Glide Next offers mobile desktop capabilities

TransMedia on Thursday announced the launch of Glide Next — version 2.0 of its Glide Operating System, a mobile desktop application suite that enables you to manage photos, documents, videos, music and other content on your Mac, PC, and more than 20 cell phones and PDAs.

The Glide OS — part of the burgeoning “Software as a Service” movement — resides “in the cloud,” enabling you to access and edit your digital content from anywhere you can get a connection — your computers at home or work, your handset, or even ultramobile PCs and PDAs.

Glide Sync lets you synchronize all of your files and information on your computer; it works in conjunction with a “compatibility engine” that automatically transcodes different media types, optimizing them for delivery depending on the platform and how much bandwidth you have.

When working from a smartphone or handset, you’re using a browser-based mobile application that doesn’t require a huge client application download. It works with the Blackberry Pearl, 7290, 8700g, 8700c, 8700r, Cingular 8125, HP iPAQ hw6510, Motorola Q, Motorola RAZR V3, Motorola SLVR L7, Motorola V188, Nokia 6680, Nokia 6682, Nokia 9300, Nokia E62, Palm Treo 650, Palm Treo 680, Palm Treo 700W, Cingular Samsung Blackjack, Samsung A707, Samsung D807, Sony Ericsson W600i, Sony Ericsson W900i, T-Mobile SDA and other devices. What’s more, Glide provides a way for users who don’t have a device that’s supported to submit information about their device for support.

The Glide OS enables you to manage digital rights and share potentially gigabytes of data with other users; you can access, manage and share all of your files and information remotely; synchronize any changes you might make with your Mac and PC, access RSS feeds, bookmarks, e-mail, calendars, contacts and other content.

Glide 2.0 introduces new features including a photo editor and print shop, Glide Write, a multimedia-capable word processor; and Glide Presenter, a multimedia slideshow and presentation package. TransMedia is also developing Glide Spreadsheet, with support for formulas and macros, and is expected to release the beta in January.

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