Monthly Archives: March 2008

Some Useful Mobile Info

pda.gifI’ve always thought that the kind of information people need – and the way they want to get it – when they’re using a mobile device isn’t really the same as on the desktop. While I very much like being able to get any kind of info on my mobile, without having to go through a non-standard browser, I also like being able to find specifically what I’m looking for, without going through pages and pages of options.

At home or in the office, I like the pages and pages of options, at least a lot of the time, especially when I’m doing research, comparing products, or looking for very complete information about something.

But on the road, unless I’m just trying to waste fill time while I’m waiting for someone, I usually just want the answer to a question.

Here’s one site that agrees with me. It’s a collection of some of the info I might need the most when I’m travelling.

I’m sure there are others, but I’m not having much luck finding them. Any suggestions?

Finally Fashionable

simplyher.jpgMarc just forwarded me an email with some scans from Simply Her magazine, a womens/fashion magazine based in Singapore, that mentioned eWallet! We’re all pretty excited to be in a fashion magazine, especially given some of the comments on our wardrobe choices posted in response to our group photo a few years ago (yes, I know, we did ask for them).

Anyway, the April issue isn’t on their site yet, but I’m hoping the eWallet mention is included when it is. And I’ll definitely looking for a copy of the magazine in our local B+N and Borders.

Many thanks, Shane, for letting us know about this!

Wouldn’t You Like to Know?

thought.jpgNo, seriously, wouldn’t you? I’m talking about finding out when we have iPhone or Blackberry versions of our software available. You don’t need to keep checking our blog every day (although we appreciate the visits, and the enthusiasm!) waiting for an update – we can notify you as soon as we have something ready.

All you need to do is fill out this form to tell us who you are and what you’re waiting for. That’s it! We’ll let you know when we have software available for your device.

So send us your info today, and we’ll be in touch with good news as soon as we have it.

The Apple Time Warp

First and only Newton Developers’ ConferenceCleaning out my Big Drawer of Geeky T-Shirts (the new one that came out of my recent Google visit just refused to fit), I ran across my original Newton Developers’ Conference t-shirt. I’m pretty sure there was only the one conference, and yes, I was there. As the shirt says:

A smart step for Newton.
A giant leap in technology.

And a long time ago.

I think that if Apple pulls off the iPhone/iPod Touch third-party apps the way they might (and I know that’s an “if”, not a given), they’ll do what they tried to do 15 years ago with the Newton – make a PDA that’s really mainstream. And, no,
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eWallet for iPhone

iphone.jpgYep, as you have already heard, Ilium Software is definitely supporting the iPhone. In fact we’ve planned to support it for quite some time, but until the SDK went public we wanted to keep it quiet. As I mentioned over at JustAnotheriPhoneBlog, we actually started work on eWallet for iPhone earlier this year and have made significant progress. It’s a very exciting opportunity for us because we’re big fans of the iPhone. We feel that Apple really “got it right” in their design and user interface and the SDK announcement proves that they’ve followed the same philosophy when it comes to the support of 3rd party applications.

With that said, I’d like to take a minute just to answer some of the questions we’ve been getting about the iPhone and our support of it.

1. Will you still support Windows Mobile?
Absolutely. Just because we believe in the iPhone doesn’t mean we’ve lost faith in Windows Mobile. Windows Mobile does a lot of things really well, and it offers users a lot of flexibility. It’s an excellent platform and you will continue to see Ilium Software’s products developed for Windows Mobile.

2. What does this mean for the eWallet Companion web application?
Nothing will change here either. We’ve had a fantastic response to the web application and the philosophy that drove us to develop the eWallet Companion remains true. People aren’t content to wait until they are sitting in front of the “correct device” to get to their information. People want their information available all the time, wherever they go, regardless of the device they have in front of them. The eWallet Companion does exactly this and for that reason we fully intend to continue supporting its development.

3. Will you be developing ListPro, NewsBreak, DockWare, etc. for iPhone?
We’re definitely developing eWallet for iPhone. As for the others, I’d say “don’t be surprised if you see a strong and wide-ranging iPhone offering from Ilium Software.” We’ve got a lot of great applications and we think all of them would make fantastic iPhone products.

4. Will you make a Mac version?
I’m not allowed to give you a definite answer on that one yet, but as some technical types might already know, the iPhone and the Mac run very similar software. I’ll leave it at that for now. :)

5. What about the Touch?
At this point I see no reason why we won’t offer our applications on both the Touch as well as the iPhone.

6. When will it be available?
We expect to have eWallet for iPhone ready for you when the App Store goes live in June.

7. Will you let me know when you have iPhone software?
Absolutely! Just fill out this form to let us know that you’d like to be notified when we have an iPhone version of the software.

Thanks to everyone for their interest! We’ve been getting lots of emails asking us about this and its very exciting to know that as you guys move to new devices you want us to come along! We’ll do everything we can to make sure that we’ll always be there to help you find and organize your most important information!

PocketGear for Sale

forsale.gifMotricity, the owner of PocketGear.com, Smartphone.net and a few other mobile software portals, announced yesterday that they’re restructuring their company, laying off about 250 people, moving their headquarters, and selling their portal sites. Here’s the complete story.

I’d thought for months that they were going to drop software – they were just paying way to little attention to it, but then I went through some calculations and decided it had to be bringing in too much money for that. Which goes to prove – once again – that my instincts are a lot better than my math.

So – any thoughts on who might take it on? Guesses I’ve already seen include nobody, Palm, Microsoft, SPB and Handango. I’m going to go out on a limb and predict Digital River (and this is just guessing, I have no insider knowledge whatsoever).

Anyone else care to take a guess?

eWallet 6.0.1 Released!

wallet120_thumbnail.jpgI’m happy to announce that we just released eWallet 6.0.1. If you aren’t having any trouble with eWallet 6.0, don’t worry about getting this one. It just cleans up a few things, corrects a couple of specific problems, and improves on a few things like graphic installations. Here is a short list describing some of the things we changed in this release:

  • - Improved startup speed
  • - Added an extra Vista icon
  • - Plays nicer with UAC in Vista
  • - Humanized some error messages
  • - Fixed a couple problems with FlexWallet conversion
  • - Auto Backup now does a backup whenever you close the wallet (as opposed to before when it only backed up if you exited the program)
  • - Optimized FlexWallet icons for different devices and now FlexWallet Icon Pack only installs the icons you need for your device (which should speed up startup time as well!)
  • - Plus a bunch of minor tweaks

And as some of you know, we’ve had a few folks who, when they install the full FlexWallet icon pack, see a slowdown in the startup. The changes in this version should help but we’re still working on this issue for 6.1 as well. We’ve got some ideas that we think will speed things up even more.

 Anyhow, you can download the latest version from our here and 6.0 unlock codes will still work with 6.0.1.

Marching Forward with Another Winner

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March is here – does that mean spring is around the corner where you live? Not for us, unfortunately, where it isn’t surprising to have random snow showers even into April in Michigan. Oh well – so March might not necessarily mean spring is on its way, but the good news is a brand-new month means free software for one lucky person!

We had some really good discussion this past month, particularly on the post Sneak Peek at eWallet 6.1, which started back in January but just kept right on going through last month. And that post is where we found our latest winner: Sharon – congratulations! I just sent you an email explaining how to get your prize. If you don’t receive it, reply to this post and let me know.

To all of our other readers – thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts – keep coming back, because next month the winner could be you!