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Epson and Bachmann Software Provide Mobile Printing from Palm OS® Handhelds

LONG BEACH, Calif. - August 19, 2003 ... Epson America Inc. and Bachmann Software today announced the availability of Epson-compatible mobile printing software for printing fully formatted text, as well as some graphics, from handheld computers based on the Palm OS®.

As part of the initiative, Epson and Bachmann worked together to add graphical printing support for most Epson ink jet printers to Bachmann Software's popular PrintBoy software for Palm OS handhelds. With PrintBoy, handheld users can print fully formatted documents, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, calendars and much more from the most popular Palm OS compatible applications, including DataViz' Documents To Go and Smart List To Go, Cutting Edge's QuickOffice, DDH's HandBase and more. PrintBoy supports direct printer connections from the handheld to Epson printers using Bluetooth, 802.11b ("Wi-Fi"), wired networks, and infrared through Bachmann Software's InfraReady Plus printer adapter.

"There are over 25 million handhelds based on the Palm OS, and many of the users have a growing need to print directly from their device," said Mitch Kadish, senior product manager, connectivity products, Epson. "If we can make it easy to print directly, then users won't have to go through the synchronization step with their computer, saving them time and making it more convenient. Bachmann Software offers quality products, supports a wide range of Palm OS applications, and has experience with a variety of interfaces including Bluetooth."

"Our goal is to make printing from handhelds as available to computer users as it is today from desktops and laptops," said Glenn Bachmann, president of Bachmann Software. "Our partnership with Epson and their strong presence in the printer market enabled us to take an important step towards reaching that goal."

PrintBoy Premium with Epson driver support is available directly from Bachmann Software at http://www.bachmannsoftware.com. A free trial version can also be downloaded from Epson's web site and is included with the purchase of the Bluetooth Print Adapter from Epson (available at www.epson.com/bluetooth).

About Epson
Epson offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets. The company is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) printers and transaction terminals for the retail market. Founded in 1975, Epson America Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. Epson America Inc. is headquartered in Long Beach, Calif.

About Bachmann Software & Services
Bachmann Software & Services is a leading provider of software products and development services for handheld computing and wireless platforms. Based in Sparta, N.J., the company primarily develops applications for the handheld marketplace. Its premier products include PrintBoy™ and FilePoint™ Pro, which extends many of the "Windows-style" file management conveniences to Palm Powered™ devices that desktop users have long enjoyed. Bachmann also produces the InfraReady™ and InfraReady Plus adapter, designed to convert virtually any printer's parallel port to accept an infrared beam.

Bachmann has also been a leading contributor to the overall Palm Economy by producing over 50 products on the platform. The company has been engaged by many Fortune 500 companies to develop mobile computing solutions. The company's president, Glenn Bachmann is also the author of the book "Palm OS Programming," published by Sams Publishing, now available in its second edition. For more information, visit www.bachmannsoftware.com.


Media Contacts:

Pam Barnett
Epson America, Inc.
562-290-5683
pam_barnett@ea.epson.com

Joananne Pierce
Director of Marketing
Bachmann Software & Services, LLC
973-729-9427 ext. 16
joananne@bachmannsoftware.com

Epson Corporation. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies.

PrintBoy, FilePoint, InfraReady and BTReady are trademarks of Bachmann Software.

Palm OS and PalmSource are registered trademarks, and Palm and Palm Powered are trademarks of Palm, Inc. All other products, services and company names are trademarks, registered trademarks or services marks of their respective owners.


 

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