I don't make too many posts on mobile software updates since there are so many titles out there today and most are updated pretty regularly. However, there are some applications that I consider "must haves" on my mobile devices and when these titles are updated I may mention them here. It was just over a year ago that I posted the announcement for Agenda One for Windows Mobile Smartphones. I was quite excited about that release because I had used integrated PIM applications on Pocket PCs and S60 devices before, but was using a T-Mobile Dash and wanted this kind of calendar, contacts, and tasks integration on that device. I just received a note from Developer One that Agenda One version 2 was released for Windows Mobile Smartphone (Standard) and Pocket PC (Professional/Classic) devices.
Now that my primary Windows Mobile device is the T-Mobile Shadow I immediately download the CAB file directly from the Shadow and installed the trial of this latest version. One of the major new features in version 2 is the introduction of templates. You can create custom templates for frequently used appointments and tasks, which should greatly simplify the process and make Agenda One more efficient. I personally have these type of regular appointments that aren't really on a set schedule where I could set it up as a standard recurring appointment. For example, my daughters have soccer games every weekend, but the times are always different so now I could have a soccer game template and whip out an appointment in a flash. I understand this was a popular user request and it is great to see Developer One listen to users and respond with a great product update.
Other improvements and new features include expanded language support (now over 15 languages), contact view navigation picker, contact view search performance improvements, appointment and task creation with contacts from within the contacts view, SIM contact indicator, compressed contact view, contact linking (this looks very cool), and much more. A great aspect of Agenda One is the customizations you can make to the application with themes, special low-cost icon packs and color selections. People like to personalize their devices and Agenda One helps you do this, while also helping you be more productive and better at time and contact management.
Agenda One for Windows Mobile runs on Windows Mobile 5 and 6 devices, both touch screen and non-touch screen models. The standard price is US$29.95, but there is a US$5 special discount offer due to the launch so you can buy it for US$24.95. Version 1 owners can upgrade for US$14.95 and if you switched from a touch screen to a non-touch screen or vice versa you can purchase a crossover upgrade too for this same price. There is a 30-day trial available so you can fully try out the software too.