Toolkit makes installation of Palm OS applications easier; decreases support
DALLAS (November 17, 2003) - - Beiks LLC, one of the most prolific developers of
software applications for handheld devices – with hundreds of titles currently
available – has released a new version of its Pilot Catapult installation
toolkit for Palm OS ® software developers. Pilot Catapult 3.0 was
designed to make the process of installing Palm OS applications easier and
delivers some long-awaited features to developers.
Pilot Catapult is the first installation kit specifically developed for the
needs of the Palm OS platform. It is small, robust, functional and easy-to-use.
Designed to cover the most common cases of installing Palm OS software, it has
become the install kit-of-choice for hundreds of Palm OS development and
“Pilot Catapult is the result of our having been in ‘the trenches’ of Palm OS
software development for many years. We recognized our own need for an
installation kit with a smaller footprint and yet stronger focus on the mobile
application installation than what its chief rivals were offering,” said Bobby
Kolev, president of Beiks LLC. “Pilot Catapult 3.0 is an excellent choice for
software developers who want to focus on development by saving time, energy and
money devoted to learning and using a generic installation tool. Pilot Catapult
decreased our Web site data traffic by 30% while cutting the support calls by
With its simple drag-and-drop interface, developers who use Pilot Catapult have
the ability to build professional installations of their Palm OS applications in
less than five minutes. Better yet, they can automate the build process and have
different language and feature builds made with a single click of the mouse.
Version 3.0 brings some long awaited features like targeting specific media on
the handheld (RAM, CARD or CARD, RAM), significantly faster decompression,
self-extracting file icon customization, enhanced component installation
features and others. A unique new feature (offered “as is” in version 3.0) is
the packaging of CAB files into user-friendly self-extracting files for users of
the rival Windows Mobile platform (Pocket PC and Windows Smartphone).
Another tool Beiks has recently made available to Palm OS developers is its
LexSpell spell-checking library. By incorporating LexSpell into word processing,
email or other applications that produce text documents, a developer can provide
their customers with the means to double-check the spelling of their messages
before sharing them with colleagues.
Further information about Pilot Catapult 3.0 can be found at
www.beiks.com/catapult. The Standard
edition retails for US$99.00, while the Multilanguage edition is available for
US$129.00. Individual language modules (French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian,
German and Chinese) can be purchased for US$20.00 each. Beiks promises support
for more language modules soon.
About Beiks LLC
Beiks LLC (http://www.beiks.com) is a privately-held company with headquarters
in Dallas. The company specializes in developing and distributing essential
applications for mobile platforms such as Palm OS®, Windows CE®, Sharp Zaurus®
and J2ME®. Founded in 1997, the company is best known for its BDicty Dictionary
Reader, one of the most popular dictionaries for handheld devices on the market.
Beiks' product list now includes a growing catalog of over 250 titles across all
major mobile platforms. Those include the award-winning BDicty Dictionary Reader
dictionary series, games such as NetWalk and Karateka, the Wall Street Financial
Assistant business calculator, the Woman Calendar personal organizer and many
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