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June 1st, 2000

[1:00 PM] Infowave Sells Off Imaging Division, But PowerPrint Still Going Strong
by Kyle D'Addario

In the last few weeks Infowave, maker of the miracle working PowerPrint, has undergone a series of changes. For those that have visited the InfoWave web site, you are aware that the company has long been divided into two divisions: Imaging and Wireless. The imaging division has been responsible for their multitude of Mac products, including the recently released PowerPrint 5. However, Infowave has announced that they are dropping the imaging division, and will focus solely on their wireless ventures.

According to a May 8th Infowave press release, it seemed the future of the imaging division, and thus PowerPrint, was in jeopardy. According to that release:

    "The proposed sale of the Imaging Division is a positive business development for Infowave and its shareholders because it allows Infowave to completely focus its resources and capital on maximizing the opportunities in the wireless computing sector," said Jim McIntosh, President and CEO of Infowave. "At the close of this transaction, Infowave will be a pure wireless company."

The Mac Observer contacted Infowave regarding the "sale" of the imaging division, and found that, "The management team of the Imaging division has signed a letter of intent to buy the division and spin it out as a separate company." According to the same Infowave contact, details of the new company are still unknown, and the new company has yet to incorporate under a new name. However, we were assured that, "Although our name will change, the new Imaging company will continue to produce, sell, and support the very successful line of PowerPrint products."

We also learned that there are two new imaging products in the works, and we can hope to see them released in the next few months. One is the PowerPrint Mobile Edition, bringing the nearly magical PowerPrint capabilities to mobile users, presumably in a smaller, more convenient package. The other is StyleScript PostScript RIP 5.0, the Adobe PostScript 3 emulation package allowing users to take full advantage of all of PostScript's functionality.

While details are cloudy, it appears that the PowerPrint family is alive and well, and we were told that, "Full details on the new Imaging company should be available in the next month or so. In the meantime it's business as usual for us."

Stayed tuned.


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