Arne announced the availability of MultiIE 3.0
also made it to the
PPCW.Net Editors Choice which appears on a quarterly basis.
MultiIE 3.0 is a tremendous improvement over v2.0. In fact, it has matured into
a multi-faceted utility that adds a plethora of functions, never before imagined
possible, for the Pocket Internet Explorer for Windows Mobile 2003 Pocket PCs.
Designed to increase efficiency and productivity, this PIE plug-in is sure to be
a "must have" for any Pocket PC user who often surfs the Internet through his
MultiIE was originally known for what it's name stands for: that is, being able
to load up multiple windows in Pocket Internet Explorer. Early versions
added features such as save options and presets which made things surfing an
With the latest version, the aim has expanded more towards providing more
efficiency in inputting URLs, and navigating within pages.
Analyzing the maturity of MultiIE brings us to the point of assessing its
original function of being able to load multiple PIE windows for easy viewing
and how version 3.0 actually adds a twist to it.
MultiIE 3.0 has improved on its multiple window functionality by adding the tab
feature. Page titles are reflected in the tabs which also feature a page loading
status icon. With Tabs enabled, the user can easily switch from one window to
another. Incidentally a new added feature is the ability to load up a page
in the background as opposed to loading it in the foreground. This way, selected
page viewing is uninterrupted. As an added option, the user can also be
notified by sound if a page has completely loaded up already, and if the loaded
page is in the background, it can also be made to jump to the foreground if
preferred. If tabs do not fit your taste, you can easily disable the tab feature
and rely on the MultiIE menu to move from window to window.
MultiIE 3.0 also has enhanced navigational features that expand on their support
for hardware buttons. On screen tap-and-drag actions allow easy scrolling
vertically and horizontally. Using the D-Pad also offers similar features but
also adds line by line scrolling as an option.
The full screen function has also been improved with the option to use a quick
toggle button at the right bottom corner of the screen. Full screen viewing can
also be activated in the menu and allows a user configurable "back to default
layout view" by tapping on the bottom most area of the screen which can also be
configured to show a "tap area" bar or not.
MultiIE has always been friendly with landscape view either by certain Pocket
PC's landscape features or by a third party solution. Version 3.0 adds a feature
that works with
NYDITOT's Virtual Display to offer non-rebooting landscape view
(best set at 320x320).
While MultiIE 3.0 has the Preset (URL) for 4 of your favourite sites, it also
features enhanced URL inputting features through its URL builder and the
enhanced Go Button menu. These features were tremendously enhanced during beta
testing and offers unlimited combinations and functions.
The URL builder is probably the best feature added in version 3.0 as it
eliminates having to enter the complete URL manually. By default it is set to
input the most common URL patterns but can be
modified to the ones which are
most used by the user.
But the best part about it is that you can set it to act as a template for the
address field of Pocket Internet Explorer or in a more active setting, to
complete and launch addresses in as less as two screen taps.
Similarly the enhanced Go button exhibits a similar behaviour and can be modified
to one's preference too. There are presets to run different Google searches and to make use
Skweezer online service from Greenlight Wireless which reformats pages to work
well with the Pocket PC format.
Several common PIE and Network registry hacks have also been included with
MultiIE 3.0 which are User Agent Identification, Font Rendering, Scripting and
This version probably has the most options so far.
MultiIE also has several additional options that show up in the Context Menus.
There three of these and are controlled by the object which is subject to a
tap-and-hold action, one standard Context Menu for the page itself, one for
hyperlinks, and one for images.
MultiIE integrates very well with Pocket
Internet Explorer that it's easy to forget it's even installed. This is actually
a good sign as it means it does not stick out like a sore thumb.
Multi-page loading is a pleasure to use particularly when surfing over a high
speed wireless Internet connection. You can see several pages loading in the
background and that chime that sounds when a page has loaded just works wonders.
Never has mobile Internet been such a pleasant experience.
MultiIE 3.0 is
available from Southway
Corporation as a 14-day full-featured trial version which can be registered
for only US$14.95 which I feel is very much worth it.
Mabuhay! ~ Carlo