AppForge, Socket Integrate Mobile Development Software with Scanners

6/9/2004 - AppForge, Inc., leader in multi-platform mobile and wireless application development solutions, and Socket Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCKT, PSE: SOK), the Mobile ConnectionTM Company, announced the integration of their products to enable Visual Studio and .NET developers to create mobile Pocket PC and Palm OS applications for Socket's plug-in bar code scanning modules, including the laser-based In-Hand Scan Card, the In-Hand Scan Card-Imager and the SDIO In-Hand Scan Card.

AppForge Crossfire® developers can use Visual Basic 6.0 and Visual Studio .NET to write enterprise applications that use Socket’s bar code scanners. AppForge Crossfire makes it easier to add bar code scanning to existing applications providing built-in support for setting bar code parameters, sending commands to the scanner and receiving bar codes as an event within the application.

”Until recently, scanning bar coded information required a bulky, rugged, expensive data collection terminal. AppForge developers can now easily add support for Socket’s plug-in scanning products, enabling more mobile professionals to use this technology with PDAs to boost productivity,” said Kevin Mills, president and CEO of Socket Communications.

Socket offers a wide range of CompactFlash and SDIO Card-based bar code scanning products to meet a variety of scanning requirements. All products are supported by AppForge Crossfire, allowing users to select the scanner best suited for their needs. Socket is committed to working with AppForge on support for all future Auto ID products, including Socket’s soon-to-be-released Cordless Hand Scanner with Bluetooth® Wireless Technology.

“Enterprises are discovering new uses for bar codes every day,” said Gary Warren, CEO of AppForge. “With the current installed base of Palm OS and Pocket PC devices in the workplace, we believe that the Socket solution for off-the-shelf PDAs will be a great, cost-effective scanning alternative for our customers.”

AppForge Crossfire is the leading mobile and wireless application development environment that extends and simplifies Microsoft .NET and Visual Basic 6 development. With Crossfire, developers can create and deploy robust, smart applications for any number of mobile and wireless handheld devices, including Socket’s bar code scanners, with greater speed and efficiency.

About AppForge
AppForge, Inc. is the leader in multi-platform mobile and wireless application development solutions for Microsoft .NET and Visual Basic 6. AppForge software enables developers to quickly develop and deploy robust applications on all mobile and wireless PDAs, Smartphones and Industrial devices. For more information on AppForge, visit the company’s Web site at

About Socket Communications
Socket Communications, Inc., the Mobile Connection TM Company, provides the broadest range of connectivity products for mobile computers, focusing on handhelds including Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs, Windows CE devices, Palm PDAs and mobile phones. Socket’s Mobility FriendlyTM products are feature-rich while promoting ease of use and lead the market with the smallest footprint and the most Battery Friendly® power consumption in their class. Socket's Embedded Systems Group provides solutions using mobilityICTM interface chips, KwikBlueTM modules with embedded Bluetooth wireless technology and a family of bar code scanning products. Socket is headquartered in Newark, California and can be reached at 510-744-2700 or

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