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Announces Visual CE® Version 8, Major New Release of Rapid Application
Development Environment for Windows Mobile & Pocket PC Devices
CE 8 Adds Expanded Variable and Alarm Functions, 'One-Click' Bar
Code Support, and SMS Messaging to Award-Winning Database and Forms
New in Visual CE® 8
MA (December 2, 2003) -SYWARE, Inc., a leading developer of intuitive
database tools for business and personal productivity, today announced
Version 8 of Visual
CE®, the award-winning rapid application development software
for database and forms development on Microsoft® Windows Mobile
and Pocket PC handheld computers. Designed for a wide range of applications,
from patient tracking to field force automation, Visual
CE Version 8 provides a powerful array of mobile development
tools, all within an easy-to-use, 'no programming required' environment.
The latest release enhances the software with an emphasis on flexibility
for both the developer and the mobile user. New features include
a significantly expanded array of uses for variables, additional
alarm functions, support for sounds and the creation of image maps,
built-in support for 'one-click' bar code scanning using Socket's
ultra-small In-Hand Scan Cards, and the ability to send SMS
messages directly from within a database application.
seen an explosion in creativity in the types of applications for
which handhelds are being used, from monitoring medical services
in third world countries to tracking homing pigeons," said
Sy Danberg, President of SYWARE. "As a result, our emphasis
has been on adding an even more flexible array of functions to Visual
CE. Support for more peripheral devices, additional messaging and
alarm functionality, all are part of our dictate to provide the
most powerful yet easy to use application development environment
for the mobile world."
Variable, Alarm, and Image Functions
With Visual CE 8,
expanded support for variables provides a new level of flexibility
for developers. Controls such as edit controls, radio buttons, command
buttons, and jump buttons can now be connected to variables. This
allows developers to create actions based on data not stored in
the database, such as jumping to a new function based on data entered
by a user.
addition, lookups, grids, and the content of dropdown menus can
be keyed to variables. Variables can also be used in filter conditions,
allowing developers to define a filter based on a value entered
by the user. For instance, a developer can predefine a filter based
on a department name specified when the form is run. When a store
clerk uses the form, he can enter the department name and see only
items in that particular department. Visual
CE 8 now supports up to 100 variables per application.
functions in Visual
CE 8 provide a more flexible user experience. Alarms can now
be set on records, such as to create a reminder to call a contact;
the alarm can trigger a pop-up message that contains either data
from a record or pre-defined, static text. In addition, buttons
now support the handheld device's built-in array of sounds. This
allows developers to incorporate an assortment of beeps and buzzes
CE 8 also allows any bitmapped image to be placed on a button.
Developers can arrange a series of such buttons in a particular
sequence to create 'image maps'; clicking on a particular portion
of the entire image can cause a specific action to occur. For instance,
a physician can click on the forearm of an illustration of the human
body to bring up a form for recording a patient's specific symptoms.
Visual CE 8 provides expanded functionality for bar code scanning.
In addition to the previously announced support for Symbol's PPT
2700 Pocket PC with integrated bar code scanner, Visual CE now supports
Socket Communications' new line of In-Hand Scan Cards. Designed
for applications requiring extensive data entry, such as inventory
management, support for Socket's plug-in scanner cards allows developers
to directly integrate scanning into their database applications.
Quick and efficient, 'one-click', software triggers can be used
to start bar code scans instead of the traditional, two-handed,
manual process. Once the bar code data is scanned into Visual CE,
reports can be created using SYWARE's Report
CE®, the printing and report writing software
for Pocket PCs.
Visual CE 8 also
supports SMS messaging on Pocket PC or Pocket PC Phone Edition devices.
This means mobile users can send SMS messages directly from within
a database application. For example, truck drivers can let building
contractors know exactly when a particular shipment will arrive.
Or forest rangers can send quick updates to the field office. No
additional hardware is required for SMS messaging on Pocket PC Phone
Edition devices. Pocket PC devices can use a GPRS card, or a Bluetooth
or tethered connection to a regular cell phone.
Distribution, Wireless Connectivity, Report Writing
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. 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.
Visual CE 8 applications
can be created on any Microsoft Windows Mobile, Windows CE, or Pocket
PC handheld, as well as on any Windows-based desktop system. Visual
CE Lite Edition is priced at $79, 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 and an mEnable
license; 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 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 http://www.syware.com.
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further information, contact:
Yacano, Director of Business Development
Box 425091, Kendall
MA 02142 USA
+1 781.279.1320 x208
© 2005 SYWARE, Inc. All rights reserved. SYWARE, Visual CE, Report
CE, and mEnable are registered trademarks of SYWARE, Inc. FoneDB
is a trademark of SYWARE, Inc. Other product and service names mentioned
here are trademarks of their respective owners.