DataViz Optimistic about iPhone Development, StyleTap Slightly Less So

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Two companies that potentially could create very important applications for the iPhone and iPod touch have expressed optimism about developing applications for these devices.

Last week, after many months of attempting to prevent users from installing third-party software on its handheld and smartphone, Apple gave world its first look at the system it is putting together to allow developers to create and distribute applications for these devices.

Armed with this information, companies are in the process of deciding whether to offer software for Apple’s mobile products. One of the biggest sticking points that remains is Apple’s insistence on approving every application before it can be released.

DataViz’s Office Suite

DataViz is probably best known for its suite of applications that allow Palm OS users to work with Microsoft Office files, and many have hoped this company will release a version of this for Apple’s smartphone and handheld.

Although these device allow users to view Microsoft Word and Excel documents that come in as attachments, users can’t edit them. It’s this functionality that people are hoping DataViz will add.

DataViz has posted on it company blog an interview with CEO Dick Fontana. In this, when he’s asked about a version of Documents To Go for the iPhone, says, "We were one of the first developers for the Macintosh in 1984 and they [Apple] have always proven to be good business partners… We have every reason to believe that the path will be open for us."

Nevertheless, Fontana stopped short of committing to anything.

StyleTap Palm OS Emulator

StyleTap announced a few weeks ago that it was considering making an emulator that would allow users to run Palm OS applications on an iPhone or iPod touch.

However, a problem has emerged; Apple’s rules specifically prohibit emulators, as these will allow users to install and run applications that Apple hasn’t approved.

Still, Robert Chew, one of StyleTap’s founders, remains optimistic. He told Brighthand, "Apple may make exceptions if they find it to their advantage. From feedback we’ve received, a very large percentage of Palm users (including enterprises) would buy iPhones if StyleTap were available for it."

Also, the company hasn’t closed the door on releasing the application only for "jailbroken" units. These can run software not approved by Apple.

In the mean time, StyleTap is continuing to develop its emulator, though it is not yet ready to commit to releasing it.

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Thanks to Hook for the tip.

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