Now users can publish photos instantly to the Web from their camera-equipped smartphones.
[ClickPress, Mon Feb 14 2005] At the 3GSM World Congress, SplashData, Inc., the leading developer of “virtual wallet” applications for mobile devices, announced the launch of its new SplashBlog solution for PalmOne Treo and other Palm Powered(tm) wireless devices. For the first time, users can not only capture pictures with their camera phones, but can instantly publish photos to a “photo blog” for friends and family members to see.
“SplashData’s SplashPhoto has long been one of my favorite Palm OS(r) applications, and I use it almost daily to show off the latest photos of my kids,” said Larry Berkin, director of developer marketing, for PalmSource. “The ability to quickly publish photos to a photo-blog is an exciting new development that gives Palm Powered smartphones even greater functionality.”
The process of “blogging,” maintaining a personal journal on the Internet that is frequently updated, has been steadily growing in popularity. SplashBlog adds an entirely new element to blogging—instantly publishing a photo diary from a wireless device. Now anyone with a smartphone can snap photos of vacations, new babies, and other momentous occasions, and wirelessly publish those pictures to their personal photoblog for friends and family scattered throughout the world to enjoy.
SplashBlog streamlines the process of mobile photo blogging, allowing users to capture an image and publish it to an online photoblog in as little as two clicks. SplashBlog includes everything users need to publish their photos online, including software for the smartphone and a free online photoblog account at splashblog.com. SplashBlog is also compatible with the TypePad blogging service and support is planned for similar services such as Blogger, Flickr and Zoto.
“Mobile photoblogging is a great way for smartphone users to keep in touch with friends and family while traveling or away from their desktop computer,” said John Chaffee, president of SplashData. “The combination of a camera-equipped smartphone and SplashBlog with its streamlined interface and instant photo publishing make for an outstanding mobile photo blogging solution.”
SplashBlog requires a handheld running Palm OS 4.0 or later with a wireless data connection. A built-in camera is recommended but not required. Handhelds without a camera can publish images from a VFS memory card (e.g., from a digital camera). Two-way synchronization is also supported, enabling images added via the Web site to be downloaded to the handheld.
Pricing & Availability
SplashBlog for Palm OS is available now at www.splashblog.com. It is available for a limited time introductory offer of $19.95 (normally $29.95). The software purchase includes access to an online photo hosting account on splashblog.com. A 30-day full-functioning trial is also available for download. Versions of SplashBlog for other handheld platforms (Windows Mobile Pocket PC, Windows Mobile Smartphone, Symbian Series 60 and Symbian UIQ) will be released in Q2 2005.
About SplashData, Inc.
SplashData is the leading developer of virtual wallet applications for handheld devices. SplashData’s applications provide all the functions of a traditional wallet in digital form, enabling a truly mobile digital lifestyle. SplashData’s top quality products and experienced management team are playing a leadership role in the emerging mobile applications market. Founded in 2000, SplashData is privately held and based in Seattle, Washington. For more information, please visit www.splashdata.com or call 206-780-9184.
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