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PhatWare's PenOffice 3.1 offers markup for OpenOffice.org documents

The updated version of advanced pen-based collaboration software for Microsoft Windows now offers markup support for OpenOffice.org documents.

Mountain View, CA, January 27, 2009 - PhatWare Corp., a leading provider of software products and professional services for mobile and desktop computers, announces today the availability of PenOffice 3.1, advanced collaboration and handwriting recognition software for Microsoft Windows-based computers and Tablet PCs. The new version of the software offers markup support for OpenOffice.org documents.

PenOffice has found wide acceptance worldwide among OEMs and end-users due to its highly accurate handwriting recognition, easy-to-use user interface, and extensive set of pen-based collaboration features. In addition to a wide range of pen-based collaboration features, the application recognizes handwriting in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, and Spanish, and is designed for use with Windows-based Desktop, Portable, Tablet, and Ultra Mobile PCs. In addition to Microsoft Office markup feature, the new version of PenOffice now incorporates support for OpenOffice.org 3.0 or later documents. The software allows users to add handwritten notes and annotations to OpenOffice.org Writer, Calc, Impress, and Draw documents.

"Since introduction of PenOffice 3.0 in October last year, we have received many requests from PenOffice users to implement markup support for OpenOffice.org documents," said Stan Miasnikov, president of PhatWare Corp. "We are thrilled to offer this feature in the updated version of PenOffice, announced today."

Using PenOffice markup mode with OpenOffice.org applications is simple: launch the supported OpenOffice.org application, choose the markup mode from the PenOffice toolbar; then draw or write on the OpenOffice.org document's window. When you are done writing, after a short timeout, the digital ink will be embedded into the OpenOffice.org document.

"PenOffice is an interesting addition to OpenOffice.org, enabling users of graphical tablets or tablet PCs to do direct annotations in their documents," said Florian Effengerger, Marketing project Co-Lead, OpenOffice.org. "You can easily add drawings or corrections to your files, and it also provides handwriting recognition. PenOffice shows how easy it is to extend OpenOffice.org with new features that enhance the users experience even more."

PenOffice Availability and Pricing

PenOffice 3.1 is available now at the list price of $59.95. A free 30-day trial version of PenOffice 3.0 can be downloaded from the PhatWare website at www.phatware.com/penoffice. It is a free upgrade to registered owners of PenOffice 3.0. All registered users of previous versions of PenOffice can purchase an upgrade at a discount. The upgrade policy can be found on the PhatWare website at www.phatware.com/penoffice.

Announcing Special Pricing for Education

We are pleased to offer a discounted price of $39.95 on PenOffice 3.1 for educational institutions, teachers, students, and non-profit organizations. Volume discounts for orders of 5 or more licenses are also available. For more information and to place orders, please contact PhatWare sales at sales@phatware.com.

About PhatWare

Founded in October 1997, PhatWare Corporation is a leading provider of easy to use powerful software products and professional services for the mobile and desktop computing marketplace. PhatWare specializes in handwriting recognition, digital ink, note taking, and database and network management software development. PhatWare Corporation is a founding member of Microsoft Mobility Partner Advisory Council (MPAC) - a unique partner program developed by Microsoft Corp. to serve as a focused feedback mechanism for Microsoft Windows Mobile platform development, and provide leading companies with the tools and resources they need to bring the most innovative and successful mobility solutions to market - a Microsoft Certified Partner, and Microsoft Windows Embedded partner. To learn more about PhatWare, visit www.phatware.com.