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CUSTOMIZATION: Spb Software House Releases Spb UniThemes 2.0
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 24.11.06 - 12:03:43 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 14021x
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Spb Software House yesterday unveiled Spb UniThemes 2.0 – the improved technology for changing Pocket PC look-and-feel. Every UniTheme is a complete set of skins for all skinnable standard applications, like Calculator, Dialer and Windows Media Player as well as Spb's own Pocket PC applications, all designed in one style.
With new 2.0 version Spb Software House proposes 6 new and updated UniThemes with smart installers and improved Windows Mobile 5 support.

One of the biggest Pocket PC disadvantages is the different look and feel of standard programs like Calculator, Dialer or Windows Media Player. These programs are the most used standard utilities – but they have entirely different appearance in color and in the way the buttons are represented. It gives the users an uncertain feeling when using the device. Such inconsistent look and feel is one of the reasons that people tend to choose other devices with different operating systems.

Spb Software House solves this problem by releasing UniThemes 2.0. This technology gives a consistent look-and-feel to all standard Pocket PC applications and to the popular Spb programs. 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 bestselling applications (Spb Pocket Plus, Spb Time, Spb Weather, Spb GPRS Monitor, Spb Finance, and Spb Full Screen Keyboard).

With this new version of UniThemes the installation process has become much easier. While it were only experts who could install all the skins before, now a new smart installer that comes with each UniTheme 2.0 makes skin installation easy even for an average user. The other new features of the 2.0 version include improved support for Windows Mobile 5 devices and for new Spb products.
Spb UniThemes also help OEMs to distinguish their devices from competitor's products.

"Individualism has just started with some OEM", - said Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, CEO of Spb Software House, - "we have the first contracts with OEMs where the design of the software fits the device itself. This will strengthen the OEM brand and it is a great benefit for their customers".

There are almost no limitations for future aspects of using individual skins, such as for special target groups, corporate design, etc.
Spb has released six different UniThemes and will release more soon.

Spb UniThemes are available for free for Spb Club members. All other users can buy them for US$ 9.95 from the Spb website.

Cheers ~ Arne

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