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Update: Pocket Slides 2.01 has been released, with further improvements to the desktop and device components. All known issues with version 2.0 have been fixed, and device compatibility has been expanded to include Windows CE.NET devices.

Conduits Technologies, Inc. Releases Pocket Slides 2.0 for Pocket PC


Pictured: Pocket Slides 2.0 interface, highlighting several new features. Left to right: Slide layouts; Add Shape menu; Slide Color Scheme picker. More screenshots are available.

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.

CREATION

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 software.

EDITING

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 presentation.

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.

PRESENTING

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 clips.

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 software.

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 http://store.conduits.com/posl2up.html.

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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Pocket Slides is a trademark of Conduits Technologies, Inc.. Microsoft®, PowerPoint® and/or Microsoft® PowerPoint® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners. Information on the range of VGA devices supported, including links to purchase devices, is at http://www.conduits.com/products/slides/support.asp.

For further information, press only:
Carrie Hall
Conduits Technologies, Inc.
Telephone: (813) 907-2562
E-mail: carrie@conduits.com


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