Agendus Comes to BlackBerry

iambic, earlier today, has introduced Agendus for BlackBerry smartphones. Of their new BlackBerry product, iambic writes:

“Enthusiastically embraced by Palm OS and Windows Mobile users, Agendus has been especially tailored to work seamlessly on BlackBerry devices such as the BlackBerry Bold, KickStart, Perl and Curve. Our solution ties together the most frequently used applications on your phone (Calendar, Contacts, and Tasks) so you get more things done using fewer (and, in most cases, half) the button presses. Efficiency made easy!”

Agendus for BlackBerry 1.0 comes in two pricing models: $19.95 for the BlackBerry only application and $39.95 for the BlackBerry/Windows desktop bundle.

For more details on the new edition of Agendus, including the link for the demo download, visit the iambic website.

SpriteBackup 6.5 Released

Sprite Software has released SpriteBackup 6.5 for Windows Mobile smartphones, which includes Palm’s Windows Mobile Professional smartphone line up.

New in Backup 6.5:

  • Brand New User Interface – Brings you closer to key functions and improves workflows
  • Improved Sprite Explorer – Browse your Backup file and extract data – export Contacts as vCards
  • Powerful Backup PC Manager – Control your backup operations/options from your PC
  • Redeveloped Upgrade Mode – Move key data to a new Windows Mobile device
  • New 1-step Backup – Trigger a manual backup instantly with this feature!
  • Performance Improvements – General speed, stability and performance fixes and revisions.

Upgrade Options:

Sprite Backup 5 Customers can upgrade for $10. If Sprite Backup 6.xx came bundled with your device (OEM Customers), you can also upgrade for $10 also. Sprite Backup 6.xx Retail Customers can upgrade for free. If you purchased any retail Sprite Backup 6.xx series version simply enter your email address on this page to recieve your free download link and code: Code Retrieval Page.

I use SpriteBackup to backup my Palm Treo 750 daily. This is one of those applications that is a must have if you own a Windows Mobile Professional device.

Microsoft Delays Windows Mobile 7

According to a recent Cnet News article, Microsoft has proportionally delayed the next release of Windows Mobile, code named “Windows Mobile 7.”

“Microsoft has informed some of its partners that it has had to delay Windows Mobile 7, a much anticipated update to its cell phone operating system.

Although Microsoft has not publicly said when to expect Windows Mobile 7, partners who had expected to have a final release in their hands by early next year have been told now that it won’t be ready until the second half of next year, sources told CNET News.

The delay is a significant blow for the software maker, which has been counting on the next version of Windows Mobile to enable devices that better rival Apple’s iPhone. Among the features widely expected to be part of the release is advanced gesture recognition, perhaps along the lines of the iPhone, but possibly also using the camera as a means for reading gestures. Microsoft’s Tellme unit, which focuses on speech input, has also been working on Windows Mobile 7 features.”

Read the full Cnet News article

Astraware Releases Platypus for BlackBerry


Today, Astraware and Idigicon have released a version of Platypus for BlackBerry smartphones. Earlier this year, Astraware released a version of Platypus for Palm OS and Windows Mobile/PocketPC smartphones and PDAs.

For this latest edition, Astraware has optimized the game controls to support trackball on recent BlackBerry devices, which includes the BlackBerry Pearl, Curve, and the new BlackBerry Bold. Astraware has also announced support for Symbian S60 and UIQ smartphones.

Read the Foleo Fanatics review of Platypus

“Following a release for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(R) devices earlier this year, Astraware(R) and Idigicon are excited to announce the release of Platypus
for 3 more smartphone platforms. The squishiest shoot-em-up ever is now available for S60(R), UIQ(R) and BlackBerry(R) smartphones worldwide, including the new BlackBerry Bold!”

Based on the cult classic for PC and Mac, Platypus is a fast, frantic and fun side-scrolling arcade shooter with a difference – the entire game is made from clay!”

For more information, visit http://www.astraware.com/platypus. Club Astraware members can get a substantial discount off all versions of Platypus for a limited time. Simply login here: http://www.astraware.com/club to check out the special price!

StopWatch

I was just catching up on this week’s Weekly Software Wrangle over on WMExperts.com, and came across a cool little bit of freeware for Windows Mobile devices.

StopWatch is a little application that does just what the name implies. As you can see from the screen grab, StopWatch has all the cool stylings that you would expect to find on the lastest fruity devices.

Download link and details on WMExperts.

Sprite Archie – Backup Call Log and SMS Messages

Sprite Software, makers of the popular Windows Mobile backup solution, Sprite Backup, has released a new application, Sprite Archie. Sprite Archie allows you to back up your Windows Mobile phone’s call log and SMS messages to Outlook’s Inbox.

This is great news for users of devices made by ODMs like HTC. Users of Palm’s Windows Mobile smartphones will only be able to backup their call log because of Palm’s custom threaded SMS application.

The latest release of Archie allows you to backup messages and the call log to your PC, however, the current version does not allow you to restore that data to a new or replacement phone. Sprite does indicate on their website that they are working on adding that functionality in a future release.

Sprite Archie is available now for $14.95 from the Sprite online store. A downloadable demo is also available. For more information about Sprite Archie, please visit the Sprite Software website.

Nova Chat Video Podcast Show 1

Not wanting a week to go by without a podcast, I have created Nova Chat (thanks Rick!) a new feature here on Foleo Fanatics.

For this inaugural edition of Nova Chat, I cover Palm’s Q1FY09 conference call.

20% off Palm Software Connection Titles

Palm is running a special 20% off discount code on their online software store, Software Connection. Act fast, as this offer is only good until 11:59pm on Wednesday, September 24, 2008. While checking out, use the coupon code “PALMSALE2008” to receive your discount.

Third-Party Developers Are Essential

I was recently reminded how important third-party application developers are to the mobile computing user community.

Back on September 7, Pimlico Software, the company behind the popular DateBK application and the indispensable DBFitIt utility released a small, freeware application referred to only as “PalmHotSyncSetup” that allows older Palm OS smartphones and handhelds to sync with Palm Desktop 6.2 by ACCESS for Windows.

When Palm released the ACCESS edition of Palm Desktop 6.2, it only provided support for the recent crop of Palm devices running Palm OS 5.4.9. This includes the Palm z22, E2, TX, Treo 680, 700p, 755p, and the Palm Centro. If your Palm OS device didn’t come with Palm’s enhanced PIM applications (Contacts, Calendar, Memos, and Tasks) it was not officially supported. Testing older devices from my personal collection revealed that some older “legacy” devices could be synchronized with the new edition of Palm Desktop. My testing lead me to give the Tungsten E and Tungsten T3 the Foleo Fanatics seal of approval for Palm Desktop 6.2.

My testing also verified that Palm OS devices, including the Palm Vx, Tungsten T, and the Sony Clie NZ-90 could not be synchronized to Palm Desktop 6.2. These devices could be synchronized with Microsoft Outlook however; an option that will cost customers an additional $110 or more if they don’t already have a copy installed on their PC.

Taking this information into consideration, my final recommendation on the situation was to use Palm Desktop 6.2 on Vista if you had one of the officially or unofficially supported devices. If you had an older device, I recommended that customers just stick with Palm Desktop 4.1 or 4.2.

Pimlico Software to the Rescue

Pimlico Software, a long time player in third-party application development for the Palm OS platform, earlier this month has released a free desktop utility that adds support for older Palm OS devices to Palm Desktop 6.2. By flipping some switches in the complex Windows Registry, a database of sorts where Microsoft keeps lots of settings for your PC, Pimlico turns on synchronization support for the older PIM applications: Address Book, Date Books, Memo Pad, and To-Do List.

This is fantastic news for Palm customers who have gotten amazing longevity out of their Palm handhelds running Palm OS 3.5 and later. With Windows XP no longer available to consumers who purchase a new PC from big box retailers like Best Buy and Circuit City, Pimlico’s software gives these customers a way to continue using their favorite Palm with Windows Vista. (There are issues with Palm Desktop 4.x and 6.x on Vista. Read about your options here and then pick your poison.)

Pimlico’s easy to use solution takes the risk and pain out of turning on, or off, the ability to sync with older devices. The contributions by Pimlico and others, offer customers the much-needed tools, tweaks, and fixes that manufactures are unable or unwilling to provide users with.

This is why I believe that third-party application developers are so critical to any computing environment.

Pick Up Some Bargain Booty with Astraware’s Talk Like a Pirate Day Sale!

Avast me hearties!!! Friday 19th September is International Talk Like a Pirate Day and the Astraware Team is celebratin’ once again! ARRR!

To celebrate with us, get your hands on some fine booty – 6 of the best pirate/nautical/treasure games on very special offer for just 24 hours with more than 50% off each!

Save several dubloons off the price of Tradewinds, Tradewinds 2, Hidden Expedition Titanic, Seven Seas, Bubble Babble, and Golden Skull, but don’t delay – at the stroke of midnight the offer ends! Don’t be a scurvy landlubber, get yourself along to http://www.astraware.com/promo/tlapd08.

A word from Captain Redbeard Tomlinson: “Yarrr, these games be great for when ye’ve been marooned and the rum’s run out!”

Don’t forget – Friday 19th September – Yo Ho Ho!

Apples Releases Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.5. Update

When I returned home this evening I found that Apple has rolled out the next maintenance release to Mac OS X Leopard, 10.5.5. The update is available now via the Apple Software Update control panel, which can be found in the Mac OS X System Preferences area. (System Preferences can be quickly accessed from the grey gears icon in the Dock menu along the bottom of the Finder desktop.

According to the Apple knowledge base, the Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.5 update “is recommended for Mac OS X Leopard versions 10.5, 10.5.1, 10.5.2, 10.5.3 and 10.5.4. It includes general operating system improvements that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac.”

For more details about what the update fixes, please refer to the Apple website.

Normally I don’t post notes about desktop operating system updates on Foleo Fanatics. This update, however, I though was worth mentioning here as it does relate to my fellow Palm OS users. In Apple’s update documentation in the General section, the following line caught my attention:

“Fixes an issue in which contacts might not sync properly with PalmOS-based devices.”

At this time, I am unaware of what issue this update addresses specifically. If you read the Macintosh forum over on the Palm Help Forums, Brighthand, or other sites, the Mac boards are full of Mac and Palm customers who can’t get their Palm OS devices to sync with their Macintosh.

Regardless, I’m glad to see that Palm and Apple are still working together to ensure that there is some interoperability between their devices.