London-based Psion Plc is offering software that enables files created on the Series 3 range of palmtop computers to be read in Windows. Previously, Series 3 files were compatible and could be transfered but there was no automatic integration to the personal computer system. The company said the PsiWin package automatically converts such files at […]
London-based Psion Plc is offering software that enables files created on the Series 3 range of palmtop computers to be read in Windows. Previously, Series 3 files were compatible and could be transfered but there was no automatic integration to the personal computer system. The company said the PsiWin package automatically converts such files at the desktop enabling users to drag and drop the palmtop file into a Windows application, be that a spreadsheet, word processor or organiser. And these procedures can be done in reverse, enabling mobile users to take information from the desktop out on the road them. The company reckons this added technology, which resides on the personal computer, will make its already commercially very successful devices, even more popular. It believes that PsiWin will help do away with the perception that a palmtop is isolated from a personal computer. There are plans for a version of the package for Macintoshes, which the company believes is potentially a significant market. And there will be foreign language versions of it in the near future. To use the software, the Series 3 has to be attached to the personal computer via a serial link. A Psion file manager appears as an icon in Windows and double clicking on that provides access to the Series 3’s disk drive; from there, files can be dragged and dropped into the Windows application. The actual conversion technology, Conversion Plus Library, comes from Trumbull, Connecticut-based DataViz Inc. PsiWin also offers compatibility with OS/2, Windows NT and Windows95. It costs ú80; people with a Psion serial link can upgrade for ú40. The Series 3 is a money-spinner for Psion, something recognised earlier this year with a Queen’s Award for Export (CI No 2,649), and no market has been viewed as too small for the company to customise the palmtop; it even has a Finnish version. One very large market it’s planning to address is Russia, where it has already had healthy interest in the English version. It expects to have a custom machine, probably with a Cyrillic keyboard, available by the end of the year. Sales in the US have been good but not great and Psion has just signed Tandy Corp’s Radio Shack as to stock it, hoping this will boost sales.