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Week of June 5, 2005

visNotes for Pocket PC – the encrypted memo for everyone

Taking personal or intimate notes on a Pocket PC is comfortable with visNotes by sfr.

The confidental records are protected by the approved visKey – technology.

The user applies his favorite picture as a password query.

If he marks up to eight spots on the picture in the right order – the visual password he defined before – visNotes gets unlocked.

visNotes is available as Freeware and contains one memo sheet with 2.000 characters.

Optionally additional sheets may be acquired by purchase to convert visNotes into a notepad.

Registered users may use up to 20.000 characters per memo.

The new version 2.0 of visNotes contains plenty of improvements and enhancements:

- VGA compatibility: Use brilliant pictures with up to 480 x 542 pixels (without scrollbars)
- Better support for Windows Mobile 2003 SE and landscape
- New user interface
- Text search
- Password generator
- Font, fontstyle and fontsize of the memos can be changed
- New click sound
- New default pictures
- Up to 2.000 characters per memo for freeware users
- Up to 20.000 characters per memo for registered users
- New capacity view per memo
- Cleartype font usable

visNotes may be downloaded for free.

visNotes 5+ costs EUR 7,95/ USD 8,79, visNotes 25+ costs EUR 12,95/ USD 14,33

Further information as well as the software documentation is to be found at www.visNotes.com.  (Source: Press Release)

Posted Friday, June 10 2005 by ChrisD
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PhatWare Announces CalliGrapher 8.0 Beta Availability

Upgrade of Award-Winning Handwriting Recognition Software for Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs Features Support for Windows Mobile 5.0 and New Data Input Method

Mountain View, Calif. (June 9, 2005) – PhatWare Corporation, a leading provider of software products and professional services for mobile and desktop computers, announces today the beta availability of CalliGrapher 8.0, the next generation of the company's award-winning handwriting recognition software. CalliGrapher 8.0 is available immediately to consumers for Beta testing, and PhatWare welcomes user participation and feedback.

CalliGrapher, one of the most popular Pocket PC handwriting recognition applications on the market, analyzes pen strokes written in any application window, then converts those pen strokes into text and sends the recognized text to the target application. Employing advanced fuzzy logic and neural net techniques, CalliGrapher recognizes arbitrary alphanumeric strings as well as words contained in its integrated dictionary.

CalliGrapher 8.0 supports the new Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 software platform, which Microsoft released earlier this year. CalliGrapher 8.0 includes two input methods: "Write Pad," a new method of entering handwritten data, and existing "Write Anywhere." Write Pad is a specified "writing pad" area at the bottom of the screen where users can enter handwritten information that will be instantly recognized and converted to the digital text. Write Pad gives users an option other than CalliGrapher’s current "Write Anywhere" feature that allows users to enter handwritten information anywhere on the screen. Users can now choose to enter data either on the entire screen with Write Anywhere or in a designated area with Write Pad.

Additional feature improvements include improved handwriting recognition, attachable and floating keyboard, extended CalliGrapher toolbar and Write Pad that occupies the entire width of the screen in landscape mode, new color picker to select ink and pad colors, and much more. A complete list of new features can be found on the CalliGrapher 8.0 Beta Web Site, www.calligrapher.net.

"We are pleased to unveil CalliGrapher 8.0 for Beta testing as user feedback is a key component to the developments we make," said PhatWare President Stan Miasnikov. "CalliGrapher 8.0 will keep PhatWare on the cutting edge supporting Microsoft technology and we look forward to the testers’ response."

In addition to its cursive, print or mixed handwriting recognition, CalliGrapher offers PenCommander, an easy-to-use PC navigation tool; ink color selection and customizable ink width; and a "Quick Correct" window for fast correction as the user writes. In addition to English handwriting support, CalliGrapher offers language pack offerings for 11 foreign languages and Medical Pack, a 130,000-word professional-strength English language medical dictionary.

"We are pleased the upgrade to CalliGrapher 8.0 will not only support the Windows Mobile 5.0 software platform, but our previous version as well," said Chris Hill, group product manager of the Mobile and Embedded Devices Division at Microsoft Corp. "The upgrades and improvements to CalliGrapher will go hand-in-hand with the Windows Mobile 5.0 features that enable increased productivity and a broader range of customer experiences supported by Windows Mobile-based devices."

CalliGrapher 8.0 supports devices running on Windows Mobile 2003 or later software. To participate in the CalliGrapher 8.0 Beta Program, visit www.calligrapher.net and follow the instructions on the Web site. The final release of CalliGrapher 8.0 is expected in Q3 2005. (Source: Press Release)

Posted Friday, June 10 2005 by ChrisD
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Astraware is pleased to announce their hot new Fun In The Sun promotion - 14 days, 14 games, and big discounts to help you ease into Summer

Each day for 14 days from June 8th-21st a different great title will be featured with a big discount. The promotion includes a selection of our best-loved titles. Whether you're an action fan, puzzle addict, or an avid word gamer, there's something here for everyone. Each day for only 24 hours from midnight PST a different game will be reduced in price.

Make sure you check back to the Astraware site at http://www.astraware.com every day to see what game is on offer. The discounts are only there for 24 hours, so miss them and miss out! (Source: Press Release)

Posted Wednesday, June 8 2005 by ChrisD
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Safe Mode for WM2003/SE is now available from MonoCube

Version 0.41 was released today, with version 0.5 - to include a help file - probably coming later today or soon after.

Safe Mode offers the simple option of an 'Action' click during a soft reset to kill startup applications and today plugins. It will soon include Services-killing as well, says the author. As one soft resets the WM device (phone edition included) a blue banner appears at some point, the timing variable depending upon the model. This asks whether or not you would like to enter safe mode, says how to do so for about 3 seconds. After this the normal reloading of applications continues if you do not press an action button - centre of the D-pad or centre of a side scroll wheel depending on device.

If you choose safe mode, a second reset commences immediately. This will then load a simple screen telling of the state, and making possible the uninstallation of any dangerous or difficult programs or plugins which might otherwise prevent operation, might even force a hard reset without such a safe mode option.

I cannot count the number of times this might have been useful over the years, testing many applications. MonoCube has offered as freeware an essential service, something of such great importance in my opinion that it should become part of the Windows Mobile platform generally. Many users will not need it, if they do not install extra software or are simply lucky. Many others will find it indispensible. Find out for yourself at MonoCube: http://www.monocube.com/

It is provided as a CAB file. Simply tap this on your WM2003 or WM2003SE device to install. Mark the small CAB file as read-only to prevent auto-deletion of the CAB on installation, or keep a copy handy on a card for later re-installation should you ever need it. I'd recommend installing to the default location, as this must start on every boot. Alternate install locations of CAB files are possible using CabInstl or a combination of a simple registry edit and gsGetFile.dll, but in this case such should not be applied. (Source: Press Release)

Posted Wednesday, June 8 2005 by ChrisD
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LingvoSoft is giving away 200 mega-discounts on its software for Pocket PC, Palm OS, Smartphones and PC. Always popular, always in demand, these dictionaries, language learning applications and super travel related software are all disappearing faster than you can say 'Turn on the Air-conditioner!'

Every time you order any software item, a cool 20% discount is automatically added to your shopping cart. Buy a second one and get it at 20% OFF, too!  Don't let this amazing offer slip between your fingers - catch one or more of the 200 discounts!

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Posted Wednesday, June 8 2005 by ChrisD
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Microsoft Answers Call From Businesses With Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0

New features in Exchange Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 deliver complete mobile messaging solution, draw industry support.

Today at Microsoft® Tech•Ed 2005, Microsoft Corp.’s largest annual technology education conference, Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft, announced the Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile™ 5.0, software based on wireless features coming in Exchange Server 2003 with Service Pack 2 (SP2) to address requests by business customers for a faster, more direct messaging experience, improved security management, and better cost efficiencies and scalability in their mobile messaging solutions. In addition to providing IT administrators with the ability to better manage and protect information on a device, the feature pack includes Direct Push Technology, which keeps the business user’s Outlook® Mobile up to date by delivering information quickly and directly to a Windows Mobile-based device from Exchange Server, without requiring businesses to pay for additional and costly servers or middleware.

Enhancements to Outlook Mobile

The Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0 will offer businesses the premier mobile messaging solution, going beyond plain text e-mail to provide a fast and familiar Outlook Mobile experience. End users will have access to a wide range of business information through the following new features:

Windows Mobile Direct Push Technology. Outlook information, including e-mail, calendar, contacts and new support for Tasks, is pushed from a direct connection between Exchange Server and a Windows Mobile-based device, providing users with immediate access to Outlook information, without the need for an additional and costly server infrastructure required by other solutions on the market.

Wireless support for contact information. Support for over-the-air lookup of global address list information stored on Exchange Server, a top request from partners, enables business users to access full contact details of co-workers on a Windows Mobile-based device. The feature is broadly integrated throughout the messaging, phone, calendar and contacts experience, providing users with a consistent, productive messaging experience.

Direct Push Technology is even more compelling when integrated with the powerful Office Mobile suite in Windows Mobile 5.0, enabling users to do more than simple e-mail, such as send Word, Excel®, PowerPoint®, music and video attachments in messages with rich e-mail formatting and no size restrictions.

“Successfully addressing the mobility demands of today’s business market requires a combination of powerful networks, breadth and choice of applications, and clear answers to business issues of security, return on investment and systems integration,” said Vish Sowani, vice president, International Business Marketing at T-Mobile. “The Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0 complements T-Mobile’s successful ‘Office in your Pocket’ suite of Microsoft-based solutions with a compelling messaging product that addresses these critical business needs while delivering mobile professionals much more than simple mobile e-mail. In alliance with Microsoft, we have an opportunity to strengthen our business customer portfolio and deliver another very powerful mobile business solution.”

Better Management and Protection of Device Information

While increasing productivity for end users, the Messaging and Security Feature Pack will also improve efficiencies for IT organizations by streamlining management of device security policies through functionality offered in Exchange Server 2003 SP2. Building on existing capabilities in Exchange Server 2003, IT professionals can manage Windows Mobile-based devices the same way they manage PCs and servers through new features that support the following:

Remotely enforced IT policy. Via the Exchange Server 2003 console, IT administrators can remotely manage and enforce select corporate IT policy over the air. For example, IT administrators can mandate a personal identification number password to be set for every device and set recommended and mandatory policies, as well as set exception lists for users to be exempt from these policies.

Local and remote device wipe. The ability to remove all information, over the air, and reset a device to its original state enables IT administrators to better manage sensitive information on a misplaced Windows Mobile-based device. In addition, the administrator can choose to have the local memory on a device erased if the correct password is not entered after a designated number of attempts.

Certificate-based authentication. Native support for new certificate-based authentication, a leading security request from partners, utilizes industry security standards to enable users to gain access to their corporate network, without using a separate password, and eliminates the need to store corporate login credentials on the device.

Exchange Server 2003 customers, such as Lifetime Products, are already planning to take advantage of the advanced functionality provided by the combination of Exchange Server 2003 with SP2 and the Windows Mobile platform.

“Providing a mobile computing solution that is cost-effective for our IT department and helps our employees stay connected with each other and their customers, across multiple time zones, is a top priority of Lifetime Products,” said John Bowden, CIO of Lifetime Products. “Already we have experienced an over 40 percent increase in employee productivity due to the combination of Windows Mobile and Exchange Server 2003 and hope to further those benefits with the Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0 and Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2.”

Feature Pack Enables Deployment of More Scalable, Cost-Effective Mobile Messaging Solutions

Beyond device management and security, price and scalability are key concerns for businesses as they consider mobile device deployments. The Messaging and Security Feature Pack will provide a scalable and easy-to-manage mobile messaging solution that gives users a broad choice of device designs and eliminates the need for business to outsource their mobile messaging to third parties and purchase additional middleware software or costly servers. These benefits are realized through the following capabilities:

Posted Monday, June 6 2005 by ChrisD
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Ability to utilize existing Exchange 2003 investments. Direct integration between Exchange Server and Windows Mobile provides businesses with an infrastructure that can easily be expanded to include mobile capabilities and scale as the organization grows, while eliminating the need for business customers to add another server or pay additional client access license fees and an ongoing data service fee to third parties.

Outlook Mobile data compression. Outlook data sent between Exchange Server and a Windows Mobile-based device is significantly compressed, enabling faster transfer and synchronization of data, while providing operators with more room on their networks for additional revenue-generating services. In fact, initial tests conducted by Microsoft have shown network bandwidth savings ranging between 35 percent and 50 percent.

Broad device choice. The consistent Windows Mobile platform enables businesses to provide their employees with a range of unique devices from over 40 hardware partners, while giving the IT department a single software and server platform to manage.

“Through the work from our long-standing relationship with Microsoft, we are setting the bar for what business professionals can do with their mobile devices — reflected by our very successful HP iPAQ handhelds based on the Windows Mobile platform,” said Rick Roesler, vice president, handhelds division at HP. “The Messaging and Security Feature Pack for Windows Mobile 5.0 will be an important extension, enabling business customers to enjoy secure messaging, greater flexibility, and an even richer mobile experience.” (Source: Microsoft Press Release)