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CUSTOMIZATION: Spb introduces new graphics concept for Pocket PCs with Spb UniThemes [UPDATE]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 28.09.05 - 16:39:20 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 15284x
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Today, Spb Software House introduces a new concept: Spb UniThemes for Pocket PCs. Every UniTheme is a complete set of skins for all skinnable standard as well as Spb's own Pocket PC applications, all designed in one style.

Pocket PC users can now have a consistent look and feel across all of their most used applications - from Windows Media Player to Spb Time and Spb Finance. Each UniTheme includes skins for all of the standard skinnable Pocket PC applications (the Today screen, Windows Media Player, Dialer, and Calculator) as well as skins for all of Spb's skinnable applications (Spb Pocket Plus, Spb Time, Spb Weather, Spb GPRS Monitor, Spb Finance, and Spb Full Screen Keyboard).

It is all about design. See how much effort device manufacturers and OEMs put into the design of a new system? But all their work seems to stop when it comes to the software they actually put on their devices. It 's something like designing a new beautiful, amazing car without paying any attention to the design of the cockpit or the interior. We took all the flexibility of the best parts of the mobile operating system and combined them into one package with Spb UniThemes - giving you unprecedented options for the interior of your Pocket PC, said Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, the CEO of Spb Software House in San Francisco.

Spb Software House offers a wide range of quality Pocket PC applications from system utilities to powerful personal finance managers and multimedia applications. Almost every Spb program is the #1 best seller in its corresponding Pocket PC category. Ten of world leading sales channel Handango's top 100 programs are products of Spb Software House. People who use different Spb products on their Pocket PC enjoy the close integration between these apps and between the apps and the system, but they also wanted to see integration in design. Integration in design is something that will help users feel more comfortable, safe and confident when using their Pocket PCs. With UniThemes this integration has arrived.

Today Spb releases four different UniThemes with more to be released soon. Moreover, more than five professional full-time graphic designers in Spb Software House are constantly working on new UniThemes, which is why Spb can say that there will be a lot of new UniThemes in different styles and colors. The idea is that Pocket PC users will have a large collection of UniThemes to choose from to match their individual needs. Spb is planning to release more than 10 UniThemes before the end of this year.

Spb UniThemes are available for free. The four existing UniThemes: Spb Black47, Spb Space, Spb Tech and Spb Tensor are available from Spb Software House website. More UniThemes will be available later this year.

Not sure how good the UniThemes support Windows Mobile 5.0 already since it wasn't noticed in the press release. Will aks Spb and give you an update later.

UPDATE: UniThemes also works on Windows Mobile 5.0 devices except dialer and calculator! Spb is already working on supporting WM 5.0 dialer and calculator and in about months or so all existing UniThemes will be available for Windows Mobile 5.0 too.

Cheers ~ Arne

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