Iambic does it again…

Iambic Software, best known for their Agendus Organizer software, has been quite busy lately. The recent release of Your Call, won an instant place on my Treo, and has made me more productive. I heard about Propel today, and based on my experience with Iambic products, downloaded it immediately. I am a strong believer in supporting Software development, so I paid for a registration for Propel without giving it a second thought! PropelTop4.jpg

Propel is the ultimate launcher for your Palm OS powered PDA or smartphone. If you have a Treo, try Propel and you’ll be amazed at how snappy and straightforward launching applications, finding your contacts and keeping in touch will be. Once you start using it, you’ll wonder how you ever did without it. At the same time, Propel is budget conscious and offers 2 editions to better fit your specific needs. Don’t need Voice Launching or mp3 capabilities? Then the standard edition is for you. Looking for a fully integrated launcher experience? Go Professional and you won’t be disappointed. See here for the complete comparison chart.

I purchased a license for the Professional version. The $24.95 price tag is a bit expensive for a launcher, but considering the launcher also included voice launch capabilities, allowing me to eliminate the voice launch application I had previously installed from the Treo’s memory, it is probably deserving of the price. It’s a piece of version one software, and in places it shows… The voice launch application failed to work several times and reset the treo twice. The interface is a bit complicated (especially when coming from Launcher X, which it looks a lot like), and Iambic continues their poor tradition of launching software without documentation. They did however include some pretty good documentation as part of the installed application. What is amazing considering it’s power, is that they managed to squeeze the documentation into the application, include voice support, and still produce an application with a smaller footprint than Launcher X. All of the Iambic products tend to get better with each incarnation. I am a very happy user of Agendus Premier, Your Call and now Propel. It is still a bit rough around the edges in some areas, and documentation is an absolute MUST. The views, while powerful, have me very confused, and I am what most would consider a power user. This needs to be documented better, and the default setup needs to be a bit more straight forward and robust. Iambic seems to be going after the Initiate market, rather than the Launcher X. Under normal circumstances, Iambic would have a huge advantage, with their large stable of software, and integration with Agendus. That may not be the case with Initiate, as Hobbyist Software has become known for being a Treo-Centric developer, with great utilities, and Initiate is a very stable product. We will see. I will stay on top of Propel, and give you my thoughts as Iambic releases updates…

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