Starfish Software Announces Sidekick 98 Featuring Built-In Synchronization With Rex Card; Wireless, Wearable Technology Users Gain Breakthrough Synchronization with Connected Information Devices.
With TrueSync technology, Sidekick 98 users can directly synchronize their calendar, contacts, and other critical information with the most popular Connected Information Devices. Sidekick 98 currently supports synchronization with the ultra-thin, credit card sized Rolodex Electronic REX card (NYSE:FEP) and the 3COM PalmPilot (NASDAQ:COMS). It will also support Microsoft WindowsCE 2.0 (NASDAQ:MSFT) devices upon their release and other soon to be announced devices.
Users of these Connected Information Devices can take advantage of Sidekick 98 with its TrueSync synchronization software on their desktop or laptop computer to keep up-to-date information synchronized to their device at all times. With one-button synchronization to any specified device via the TrueSync Wizard, Sidekick 98 users can easily switch between multiple devices depending on their form factor and functionality requirements.
"Starfish Software is one of the few companies with the vision and talent to be able to successfully get people the information they desire without having to carry around a computer," said Andrew Seybold, publisher of the Andrew Seybold Outlook industry newsletter.
In addition to unmatched synchronization options, Sidekick 98 adds powerful web publishing, Internet support, email integration and extensive import/export filters. Sidekick's Web Publisher automatically generates HTML pages from Sidekick with just a few clicks enabling users to publish their calendars and contact lists to the web or company Intranet.
"With Sidekick's Web Publisher, I am able to use the web to schedule software training sessions for my co-workers at KOMO-TV in Seattle," software training and support specialist, Steven Banks said. "The program works fast and flawlessly."
Sidekick 98 also supports the new Internet vCalendar and vCard formats to allow users to easily drag and drop contacts and events from Internet sites, such as www.four11.com , to their Sidekick 98 calendars and contact files.
To rapidly get users up and running, Sidekick 98 automatically links to the Eudora (NASDAQ:QCOM), Netscape (NASDAQ:NSCP) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Exchange, Outlook and Windows address books and has significantly expanded import/export capabilities supporting ACT 3.0 (NASDAQ:SYMC), Lotus Organizer 97 (NYSE:IBM), Microsoft Outlook 97 and Schedule + 7.0.
PRICING AND AVAILABILITY
Sidekick 98 is available now for $49.95 USD. Users of any other organizer software can upgrade to Sidekick 98 for $39.95 USD by either ordering directly from Starfish Software (888/STARFISH 782-7347) or by purchasing from a local reseller and redeeming the $10 rebate coupon enclosed in the retail package. All Starfish products can be downloaded from the Starfish website (www.starfish.com) and other online sites.
ABOUT STARFISH SOFTWARE
Starfish is the leading supplier of wearable technology for the Connected Information Device industry. Connected Information Devices include pagers, cellular phones, and other devices that are capable of seamlessly synchronizing information with desktop computers and specialized servers.
Wearable devices are distinguished by the fact that they are carried on a belt or in a shirt pocket for example, as opposed to a briefcase or a bag. Starfish works closely with leading device manufacturers and cellular, paging and telecommunications operators to integrate components of Starfish's TrueSync Technology Platform as part of their wireless and wireline solutions.
Motorola (NYSE:MOT), General Magic (NASDAQ:GMGC), and Franklin Electronic Publishers are among Starfish's partners. Founded in 1994, Starfish Software is privately held and headquartered in Scotts Valley, California. Additional information on Starfish Software can be found at www.starfish.com .
ABOUT ROLODEX ELECTRONICS AND REX CARD
Launched in August 1997, REX is designed, developed, and produced by Starfish Software, manufactured by Citizen Watch Company of Japan and distributed by Franklin Electronic Publishers (NYSE:FEP) under the Rolodex Electronics brand name. Additional information on REX can be found at www.franklin.com . -0-
Keywords: Wireless, Wireline, REX, Netscape Communications,
NasDaq NSCP, Netscape, Starfish, Philippe Kahn,
Sidekick, Navigator, Internet, Intranet, Java,
Franklin Electronic Publishers, Rolodex, Electronics
NYSE: FEP, 3COM, Nasdaq: COMS, Microsoft, Nasdaq: MSFT,
WindowsCE, Connected Information Device, vCalendar,
vCard, ACT, Nasdaq: SYMC, NYSE: IBM
CONTACT: Starfish Software
Lesa Wheeler, 408/461-5815
The Weber Group
Patty Rons, 415/463-8624
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