good becomes even better. Today Spb Software House announced the release of Spb
Diary 2.0, a major update to the award winning Pocket PC PIM Today plug-in.
For the 16 months that Spb Diary has been on the market it has become a "must
have" application and now holds a firm place among the top-selling Pocket PC
applications. For many users, Spb Diary is the first application they install on
a brand new device. In 2005, this application was the finalist in Microsoft's
Mobile2Market contest and in 2006, Spb Diary won one of the most recognized
prizes: the Shareware Industry Award for "Best Program for PDA's".
2.0 is a feature-rich Today plug-in for your Calendar, Tasks, Contacts, Notes
and Messages providing users with the highest level of functionality and
usability. Since the release of the very first version, Spb Software House has
been constantly collecting and analyzing users' feedback, which has allowed the
developer team to concentrate on the most often requested features. Spb Diary is
even more powerful and convenient to use. The new version introduces a bundle of
new features like photo contacts, handy contact dialing, full stylus-free
navigation, Special Events tab, PhatNotes integration and skin support as well
as improved speed, better usability and many other changes. Considering the
great amount of new features, it's amazing that the new version of Spb Diary is
faster in performance, more optimized in memory management and takes up the same
storage space on the device when compared to the previous 1.7.6 version.
Here is a brief overview of the new features and main changes introduced in Spb
- Photo contacts and handy dialing - Dialing a person's number is now as
simple as tapping a contact once to open a detailed popup and once again to
dial. This feature will be greatly appreciated by owners of Phone Edition
Pocket PC devices. Enabling the photo contacts feature significantly
increases usability since the most important contacts can be represented
with photos right on the Today screen.
- Stylus-free navigation - Spb now offers a robust multi-function
application as Spb Diary with complete one-hand, stylus-free control. This
feature has been requested by many users and the current implementation
makes it really handy to use without a stylus. It is usability at a new
level! Quickly find a contact and dial it with just a few hardware button
presses. Spb Diary is the only Today plug-in in the mobile world that
supports action-and-hold, the hardware analog version of tap-and-hold.
- Database engine improvements - Initial loading is now faster (up to 10 times
in some situations) and memory management is improved.
- Special Events tab - Special Events tab is the best way to quickly
overview all those birthdays and anniversaries from the user's contact list
and/or Spb Finance scheduled transactions over a long period of time. For
convenience sake, these events can be grouped by months or by weeks for the
- Easy document management with Notes tab - In the new version, along with
standard notes one can now see text documents (.txt, .rtf and .doc files),
as well as PhatNotes notes (these features were requested by a lot of Spb
Diary users after one year of using the Notes).
- Skin support - The whole look of Spb Diary can now be personalized with
the use of skins. Two skins are included into the standard package and since
the skin format is open, more nice third-party skins are getting available.
- Many other changes and improvements - Spb is constantly gathering new
feedback while Pocket PC manufacturers are constantly pleasing us with new
devices. Spb Diary has been seriously updated in answer to the needs of most
Pocket PC users and in order to adapt to new Pocket PC devices.
Spb Diary 2.0 is currently available in English, German, French, Italian,
Spanish, Portuguese, Russian and Simplified Chinese languages. Spb Diary 2.0
is compatible with all Windows Mobile 2003 and Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PCs
and Pocket PC Phone Editions. With the release of Spb Diary 2.0, Pocket PC
2002 devices are no longer supported, so owners of such devices should not
upgrade to Spb Diary 2.0.
As always, a free 15-day trial can be downloaded. The full version of Spb
Diary 2.0 can be purchased for US$ 19.95 from Spb' website.
Owners of Spb Diary 1.x can upgrade their version for US$ 7.49 only. Further
details about the upgrade process are available at the Spb Software House
Cheers ~ Arne