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SYWARE Adds GPS Support and Picture Control to Visual CE® 7, Database Development Software for Windows CE & Pocket PC Devices

What's New in Visual CE® 7

The first reviews are in - Visual CE 7 is a tremendous hit!

Hollywood, CA (October 21, 2002) - SYWARE, Inc., a leading developer of intuitive database tools for business and personal productivity, today announced at the Pocket PC Summit Version 7 of Visual CE, the award-winning database and forms development toolset designed specifically for building customized databases on Windows CE and Pocket PC handheld computers. The new release expands the range of functions built into the software and enhances the ease-of-use features that enable both business professionals and developers to easily create database applications without programming. Visual CE Version 7 features a more flexible array of development tools, including full support for GPS devices, complete picture control, multi-device synchronization, and support for a wide range of numeric, string, and date functions.

"As the handheld market grows and wireless computing becomes an integral part of standard business communications, it is clear that the markets are only being selectively served," said Sy Danberg, President of SYWARE. "The largest software developers focus exclusively on Fortune 500 deployments, leaving the bulk of the business market-the small and medium enterprises (SMEs)-to fend for themselves. Visual CE continues to fill this void and, as a result, dominate the handheld development tools market, providing SMEs with easy-to-use software that cost-effectively increases productivity, whether for one device or one thousand."

GPS Support
New functionality in Visual CE 7 provides complete support for Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) devices. More than just a data entry function, Visual CE can open the serial port on the handheld device; read the NMEA (National Marine Electronics Association) standard statements containing positioning data; extract the latitude, longitude, and altitude coordinates; and close the serial port. This allows Visual CE to read and store positioning information for a variety of field applications that have traditionally relied on slow, paper-based communication. Forestry rangers and agricultural firms, for instance, are now using GPS-enabled handhelds to mark plant and animal locations-from nests of rare bald eagles to crops in need of rotation. Visual CE now allows park rangers and seed companies to integrate these coordinates into a comprehensive database of environmental information. Municipalities and manufacturers of remote instrumentation can also use Visual CE to more easily transmit and track information regarding the maintenance status of equipment in the field.

Powerful and Easy-to-Use
With Visual CE Version 7, complete control of images is only a click away now that pictures can be integrated into any Visual CE database. This means business professionals can carry portable electronic showrooms into the field. Antique dealers or real estate professionals, for instance, can quickly create portable databases that integrate various views of a property with details regarding its condition and value. Visual CE also helps business teams stay closely aligned by allowing multiple handhelds to be synchronized to the same desktop table; this makes it easy to keep the latest product catalog or maintenance data in the hands of the field force.

With Visual CE 7, strings can be written to or read from the serial port. This provides quick and easy access to a broad range of external devices, including scanners, test equipment, and medical devices. In addition, button colors can be set to prompt users visually and grids can be ordered by specific values. For those with SYMBOL® devices, a scan can now automatically launch a macro program.

New Development Functions
Visual CE 7 provides an expanded set of development features. Global variables allow for more flexible handling of data and new command buttons support easier integration of wireless interfaces using SYWARE's mEnable® software.

The new release of Visual CE also expands the range of numeric, string, and date functions. Calculated controls can now handle scalar functions in addition to the previously supported basics of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Twenty four (24) new numeric functions include sine, cosine, tangent, degrees, exponents, square root, and truncation. Fifteen (15) new string functions allow for more flexible handling of page real estate and include such capabilities as removal of leading blank spaces, search and replace, conversion of upper case to lower case, and repeat of character strings. Nine (9) new date and time functions include name of day, name of month, day of week, hour, minute, month, quarter, week, and year.

Macros, Wireless Connectivity, Report Writing, Royalty-free Distribution
Visual CE 7 continues to offer an advanced feature set to the Windows CE and Pocket PC community. Macro programming allows for the easy creation of multi-step sequences. Integration with mEnable, SYWARE's breakthrough wireless architecture, extends handheld applications with real-time, interactive access to server data allowing mobile devices to be easily integrated with enterprise business processes. Visual CE also works in conjunction with Report CE®, the world's only report writing tool for Windows CE and Pocket PC handhelds. In addition, royalty-free distribution of Visual CE applications means developers can quickly deploy their programs throughout the company at a fraction of the cost of any other database program on the market.

Pricing & Delivery
Visual CE 7 applications can be created on any Windows CE or Pocket PC handheld, as well as on any Windows-based desktop system. Visual CE Lite Edition is priced at $19.99, quantity one. Visual CE Personal Edition, with full forms design, relational database, and synchronization capabilities, is priced at $129, quantity one. Visual CE Professional Edition includes all the features of Personal Edition and royalty-free distribution rights; it is available for $399. Visual CE Enterprise Edition includes all the features of the Professional Edition plus SYWARE's Report CE software; it is priced at $599.

SYWARE, Inc. is a leading developer of mobile database tools for business and personal productivity. Founded in 1990, the company offers innovative data management and connectivity software for use in a wide range of applications, including patient monitoring, inventory management, and field surveys. The cornerstone of SYWARE's product line is Visual CE®, the popular database development tool for Windows CE and Pocket PC handhelds used by such companies as IBM, Coca-Cola, ChevronTexaco Corp., and US Geological Survey. SYWARE is also the creator of mEnable®, a new software architecture for real-time wireless access to enterprise data located on corporate servers. For more information, please visit

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