WES draws ever closer, but there are still plenty of companies left in the lineup; next up is PaperIQ. They offer an incredibly neat digital pen solution in both professional and enterprise editions. In either case, the software allows you to use an electronic pen and an electronic notepad to jot down notes in your own handwriting, and have it sent to your BlackBerry via Bluetooth as a memo or email. You can even use a feature called Smart Margins to indicate notes that should be converted into a task or contact. The enterprise edition allows businesses to push forms out to their users and have them fill it using the electronic pen and paper. They’ve also announced that they’ll be showing off new products and new BlackBerry functionality at WES in booth #646, which is definitely something to look forward to.
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Cortado has a bunch of solutions for consumers and enterprises. Right off the bat, they’ve got a free email offer for mobile phones, offering push email and a web interface. For enterprise customers, they have a server solution that allows you to copy files from the server to your BlackBerry and vice versa. This allows some neat applications such as saving emails to the server to share them, or picking any document on it and sending it via email right from your phone. They also have a printing app that will print off pretty much anything on your BlackBerry to a Bluetooth-compatible printer quickly and easily. There are way too many product to mention them all here, so be sure to check ‘em out at WES for some demos.
CoPilot Live is the flagship mobile product of ALK Technologies. The GPS navigator has all the standard fare with a few neat features such as their “Driver Safety” view in addition to regular 2D and 3D maps. The view gives large, colorful text directions and icons, so you can just glance at the display and keep your eyes on the road. In addition to constantly-updated North American maps, they’ve also got maps of Europe and Australia. There’s also CoPilot Truck available for business owners, but unfortunately it’s only for PocketPC at the moment. Who knows what we might see at WES…
DataViz specializes in document compatibility. Their Documents to Go software is being bundles with OS 4.5 when it’s released, and will allow BlackBerry users to edit Word, Excel, Powerpoint and other document types right from their phone. So far, Documents to Go is the only BlackBerry software they offer (well, plan on offering) so we’ll surely get to see it in action at WES.
Garmin offers a variety of GPS-based hardware, for everything from your daily drive to deep sea fishing to flying. Frankly, they probably have a GPS solution available if you happen to find yourself walking the surface of Mars. They also have a software division, which can include a GPS dongle if your BlackBerry doesn’t come with GPS. Of course, GPS is being included across all kinds of phones more and more often, so it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to think we might see some of their hardware converted to a software version that will run on other devices. Regardless, they should have some cool demos at WES.
Webraska is another supplier of GPS products and LBS apps. We haven’t heard much from them since they joined the ISV almost two years ago. At the time, they had just released Webraska Navigation version 6 on the BlackBerry. The software offers the usual bevy of GPS services like maps, points of interest, and on-screen and audio directions. Unfortunately, the latest update to the app is only available on Windows Mobile phones, however their appearance at WES is a pretty good indicator of things to come, so keep an eye out.