PrintBoy™ Documents Lets Palm™ Users Produce
Office-Like Quality Documents On the Run
Mobile professionals can now wirelessly print high quality, fully-formatted documents
April 18, 2001
Bachmann Software & Services today introduced an updated version of PrintBoy Documents that translates the rich-text formatting (RTF) of Blue Nomad’s popular WordSmith™ word processing application from a Palm PoweredTM handheld computer directly to popular printers. With PrintBoy Documents, WordSmith users will now be able to produce hard copies of their documents that include bold, italics, underlines and multiple font sizes, simply by “beaming” the documents to a copmpatible printer equipped with an infrared port.
Over the past few months, Bachmann Software has begun adding printing support for many of the most popular “office-type” applications for handheld computers, such as word processors and spreadsheets. Today’s announcement is another step toward enabling professionals to produce desktop-quality work from their Palm Powered™ devices. The ability to produce fully-formatted documents on-the-spot opens up an entirely new realm of portable computing capabilities for a host of industries, such as logistics, healthcare, sales, utilities, among many others. By allowing mobile professionals to produce professional quality documents from their Palm, PrintBoy is helping Palm™ users achieve optimal efficiency while away from their desk.
PrintBoy Documents is the first stand-alone commercial software product to allow users to print any document converted to the standard “doc” or WordSmith rich-text formats wirelessly from their handheld devices. Further, PrintBoy Documents effectively supports printing of text, HTML, Microsoft Word, and PDF files.
“With WordSmith and its support for rich text and sophisticated formatting, we went where no Palm doc editor had ever been before," stated Alexander Hinds, M.D., president and CEO of Blue Nomad. "That Bachmann Software rose to the challenge and has provided our users with the ability to print these advanced documents is a testament to their commitment to cutting edge technology and Palm users everywhere.”
Earlier this week, Bachmann Software unveiled its own InfraReady adapter, a portable infrared adapter that can be used to convert any standard printer to accept “beamed” documents for printing on the spot. By offering Palm users both feature rich software and an infrared adapter, Bachmann Software is providing the mobile computing marketplace with the first complete portable printing system.
“By offering printing support to users of leading Palm applications, such as WordSmith, combined with a low-cost and very compact IR adapter, the mobile workforce will not only be able to produce their documents on the fly, but do so in a presentable manner that will satisfy customers or their supervisor,” stated Dan Reuvers, vice president of Bachmann Software.
PrintBoy Documents allows users of PDA devices to print Word, HTML, PDF, text, and now native RTF file formatted documents by simply “beaming” it to a compatible printer. Bachmann is offering PrintBoy Documents, which typically retails for $19.99, for a limited time at $14.99.
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 “snaps” into Palm Powered™ devices and provides a standard text and graphics printing engine that can be used by virtually any application, and PrintBoy™, a suite of applets that allows users to print highly readable output of most information stored on the Palm OS. For more information, visit http://www.bachmannsoftware.com.
About Blue Nomad
Blue Nomad, formerly known as BackupBuddy Software, LLC, was founded in 1997 by Alexander S. Hinds, M.D. Blue Nomad has developed a comprehensive suite of backup, installation and word processing software for the Palm OS. For more information, visit www.bluenomad.com.
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