FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Synaptek Unveils New Class of Text
Input Technology for the Pocket PC
Word-Web technology is the
next step in the evolution of text entry for pen-centric computing.
Mississauga, Ontario, -- April 15,
2003 -- Synaptek Software today announced the immediate
availability of TAPLESS™ Gen1.0 for the Pocket PC. TAPLESS breaks
new ground by delivering patent pending Word-Web™ accelerated text
entry technology. The TAPLESS word-browsing environment dramatically
accelerates text input on the Pocket PC while simultaneously reducing
manual skill requirements.
The TAPLESS Word-Browser solves a
critical blocking issue for pen-based computing -- the need for an
effective text entry model. "The key design goal of TAPLESS was
to reduce the workload of text entry while keeping the user focused on
composition and using language effectively," said Kevin Willows,
Marketing Director for Synaptek. "By integrating Word-Web
technology with adaptive word prediction in a seamless and intuitive
word-browsing environment, TAPLESS brings unprecedented productivity
to the Pocket PC platform."
TAPLESS Word-Web technology operates on
the principle of successive approximation, allowing users to simply
browse to any word or phrase within a Word-Web dictionary. Word-Webs
are structured such that any prefix of a given word can be used to
browse to the word. As a result users can enter multiple characters
with each pen stroke.
Word prediction is fused into TAPLESS
allowing predicted words to be used transparently in the word browsing
process. The prediction engine tracks personal usage patterns,
constantly updating the Word-Web in real time to optimize performance.
The user can move fluidly between the
word-browser and either a keyboard or handwriting recognition panel,
eliminating editing for novel words. The browsing environment also
greatly reduces manual skill requirements, using only simple taps to
select word links. At the same time, advanced users are empowered with
gesturing capabilities for fast punctuation.
Developed by Synaptek Research,
structured compression technology is one of the enabling technologies
for Word-Webs. On the Pocket PC platform memory is a valuable
commodity. The two Word-Web dictionaries shipped with TAPLESS pack
over 30,000 words into less than 160 kilobytes or over 130,000 words
into less than 440 kilobytes of memory respectively. Expandable in
real-time and fully maintainable by the user, Word-Web dictionaries
have no practical limitation on size or content due the unprecedented
capabilities of structured compression.
Forty skins ship with TAPLESS allowing
users to work the way they know best. Users may select from any of 4
different virtual keyboard layouts in any of 8 color variations or
they may opt for Synaptek's Picasso™ Neural-Net based input panels
that provide Graffiti* emulation.
Pricing and Availability
TAPLESS Gen1.0 is available immediately
for Pocket PC 2002 based Pocket PC's and can be obtained directly from
Synaptek Software or any of its authorized resellers. Pricing is
$29.95 U.S. for the Premium Edition or $19.95 for the Basic Edition. An
extensive online demo and fully functional evaluation copies are
available for free download at http://www.TAPLESS.BIZ
About Synaptek Software
Founded in 1994 Synaptek Software
develops Next Generation software technologies for the PC and Pocket
*Synaptek, Synaptek Software, Synaptek
Research, TAPLESS, Word-Webs, Picasso are trademarks of Synaptek
Software. All other trademarks are property of their respective
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