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Bachmann Software Introduces Desktop File Management for Palm Powered Devices

FilePoint Pro allows PDA users to manage their data with "Explorer-like" ease from their PC

SPARTA, N.J. - April 25, 2002 Today, Bachmann Software introduced FilePoint™ Pro, a versatile file management tool that allows Palm Powered™ device users to manage their data from their PC. FilePoint Pro takes all the features of the popular handheld version and makes them available on the desktop as well.

FilePoint, previously only available on Palm OS® platform, has won acclaim for its intuitive design and features, including a 5-star rating from PC Magazine and Finalist for Best Utility of 2001 from Handheld Computing Magazine. FilePoint Pro extends the functionality of the Palm OS version to Windows-based desktop PCs. It presents views of the data on both a user's handheld device and PC, including the same folder structure. In short, FilePoint Pro enables users to organize their device's data on their desktop PCs, and all changes to the file organization will take place during synchronization with the handheld.

"FilePoint has given users of Palm Powered handhelds a new way of efficiently managing their files in a familiar folder-tree format and accessing critical data when it is needed," said Gabriel Acosta-Lopez, PalmSource, Inc.'s senior director of Platform Development Services. "FilePoint Pro provides a powerful expansion of these capabilities by enabling users to manage their handheld data from their desktop."

FilePoint Pro enables users to perform a wide range of file management actions at their desktop, including "drag and drop" organization of documents, applications, or even entire folders that users wish to move to their handhelds' expansion cards, RAM, or specific FilePoint folders. By providing both desktop and handheld versions of the application, FilePoint Pro is able to fulfill the roles of launcher, file management system, install tool, and card reader, all in one.

"The PC is really 'command central' for the management of data," said Dan Reuvers, Bachmann Software's vice president of business development. "We access our hard drives, CDs, floppy disks and corporate servers, all from our desktop or laptop computers. It only makes sense that computer users are able to enjoy the same kind of access and file management on their handheld computers. FilePoint Pro allows mobile professionals to manage their data just as easily from the convenience of their desktop PCs in a familiar file management structure they have all used with Windows Explorer."

With so many devices equipped with expansion memory slots today, the amount of data on handheld devices continues to grow. FilePoint Pro makes using the expansion feature of a handheld device as practical as accessing data stored on a CD or floppy disk.

FilePoint Pro retails for US$49.99 and is available on Bachmann Software's Web site, www.bachmannsoftware.com, or any of the Web sites that sell Palm OS applications, such as PalmGear and Handango. Current users of FilePoint will be able to upgrade for $29.99.

About Bachmann Software & Services

Bachmann Software & Services is a leading provider of software products and development services for handheld computing and wireless applications. Based in Sparta, N.J., the company primarily develops applications for the Palm OS platform. Its premier products include PrintBoy™ Developer Kit, which provides a standard text and graphics printing engine that can be used by virtually any Palm OS application, and PrintBoy™, a suite of applets that allows users to wirelessly print highly readable output of most information stored on a Palm OS based device. Bachmann also produces the InfraReady adapter, designed to convert virtually any printer's parallel port to accept an infrared beam. The company's newest product line, FilePoint, extends many of the "Windows-style" file management conveniences to Palm Powered devices that desktop users have long enjoyed.

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 Programming; The Authoritative Solution," published in 1999. For more information, visit www.bachmannsoftware.com.


TalonPR, Inc. Kevin Doel, 785-273-9660 kevin@talonpr.com
Bachmann Software & Services Dan Reuvers, 973-729-9427 dan@bachmannsoftware.com

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