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News Week of November 9, 2008

Mindjet Launches MindManager 8 and MindManager Web to Help People Do More With Less in the Most Challenging Global Economy in a Half Century

Mindjet Makes Mind Mapping Productivity Available to All with the New Adobe Flash-Based Mindjet Player; Saves Time and Money for Individuals, Teams, and Enterprises

London, UK – 11th November, 2008 – With companies and workers facing the most challenging global economy in decades, Mindjet® today launched MindManager® 8 and MindManager Web™, two new products that help individuals save significant amounts of time, conquer information overload, and become more effective. Additionally, Mindjet delivered powerful publishing capabilities with the release of the all-new Mindjet Player™. For the first time, fully interactive mind maps can be freely shared so anyone can discover the power of mind mapping, and unlock its potential to create breakthroughs in productivity and innovation.

MindManager 8 is an application that allows you to map your ideas and information visually, starting with a central topic surrounded by subtopics arranged on lines, or “branches.” The map is a visual diagram that imitates the creator’s thoughts, with the interactive benefits of embedded data, live hyperlinks, collaboration capabilities, and much more. MindManager is an indispensable fifth productivity application, along with the word processor, spreadsheet, presentation, and e-mail. While integrating with and augmenting all of these applications, MindManager 8 enables you to capture, organise, and act upon limitless ideas, data and knowledge without ever leaving your mind map. Millions of successful people use MindManager to manage projects, develop plans, create presentations, and accomplish a limitless number of other tasks.

MindManager Web is an all-new, elegant way to mind map and collaborate with others online. MindManager Web is a SaaS application which transforms your outline-oriented text documents into visually compelling maps. You can edit your maps anywhere, anytime; co-edit maps with others; and pick who can access your maps within secure workspaces. Designed with the pedigree of the world’s most popular mind mapping application, MindManager Web is fully compatible with MindManager desktop software, and entering new topics and subtopics is as simple as hitting the Enter or Insert key.

MindManager 8, a desktop Windows application, constitutes a milestone release of the world’s most popular mind mapping program. Working together with the Mindjet Player and MindManager Web, it eliminates the old barriers that have hindered the sharing of mind maps by making it easy for people to co-create and broadcast their fully interactive mind maps. It provides a remarkably effective way for individuals to collaborate and save time in the exchange of information.

“MindManager 8 is a game changer for Mindjet and mind mapping tools,” said Mark Levitt, program vice president, Collaboration and Enterprise 2.0 strategies at IDC. “Mindjet has addressed one of the biggest hurdles facing mind mapping technology today: the inability to share fully functional maps with people who do not own the product. Mindjet Player and MindManager Web will help many more individuals and organisations see the benefits of using mind mapping for getting information work done faster, better, smarter.”

Studies conducted internally by Fortune 500 companies document savings of up to 11 hours per week among workers who use MindManager to develop strategies, manage projects, prepare for meetings, and many other tasks. Workers found better clarity of thought, made faster, yet more informed, decisions, and realised an overall increase in time spent on strategic initiatives when incorporating MindManager into their daily routines.

“From day one we’ve had a mission: help eliminate information overload and improve productivity,” said Scott Raskin, Mindjet CEO. “This is a great milestone for Mindjet as we significantly raise the bar for productivity increases and collaboration with MindManager 8 and MindManager Web. In this unpredictable economy, only those who find new and better ways of managing their ideas and information and collaborating with others will survive. These two new products are transformative for people who want to make an impact, and Mindjet is working day and night to help people reach that goal.”

The new capabilities in MindManager 8 include:

- Mindjet Player – Transforms maps into fully interactive Adobe PDFs or Flash .SWF files. They can be shared with anyone, published to blogs and embedded in web pages.

- Embedded Browser – Maps now incorporate a browser window so you can view Web pages and PDF documents without leaving MindManager.

- Integrated Microsoft Office File Editing – You can view and edit attached Microsoft Word, Excel, Project and PowerPoint files from within MindManager’s embedded browser, eliminating the need to leave the map and launch a separate application.

- Integrated Web Services – Google and Yahoo! searches can be initiated directly inside a map, with mapped and editable search results that can be refreshed with one click, or automatically updated each time you open your map. MindManager 8 can also search Amazon, Facebook, MySpace, Microsoft Live Search, eBay, and StrikeIron.

- Searchable Maps – Maps created with MindManager are fully searchable by many popular desktop search applications. This includes the contents of maps, and also all of the attached documents.

- Automated Task Management – No more hours wasted updating due dates and dependencies when a task varies from its original schedule. Automated task management provides instant summations of task start dates, end dates, level of completion, and exception management.

- Database Linker – Real time information from spreadsheets and databases can be incorporated right into your map. MindManager can now access data from MS Excel, Oracle, IBM DB2, MS SQL Server, MS Access, and MySQL.

Pricing and Availability

English and German versions of MindManager 8 are available immediately. French and Japanese versions will be available in early 2009. MindManager Web is immediately available in English, German, French and Japanese.

Single-seat perpetual licenses for MindManager 8 are £199 with upgrades from previous versions of MindManager starting at £99. Promotional upgrades are £79 between now and 31 December, 2008.

MindManager Web/Mindjet Connect packages are £8 per user per month with a one year subscription.

All purchasers of MindManager 8 between 11 November, 2008 and 31 December, 2008 will receive a free 6-month subscription to MindManager Web.

Click here to try or buy MindManager 8 and MindManager Web.  (Source: Press Release)


Posted Wednesday, November 12, 2008 by ChrisD
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On-Screen Typing Made Easy

Comfort Software Group announces the release of Hot Virtual Keyboard 4.0, a revamped replacement of Windows On-Screen Keyboard. Hot Virtual Keyboard enables users of Tablet PC, Panel PC, Car PC, UMPC and similar touch-screen devices to type faster with less errors and more comfort, and enhances ergonomics of touch-screen devices by introducing gestures and the ability to launch applications and run scripts and commands by simply touching the screen.

 Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) November 11, 2008 -- Comfort Software Group announces the release of Hot Virtual Keyboard 4.0, a revamped replacement of Windows On-Screen Keyboard. Hot Virtual Keyboard speeds up typing and makes using Windows touch-screen devices such as Tablet PCs and UMPCs more convenient by replacing Windows built-in On-Screen Keyboard and Input Panel. The virtual on-screen keyboard replacement provides endless customizations and enhancements of both ergonomics and presentation of the virtual keyboard, enables mouse gestures for routine operations such as shifting characters to upper or lower case, and provides numerous performance enhancements.

On-screen typing with a virtual keyboard gets faster and easier with the Word Complete feature available in Hot Virtual Keyboard for many languages. Supporting all languages and keyboard layouts installed in Windows, Hot Virtual Keyboard makes it possible to replaces Windows On-Screen Keyboard with an advanced alternative.

Hot Virtual Keyboard is highly customizable in looks and behavior. The new virtual screen keyboard throws in more than 40 pre-defined virtual keyboards, and allows customizing each keyboard to personal liking. Hot Virtual Keyboard makes is possible to change colors and gamma of the selected on-screen keyboard, assign different sounds to groups of keys, select custom background and set shape and font of the virtual keys.

Users of Hot Virtual Keyboard are able to define gestures, use on-screen hot keys to launch applications and Web sites or run scripts, and perform routine operations such as copy and paste by simply touching the screen or clicking the mouse.

Pricing and Availability:
Hot Virtual Keyboard fully supports Windows Vista/XP/2000 operating systems and can be purchased both for individual and network use. A personal license costs only $29.95, whereas a multi-user license ranges from $21.95 to $4.95, depending on the number of users/computers.

More information on Hot Virtual Keyboard, as well as its free downloadable trial version, is available at http://hot-virtual-keyboard.com.   (Source: Press Release)

Posted Wednesday, November 12, 2008 by ChrisD
Rating: 3.33 Comments ()

Fujitsu LifeBook T2020 Review

Fujitsu just recently updated their popular business tablet the T2010 with a new processor and chipset. Welcome the LifeBook T2020, which we got our hands on for review. This tablet has the same design, build, display and most of the features just better in the performance department. Check out our review of this sleek, lightweight LifeBook.

The Fujitsu LifeBook T2020 Tablet PC specs as reviewed (starting price: $1,699)  (Source: Tiffany Boggs, TabletPCReview.com)


Posted Wednesday, November 12, 2008 by ChrisD
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