XML form developer and two password storage systems

* News from MobileDataForce, Chapura, SplashData

Today, we take a look at a few recent announcements in the world of mobile applications for handheld devices:

* MobileDataForce replace paper forms with electronic systems

MobileDataForce, a Meridian, Idaho company, recently launched Version 4.5 of its Intercue Mobility Suite, which includes an XML development environment for creating, publishing and integrating XML-based forms for data collection on Palm OS, Windows CE, Pocket PC and Tablet PC/Windows devices.

The latest version supports full integration with Excel, Access, SQL Server, Oracle and other ODBC data sources, the company said. The system aims to help companies replace their paper forms with electronic input and direct integration with back-end database systems.

Version 4.5 also includes enhanced performance on Palm OS devices, two-way data transfers of forms and form data, and the ability to view and edit style sheets in an XML editor, the company said. The software will also let users create custom reports using XSLT to produce invoices, orders and other reports using the XML form data existing on the handheld devices.

For more details on the software and company, go to http://www.mobiledataforce.com

* Chapura helps users organize passwords

Chapura recently announced its TurboPasswords software, which lets users keep user names, passwords, PINs and other identification information organized and accessible while working on the Web, a PC or a Palm-based device. The TurboPasswords application replaces the Cloak application, Chapura said. While Cloak required the use of the Palm Desktop Software in order to synchronize between the desktop and handheld, TurboPasswords can be used as a stand-alone desktop application, the company said.

A new feature of the software is TurboFill, which activates login data via Internet Explorer. The feature automatically fills in Web login forms with user names and passwords stored in the TurboPasswords database, Chapura said. The software also includes a password generator, which creates random passwords for the user. The software costs $29.95, and is available at the Chapura Web site (http://www.chapura.com). Cloak customers can get TurboPasswords 3.0 free via their Chapura account, the company said.

* SplashData across several devices

SplashData announced that its personal identification organizer, SplashID, is now available on several PDA and Smartphone operating systems, including Palm OS, Windows Mobile (Pocket PC and Smartphone) and Symbian (UIQ and Series 60). The SplashID application stores personal identification on the mobile device and desktop PC, the company said.

Like Chapura's TurboPasswords, the SplashID application stores data such as user names, passwords, credit card numbers, calling card numbers, bank account data, PINs, insurance information, etc. Data is stored in an encrypted format (Blowfish), and can be synchronized automatically between a handheld and desktop. SplashID also includes an automatic password generator.

The software is now available for $19.95 (introductory price, normally $29.95), and a free 30-day trial is available at the SplashData Web site (http://www.splashdata.com).

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