SYWARE Unveils Visual CE® 5.0 - Database Development Software for Windows CE and Pocket PC Handhelds
Raising productivity for mobile professionals - new features help users design databases and access information in the format they need
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Cambridge, MA (September 11, 2000). SYWARE, Inc., a leading developer of intuitive database tools for business and personal productivity, today announced Version 5.0 of Visual CE®, the database development tool for building customized databases on Windows CE and Pocket PC handheld computers. The new release significantly extends the capabilities of this popular software whose drag-and-drop customization enables the rapid creation of database and forms applications by programmers and business professionals alike no programming required!
"Visual CE users come from many backgrounds, but share a common goal: to maximize their productivity in the field," said Sy Danberg, President of SYWARE. "Visual CE is being used today to help mobile users eliminate duplication of effort and increase productivity in such areas as patient records, inventory management, field surveys, and expense tracking. Drag-and-drop customization, a wealth of editing features, automatic synchronization, and compatibility with native Windows CE databases allow users to create the perfect database or form for any task."
New look-up functionality allows users to be extremely specific in how they access and define data. Data can be pulled from multiple tables and shown on a single form. In addition, the contents of a drop-down list can be changed based on the value selected in another list. For example, if a user selects Ohio from a list of states, a second drop down list of cities would display only cities in Ohio. The number of dependent lists in an application is unlimited, allowing maximum flexibility for accessing data as needed.
Smooth, fast synchronization is another major enhancement. Visual CE 5.0 enables database synchronization between desktop and mobile to be performed with unprecedented ease. New options allow users to define automatic synchronization based on any scenario of changed, deleted, or unchanged records, on the mobile or desktop, in either direction.
Visual CE applications are created on any Windows 9x-, NT-, or 2000-based desktop system and downloaded to the Windows CE device. Applications draw from a set of controls: labels, edit boxes, note boxes, check boxes, radio buttons, command buttons, lookups, and drop down lists. Font control, device-based printing, timestamps, Digital Ink (scribble), and simple calculations are also supported. Additional features include support for color, data filtering, wild card searches, password protection, and calculations across records. Supported data types include text, note, bitmap, data/time, numeric, and money. A pop-up calendar, file selection box, and numeric keypad facilitate data entry.
The other three versions include Personal, Professional, and Enterprise editions. In addition to offering full synchronization capabilities, the Visual CE Personal Edition now offers some features previously available only on the Professional and Enterprise versions, including command buttons, table export-import, and auto recalc.
The Professional and Enterprise editions are designed for developing more advanced and multi-user applications, with additional capabilities for manipulating and editing tables, creating and reading multiple tables, and synchronizing multiple devices to one desktop. In addition, the Professional and Enterprise Editions allow developers to create an unlimited number of applications and distribute them to an unlimited number of end-users, royalty-free. Applications can be distributed to hundreds of users, sold, or given away on the web.
The Enterprise Edition includes SYWARE's Report CE®, a full-featured reporting and printing tool for Visual CE. Users can create and print invoices, quotes, reports, and other custom documents from any Windows CE device, using any printer with an infrared connection. Report CE is also available for purchase separately with the other Visual CE editions.
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