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SYWARE's PocketExtra™ Software Extends Capabilities of Microsoft Pocket Outlook

New software utility allows handheld users to add information, drawings, and handwritten notes to Pocket PC's built-in Contacts app

Cambridge, MA (November 12, 2001) - SYWARE, Inc., a leading developer of intuitive database tools for business and personal productivity, today announced PocketExtra™ Contacts, the first in a series of low cost, easy-to-use software utilities that expands the capabilities of the built-in applications on Pocket PC handhelds. PocketExtra Contacts, part of SYWARE's PocketExtra family of software products, allows users to extend the Contacts application built-into all Pocket PCs. New fields can be created to store additional information, such as text, numbers, time, and currency; color can be added to highlight important data; information can be grouped for fast access; and simple drawings and handwritten notes can be added to entries in the Contacts list, all for a low $9.99 price.

"For many Pocket PC users, the Contacts application is the main reason they carry a device," said Sy Danberg, President of SYWARE. "But who said a contacts program had to be a plain vanilla listing of name, address, and phone number? The PocketExtra series was created for people who want to extend the Pocket PC's built-in applications rather than develop a whole new custom database. With PocketExtra Contacts you can save additional information with your existing Pocket Outlook Contacts list, use color to draw attention to certain fields, track dates and dollar amounts, even further explain entries with drawings and written notes. It's everything you need to really 'manage' your contacts and at under $10, it's a no-brainer!"

Increased Flexibility

PocketExtra Contacts allows users to customize the capabilities of the Pocket PC's built-in Contacts application. New fields of information can be added which contain a variety of data types, including text, floating point numbers, integers, currency, dates, or time. Even simple drawings and handwritten notes can be added to any contact entry.

This allows a user, for instance, to create a new contact list for their neighborhood association. The new list can include all the basic contact data for the people in the association, plus highlight information about special skills, meeting dates, and membership dues status. Drawings of the "neighborhood watch" detail can even be added to relevant records.

Additional PocketExtra Contacts features include the use of color to highlight important information. To speed data entry, the software supports dropdown lists, checkboxes, and pop-up numberpads. For faster access to data once it's stored, users can create custom headings and group information accordingly. With such a wide array of data types, PocketExtra Contacts can be used to track dollar amounts paid or owed, to monitor important dates, and to track time down to the minute.

Pricing & Delivery

PocketExtra Contacts runs on any Pocket PC handheld and is available from the SYWARE online store ( for $9.99.


SYWARE, Inc. is a leading developer of mobile database tools for business and personal productivity. Founded in 1990, the company offers innovative data management and connectivity software for use in a wide range of applications, including patient monitoring, inventory management, and field surveys. The cornerstone of SYWARE's product line is Visual CE®, the popular database development tool for Windows CE and Pocket PC handhelds used by such companies as IBM, Coca-Cola, Chevron, and US Geological Survey. SYWARE is also the creator of mEnable™, a new software architecture for real-time wireless access to enterprise data located on corporate servers. For more information, please visit

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For further information, contact:
Frank Yacano, Director of Business Development
PO Box 425091, Kendall
Cambridge, MA 02142 USA
+1 617.497.1300, Fax: +1 617.497.8729

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Shari Worthington, President
Telesian Technology
49 Midgley Lane
Worcester, MA 01604 USA
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