Open Door Networks, Project A put Holiday Cheer in iPhone Users' Pocket

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[prMac.com] Ashland, OR - Open Door Networks, Inc. and Project A, Inc. announced today that their Holiday Envi and Carols Envi applications are now shipping through the iTunes App Store. By far the "funnest" apps in the ever-growing Envi line (now more than a dozen apps strong), the $1.99 Holiday Envi and Carols Envi are meant to bring smiles to iPhone and iPod touch users' faces during the winter holidays of Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years.

Holiday Envi provides the iPhone or iPod with a "touch" of lighthearted holiday potpourri. We've found some of the Web's best holiday images, which Holiday Envi pulls in and displays with just a couple quick tap-tap-taps. Items include classic holiday paintings and other art, celebrations throughout the world, delicious looking holiday fare, and all sorts of other seasonal trappings. Images can simply be enjoyed full-screen in automated slide shows, or saved to the Photo app for use in holiday emails, greeting cards, and other ways of spreading seasonal cheer.

Carols Envi includes the words and musical score to over a hundred classic yuletide carols. From "Deck the Halls" to "Jingle Bells," "Silent Night" to "The First Noel," Carols Envi displays each carol, stanza by stanza. The images, originally obtained from the Web, are built directly into the app so that carolers do not need to find Internet access as they journey about town, and so that each stanza loads quickly. The app even loops back to the beginning after the last stanza, so singers can go on to the next verse. Images can also be saved to the Photo app.

Each app includes a large "sampler" from the other, as well as from the full Envi product line. But the fun doesn't stop there. We've added a special set of hidden treats to both apps, for users to discover as they go. Without giving too much away, we suggest revelers might want to give their iPhone a shake now and then and see what "falls out." Carolers in particular should note that they can shake their iPhone or iPod touch without removing their mittens.

Both Holiday Envi and Carols Envi are based on our acclaimed iEnvision Web-image browser. iEnvision, one of the "Top 10 iPhone apps to show off with" and "Top 100 must-have iPhone apps," takes advantage of the iPhone's built-in Internet access and high-resolution multi-touch display to organize Web-based images into tap-and-play full-screen automated slideshows, or "Web shows." iEnvision ships with a number of Web show "groups" built in, and users can also add groups and shows of their own favorite categories. iEnvision is based on Open Door's original Envision for Macintosh product, which is the easiest way to create and publish shows for the iPhone.

Other applications in the Envi product line include:
* Art Envi Deluxe: "An endless art museum in your pocket"
* Space Envi Deluxe: "An infinite space museum in your pocket"
* Paris Envi: a guide to Paris' top 50 sites by Metro
* London Envi: a guide to London's top 50 sites by the Underground
* Comic Envi: comic strips, Web comics and cartoons, including today's and past archives
* Kid Book Envi: hundreds of classic children's books for beginning through advanced readers
* News Envi: newspaper front pages from around the U.S. and the world, plus real-time news photos
* Parks Envi: photos from hundreds of U.S. National Parks, Monuments and other sites
* Art Envi: basic collections from over a hundred of the world's greatest artists
* Space Envi: astronomy photographs, including the latest from Mars and Saturn

Details of the full product line are available at We-Envision.

We-Envision is an innovative collaboration of two separate software companies (Open Door Networks and Project A). The mission of We-Envision is the design, development and deployment of the best independent software solutions for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. Open Door Networks, Inc. was founded in 1995 by Alan Oppenheimer, co-creator of AppleTalk, the original network system for the Macintosh. Open Door is a leading provider of Internet solutions for Apple products. Project A, Inc. was founded in 1990 by Jim Teece and is a leading developer of 100% database-driven websites deployed for clients world-wide. Both companies are located in Ashland, Oregon.

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