Power On ships Now Up-to-Date & Contact for Mac OS X

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Power On Software has released Now Up-to-Date & Contact Version 4.1 for Mac OS X. Based on the enormously successful release of Now Up-to-Date & Contact Version 4, this new version has been written natively for Mac OS X to take full advantage of the next generation operating system's power, stability and elegant Aqua user interface, according to Bob Leeds, Power On's vice president of Business Development & Communications.

"Power On Software has two favorite numbers: 500 and X," he told MacCentral. "As a brand new member of the Inc 500 roster of fastest growing companies in America, we are extremely proud of our growth. We are equally excited to announce the release of the new version of Now Up-to-Date & Contact that has been designed expressly for Mac OS X."

The new version of the personal information management (PIM) product takes advantage of Mac OS X's core technologies and provides "blazing speed and an incredible array of features," according to John Wallace, Power On's president. Those features include:

  • New "dockling" technology that provides instant access to contacts through a QuickContact menu, even if the application isn't running;
  • A QuickDay "dockling" that lets you view schedules, receive visual and audible notification of events and tasks, again even if the app isn't running;
  • Additional user-definable custom fields to allow greater flexibility in the storage of additional contact information;
  • Extra Internet/email/phone fields to handle multiple e-mail addresses, URL addresses, and communications data;
  • Shared keywords in multi-user environments;
  • A Microsoft Entourage and ACT! migration tool that permits users to automatically extract their old data and have it entered into Now Up-to-Date & Contact;
  • Full TCP/IP networking implementation via Apple's Open Transport standard for support of firewalls and NAT routing;
  • One-click sorting of contacts and the ability to sort on multiple levels;
  • Drag and drop layout capabilities for customized list views;
  • Pop-up labeling of headers in list view for flexible views;
  • The ability to attach graphics to contact records (maps, pictures, logos, business cards, etc.);
  • An online support system that includes a HTML-based Help System and integrated Web support that provides automated technical support with an online solutions database that is updated regularly, as well as direct e-mail interface to technical support services and one-click access to FAQ's;
  • A redesigned and updated interface, including user-definable background patterns, new toolbars, custom color selection;
  • Auto-dialing of contact phone numbers;
  • The ability to customize up to 10 levels of task prioritization;
  • A new AlphaBar for immediate access to contacts in list view;
  • New calendar views, including amini-calendar navigation tool for instantaneous modification of date view;
  • Completely updated AppleScript support and Scripts menu that adds support for the AppleScript Object Model, including AppleEvents from the Standard Suite and the Table Suite;
  • Design template and scripts for automatically updating area codes, company information and automating scheduling;
  • Templates for moving data from a custom field to one of the new data-specific fields such as email, URL, or any custom field;
  • The ability to check automatically for any data in a field to which you may wish to move information;
  • Support for Microsoft Office 2001, including drag and drop support and mail merge integration;
  • A QuickFilter for immediate selection of contact records in list view, without invoking a search command
  • Now Up-to-Date & Contact Version 4.1 is available now at a suggested retail price of US$129.95; electronic downloads are available for $119.95. Upgrades from earlier versions of Now Up-to-Date & Contact are $49.95. Upgrades are free, upon proof of purchase, to users who purchased version 4.0 on or after Feb. 15, 2001 from Power On or its authorized resellers. For more info go to the product Web site.

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