartoons to children, and more.

SPB Software House DVD

Unfortunately, it is impossible to directly copy a video file from a PC or laptop, due to filesize and bit rate limitations. Video files must be converted and compressed to a smaller size, but the smaller the file size, the poorer the video quality. It's up to user to find a compromise between the file size and video quality. No computer can ever make this decision. If the size/quality settings were wrong, it may happen that the conversion video quality is unacceptable and the whole conversion procedure must be repeated. This "what-if method" can be very annoying. To avoid such problems Spb Mobile DVD offers a unique true real-time preview feature, which allows to see the result even before the conversion starts.

Spb Mobile DVD is optimized for the fastest conversion speeds on one core, hyperthreading and dual core processors. On a new PC it is possible to convert a 2 hour long DVD film in about 20 minutes! Factors which affect conversion include the CPU, DVD player, output video settings, video quality and zooming mode.

The key features of Spb Mobile DVD include:

System Requirements

Spb Mobile DVD is compatible with Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista. In order to perform conversion of DVD discs, a DVD drive along with up-to-date drivers and software is required.

Pricing and Availability

Spb Mobile DVD is currently available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Czech, Polish, Traditional Chinese and Simplified Chinese languages. A free 15-day trial, or the full version of Spb Mobile DVD for 24.95 USD, are available at www.spbsoftwarehouse.com.   (Source: Press Release)


Posted Monday, December 4 2006 by ChrisD
Rating: 4 Comments ()

Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine subscribers now save 15% on all Windows Mobile software!

Discount part of new FREE VIP Privileges

All Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine subscribers now receive a 15% discount on all mobile software as part of new online VIP privileges unveiled December 1, 2006 at www.PocketPCmag.com/VIP. Discount applies to any of the over 12,000 items in the magazine's VIP Handango software store.  All VIP Privileges are FREE to subscribers.  More VIP Privileges will be introduced in the next three months.

Instant online access
Instant VIP access is available by subscribing to Smartphone & Pocket PC magazine online at www.PocketPCmagazine/subscribe

The next few weeks is a great time to subscribe because new subscribers receive both the 2007 Buyers Guide and first ever, 156 page Ultimate How-to Guide.  (Source: Press Release)
Posted Monday, December 4 2006 by ChrisD
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