Put Comic Characters on BugMe! Notes

Electric Pocket has released new versions of BugMe! and BugMe! Messenger that include Comic Notes, a series of humorous message packs that feature popular comic strip characters such as Garfield, Bizarro, Cathy, and Ziggy.

Comic Notes is the first of a series of BugMe! NotePack stationery templates which let users enhance their handwritten reminder notes and messages with pre-printed images.

A collection of sixty notes and messages with various comic characters costs $20. Groups of forty sell for $15.

Examples from the Comic Notes collection include a "To Do" stationery template featuring the image of the popular Cathy character with her trademark pile of paper on her desk, and an "It's Time" reminder note featuring a sleepy Garfield taking out his frustration on a dreaded alarm clock.

"Comic Notes let you communicate quickly and with character," said Fabrice Florin, CEO of Handtap, the developer of Comic Notes. "It's a great way to stay in touch with peers, family and friends. We look forward to releasing a range of BugMe! NotePacks for personal and business use."

Electric Pocket is also offering a developer tool to provide others with the ability to create BugMe! NotePacks for commercial or personal use. The company will give the creators the opportunity to upload and share their content via the BugMe.net Web site.

BugMe! lets users handwrite notes or sketches directly on the screens of their Palm Powered handhelds and set reminder alarms. With the release of BugMe! Messenger late last year, Electric Pocket added the ability to send notes, sketches and even photographs to any email address directly from the handheld device. Now users will be able to select from a wide variety of stationery templates to automatically add to BugMe! notes.

BugMe! NotePacks aren't just for fun. A supervisor can select a BugMe! NotePack template with the corporate logo and a "PRIORITY" stamp so it will be sure to get the attention of her staff members.

"BugMe! is so successful because it is both playful and practical," said Iain Barclay, Electric Pocket's co-founder and chief products officer. "Our new BugMe! NotePack further expands upon the fun and practicality of BugMe! and BugMe! Messenger and creates new opportunities for our customers and our partners, who can now create and share BugMe! NotePacks with the BugMe! community."

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What's really cool...

GregGaub @ 8/22/2001 5:36:19 PM #
...is that they got permission from such renowned comics as those. I wonder how much they had to pay in licensing to get all those different characters in these template sets.

At least... I certainly HOPE they got permission...

They should give away the Notes Developer Kit.

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/22/2001 11:04:59 PM #
Giving away the notes creator kits would encourage users to exchange skins, similar to Desktop Themes or NeoPlanet Web-browser. Instead of trying to make money on the few people that would buy the kit, they could have increased the popularity of the application BugMe if people knew they could share backgrounds. Hey! But that's just me.

RE: They should give away the Notes Developer Kit.
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/22/2001 11:11:41 PM #
I agree with this, similar to what FREETHEMES.COM is doing.

Do we really need it?

deesee @ 8/23/2001 12:25:25 PM #
I mean, come on... this probably is one of the most useless things ever to be added to great software. Does anyone really need to have cutesy cartoon characters in BugMe!?

To make matters worse, you even have to pay for it... Geez. Guess there's a sucker born every minute, eh?

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