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Firepad Picks Up PDF Status for PALMS

Firepad Inc. Friday picked up Adobe Systems Inc.'s popular PDF library to let its Palm OS viewing software display PDFs.

Firepad's President and Chief Operating Officer Kenneth J. Marshall claims his firm has "mastered the art and technology" of Palm display software. He said he made the play to make the FirePublisher suite attractive to the enterprise and individual mobile workers.

Firepad wasn't always Firepad. The seed for the handheld software maker was planted in 1997 as Whitehorse Development LLC. In 1998, the company developed a Palm version of Sony Playstation's Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf for Electronic Arts Inc.

Launched in 1999, the game was an instant hit. What's more, the game contained the first-ever Delta compressed animation for the Palm, and was the first Platinum certified entertainment title for the platform, capable of executing one million events without error.

Soon after, the firm ditched its video game roots, changed its name to Firepad and began acquiring the rights to unique technologies to spruce up its software offerings for the Palm, the increasingly popular line of handhelds.

It bought Image Viewer, an independently developed application that had emerged as the standard graphics codec for the Palm. It later grabbed PalmCam, the leading technology for streaming and displaying video on the Palm.



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