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News Articles and Press Releases:

Do More With Your Photos (ZDNet)

 

AnyWhereMobile Online Service Announced at DEMOmobile

 

Dream House Software releases Retriever 1.0

 

PocketPhoto featured in Computer America article

 

Dream House Software Chooses Windows 2000

 

Dream House Software Announces PocketPhoto™ Color

 

PocketPhoto featured in the San Francisco Examiner

 

PocketPhoto featured in Chicago Tribune

 

PocketPhoto by Dream House Software goes Platinum!

 

Dream House Software, Silicon Mills Merger Complete

Reviews:

Vnunet.com gives PocketPhoto 4 stars

 

Singapore PUG gives PocketPhoto 2.0 a five-baby review!

 

ZDNet gives Retriever 1.0 a five-star review!

 

ZDNet gives PocketPhoto 2.01 a five-star review!


AnyWhereMobile Online Service Announced at DEMOmobile

Innovative Mobile Connectivity Service Allows Access to PC From Any Web-Enabled Device

PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- AnyWhereMobile, the innovative mobile connectivity service, was announced today at IDG's DEMOmobile conference. The service will be demonstrated on stage later this week. 

This ground-breaking service finally frees users from their PCs. It allows mobile users to access their information from any web-enabled device, such as Palm handheld computers, Pocket PCs, RIM wireless handhelds, web-enabled wireless phones, and standard web browsers. A simple installation program automatically configures the computer, allowing subscribers to use the service within minutes of registering.

The service allows users to: View, download and upload files; read, reply, forward, and send e-mail (with attachments); view contacts, calendars and tasks; remotely control home and office automation devices.

"Our users don't have to change the way they work," says CEO Eric Buchbinder. "AnyWhereMobile lets them access their information in a familiar way."

"We're very excited and honored to be presenting and demonstrating AnyWhereMobile at DEMOmobile," says President Alan Finke. "It's the perfect venue to release this type of innovative service, and this audience will be especially responsive to the power and possibilities of AnyWhereMobile." 

"AnyWhereMobile is the type of service that will help drive the mobile world in an important new direction," says Jim Forbes, Executive Editor of DEMOletter and producer of DEMOmobile, an IDG Executive Forums event. "It takes advantage of the current and forthcoming wireless market, and provides consumers and business people with a means of accessing remote data and controlling home automation systems."

Now in its Beta testing phase, AnyWhereMobile service will be released in October 2000. 

AnyWhereMobile is a service of Dream House Software, Inc.

About Dream House Software, Inc. Dream House Software, Inc., a closely held California corporation, provides end-to-end solutions for remote access and control of home automation systems. Dream House solutions enable users to retrieve data, control and monitor devices, and access the power of desktop computers using web browsers and handheld devices. Dream House technology focuses on ease-of-use, reliability and security for end-users, installers, and integrators. For more information, visit their web site at http://www.anywheremobile.com 

About the DEMO Conferences The annual DEMO and DEMOmobile conferences focus on emerging technologies and new products, which are hand-selected by executive producers Chris Shipley and Jim Forbes from across the spectrum of the personal technology marketplace. Top executives from the leading hardware and software technology companies, venture capitalists, journalists from key industry publications and industry analysts attend the DEMO and DEMOmobile conferences to preview the most promising products and technologies for the coming year. DEMO is held in February each year and features approximately 80 new companies, products and technologies. For more information, visit http://www.demo.com/. DEMOmobile is held each fall and features approximately 35 new mobile technologies. For more information, visit http://www.demo.com/demo_conferences/demo_mobile.html.

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Revolutionary Software Allows True Remote Access Via Your Handheld Device

ORINDA, Calif., April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Dream House Software, Inc., a
leading developer of software for handheld devices, today announced
Retriever(TM) software. Retriever allows users to search the entire contents
of their desktop PC remotely, using a handheld device and a wireless phone or
standard modem connection. Selected files can be downloaded from the PC to
the handheld for viewing and editing. Users can also beam, e-mail or
upload files to other PCs or handhelds.
"Retriever is the next step in the handheld revolution," said Alan Finke,
President of Dream House Software, Inc. "By allowing true remote access to
every file on the user's desktop PC, Retriever delivers on the promise of
true mobile computing -- with just a handheld device and a cellular phone."
With an easy-to-use interface, Retriever allows users to connect to their
desktop PC using a standard modem or cellular phone, and search and
retrieve any file on the hard drive, not just pre-selected files. Users
can view virtually any picture or text file format, including most popular
image files. They can also modify retrieved files and store them back on
their PC. In addition, handheld applications, documents and databases can
be remotely installed. Retriever can even be used to monitor remote
cameras, interfacing seamlessly with a PC-based home security system.
Files downloaded to the handheld can be beamed to other handhelds or
uploaded to other PCs. Files can also be e-mailed directly from the PC
without downloading to the handheld. Uploading or beaming to another
machine requires that the other machine have Retriever installed.

Pricing and Availability
Retriever requires a PC running Windows 95, 98, NT or 2000, and a Palm(R)
connected organizer or other compatible handheld device running Palm OS 3.0
or higher. For remote access to a PC, users must have a Palm-compatible
modem, or a cell phone with data connectivity kit, and cellular service
capable of handling digital data. Retriever will carry an estimated price of
$49.95. It will be available in Q1 2000, and will be distributed through
major software retailers. It can also be purchased direct from Dream House
Software ( http://www.dreamhs.com ), or from online handheld software
retailers.

About Dream House Software, Inc.
Dream House Software, Inc., a closely held California corporation,
provides end-to-end solutions that bring users closer to what is important to
them. Handheld solutions enable users to retrieve data, control and
monitor devices, and access the power of desktop computers from handheld
devices. Dream House technology makes innovative use of off-the-shelf
components, and focuses on ease-of-use, reliability and security for
end-users, installers, and integrators. For more information, visit their
Web site at http://www.dreamhs.com .

Dream House Software, Retriever and the Dream House logo are trademarks of
Dram House Software, Inc. Palm is a trademark of Palm Computing, a 3Com
company. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 

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Dream House Software Announces PocketPhoto™ Color

 View Color Photos on the new Palm IIIc

 

ORINDA, CALIFORNIA – March 16, 2000 – Dream House Software, Inc., a leading developer of software for handheld devices, today announced PocketPhoto™ Color, an enhancement of its critically acclaimed black and white PocketPhoto product.  In addition to allowing users to view photos in color on the new Palm IIIc™ connected organizer, PocketPhoto Color includes advanced features such as photo beaming, a slide show, an improved user interface and more.

 

“We listened to our PocketPhoto customers, and incorporated their suggestions into the color version,” said Alan Finke, President of Dream House Software, Inc.  “We’re pleased to be able to offer our customers the excitement of seeing their photos in color, as well as being able to share them with others by beaming.”

 

Users can store up to 100 color photos of anything from family members to business products to real estate properties, all easily accessible on a handheld computing device.  Users can create a slide show of photos, beam photos to other handhelds and upload photos to desktop computers.

 

PocketPhoto Color also features enhanced photo editing and storage capabilities.  Users can categorize photos, create multiple albums, and synchronize their albums with multiple computers.  And it’s all done with an easy-to-use interface. Installation has been made ever easier, synchronization has been enhanced to speed up the HotSync™ process, and now users can upload pictures from the handheld to any PC.

 

 PocketPhoto Color runs on all Palm OS-compatible handhelds running Palm OS™ 2.0 or higher. Like previous versions of PocketPhoto, it displays fantastic black and white images, so even users who don’t have the new color device can enjoy all the new features.

 

PocketPhoto Color supports all major image formats as well as automatic image capture from Digital Cameras, Scanners, and the Internet.  Once an image is imported into PocketPhoto Color, the image can be easily adjusted for the best viewing quality.  PocketPhoto Color supports the following image formats: JPEG, TIFF, Windows BMP, PCX formats (PCX and DCX), KodakÔ formats (Photo CDs and FlashPix), DICOM format (DIC), Windows metafile (WMF and EMF), Photoshop 3.0 (PSD), Portable Network Grafics (PNG) TARGA (TGA), Sun Raster (RAS), MacintoshÔ PICT (PCT), CCITT Fax, MAC, IMG, and MSP.

 

Pricing and Availability

 

PocketPhoto Color requires a Palm® connected organizer or other compatible handheld device running Palm OS 2.0 or higher, and a PC running Windows 95/98/NT or 2000.  PocketPhoto Color will carry a retail price of $24.95. It will be available in March 2000 and will be downloadable from PalmGearHQ (www.palmgear.com), Handango (www.handango.com) and Smaller (www.smaller.com). The PocketPhoto CD can be purchased directly from Dream House Software, Inc. by calling the toll free: 1-877-752-6746 or online via the secure order form at www.dreamhs.com.  For more information about PocketPhoto, log on to www.dreamhs.com.

 

About Dream House Software, Inc.

 

Dream House Software, Inc., a closely held California corporation, provides end-to-end solutions that bring users closer to what is important to them.  Handheld solutions enable users to retrieve data, control and monitor devices, and access the power of desktop computers from handheld devices.  Dream House technology makes innovative use of off-the-shelf components, and focuses on ease-of-use, reliability and security for end-users, installers, and integrators.  For more information, visit their Web site at http://www.dreamhs.com.

 

CONTACT: Roxanne Pascente of S&S Public Relations, 847-955-0700,
ext. 288, or roxanne@sspr.com , for Dream House Software, Inc.

SOURCE Dream House Software, Inc.
Web Site: http://www.dreamhs.com 

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Award-Winning Application for Palm or Palm-OS(TM) Compatible Handheld Computers Stores Up to 100 Photos for Professional or Personal Use

ORINDA, Calif., Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Users of Palm and Palm-OS(TM)-
compatible handheld computing devices now have the means to carry photos of
everything from family members to business products and real estate
properties, thanks to an innovative application from Dream House Software,
Inc.
The application, called PocketPhoto(TM), is a full-featured, inexpensive
photo editing and storage tool that recently received Platinum Certification
from Palm Computing, its strongest seal-of-approval for compatibility and
ease-of-use. It has garnered five-star reviews from dozens of users, as well
as top ratings from Palm news and review Web site PDALive
( http://www.pdalive.com/reviews/pocketphoto.html ), Tucows, and ZDNet.
PocketPhoto lets you create an album of up to 100 photos from any
source -- desktop PC, digital camera, scanner, or Internet. It easily and
quickly uploads photos via HotSync(TM) connection, and lets users manipulate
and organize photos to suit their personal and business needs.
"We've had a terrific response to PocketPhoto," said Alan Finke, President
of Dream House Software. "The usual reaction is 'I didn't know a Palm could
do that!', followed by, 'Where can I get that software?'"
"PocketPhoto is the perfect way for people to carry important images with
them. No more bulky wallet photos or pictures stuffed into purses. It's an
ideal application for professionals who need to have advertising, product
shots, or real estate photos with them for display, or simply to keep favorite
pictures of loved ones on hand," said Dream House Chief Executive Officer Eric
Buchbinder.
PocketPhoto features full 16-level gray scale imaging on Palm IIIe(TM),
Palm IIIx(TM), and Palm V(TM) connected organizers. It is compatible with any
device which runs the Palm operating system, including the Visor personal
digital assistant from Handspring, Inc., the TRG TRGPro, and IBM(R) WorkPad(R)
PC Companion. The album creation software runs on Windows 95 and 98, and
requires 5.4 MB of free disk space.
All major image formats are supported by PocketPhoto, including JPEG,
TIFF, Windows BMP, PCX formats (PCX and DCX), Kodak(TM) formats (PCD and FPX),
DICOM format (DIC), Windows metafile (WMF and EMF), Photoshop 3.0 (PSD),
Portable Network Grafics (PNG) TARGA (TGA), Sun Raster (RAS), Macintosh(TM)
PICT (PCT), CCITT Fax, MAC, IMG, and MSP. It supports scanning as well as
screen capture, and easily adjusts photos for best viewing.
PocketPhoto sells for $19.95, and is available for download from
PalmGearHQ ( http://www.palmgear.com ), Handango ( http://www.handango.com ), Tucows
( http://www.tucows.com ), ZDNet ( http://www.hotfiles.zdnet.com ), and the Palm Catalog.
For more information about PocketPhoto, log on to http://www.dreamhs.com .

About Dream House Software, Inc.:
Dream House Software, Inc., a closely-held California corporation,
provides end-to-end solutions for remote access and control of home automation
systems. Handheld solutions enable users to retrieve data, control and
monitor devices, and access the power of desktop computers from handheld
devices. Dream House technology makes innovative use of off-the-shelf
components, and focuses on ease-of-use, reliability and security for end-
users, installers, and integrators. For more information, visit their Web
site at http://www.dreamhs.com .
Dream House Software and PocketPhoto are trademarks, and the Dream House
logo and PocketPhoto logo are trademarks of Dream House Software. Palm and
HotSync are trademarks of Palm Computing, a 3COM company. All other
trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Roxanne Pascente of S&S Public Relations, 847-955-0700,
ext. 288, or roxanne@sspr.com , for Dream House Software, Inc.

SOURCE Dream House Software, Inc.
Web Site: http://www.dreamhs.com 

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Dream House Software, Silicon Mills Merger Complete

 Orinda, Calif., Dec. 10 /PRNEWSWIRE/--Dream House Software, Inc., developer of software for handheld devices, announced today the completion of a merger with Silicon Mills, maker of PocketPhotoÔ, the top-selling photo-viewing software for PalmÔOS enabled handheld devices. The merger brings together two leading-edge developers of handheld software, promising exciting and innovative advances in consumer and commercial products for handheld devices. 

“We’re very excited about this merger,” says Alan Finke, President of Dream House. “The two teams have already collaborated on a number of projects, and have proven to be a great match. This merger was the next logical step.”

“We’ve had a wonderful response so far to PocketPhotoÔ”, adds COO Kevin Richardson.  “The exposure and experience Silicon Mills has achieved with physical and electronic distribution channels will help Dream House develop more of the products people need, and deliver them quickly and effectively.” 

“Silicon Mills’ vision of ‘bringing people closer to what’s important to them through innovative software’ is very much in line with the Dream House philosophy,” remarks CEO Eric Buchbinder. “Both companies view technology as a tool to enhance people’s lives.”

Dream House plans to continue developing and marketing PocketPhotoÔ, while also expanding current product offerings. Silicon Mills employees will relocate to the Dream House corporate office in Orinda, CA. No layoffs are expected.

PocketPhotoÔ lets you use your PC to easily capture pictures from your computer desktop and from most major image formats, and display them on 3Comâ connected organizers, Handspring Visor products, or IBMâ WorkPadâ PC Companion.

About Dream House Software, Inc.

Dream House Software, Inc., a closely held California corporation, provides end-to-end solutions for remote access and control of home automation systems.  Handheld solutions enable users to retrieve data, control and monitor devices, and access the power of desktop computers from handheld devices.  Dream House technology makes innovative use of off-the-shelf components, and focuses on ease-of-use, reliability and security for end-users, installers, and integrators.

For more information, visit their web site at http://www.dreamhs.com

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Copyright 1999-2001, Dream House Software, Inc.  PocketPhoto, PocketRetriever, Control Pad, and AnyWhereMobile are trademarks of Dream House Software, Inc.Palm Computing is a registered trademark and the Palm Computing platform logo is a trademark of Palm Computing, Inc..  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.