Increased use of handheld computers has prompted a small explosion of third-party software to enhance the functionality of mobile devices and enable a mobile workforce. Here is a sampling of some of these solutions.
ALK Technologies Inc.
TravRoute's Pocket CoPilot
GPS navigation system for Pocket PCs. Features a rotating map function that corresponds with the direction of a vehicle, a real-time mileage countdown to the next turn and to the destination, and complete street-level coverage of the continental United States. Comes with a GPS receiver measuring less than 3 inches in diameter.
Pocketmultimedia's PockIt Recorder
Simultaneously records and compresses multimedia content on the desktop and converts it to Pocketmultimedia's proprietary compression format in real time. Using companion products from the company, video files can be transferred to a PDA, decompressed and played back. Compatible with Palm Inc. devices and Pocket PCs.
Aportis Technologies Corp.
Brainforest Professional 2.2 for Palm devices
Comprehensive action item organizer, idea tracker, project planner and checklist manager. Uses intuitive Trees, Branches and Leaves analogy that allows customization of data views. Compatible with Palm devices.
Gives PDA users the capability to access information from any content source, wireless-enabled or otherwise; read and reply to any POP, Web-based or Outlook e-mail; search Yellow Pages information; and manage calendars, to-do lists and address books. Compatible with PDAs, cellular phones, voice channel and pagers.
Electronics For Imaging Inc.
Accessory for eBeam whiteboard software that enables whiteboard information to be beamed directly to a Palm.
Enables users to synchronize Palm and Pocket PC devices with corporate servers including Microsoft Corp. Exchange, Lotus Corp. Domino and any ODBC-compliant database. Includes management tools and error logs.
Information Builders Mobile Solutions
Package of mobile software solutions based on the company's WebFocus product. Through strategic partners such as AvantGo and RIM, the products offer PDA synchronization, wireless e-mail and the ability to query information systems via e-mail. Compatible with Palm devices, Pocket PCs and cellular phones.
Intellisync family of products
Provides data synchronization between handheld devices and industry-leading personal information management, contact management and groupware applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes, Novell GroupWise and more. Users can simultaneously synchronize PDA data with multiple PC applications. The products are compatible with Palm devices, Pocket PCs, cellular phones, pagers and other mobile devices. Another product family, Satellite Forms, is a visual rapid application development tool for the Palm OS platform that can extend custom enterprise applications to handhelds.
Offers a server-based infrastructure for deploying applications, e-mail, files and data to a variety of mobile devices via wireless or wired networks. Each of the major products in the suite comes with a back-end server that manages the flow of specific types of content to and from mobile devices. Compatible with Palm devices, Pocket PCs and laptops.
Universal serial port driver that allows any Windows CE or HPC 2000 handheld to support data input devices that use the RS-232 serial communications protocol.
PC-based Palm data converter, installer and offline Web browser. Runs on Windows 95/98/2000/NT desktop computers and formats local, network and Web-resident data for Palm devices.