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REVIEW: WestTek ClearVue Suite for the Pocket PC
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 30.07.02 - 17:40:00 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 12007x
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If you are a wireless professional, you might get also a lot of E-Mails from your office or business partners - like me. Inbox does a pretty good job and while it can also handles attachments, the built-in tools might be not able to handle all attachments proper or there is no document viewer available, like for PowerPoint files.

However, now with GPRS connection and the introduction of Pocket PC Phone Edition a lot of people might think about kicking out the Notebook and using a Wireless Pocket PC for communication stuff. This works pretty good if you don't get fancy attachments but attachments with more "sophisticated" documents might be a problem.
WestTek closes this gap with its ClearVue Suite for Pocket PC as it is a collection of Office & Image viewers for the Windows CE based Pocket PCs. The Office viewers open and view native Microsoft Office 97, 2000 and XP PowerPoint, Excel and Word files. The Image viewers open and view .JPG, .BMP and .PNG files. This means that your co-workers can send you any document without thinking about if you are able to open it or not.

Unlike other Viewers, ClearVue requires no additional software, no ActiveSync filter and no conversion. It's just open and view!

ClearVue Suite supports timed transitions, custom animation, & inserted text, fonts, images, auto-shapes, charts and graphs.


  • Complete Viewer Solution for the pocket PC
  • Native Microsoft Office PowerPoint, Excel, & Word Files similar to the Desktop
  • Open & View high-fidelity JPG, BMP & PNG files
  • Open & View PowerPoint Presentations with animations & transitions
  • Open & View Excel Worksheets with charts & graphs
  • Open & View Word Documents with familiar content
  • Create & Organize an Image Slide Show with custom timed transitions
  • Full Screen, Thumbnail and Multiple Level Zoom.
  • User friendly with a traditional Pocket PC Look & Feel
  • ClearVue Suite version 2.05 contains outstanding new features
    • Full screen presentation mode in ClearVue Presentation now supports a virtual pointer and electronic ink
    • Zoom in for a closer look on any slide in ClearVue Presentation by double-tapping in slide sorter or normal view
    • Perform full screen presentations using an external VGA adapter
      ClearVue Presentation supports the Voyager VGA CF from Colorgraphic and the Presenter-to-Go CF from MARGI Systems (find my review here)
    • Improved performance, graphics handling and more

Using ClearVue Suite
As mentioned before ClearVue supports every Office application which means you can view nearly every Office document of your Pocket PC now. ClearVue isn't a Pocket Word or Excel replacement because it doesn't support creating editing documents, this is important to remember. So you can not re-edit documents you receive but you can view it nearly as it was designed on the Desktop PC.

The following screenshots compares the original Pocket PC application with the equal ClearVue application. You can see the difference right without any additional explanation.

A Word document
opened with Pocket Word
The same doc opened
with ClearVue Document

An Excel which includes a chart ClearVue Worksheet displays
even embedded charts

So far so good. As you can see in the samples above, ClearVue displays you the files in the same format which you are used to see it on your Desktop PC but not only this, it also shows you details of the documents which the Pocket Office applications are not able to provide, like embedded graphics in Word documents or charts in Excel files! This is important as many of the documents becomes more or less useless without this information!

In addition, the ClearVue Suite includes also a PowerPoint slide view player. This means not only that you are able to view - by E-Mail received - PowerPoint presentations on your Pocket PC but also to present this slides with external VGA cards. It lets you also view the notes as well as moving the slides order and hiding slides.
Previewing and rearranging
the slides and watching the notes
Finally presenting the
slide as you used to know it

Last but not least WestTek added an image viewer to its suite. It gives you more convenient in watching your pictures on your Pocket PC and you can also watch your pictures as a interactive slideshow. This is pretty nice if you use a digital camera on your way and you want to verify a picture or motive! It's even more convenient to do this with that kind of application that opening a single picture with Pocket Internet Explorer and closing the PIE after every picture!

Final Conclusion

WestTek's ClearVue Suite for the Pocket PC is highly recommended for every Wireless Mobile Professional which gets E-Mails and attachments and want to leave the Notebook at home. It enables you to read most of your documents in the correct layout incl. important charts and graphics! That's perfect for everybody who want to reduce the weight of the luggage!

However, you have to keep in mind that ClearVue doesn't lets you edit documents. Here for you have to use the built-in applications like Pocket Word or Excel which might reformats the documents. If you want to test if ClearVue makes sense for your, you can download a 15 days trial copy from WestTek. The ClearVue Suite costs 31.95 US$ and is worth the money. However, if you don't need every feature you can also get ClerVue Office which features ClearVue Presentation (for PowerPoint files), ClearVue Worksheet (for Excel files) and ClearVue Document (for Word documents) viewers or ClearVue Presentation which features ClearVue Presentation viewer only.

Personally I've installed ClearVue Suite on all my wireless Pocket PCs as it enables me to read information on my Pocket PC wirelessly, doesn't matter if I'm surfing with W-LAN on my couch or through GPRS abroad!

Cheers ~ Arne

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