Conduits Techologies, Inc. Announces Pocket Player 3.6 for Windows Mobile;
Reduced Pricing on Pocket Slides, Pocket Artist
Pictured, from left: album art visualization; browser enhancements including Back button and popup menu; landscape album art display; Smartphone browser. More screenshots are available at the Pocket Player website.
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK, March 6, 2008 -- Conduits Technologies, Inc. announced today the release of Pocket Player 3.6 for Windows Mobile 6 Standard, Professional and Classic devices. Pocket Player aims to satisfy consumers who demand more from a media player on a mobile device. Pocket Player 3.6 includes new improvements to the library and media browser, as well as many fixes to core functionality and plugins. Pocket Player is also compatible with Windows Mobile 5, Pocket PC 2003, and Smartphone 2003 devices.
MEDIA BROWSER ENHANCEMENTS
Pocket Player's media browser is used to navigate the device's media collection by artist, album, genre, and other attributes. On touchscreen devices, simple finger gestures navigate the browser list: a quick swipe on the list will scroll through the items on screen, with the list continuing to scroll, slowing down until the user taps a selection.
In response to customer requests, there is now an onscreen Back button in the media browser, that can be tapped to navigate up in the browser hierarchy. The previous method of dragging left-to-right now pops up a context sensitive menu, where commands to Enqueue, Play, or Delete items can be selected. This menu also contains the commands to exit the browser and return to the main "Now Playing" screen.
The media library that powers the media browser has been enhanced in several ways in Pocket Player 3.6. Library performance has been improved, and all problems that have been reported have been addressed. The media library now properly handles compilation albums -- those albums whose tracks all have different artist tags.
The media library now supports improved reading of all tag types. In addition to ID3, Vorbis, APE and ASF (WMA) tag support, MPEG-4 tags are now read by Pocket Player. Many popular Windows Mobile devices, notably those from HTC and Motorola, contain decoders for M4A (MPEG-4 Audio) playback in Windows Media Player. Devices that contain this decoder can play M4A files, but in WMP (as in previous versions of Pocket Player) the tracks are not read for their metadata (such as artist, title, and album artwork tags). Version 3.6 of Pocket Player introduces this functionality, so that M4A files show up in the media browser properly.
In addition to many fixes with the media library subsystem, Pocket Player
3.6 addresses all known and reported problems with the previous release, version 3.51, including issues related to device power, screen and backlight, Microdrive support, podcast feeds, and video support (specifically, issues with fast forwarding).
Various plugins have also been updated for Pocket Player 3.6. The FLAC plugin now reads all FLAC tags properly, including embedded album artwork in the track. The WM Adapter plugin has improved its tag import and export routines, enhancing performance. The MPC (Musepack) plugin has been updated to support new library features including the native APE tag support.
Conduits has reduced the prices of two of its flagship applications.
Effective today, Pocket Slides, our award-winning presentation product, is reduced in price from $39.95 to $19.95, and Pocket Artist, our award-winning drawing and image manipulation solution, is now $19.95, down from $49.95.
Pocket Slides and Pocket Artist are now available (with their reduced
pricing) at http://store.conduits.com and all of Conduits' online resellers.
Pocket Player 3.6 for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone is available as a free trial from http://www.conduits.com/products/player/ where the user can download and evaluate both products unabridged for 30 days. More information, including a complete list of skins and features, can also be found at the Conduits website.
For registered users of Pocket Player 2.X and 3.X for Windows Mobile Pocket PC and Smartphone from September 2005 to present, the upgrade is free.
Upgrades for customers who purchased Pocket Player 1.X and 2.X before September 1st 2005, are priced at $9.95 from http://store.conduits.com/popl2up.html.
Pocket Slides and Pocket Artist are both available as a 30-day trial from http://www.conduits.com/download_list.asp. They are both priced at $19.95 and available for purchase from http://store.conduits.com.
Pocket Player is a trademark of Conduits Technologies, Inc.. Microsoft®, Windows® and/or Windows® Media® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Album art generated using images from Openphoto.net. Other product or service names mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.
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Conduits develops commercial applications for Windows Mobile Standard and Professional, including the award-winning Pocket Player (an easy-to-use, networkable music and video player), Pocket Slides (a fully-featured presentation solution), Pocket Artist (a drawing and image manipulation program) and seven other Windows Mobile products. Recently, four Conduits products were named winners in various categories at the 2007 Smartphone and Pocket PC Magazine Best Software Awards.
For further information on Pocket Player, OEM, corporate bulk pricing or reseller opportunties:
Conduits Technologies, Inc.
Telephone: (212) 248-5730
Fax: (212) 248-5794