Conduits Technologies, Inc. Releases Pocket Slides 2.0 for
Pictured: Pocket Slides 2.0 interface, highlighting several new features. Left to right: Slide layouts; Add Shape menu; Slide Color Scheme picker.
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TAMPA, FLORIDA, October 19, 2004 - Conduits Technologies,
Inc. announced today the release of Pocket Slides 2.0, a fully featured
presentation solution for the Windows Powered Pocket PC, Pocket PC 2002,
Windows Mobile 2003 and Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition-compatible devices.
Pocket Slides enables users to employ presentations on their
mobile device by viewing and giving presentations, and is the only product on
the market that permits the creation and editing of presentations on the mobile
device. Existing presentations from
Microsoft® PowerPoint® can be transferred from the desktop to the device using Pocket Slides’ Conversion software.
Pocket Slides 2.0 improves upon earlier versions by
increasing the overall product strength—adding seven global languages, broader
support for VGA hardware and remote controls, sound and music support. The four
main uses of presentations—creation, viewing, editing, and presenting—have all
been improved and expanded with Pocket Slides 2.0.
Pocket Slides 2.0 supports the latest devices running
Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition while retaining support for all other Pocket
PC and Handheld PC 2000 devices. Pocket
Slides fully supports devices with VGA-resolution screens (HiDPI), where slides
are shown in crisp detail, as well as on-the-fly landscape mode switching. In
addition to the revamped "Normal view," two new view modes have been added to
Pocket Slides—"Fullscreen view," for large slide previews, and "Thumbnail view" for quick navigation.
Pocket Slides 2.0 now includes full product usage in seven
global languages—Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and
Spanish. Full Unicode support is now available for presentation files.
Sporting a newly streamlined interface, the desktop Pocket
Slides Conversion software utilizes PowerPoint® (97 through 2003) to transform
a user’s existing PowerPoint® presentations into Pocket Slides presentations.
The conversion process retains more of the user’s existing information than in
previous versions with support for bundling external files, images, sounds and
music. New in 2.0 is a button added to the PowerPoint® interface—one click and
the active presentation is converted.
A template pack has been bundled with 2.0 containing six new
presentation layouts for various graphical
designs, and three presentation outlines such
as "Project Overview" and "Company Meeting," that take advantage of the new
editing capabilities of Pocket Slides. Other PowerPoint® templates can be
converted into Pocket Slides templates by using the Pocket Slides Conversion
Pocket Slides 2.0 greatly expands on editing functionality
by adding features that facilitate creation of entire slides and complete
presentations on the device. The slides of a presentation are richer with
2.0—each slide has a customizable background, layout and a color scheme. Pocket
Slides supports 15 different slide layouts—facilitating slide construction and
shape placement. Master slides are supported allowing the user to add shapes
and customize the background and location of text for all slides in a
Shapes and slide backgrounds can be filled with a color or
effect in Pocket Slides 2.0. All PowerPoint®-type fill effects are included;
transparency can be used and gradients can be customized in color and
direction. Textures (24 are included) and patterns (such as "stripes" or
"crosshatch") are now supported. The user can also supply a picture or texture
to be used as a fill effect.
Other editing features include interaction with the
Clipboard. The user can now copy the slide image to paste into Pocket Word
documents and vice versa, or export a slide image to a file. Pocket Slides 2.0
adds support for shape shadows—20 shadow types varying in style and direction
enhance the visual appeal of a slide. Text shapes now support vertical
alignment and can be snapped to the top, middle or bottom of a text box.
Pocket Slides 2.0 adds an Arrow shape and Annotation shape.
Arrow shapes are simple lines that have optional start and ending arrowheads.
Annotation shapes are drawn onto the slide with the stylus and can also have
arrowheads attached, which are helpful when pointing to an object on a slide
for emphasis. Pocket Slides supports the same arrowhead types as
PowerPoint®—six arrowheads with nine sizes each.
Pocket Slides 2.0 incorporates all animations and
transitions of Microsoft® PowerPoint® and new animation effects such as
"dim after animation" and "flash once"—permitting more
flexibility when designing the animation builds. Transition speeds and the
ability to animate "under" other objects are now supported.
Shape Action Settings are now fully supported in Pocket
Slides 2.0. Shapes can act as triggers to out-of-order slides, which enable shapes to act as navigational buttons.
Sound effects and hyperlinks can also be added to these actions. Through this
method, Pocket Slides can link to web pages or other media files, such as video
As with earlier versions of Pocket Slides, the user can draw
on a slide during a presentation to emphasize discussion points and encircle
shapes. Pocket Slides 2.0 adds the ability to save these markups to the
presentation as Annotation shapes (with pen color and width) to be referenced
later or for conversion back into PowerPoint®.
Pocket Slides 2.0 boasts fully featured sound support with
several existing animation sound effects such as "applause" or "chimes" and
user-supplied sounds that can be inserted into slides. Standard WAV files can
be added to slides (or converted from PowerPoint® presentations) and music can
be added (MP3 or WMA) to a presentation. Conduits' music program Pocket Player
is required for music playback.
Pocket Slides 2.0 further expands remote control device
support. In addition to generic Infrared and VGA remote controls, 2.0 adds
support for various Bluetooth-enabled devices, and any Windows Mobile Pocket PC
or Smartphone can now be set up to control Pocket Slides during a presentation.
Certain mobile phones can be used, including various Sony and Nokia models.
Pocket Slides 2.0 is available as a 30-day commercial demo
from http://www.conduits.com, where the user can download and evaluate the
Pocket Slides 2.0 is available for purchase at $39.95. More
information, including a full list of features, complete documentation and
screenshots can be found on the Pocket Slides website at:
http://www.conduits.com/products/slides/. Upgrades for customers who purchased
Pocket Slides 1.X before April 1st 2004, are priced at $19.95 from
Conduits develops commercial applications for Pocket PC,
including Pocket Player (an alternative music player), Pocket Artist (a drawing
and image manipulation program) and seven other Pocket PC products.
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