Conduits Technologies, Inc. Releases Pocket Launcher 3.0 for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone
Pictured: Pocket Launcher screenshots, clockwise from left: Default view on Pocket PC; Smartphone showing Games tab with customized background; Pocket PC alternate view with multi-panel support and Task Manager at top; Landscape Smartphone keyboard quick search support.
More screenshots are available in the Pocket Launcher website.
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, January 22, 2007 -- Conduits Technologies, Inc.
announced today the release of Pocket Launcher 3.0, a customizable
application launcher that improves upon the device's built-in program
launcher with a tab-based categorization system that is expandable to a
user's needs, and adaptable to a user's tastes. Pocket Launcher runs on all
Windows Mobile 5 Pocket PC and Smartphone devices, as well as Pocket PC
2002, Pocket PC 2003, Smartphone 2002, and Smartphone 2003 devices.
Pocket Launcher integrates a collection of large, icon-based lists of
applications that are installed on a device. Icons represent their
respective applications, and when tapped once, the application is launched.
The list of icon shortcuts and categories is initially taken from your
current layout of the Programs screen, and then copied to another place so
that Pocket Launcher can use the shortcut.
Pocket Launcher also links a tab to the My Documents folder, providing quick
access to your documents from within the program. You can navigate into
sub-folders and add tabs that link to any other folder on the device.
Version 3 improves upon previous releases by way of hardware compatibility,
integration with the device, and new tabbing features.
Pocket Launcher 3.0 marks the debut of the application for the Smartphone
platform. Instead of using a strip of tabs along the bottom (which is still
accessible), you can use the softkeys on the Smartphone to navigate to
different tabs. The "1" through "9" keys will launch whichever application is
listed onscreen in that position. The "0" key pops up a quicklist of all tabs.
For Pocket PC devices with softkeys, they are now integrated to move to the
previous or next tab in Pocket Launcher. Devices with scroll wheels, such as
the HTC Hermes or Motorola Q, function properly with Pocket Launcher; the
wheel scrolls through all icons onscreen, advancing to the next tab when
For devices with keyboards, typing a few letters will pop up an
auto-generated quick list of all shortcuts that match the entered text. For
example, typing in 'so' will include links to Solitaire; typing 'me' will
include links to Messaging and Windows Media. This "search-as-you-type"
feature will also search your document filenames as well and include them in
Version 3 improves on the Start/Programs integration with the device. On the
Pocket PC, you can "bind" Pocket Launcher to pop up whenever you tap on the
Start bar at the top of the screen, or have Pocket Launcher replace the
standard Programs screen by binding it to the Programs menu. On a
Smartphone, a similiar feature is in place; you can bind Pocket Launcher to
the "Start" softkey on your Home screen.
Pocket Launcher now features an integrated Tasks manager, for easily closing
down applications that you are not using, if so desired. The Tasks tab
allows you to switch to a running application, close it, or close all
applications from Pocket Launcher. Version 3 also adds a "Recently Run" tab,
where applications that have been recently run will show up.
NEW TABBING FEATURES
The visual display of the tabs has also been improved in version 3. The new
"squeeze" mode can display four columns of large icons on Pocket PC or
Smartphone, allowing for more links onscreen at once. As previously
described, new tabs can also be linked to folder contents. By way of the Add
Tab - Link To command, a tab can be a virtual File Explorer on your device.
The 'Today' tab, first introduced in Pocket Launcher 2, has been improved.
The tab now functions on Smartphone devices, and can now send keypresses to
the Today screen. This allows you to never leave Pocket Launcher; the
Today/Home screen can show up as a tab, and items can be selected on it with
the stylus (for Pocket PC) or keypad (for Smartphone).
Pocket Launcher is also up-to-date with the latest trends in Pocket PC
designs. The program fully supports VGA modes on the Pocket PC, supports
Landscape Smartphone devices, and is DPI aware.
Pocket Launcher 3.0 is available as a commercial demo from
http://www.conduits.com/products/launcher, where you can download and
evaluate it for 20 days. Pocket Launcher 3.0 is available for $9.95.
For registered users of Pocket Launcher 1.X or 2.X for Pocket PC from
January 2006 to present, the upgrade is free. Upgrades for customers who
purchased Pocket Launcher 1.X or 2.X before January 1 2006, are priced at
$3.95 from http://store.conduits.com/pola2up.html.
More information, including tutorials, example backgrounds, and a full list
of features, can be found at the Pocket Launcher website at
Conduits develops commercial applications for Windows Mobile devices,
including Pocket Slides (a fully-featured presentation solution for Pocket
PC), Pocket Player (an alternative music player), Pocket Artist (a drawing
and image manipulation program) and seven other Pocket PC products.
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Conduits Technologies, Inc.
Telephone: (212) 248-5730
Fax: (212) 248-5794