Bachmann Software's PrintBoy Added to AlphaSmart's New Portable Computer for Students
PrintBoy gives students and faculty the ability to quickly and wirelessly print assignments from new portable computer
SAN ANTONIO, TX
June 17, 2002...
Today at the National Education Computing Conference (NECC) in San Antonio, Sparta, New Jersey-based Bachmann Software announces that its PrintBoy application for Palm OS® based devices has been selected to provide printing support for AlphaSmart's newly introduced Dana, the latest in the company's line of portable computing devices for the education market. Students will now be able to wirelessly print their assignments prepared on their AlphaSmart computers using PrintBoy, which has become the industry standard printing application among educators.
Viewing printing as an essential function for students, whether they are using desktop PCs or portable computers, AlphaSmart has chosen to include PrintBoy printing support for its Alphaword word processing application on the ROM of its new Dana computer, rather than offering it as an optional program. AlphaSmart will also distribute a trial version of PrintBoy Deluxe, which will introduce its customers to convenient printing of spreadsheet, database, email, memo, datebook and address book files from their AlphaSmart computers.
"Bachmann Software's PrintBoy met all our criteria for an effective printing solution for our new device," said Glenn Weyhausen, senior director of product marketing at AlphaSmart. "Even in this electronic age, printing is still an essential function-especially in the education market where collaboration and paper grading requires hard copies to be produced. Providing our customers with PrintBoy functionality, with its growing popularity among educators, was an obvious decision for us."
"The education market has been among the most receptive verticals to the merits of printing from a PDA," said Dan Reuvers, Bachmann Software's vice president of business development. "As schools are under increasing pressure to provide every student with access to a computer, and budget constraints and anytime/anywhere learning opportunities prevailing in today's education system, the adoption of AlphaSmart's cost-effective portable computers is sure to grow, and with it the need for users to be able to quickly and easily print their assignments."
PrintBoy software provides the users of Palm Powered handhelds with the ability to print their most important content. By including driver support for most of the popular printers on the market, users can simply select the application that they want to print and beam their data to a printer. PrintBoy supports appointments, contacts, memos, to-do items, e-mail, and the clipboard.
PrintBoy Deluxe includes all of those same functions, with the addition of documents, spreadsheets and databases, allowing users to print imported Word and Excel documents.
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 nearly 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 is a leading contributor to the overall Palm Economy by producing more than 50 products for the Palm OS. Many Fortune 500 companies have engaged Bachmann 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.
AlphaSmart, Inc. is a leading provider of technology solutions for education, focused on reducing the cost of computing for educators and students. AlphaSmart's portable computer-companion products are used by millions of students to enhance writing, keyboarding and comprehension in sixty-five hundred U.S. school districts and in more than fifteen countries. Based in Cupertino, Calif., the privately held company was founded in 1993 by former Apple engineers. Additional information about AlphaSmart can be obtained at the company's Web site: http://www.alphasmart.com
Kevin Doel, 785-273-9660
Bachmann Software & Services
Dan Reuvers, 973-729-9427
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