BlackBerry Gains Web, Printing Enhancements
Onset readies a new version of MetaMessage that adds new printing capabilities and one-touch Web access to BlackBerry.Wireless application developer Onset Technology Inc. next week will introduce a new version of its MetaMessage application that adds new printing capabilities and one-touch Web access to Research in Motion Ltd.s BlackBerry handheld devices. MetaMessage Version 4.0 lets users go to a specific Web page or do a Google search without actually launching a browser. It also adds network printing capabilities to the fax printing capabilities that previous versions of the software supported, said officials at the Santa Cruz, Calif., company. In addition, the software includes better support for viewing attachments than did previous versions, including the ability to view tiny replicas of Microsoft Excel documents. Rich-text-format files such as Microsoft Word and PowerPoint presentations appear similar to their original format, with bold characters and bullet structure intact.
Onset Technology has provided the ability to view e-mail attachments on the BlackBerry since last year. The software sits on a separate server from the RIM BlackBerry server, though, which means spending additional money. MetaMessage, which works in conjunction with, rather than instead of, the BlackBerry server, costs $3,000 for a 20-user license and $50 for each additional user. Onsets customers say its worth it to pay for the third-party applications, though, as RIM will not offer the ability to view attachments with its own server software until the end of this year.