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UK-based Picsel has released their document creation and editing suite SmartOffice for the webOS-based HP Touchpad.  Read on for details!

UK-based Picsel recently announced that they have released SmartOffice for webOS-based HP TouchPads.  This brings another choice to the platform, which shipped from HP with Quickoffice installed.

About the Company and the Product

Here is how Picsel describes themselves:

About Picsel

Turning exciting ideas into compelling reality.

Picsel is a dynamic mobile solutions provider, whose pioneering software enables true office mobility. Key stakeholders such as handset OEMs and Operators – use Picsel’s solutions to deliver a vibrant and visually stunning mobile experience that rivals, and often supersedes, the desktop PC experience. Established in 1998, the company employs over 60 staff at its headquarters in Glasgow, Scotland and Korea. The company’s technology has shipped more than 500 million units worldwide, with a customer list that includes LG, NTT DoCoMo, Samsung and Sharp.

Picsel’s aim is to empower Operators and OEMs by allowing the creation of visually stunning and interactive applications that drives the uptake of handsets and services, and build relationships with end user communities. As the mobile market continues to incorporate more advanced media for mobile workers, such as video, enterprise services and user-generated content, Picsel’s proven technology and highly skilled team will become increasingly pivotal in the development of the broader mobile industry.

Here is how Picsel describes SmartOffice and why they released it for webOS:

Picsel UK, a dynamic mobile solutions provider, is pleased to announce the release of Picsel SmartOffice™ for HP WebOS.

In August Picsel UK received an overwhelming response from the WebOS community to a viral video showing a test port of SmartOffice™ on an HP Touchpad. Picsel UK committed to releasing a version of SmartOffice™ on the HP App Catalog. The company has worked closely with HP in delivering a flagship premium application. The Picsel SmartOffice™ for WebOS release gives HP WebOS users a choice and ability to download the first independent mobile office productivity suite available on the App Catalog.

From the 24th October users can purchase Picsel SmartOffice™ for the HP Touchpad from the App Catalog. SmartOffice™ provides superior document viewing and editing capabilities for Microsoft® Word and Excel, and is currently the only application for WebOS that enables you to create and edit Microsoft® PowerPoint documents.

SmartOffice™ makes creating, editing and sharing Microsoft® Office and other documents on the move even easier through contextual menus, a drag and drop interface and sharing to email, Dropbox and Google Docs™. SmartOffice™ for WebOS is a true mobile office experience. Here are just some of the great features:

  • Create and edit Microsoft® Word, Excel and PowerPoint Documents
  • View Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, Txt and many image file types
  • Send files as email attachments
  • Cloud integration with Dropbox and Google Docs™
  • Delete, copy and rename files in the SmartOffice™ file explorer
  • Slide show mode in PowerPoint
  • Full screen view – use the whole screen to view your document. Tap at the top of the screen to show the menu.
  • Pages view – navigate document easily and quickly with 3D pages view
  • N-Up: zoom out to show multiple pages, dynamically arranged on screen
  • 3D Stereo View – convert any document or image to 3D instantly to view using anaglyph glasses

Picsel UK will continue to develop SmartOffice™ for WebOS. Future releases will include feature enhancements such as Autoshapes for PowerPoint and UI enhancements.

This software allows you to view Microsoft Office documents and perform some light editing on the TouchPad, and can even support creation of simple documents.  The real differentiation here from Quickoffice is the ability to edit PowerPoint documents with better fidelity.


Here is what Picsel had to say about product features:

  • Alternative user interface for tablet devices
  • Support for native device buttons (e.g. Android Back button)
Visual Explorer
  • Recent documents option – this lists the documents users have accessed before, regardless of where they have been saved
  • Thumbnail view for recent documents and templates
  • Save As – allows users to rename their documents and resave them into new locations
  • Cloud file hosting capabilities – Dropbox has been integrated into Picsel Smart Office to allow users to save files automatically onto the online cloud service, and then these files can be shared by multiple computers. Simply add in a Dropbox username and password, and then when documents are saved into the Dropbox folder on Picsel Smart Office, they will be uploaded to the main Dropbox folder online and visible practically immediately (time taken depends on speed of internet connection to upload the file)
  • Inline editing of text in Word and PowerPoint
  • Multi-level Undo and Redo
  • Excel Function picker – when you are editing a cell’s formula, Picsel Smart Office will allow you to insert a function from more than 100 options. Other formulae can be entered in manually and the function will be processed the next time the spreadsheet is loaded into Microsoft Office Excel
  • Excel Number formatting – this specifies how the value of the cell should be rendered such as a date or very large number
  • Manage PowerPoint slides – Click on the Slide Sorter within PowerPoint, and users can now reorder or delete slides. To delete, simply hold down on the slide you want to delete, and select delete from the callout box. To reorder, simply hold down on the slide you want to move, and drag to its new position
Supported Document formats
  • Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2003, XP, 2007: .doc .docx
  • Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2003, XP, 2007: .xls .xlsx
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 97, 2000, 2003, XP, 2007: .ppt .pptx
  • Adobe Acrobat PDF 1.0 to 1.7: .pdf *
  • Images: .jpg (.jpeg) .png .bmp .wmf .emf .gif
  • Plain text: .txt
  • selected features of pdf v1.0 to 1.7 supported

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With all the news about the HP TouchPad fire sale both here in the UK and in the US over the last few days, I have to ask the question – did anywhere actually have any?


I know that Jim tried to get them from various sources in the US, and mainly failed.

I even managed to get an order placed first thing yesterday morning with Barnes & Noble in the US for one, only to get the following email 24 hours later:


Here in the UK, the online sale started at 6pm last night, but could you get one? No you couldn’t!!!

At 6pm Dixons claimed to have both the 16GB and the 32GB ones in stock – I even managed to get a 16GB added to my basket, but as soon as I tried to check out my basket was emptied and then it was sold out!

This seemed to be the story everyone else got as well.

Other places like PC World, Currys and other claimed to have them available for in store collection, except that no store actually had them!

At 9am this morning you were supposed to be able to buy them in store, so at 9am I was at a very large Curry’s Digital in Central London and asked them if they had any.

The response was a bit of a surprise – I was told that “….since 1pm yesterday they have been like gold dust” (which was a surprise because the new prices only started from 6pm) and then the funniest comment I got was “they were priced that low for a reason………”.

That seemed to be the general consensus wherever I tried. So, either most places didn’t have much stock and quickly sold out, huge crowds magically arrived at 9am this morning and got them all (which is unlikely given the comments from 4 different places saying they all sold out yesterday) or staff working for these places all got them yesterday before the pricing was official.

Ebay today shows rather a lot of £160 TouchPads – so you be the judge!

DId you try and get one? What happened?

I saw today via an article on Engadget, which linked to ThisIsMyNext and webOSroundup, a Staples in-store promotion, coupled with an HP promotion, that cuts the price by $200.  Wow!

HP TouchPad

First off, the HP promotion.  HP is knocking $100 off of either 16GB or 32GB models.  In addition, webOSroundup found a Staples coupon for another $100 off, in-store only, and confirmed that they would honor both the HP price cut AND the Staples coupon.  Now, that means HP TouchPad goodness for $399/$299 in Staples this weekend.  Is that low enough for you to try one?

I played with one of these the weekend that they were released in a Best Buy store.  I have to say that webOS was very easy to use and I was able to pick it up and immediately use it.  While not as easy to use as an iPad, it was really a nice piece of hardware, and the browser runs flash.  App count is light, so no iOS fart apps here, but at that price, it might make sense to pick one up.

What do you think?  Is this cheap enough to take a shot with?  I may consult the Family CFO tonight over dinner…

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