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Pocket Slides 1.0 for Pocket PC Released

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA, August 29, 2001 - Conduits Technologies, Inc. announced today the release of Pocket Slides 1.0 for Pocket PC. Pocket Slides is a fully featured presentation tool for Pocket PC.

Pocket Slides enables users to create, view or give presentations using a mobile device. Existing presentations from Microsoft® PowerPoint® may be copied to the device with the aid of the drag-and-drop conversion that Pocket Slides offers. Closely mirroring the functionality of Microsoft® PowerPoint®, Pocket Slides incorporates a myriad of creative animations, transitions, varied fonts, font sizes and text colors. Opening a presentation presents the user with a choice of three viewing modes: Normal Mode (overview of current slide), Slide Sorter Mode (thumbnail list), and Slide Show Mode (transitions, animations, annotations).

Normal Mode demonstrates an overview of the current slide. A view of the slide image, a textual outline of the slide contents, and the speaker notes for the slide are all shown. In this mode, the user may perform edits to the presentation, such as editing text, or adding new shapes. The user may tap-and-hold on the slide image or an individual shape to have a pop-up menu appear with functions relating to the selected object, such as: "Edit Text" or "Animation Settings." One may also copy the text of the slide for pasting into a Word document or an Email.

Slide Sorter Mode presents the user with a thumbnail list of the slides in the presentation. With this list, one may show or hide slides, reorder slides or adjust transition and animation effects on the slides. The Slide Sorter also features the ability to show animation previews of each slide, as it would look like during a presentation.

Slide Show Mode is active when the user is presenting a slide show. In this mode, the user experiences all transitions and animations in the presentation - including the option to make annotations to the slides. Pocket Slides supports the Voyager VGA PCMCIA and CompactFlash Cards, and will simultaneously output the presentation onto the Pocket PC and the VGA device. Slide Show Mode allows the Pocket PC to hook up to a monitor or projector thereby used to give presentations to an audience.

During a presentation, Pocket Slides can optionally rotate the display of the slide on the device; the user is presented with a 320x240 view of their presentation on their Pocket PC screen, while the output to the VGA card is done in the VGA resolution, up to 1024x768. The device display and the VGA displays are independent, so the user may choose to display the speaker notes on the device, and the presentation on the VGA output.

Presentations may be created on the device itself, or existing Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations may be converted from the desktop. The conversion process for opening Microsoft® PowerPoint® presentations is designed to be as seamless as possible. Pocket Slides installs with an ActiveSync file filter that will convert from PowerPoint® format to Pocket Slides format when the user drags a PowerPoint® presentation to their device. Future versions of Pocket Slides will allow for reading PowerPoint® files directly, and will be a free upgrade for registered users. When creating a presentation on the device, users may start with a blank layout, or choose from several layouts contained in the Pocket Slides Template Pack. In either case, the user may edit the presentation fully.

The editing capabilities of Pocket Slides allows the user to tailor a presentation to their audience on-the-go, or to create one without the need of a desktop computer. After converting an existing presentation or creating a new one, the user may add or delete slides; add, delete, or edit shapes and text on slides; and edit the properties of the presentation such as animation settings and custom slide shows. Pocket Slides can then save these changes for later use.

Pocket Slides is available for $39.95 from http://www.conduits.com . More information, including a full list of features, documentations and screenshots can be found at the Pocket Slides website at: http://www.conduits.com/products/slides/ .

Conduits develops several commercial applications for Pocket PC, including Peacemaker (a cross-platform infrared exchange utility), Pocket Artist (a drawing and image manipulation program for Pocket PC) and Pocket Album (a photo album and picture frame program for Pocket PC). Conduits also hosts several open source efforts, such as Pocket Spark. Pocket Slides is a trademark of Conduits Technologies, Inc.. Microsoft®, PowerPoint® and/or Microsoft® PowerPoint® are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries.

SOURCE: Conduits Technologies Inc. CONTACT: Jason Patterson at 850-523-0426 or email [email protected] 

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