Productivity Software promotes PC effeciency.
January 31, 2007 -
Compatible with Windows XP, Enso Launcher and Enso Words facilitate and accelerate common computing tasks without taking user's focus away from task at hand. Each program sits transparently in-between OS and all other applications and also on-screen. While Enso Launcher deals with application launching, window switching, and opening files/folders, Enso Words makes common word-related functions, such as spell check and dictionary definitions, available at any time.
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Humanized Inc. Introduces Enso Launcher & Enso Words
CHICAGO, Jan. 25 -- Humanized, Inc. announced today the launch of the first two products in its Enso line of productivity software: Enso Launcher and Enso Words. Both are available for download on the company's website, http://www.humanized.com/ .
"Having to change programs to perform simple tasks -- such as make a quick calculation or look up a definition -- it breaks your concentration, takes you away from the task at hand, and wastes valuable time," said Aza Raskin, president of Humanized and son of the late Jef Raskin, creator of the Apple Macintosh. "Humanized's Enso applications are designed make common computing tasks easier and faster to perform, without breaking focus or forcing the user to switch applications. Enso takes Jef's legacy from vision to reality, revolutionizing the way we use computers the way the Macintosh did back in 1984."
The Enso platform is unique in that it sits in between the operating system (OS) and all other applications. This enables Enso to work transparently with almost any existing application and makes Enso's functions available to the user in whichever program he or she is currently using. Enso's innovative interface is transparent in another way, too: the application appears in a translucent display over the program the user is working in, maintaining the user's connection with the task at hand.
Enso Launcher takes three of the most frustrating and concentration- breaking OS tasks -- application launching, window switching, and opening files and folders -- and puts them at your fingertips. To use Enso Launcher, simply hold down the Caps Lock key and begin typing, and a list of options appears. Type "open" and a list of programs appears; continue typing until "open notepad" autocompletes and Notepad is launched. Switching windows or opening a file deep within the computer is performed with equal ease and speed.
Similarly, Enso Words makes common word-related functions, such as spell check and dictionary definitions, available at any time, in any application.
"For example, say you're adding text to an image in Photoshop and you want to check your spelling," Raskin explained. "Photoshop doesn't include a spellchecker, so you'd have to leave, spell check somewhere else, and copy it back -- it breaks your concentration and takes you away from the task at hand. It's the little things like this that ruin your productivity. Enso lets you spell check the text right within Photoshop -- you don't have to leave. The amazing thing is that Enso works anywhere, and in any program, not just Photoshop; you'll never have to fumble for or learn another spellchecker again."
Additional Enso applications will be released in the coming months, providing fast, easy, unobtrusive means of performing a wide variety of tasks. Examples include being able to perform simple calculations -- or complex mathematical computations -- or control your music and videos, all without leaving the current application.
"When Jef invented the Macintosh, he moved the computer industry from the mainframe to the desktop," Raskin said. "He had the vision of creating computers that everyone could use. We are continuing that vision by turning the interfaces of today into the interfaces of tomorrow."
Enso Launcher and Enso Words are compatible with Windows XP and will soon be available for Vista, and are available as 30-day trials on Humanized's website. The unlimited version of Enso Launcher costs $24.95; Enso Words costs $39.95.
About Humanized, Inc.
Humanized, Inc. is a Chicago-based software company founded by the son and colleagues of interface guru Jef Raskin, creator of Apple's Macintosh, and is focused on software usability and humane user interfaces. The company is dedicated to the belief that good interfaces make computers more pleasant and productive for the people who use them. More information is available online at http://www.humanized.com/ .
CONTACT: Aza Raskin, email@example.com , +1-773-725-4316, or Andrew Huff, firstname.lastname@example.org , +1-773-368-6137, both of Humanized, Inc.