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SYWARE Intros New Visual CE® Personal Edition; Adds Relational Database Capabilities, Macros, & Real-time Wireless Support

Cambridge, MA (October 28, 2002) - SYWARE, Inc., a leading developer of intuitive database tools for business and personal productivity, today announced a major upgrade of Visual CE® Personal Edition, the award-winning database and forms development toolset designed specifically for building customized forms and databases on Windows CE and Pocket PC handheld computers. The new release of Visual CE Personal Edition, Version 7 remains easy-to-use and adds a wide range of features that were previously only available in the higher-end Visual CE Professional Edition. New functions in Visual CE Personal Edition include relational capabilities, real-time wireless access to server data, macros, GPS support, and 48 new numeric, string, and date functions, all for the same low price of the previous version, $129.

"First introduced in 1997, Visual CE Personal Edition was designed as an entry-level toolset for individuals that needed to create small, mobile databases," said Sy Danberg, President of SYWARE. "From avid sports fans to members of the PTA, over the last few years people have become more adept at deploying a wide range of software tools. As their knowledge and comfort with databases has grown, we have expanded the capabilities of our products. Now, with the introduction of Version 7, Visual CE Personal Edition supports almost all of the high-end functions available in the Professional and Enterprise Edition products, including faster synchronization using timestamps, relational queries, GPS devices, and more. By adding these advanced functions, individuals can now create incredibly sophisticated mobile applications without prior programming experience and for a low price."

Advanced Feature Set
In addition to the existing array of forms design and synchronization functions, Visual CE Personal Edition, Version 7 now offers relational capabilities, macros, and real-time wireless access to server data. Relational capabilities allow data to be structured, stored, and retrieved across multiple tables; this means users can view data from multiple tables within one application and zero in on detailed data as needed. The software also supports macro programming for the easy creation of multi-step sequences. Marketing surveys, for example, can automatically route to a specific set of questions based on an initial response; if a survey respondent indicates that she has purchased products at the local department store, subsequent questions can inquire about her specific experiences at that store.

Visual CE Personal Edition, Version 7 also integrates with mEnable®, SYWARE's breakthrough wireless architecture that extends handheld applications with real-time, interactive access to server data. Visual CE with mEnable allows mobile devices to be easily integrated with enterprise business processes by reading from or writing to any ODBC-enabled data source, including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Microsoft Access, or Sybase.

Powerful and Easy-to-Use
Visual CE Personal Edition, Version 7 also supports the full set of new functions introduced earlier this month as part of Visual CE, Version 7. Complete support for Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) devices, for instance, allows Visual CE to read and store positioning information for a variety of field applications that have traditionally relied on slow, paper-based communication, such as tracking flora and fauna, locating specific farm crops, and maintaining remote equipment.

Version 7 also supports such features as complete control of images, allowing pictures to be integrated into any Visual CE database; synchronization of multiple handhelds to the same desktop table; reading and writing of strings to the serial port; global variables; data grids, lookup controls, and 48 new numeric, string, and date functions, including sine, cosine, truncation.

Not included in Visual CE Personal Edition are royalty-free distribution of created forms and reports, and a bundled development license for mEnable. These capabilities can be obtained by upgrading to the Professional Edition or Enterprise Edition. For an expanded list of the complete functions available in the Visual CE family, see the comparison chart.

Pricing & Delivery
Visual CE Personal Edition, Version 7, with full forms design, relational database, and synchronization capabilities, is priced at $129, quantity one. It is available for purchase and immediate download at

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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For further information, contact:
Frank Yacano, Director of Business Development
PO Box 425091, Kendall
Cambridge, MA 02142 USA
+1 617.497.1300
Fax: +1 617.497.8729

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HighGround, Inc.
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