Synaptek Introduces TAPLESSthumbs with LiveText Technology and ZoomKeys

Mississauga, Ontario, -- July 14, 2005 -- 

Synaptek Software today announced the immediate availability of TAPLESSthumbs™ Gen1.0 a breakthrough in full screen keyboards for the Pocket PC. 

TAPLESSthumbs uses the Synaptek exclusive LiveText agent to simplify and accelerate full screen keyboards on the Pocket PC. “The LiveText Agent allows users to keep working directly with their document when they transition to a full screen keyboard,” said Kevin Willows, Author of TAPLESSthumbs. “This unique ability to maintain context permits a natural workflow when using full screen keyboards and the exclusive ZoomKey feature provides unparalleled visual feedback.”

LiveText Agent

The Synaptek exclusive LiveText technology now available in TAPLESS, and enabled in most Microsoft Pocket PC applications, permits real-time document access while using a full screen keyboard. LiveText eliminates the pre-selection of text and copy/paste operations found in other solutions. The LiveText protocol provides a growing number of third party developers to LiveText enable their applications.


With no facility for tactile feedback, a Pocket PC screen requires other forms of feedback. TAPLESS exclusive ZoomKeys provide the visual queues that make text entry easier and less error prone. With user definable Zoom factor, thumb size navigation keys and a skin swap key to permit access to any other TAPLESSthumbs skin.

Full Screen Preview

TAPLESSthumbs full screen skins provide a quick full screen landscape preview. This eliminates the need to flip in and out of full screen mode and rotate the Pocket PC while editing.


True WordBrowsing is now available on a full screen keyboard. The WordBrowser provides multiple word suggestions, dynamic updating and tap and hold browsing.

Advanced Dictionary for Unicode

The new advanced WordWeb Dictionary Engine provides full Unicode support. Now formulas, Email addresses, URL’s or any other symbolic data can be browsed along with any of 6 initially available languages.

User can also generate task unique WordWeb dictionaries using the free TAPLESSlexicon desktop utility.


Virtually all keys on TAPLESSthumbs skins can have one or more SmartKey programs. A simple Tap and Hold launches the programmer for a given key. Then just slide and release or tap on a program to execute. Creating programs requires only selecting text in any application and tapping the programmers ‘Add’ key. Selected text can also include embedded commands to automate operations.


SmartMarks work along with the WordBrowser to keep punctuation and spaces in their place. When spaces are automatically added after a word, the SmartMark agent acts to place commas and other punctuation appropriately and then maintain a natural flow during text entry.

Pricing and Availability

TAPLESSthumbs Gen1.0 is available immediately for Windows Mobile 2003SE and Pocket PC 2002 based Pocket PC’s and provides full VGA and Orientation support.  It can be obtained directly from Synaptek Software or any of its authorized resellers.  Pricing is $14.95 U.S. for the Basic version with LiveText and ZoomKeys, $24.95 for either the WordBrowser Edition or SmartMark Edition and $29.95 for the Full Feature Edition. A fully functional 30-day evaluation version is available for download at http://WWW.TAPLESS.COM

About Synaptek Software

Founded in 1994 Synaptek Software develops Next Generation Input Technologies for the PC, Tablet PC and Pocket PC platforms.

*Synaptek, Synaptek Software, Synaptek Research, TAPLESS, TAPLESSppc, TAPLESSthumbs, TAPLESSxp, WordBrowser, WordWeb, LiveText, SmartMarks, SmartSkins, SmartKeys, Picasso, ZoomKeys are trademarks of Synaptek Software. All other trademarks are property of their respective companies.

For more information about TAPLESSthumbs please contact:

Kevin Willows
Tel: 905-897-7622





Press contact:

Kevin Willows
Synaptek Software