SOURCE: Sage Software

June 01, 2005 09:00 ET

Sage Software Announces ACT! 2005 Compatibility for Palm Powered Devices Including Treo 650 and Tungsten T5 With Palm OS Garnet 5.4 From PalmSource

Palm OS® Garnet 5.4 Optimizes Contact and Customer Management Data Synchronization and Productivity for On-the-Go Professionals Using ACT! on Leading-Edge Palm Powered™ Mobile Devices

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 1, 2005 -- Sage Software, maker of the market leading ACT! 2005 contact and customer management product family, today announced an updated version of ACT! 2005 Link for the Palm OS platform providing two-way data synchronization compatible with the Palm OS Garnet 5.4 from PalmSource, Inc. and many popular mobile devices from palmOne, Inc. including the Treo™ 650 and Tugsten™ T5 models. Synchronization for the devices are part of the latest ACT! 2005 product update now available as a free download from www.act.com for registered users of ACT! 2005 and ACT! 2005 Premium for Workgroups.

"We believe that ACT! extends the powerful simplicity of the Palm OS platform by making one of the most widely used and intuitive contact management toolsets available to over 38 million Palm Powered mobile and wireless device users," explained Patrick McVeigh, senior vice president of worldwide licensing and product marketing for PalmSource. "By optimizing ACT! data synchronization for Palm Powered devices, Sage Software shares our dedication to fulfill the need for people to access their critical business information anytime, anywhere."

The ACT! two-way synchronization features integrate ACT! contact data seamlessly with Palm Powered devices so users can:

--  Synchronize an ACT! database, including contacts, activities, and to-
    do items to their mobile device - using all contacts or only those selected
    by specific criteria such as ZIP/Postal Code or ID/Status;
--  Synchronize up to 20 ACT! notes and history items for each contact -
    choosing which history types to sync;
--  Map ACT! contact data fields and synchronize them directly to Palm OS
    address book data fields;
--  View daily, weekly, and monthly calendars on their mobile device to
    display ACT! activities by type including calls, meetings and to-do items;
--  Create and edit contacts in ACT! or on their handheld device - having
    those records added during the next data synchronization;
--  Set contact access permissions using ACT! workgroup security features.
    
"ACT! is designed to give people command of their essential prospect and customer data so they can efficiently manage all of the activities that build profitable business relationships," said Joe Bergera, senior vice president and general manager for Sage Software Contact Management Solutions. "Supporting Palm Powered devices provides ACT! users the ability to stay on top of their schedules and sales opportunities whether they are in the office or on the road."

ACT! support for the latest devices from palmOne expands the mobile contact and customer management options already available to the professionals, sales teams and members of larger workgroups who use ACT! 2005. These include ACT! Link for Pocket PC, included free, as is ACT! Link for Palm OS, with licensed copies of ACT! 2005 and ACT! 2005 Premium for Workgroups, and Handheld Contact™, an ACT! add-on product enabling ACT! features for Blackberry device users available at www.actsolutions.com

ACT! 2005 From Sage Software

ACT! created the contact and customer management software category in 1987, becoming the defacto standard for helping people organize, access and manage their comprehensive customer details in a single, integrated solution. Today, ACT! has over 2.3 Million registered users.

ACT! 2005 for individuals and small teams of up to ten users retails for $229.99 (upgrade $149.95 MSRP). ACT! 2005 Premium for Workgroups providing database collaboration for workgroups of up to 50(1) users retails for $399.99 (upgrade $259.95 MSRP). For more information, please visit www.act.com/estore or call 866-333-0988.

ACT! 2005 can also be purchased from popular software retailers, e-tailers and direct resellers including Office Deport, CompUSA, Staples, Best Buy, OfficeMax, Fry's and Micro Center.

About Sage Software (formerly Best Software)

Sage Software offers leading business management products and services that support the needs, challenges and dreams of more than 2.4 million small and mid-sized customers in North America. Its parent company, The Sage Group plc (London: SGE.L), supports 4.5 million customers worldwide. For more than 25 years, Sage Software has delivered easy-to-use, scalable and customizable applications through its portfolio of leading brands, including Abra, ACCPAC, ACT!, BusinessVision, CPASoftware, FAS, MAS 90, MAS 200, MAS 500, MIP, Peachtree, SalesLogix, and Timberline Office, among many others. For more information, please visit the Web site at www.bestsoftware.com/moreinfo or call (866) 308-BEST.

(1) Actual number of users supported will vary based on the size and usage of the database.

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