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For more information contact:
Joe Romano, Partner, HighGround, Inc. at +1 781.279.1320 x208
Frank Yacano, Director of Business Development, +1 617.497.1300
Tatia Meghdadi, Manager, Marketing Communications, Socket Communications, Inc., +1 510-744-2751

SYWARE's Visual CE Database Software Adds Support for Socket In-Hand Scan Cards for Pocket PCs

Database Software Adds Direct Control of Plug-In Bar Code Scanners for Quick and Efficient Entry of Large Amounts of Data

Cambridge, MA (October 21, 2003) - SYWARE, Inc., a leading developer of intuitive, mobile database tools for business and personal productivity, and Socket Communications, Inc., the Mobile Connection™ company, today announced that Visual CE®, the award-winning database and forms developments software, has been enhanced to support Socket's new line of In-Hand Scan Cards™. Designed for applications requiring extensive data entry, the In-Hand Scan Cards provide one-handed bar code scanning at distances from 2 to 60+ inches. Visual CE now supports Socket's plug-in scanner cards, allowing developers to directly integrate scanning into their database application. Quick and efficient, 'one-click', software triggers can now be used to start bar code scans instead of the traditional, two-handed, manual process.

"Visual CE in combination with any of Socket's In-Hand Scan Cards means companies can easily implement mobile scanning solutions at a very affordable price," said Jack Brandon, Senior Business Manager, Scanner Products, Socket Communications. "Bar code scanning and Visual CE allow organizations to significantly improve the speed and efficiency of all their mobile data entry processes, whether in inventory control, field force automation, logistics, transportation, or health care."

Creating Software Apps
Visual CE is a full-featured, relational database program. It provides an intuitive, drag-and-drop interface for quickly designing flexible forms and databases, with no programming required. Database forms can be designed, maintained, and run in full color either on the handheld device or the desktop computer. Once the application is developed, records can be easily beamed from one handheld device to another. Users can also share data with popular ODBC-enabled software like Microsoft SQL Server or Access, Lotus Approach, Sybase, Oracle, and Visual Basic. Royalty-free distribution of Visual CE applications means developers can quickly deploy their programs throughout the company at a fraction of the price of any other database program on the market.

"Visual CE now supports Socket Communication's entire line of Pocket PC and Windows CE compatible scanners, from LED Contact Wands to handheld lasers to the newest In-Hand Scan Cards based on imaging technology," said Sy Danberg, President of SYWARE. "Visual CE's intuitive, drag-and-drop interface allows users to create powerful data collection and information access applications. When used in conjunction with Socket's incredibly compact scanners, customers now have a quick and convenient way to capture and access indispensable data."

From the ultra-small, affordable SDIO In-Hand Scan Card to the ultimate high performance CompactFlash laser and imager versions, Socket's family of bar code scanning solutions can go to work immediately in a wide range of applications. Scanning bar codes is 50 times faster and about 10,000 times more accurate than manual entry - dramatically reducing the cost of correcting mistyped information and eliminating costly errors.

Reporting and Printing Bar Code Information
Once the bar code data is scanned into Visual CE, reports can be created using SYWARE's Report CE®, the world's only reporting writing tool for Pocket PCs. Report CE allows users to quickly design and share professional reports in exactly the format required. Reports can be emailed as text attachments, or displayed and printed in color, providing a professional look and feel for the end product.

Visual CE can also be integrated with mEnable®, SYWARE's breakthrough wireless architecture, extending Windows Mobile software applications with real-time, interactive access to server data allowing mobile devices to be easily integrated with enterprise business processes.

Pricing & Delivery
Visual CE runs on any Microsoft Windows Mobile-based device, including the Pocket PC and Windows CE. It is available for immediate purchase from the SYWARE online store at Visual CE Lite Edition is priced at $79, quantity one. Visual CE Personal Edition, with full synchronization capabilities, is priced at $129, quantity one. Visual CE Professional Edition provides a more advanced feature set and includes 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 and mEnable software; it is priced at $599.

Socket's entire line of bar code scanning products is available through the Socket web site at and through its worldwide distribution channels at prices ranging from $269 to $800.

About Socket Communications
Socket Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT, PSE: SOK), the Mobile Connection Company, provides a broad range of connection products for Windows powered handheld computers, including connection kits with Bluetooth® Wireless Technology, wireless LAN cards, digital phone cards, 56K modem cards, Ethernet cards, and GPS solutions. In addition, Socket provides bar code scanning products and peripheral connection serial cards for laptops and other mobile devices. Socket's Embedded Systems Group offers customized embedded solutions including CF cards with Bluetooth wireless technology and KwikBlue™ modules. The company believes its Mobility Friendly™ products lead the market with the smallest footprint and most Battery Friendly® power consumption in their class, while being easy to install, use and maintain. Socket products work with a variety of handheld devices including Pocket PCs, Palm PDAs, and mobile phones. Socket is headquartered in Newark, California, and can be reached at +1 510.744.2700 or on the Internet 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 award-winning database and forms development tool for Windows Mobile and Windows CE handhelds used by such companies as FedEx, Hollywood Video, ChevronTexaco Corp., and US Geological Survey. SYWARE is also the creator of mEnable®, a flexible software architecture for real-time wireless access to enterprise data located on corporate servers, and FoneDB®, the first database software for Microsoft Smartphone devices. For more information, please visit

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

Tatia Meghdadi, Manager, Marketing Communications
Socket Communications, Inc.
37400 Central Court
Newark, CA 94560-3444
+ 1 510.744.2751
Fax: +1 510.744.2727

PR Office:
Joe Romano, Partner
HighGround, Inc.
+1 781.279.1320 x208

© 2005 SYWARE, Inc. and Socket Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. SYWARE, Visual CE, Report CE, and mEnable are registered trademarks of SYWARE, Inc. FoneDB is a trademark of SYWARE, Inc. Socket and Battery Friendly are registered trademarks of Socket Communications, Inc. The Mobile Connection Company, Mobility Friendly, and KwikBlue are trademarks of Socket Communications, Inc. The Bluetooth word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Socket Communications, Inc. is under license. Other product and service names mentioned here are trademarks of their respective owners.