Quickies: iambic Buys MegaDoc, Palm Art, YadaYada

iambic, Inc. has acquired MegaDoc, the word processing software, from Megasoft2000. iambic, developer of many Palm apps like Action Names Datebook, and TinySheet will soon introduce a new word processor based on MegaDoc. The estimated release date is the end of June. All registered owners of MegaDoc will receive a free upgrade. During the transition, MegaDoc 1.7 will remain on sale for $25 on PalmGear and Handango. -Kaerrie Simons

Back last fall, an artist named Tom Kemp created 1000 tiny paintings on a Palm Vx using TealPaint then arranged them in a huge grid. Twice Publishing has now produced a poster of this innovative work, called "Analysis". It is available now for 50 (approximately $75US), including VAT and postage anywhere in the world. -NT

YadaYada, the wireless ISP, has been undergoing a reorganization and rumors have been circulating that the company has even shut down. According to VisorCentral, YadaYada CEO Raj Gupta said yesterday, "We are fully committed to keeping our business running as smoothly as before. We will continue to innovate and provide state of the art service." -Ed

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Battle of the office suites

I.M. Anonymous @ 4/27/2001 10:09:58 AM #
The battle of the Office Suites is heating up. DataViz had their Document-to-Go bundled with Palm m50x, QuickOffice is bundled with Handera. It seems to snag bundling deals, a developer should have a word processor and an spreadsheet application in their repertoire. Is Iambic's acquisition of Megadoc, a prelude to a bundling deal with another OEM Manufacturer? Handspring or Sony? Maybe BlueNomad should start developing a spreadsheet too; to complement their excellent Wordsmith. Or better yet, tie up with Solutionsinhands (MiniCalc).

RE: Battle of the office suites
Satan @ 4/27/2001 11:36:47 AM #
Unfortunately for iambic, MegaDoc is probably the worst of the four biggest word processing programs available for the Palm platform.

I expect Blue Nomad has tried to sell their word processor to the hardware companies and failed, leaving them in an awkward position - reminiscent of Netscape when Microsoft started giving away Internet Explorer. Handspring and Sony may be Blue Nomad's only hope. It's a shame that they might eventually go out of business simply because Palm and others have started bundling programs with their PDAs.

RE: Battle of the office suites
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/27/2001 10:22:35 PM #
Sorry, but what are you talking about? Blue Nomad going out of business? Word Smith is the best Word Processor out there!

RE: Battle of the office suites
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/28/2001 1:19:07 AM #
You don't get it. It's not about who's the best - it's about who's "free". Bundling these apps will kill off independent developers. (e.g. Not many people will buy WordSmith if they already have Documents To Go or another similar app bundled with their PDA.)

Other current/future bundled apps: improved calculator, improved mail program, spreadsheet, image viewer, database program, password storage program, clock. Developers like Blue Nomad can potentially see their sales dry up within just a few months if they aren't lucky/shrewd enough to have their app chosen.

RE: Battle of the office suites
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/28/2001 9:57:45 AM #
It's possible that bundling could kill or at least lower than revenue of non-allied firms but I don't see Blue Nomad going under, their BackupBuddy is very much in demand and is probably the best in the business. If Palm releases a new and better version of their Desktop software with all the features of BackupBuddy, then that's another story.

RE: Battle of the office suites
I.M. Anonymous @ 4/28/2001 11:08:45 AM #
Palm ALREADY released an update that makes BackupBuddy almost completely useless to average Palm owners. BackupBuddy/Blue Nomad was left scrambling trying to come up with features to try to get people to shell out for their program. I expect the next Palm update will make it even more difficulty to justify paying for BackupBuddy.

Microsoft has a long history of putting utility companies out of business by incorporating their abilities into the Windows OS. We are soon going to see Palm becoming more aggressive in also "borrowing" ideas from other companies and putting their name on them.

Yada Yada

I.M. Anonymous @ 4/27/2001 12:25:06 PM #
I have also heard rumors that YadaYada is in the process of selling off it's intellectual properties.

Things don't look good. A few weeks ago, they disabled the ability to order their service from their website. Calling the sales line gives you an automated message with no option to talk to a live operator.

Some content providers were claiming that the YY userbase was somewhere south of 5K.

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