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PREVIEW: Westtek ClearVue Suite for Smartphone 2002
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 11.04.03 - 20:43:17 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 10348x
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Now it becomes interesting. After I previewed RepliGo for Smartphones some days ago, yesterday night I finally got an E-Mail from Westtek which included an early Beta version of their well known ClearVue (see my Pocket PC review here), but now for the Microsoft Windows Powered Smartphone platform!

While RepliGo is a great offline conversion tool (maybe the best I've seen so far as it converts near everything), it has one limitation; it required the file conversion on the Desktop prior you can watch your files on the Smartphone. This isn't so bad if you want to copy some files from your Desktop to your Smartphone to have it with you but doesn't works for sure with E-Mail attachments. A real limitation of the Smartphone platform, that no viewers are included.

However, Westtek is the specialist in developing these viewers for mobile devices. I know a lot of you are using ClearVue on Pocket PCs and now Westtek is working on the Smartphone version.

The Westtek ClearVue viewers are hands down the best viewers available with superior fidelity and performance. Unlike other products available for the Pocket PC and Handheld PC 2000, the ClearVue viewers require absolutely no conversion step or ActiveSync filters, giving you the ability to view E-Mail attachments or native documents while on the go. View your documents the way the author intended.

The Smartphone ClearVue viewers include today (in this Beta) a Word DOC, an Acrobat PDF, a PowerPoint PPT and an Image file viewer! An Excel XLS file viewer isn't available so far.

That's so amazing, a doc and pdf viewer for the Smartphone! That's the documents I received in most cases via E-Mail, so I can watch them even on the run now!

The Word Viewer:

The Acrobat Viewer:

The PowerPoint Viewer:

The Image Viewer:

I've played with the viewers a while now and they are pretty big – from the file size. Therefore it requires an installation on the SD card, which is useful anyway, due to the limited RAM space of the Smartphone.

I haven't found a document so far, which didn't appeared correctly, so ClearVue for Smartphone works as good as its Pocket PC sister! The PowerPoint viewer also includes effects and sounds! So you really see what the author has written/designed! :-)

Please note that the Westtek ClearVue Suite for Smartphone isn't released today and no release date was given so far. However, it's good to know that they are working on it which means it will be released sooner or later – for sure. Best would be if it would become part of the Smartphone ROM since everybody needs a viewer as we all receive a lot of attachments with our daily E-Mails.

Cheers ~ Arne

Related Links : [Westtek ClearVue]


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