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Lycoris licenses Bitstream fonts

Redmond-based Lycoris and Cambridge, Mass-based Bitstream Inc. said Lycoris has licensed 40 high-quality Bitstream fonts for the Lycoris ProductivityPak. Lycoris selected the fonts for ProductivityPak from Bitstream’s library of over 900 fonts. Bitstream’s typographers have more than two decades of experience making high-quality typographic designs for developers of applications and operating systems. Lycoris ProductivityPak office suite includes Lycoris Office, Lycoris PDASync Palm Pilot synchronization tool, and hundreds of labels and templates for 15 percent of the cost of Office XP. The ProductivityPak runs on Desktop/LX and provides read and write compatibility with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files, plus more than 20 other formats.

Pacific enhances shopping-cart product

Pacific Software Publishing, Inc. upgraded its shopping cart service, CarelloWeb, a browser-based e-commerce management and hosting service that provides subscribers with the ability to build, manage, and maintain an e-commerce site easily and inexpensively with no knowledge of HTML. There are three main additions to Carello Web. Shipping settings, payment settings, and order details were affected. PSP added the ability for shop owners to set up the shipping charges based on distance and weight, rather than just weight. This will allow shop owners to charge the correct shipping to all customers. Additional security are being enforced by credit card companies to cut back on the amount of fraudulent transactions.

TrueActive upgrades Monitor product

Kirkland-based TrueActive Software, which makes computer activity monitoring software, upgraded TrueActive Monitor 5.0, its monitoring program for enterprise security. Formerly known as WinWhatWhere, TrueActive Monitor 5.0 includes enhancements such as simplified network management, including automatic deploy, update and delete features; data archiving; and improved employee privacy measures such as optional password and credit card capture.

eMedia updates Guitar Method

Seattle-based eMedia Music Corp. released version 3.0 of its Guitar Method Vol. 1 CD-ROM. It now includes a new chapter on modern rock guitar, new higher-quality split-screen videos, and more. New features include: more than 20 new videos demonstrating techniques, split-screen videos for more close-ups, full-screen mode for larger text and easier-to-read anti-aliased fonts. Version 3.0 is also native OS X Compatible.

Game designer moving to Seattle

Dwango North America Corp., a Houston-based publisher of games played on wireless phones, is relocating its headquarters to Seattle and has named a new CEO. The company said the move will cut costs and boost productivity by consolidating operating and corporate functions in a single location. Dwango’s operating and publishing division, Dwango wireless, is currently located in Seattle. Meanwhile, the company named Rick Hennessey as president and CEO. He takes over those positions from Robert Huntley who remains chairman of the company. Hennessey joined the company in May 2003 and has been the president of the dwango wireless division since July 2003. Dwango CFO Jacques Faust and COO Hametner will not join the company in Seattle. Faust will remain with the company for two months while a successor is located in Seattle.

Intune launches new site for ReclinerLand

Redmond-based Intune Media Group, an interactive business communications and marketing company launched a new Web site for ReclinerLand. ReclinerLand is one of the area’s leading retailers of reclining chairs, sofas, love seats and sectionals. The new site features an extensive online catalog of furniture for shoppers to browse through prior to visiting one of the ReclinerLand showrooms. The Web site also gives customers the opportunity to apply for instant credit financing, and find additional information about store locations and weekly specials.

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