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OTA INSTALLATION: Spb AirSetup, Innovative Wireless Application Deployment
Posted by Carlo Guerrero - on Friday, 04.04.03 - 17:11:24 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 7204x
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Spb Software House just released an innovative way of deploying applications wirelessly. Called the Spb AirSetup, this deployment solution is aimed at developers who want to be able to distribute their application directly into a Pocket PC. Currently, the most practical method of distributing applications over the air is through CAB files.

But this approach may not be a perfect one. First of all CAB files are not compressed which means that downloads can be lengthy and expensive. The use of Spb AirSetup, on the other hand, shows a dramatic improvement in over the air installations. According to Spb Software House, AirSetup functions in several ways. First, AirSetup provides effective compression of CAB files, drastically cutting down on the file size and the time required to download the file. CAB file sizes have been lowered to anywhere from 24% to 47% in size. Smaller file sizes mean faster downloads, less chance of error, and less cost to the customer. Second, Spb AirSetup allows the developer to specify the location of the application install, or to give the user an option of internal RAM or any system storage card. If your application only works in main system RAM, you can mandate the install location. And third, AirSetup can provide an integrated EULA and HTML-based Read Me file. This allows developers to present a trial install guide, help file, or any other support materials.

Jason Dunn, VP of Marketing, is enthusiastic about this new software release. “Spb AirSetup was developed to address issues that Spb Software House had when it came to distributing our own applications in wireless scenarios. It is the perfect solution to our problems, so we're confident that it will be enthusiastically embraced by the development community - we all share the same challenges when it comes to putting our applications into the hands of users, and Spb AirSetup is the best way to overcome those challenges.”

Users with wirelessly connected mobile devices can go to the Spb AirSetup sample page to download a sample installers built with Spb AirSetup.

A free demo version of Spb AirSetup is available for immediate download from both Handango and PocketGear. The registered version is available for the price of US $99.95, and offers unlimited creation of install packages for distribution.

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