Bachmann Software & Services today announces the introduction of its portable InfraReady(TM) Adapter, a pocket-sized device that enables users to convert any printer to accept infrared beaming of documents from handheld computers. Bachmann's PrintBoy(TM) is the most popular printing software for the Palm OS(R), allowing handheld users to wirelessly "beam" their documents to a printer. By offering Palm users both printing software and an infrared adapter, Bachmann Software is providing the mobile computing marketplace with the first complete portable printing system.
The InfraReady Adapter allows mobile workers who depend on their handheld computers to connect the adapter to the parallel port on any printer that does not already have infrared capabilities, and create IR printing access on the spot. The adapter can be used in conjunction with PrintBoy to produce hard copies of documents, spreadsheets, forms, sketches, etc. without the need to perform a synchronization between the Palm handheld and the desktop PC.
"There has been an increasing demand for portable printing capabilities, yet we realized that not everyone has an infrared printer available to them. By offering both the PrintBoy utility and the InfraReady Adapter, mobile professionals finally have the ability to print no matter where they are," stated Dan Reuvers, vice president of Bachmann Software. "This device is small enough to fit in a suit pocket or purse and, at $55.99, it's the least expensive IR method of ensuring the ability to print regardless of time or location. With PrintBoy and our new InfraReady Adapter, road warriors can enjoy absolute access to their documents -- even if the printer they want to use doesn't currently have IR capabilities."
PrintBoy is helping salespeople such as Ashok Guha of Toronto-based Memorable Images Photography close business when the customer is ready to commit, by printing on the spot with the availability of an IR enabled printer. "The ability to immediately deliver a hard copy print out of a conceptual drawing has helped me to close a big deal," exclaimed Mr. Guha. "One of my favorite sales occurred after sitting in the office of a new prospect drafting an outline of a new sales concept on my Palm. While he was intrigued by my thoughts, he asked me to follow up with a hard copy after the meeting. I told him that I'd be able to give him a printed copy within moments, and when I pointed my Palm at the printer and hit print, he nearly fell out of his chair. We got the contract, and he's one happy customer."
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