SoftMaker has released a free public beta version of PlanMaker for Pocket PC, a Microsoft Excel-compatible spreadsheet application.
Though all Pocket PCs come with Pocket Excel, this doesn’t offer many of the features users have come to expect from using the desktop versions of these products, including charts and images. When a spreadsheet is edited on a handheld, everything in it that Pocket Excel doesn’t support is stripped out.
This is not true of PlanMaker. This application is able to seamlessly convert back and forth Microsoft Excel 5.0, 95, 97, 2000, XP, 2003, and Excel for Apple Macintosh files into a format that can be used on the handheld.
PlanMaker features include more than 320 functions, shape drawing, and more than 70 chart types in 2D and 3D. It also has a spell-checker.
When the public beta is finished, PlanMaker will be available for $49.95 through SoftMaker and several resellers.
For more information or to download the PlanMaker beta, visit the SoftMaker web site.
SoftMaker is best known as the developer of TextMaker, the gold-standard in Pocket PC word processors.