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February 17th, 2000

[3:20 PM] Aladdin Shakes Hands With Palm, Releases Palm OS Time Utility
by Staff

Aladdin Systems has reached out to the Palm market with the release of their first utility for the Palm. Aladdin is known for their great Mac utilities, including the cross platform Stuffit series. The Palm Organizer is the remarkably successful handheld computer developed by Palm Computing and licensed to HandSpring for their clone unit called the Visor. Sony is soon to release their own Palm clone, and Apple has long been rumored to be working on an Apple branded unit themselves. The new release from Aladdin is called HotTime. HotTime allows the time to be set to your computer whenever a HotSync is performed. According to Aladdin:

Aladdin Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Aladdin Systems Holdings, Inc. (OTC: ALHI), today announced it is now shipping HotTime(tm) for the Palm OS(tm). With HotTime, users can ensure that they have the correct time and date on their Palm handheld. HotTime works with Windows or Macintosh computers. The acquisition of HotTime from AVStor moves Aladdin into the Palm OS market for the first time, growing Aladdin's investment in the future of this popular OS.

HotTime automatically synchronizes a user's desktop clock and Palm Pilot(tm) or Handspring Visor(tm) every time the user performs a HotSync, ensuring timely notification of meetings, dates and other important and timely information. HotTime also works well with automatic time-setting utilities found on the Internet- to ensure both the computer and the handheld have accurate times set. HotTime is a simple tool for updating Palm OS organizers and fits with Aladdin's TAO mission (providing users with products that help Transmit, Access and Organize their information).

"With HotTime, Aladdin makes its entry into a hot-growth OS market," said Aladdin CEO, Jonathan Kahn. "This key strategic move prepares us to expand Aladdin's product and technology in the Palm OS market. HotTime is the ideal product introduction for Palm users to 'meet' Aladdin."

An unregistered version of HackMaster(tm), a system extension manager for the PalmPilot(tm), is included with the installation of HotTime. HackMaster, from DaggerWare, provides a standard method for managing, installing, and uninstalling system extensions. It utilizes an open standard for separately downloadable files, like HotTime, and provides the means of managing them by giving HotTime the ability to operate at a low level during the HotSync.

HotTime runs on all Palm OS devices available today including Palm OSs up to 3.3, Handspring(tm) and 3Com Palm models. The product requires HotSync version 1.1 or greater and the HackMaster extension (included in installation). For Windows, users need a 32-bit environment on Windows 95, 98, or NT; and on the Macintosh, users need Palm Desktop 2.x or greater, and any Macintosh that accepts the MacPac(tm) 2 software from Palm.

HotTime is priced at US$10. The company is offering a free trial as well. You can find more information and download links at the company's web site.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a handy tool for Palm users and it will be interesting to see what else Aladdin releases for the Palm.

Aladdin Systems

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