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March 29th, 2000

[12:00 PM] Power On Announces Now Up To Date & Contact Support For Palm OS
by Staff

Power On Software has officially announced an update to Now Up To Date & Contact that brings support for Palm Organizer devices. The company will be debuting the new version at The Macintosh Business Expo on April 5th in Portland, Oregon. According to Power On Software:

Power On Software announced today that it had completed development of its forthcoming release of Now Up-to-Date & Contact™. Version 3.9 adds support for handheld computing devices based upon Palm Computing's Palm OS. The new release offers seamless integration of the best-selling Macintosh contact management and calendaring application in history with the handheld computing devices based on the Palm OS.

World Debut Scheduled for Macintosh Business Expo

The product will make its worldwide debut in Portland, Oregon on April 5th at a special reception to be held at the Macintosh Business Expo, presented by Apple Computer, Inc. and The Computer Store. Effective immediately, Power On will be accepting orders for shipments to commence on April 6th.

Wide Range of Palm OS Integration and Feature Support

The new release will offer support for Palm handheld computers and Palm OS compatible units such as the Handspring Visor. Now Up-to-Date & Contact's "conduits" provide customized synchronization by allowing the user to select which categories of events, to-do lists, and contacts will be synchronized with the handheld computer. In addition, Now Up-to-Date & Contact includes support for group (or shared) events and contacts. With additional support for DateBook+ and DateB3, Power On has created the ultimate integration between desktop and handheld computers.

The new release provides a rich set of tools for integrating Now Up-to-Date & Contact with the Palm handheld computers and Handspring Visor products. Users can choose to synchronize categories, and public categories can be marked and easily differentiated. The software supports hidden events, banners, and attached documents. There is also integration with DateBook+ and DateBk 3 categories. In addition, users can choose to synchronize a range of dates or just certain priorities. The software handles hidden events by mapping them to Palm's secret events. A special A.I. routine tracks repeating events in Now Up-to-Date and properly maps them to the Palm's repeating events. Users will also love the intelligent mapping features between Now Contact and the handheld device.

Power On Fulfills Development Pledge

The new release will complete Power On's promised phase two of its development plans for the #1 best-selling Macintosh calendar and contact management software. "When we purchased Now Up-to-Date & Contact from Qualcomm, we set some very specific goals for updating the software", said John Wallace, President of Power On. "We successfully completed phase 1 with the shipment of a release that provided compatibility with Mac OS 9, while maintaining backward compatibility to System 7.5 and support for the new G3 and G4 hardware, as well as the installed base of 68K machines. Updating the software to provide reliability was our primary goal in this first phase of development. Phase 2 entailed the integration of the desktop with the burgeoning Palm OS handheld market, and further enhancing Now Up-to-Date & Contact's distinctive status as the only "Internet Savvy" PIM, while making it the best Palm compatible PIM, too! Following this release, Power On is focusing on adding a compelling set of new features that will further increase our dominance of the Macintosh PIM market."

The update is free to registered owners who have purchased a copy of Now Up To Date & Contact under the Power On label (purchased after July 1st, 1999). The full version is priced at US$99.95. Upgrade CDs can be purchased for US$9.95. Upgrades from older versions of the product can upgrade for US$39.95. You can find more information at the company's web site.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is going to make lots of Mac/Palm users happy as can be. Now Up To Date has the kind of fanatical following that seems to be found only in the Mac community.

Power On has done a wonderful job of rejuvenating the dying products or shareware products they have purchased during the last 18 months. Their ACTION line of utilities, and now this version of Now Up To Date & Contact, are just fantastic. Kudos to Power On!

Power On Software



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