Picsel

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Picsel[1] is a trademark used by a software company that developed products for handheld devices such as mobile phones and tablets. Picsel produced Smart Office, and other Office suite software for viewing and editing documents on mobile devices. Picsel went into liquidation in 2013, and its assets were purchased by Artifex Software Inc. in February 2014.

Key features and Recognition[edit]

Smart Office's key strengths are in cross-platform compatibility, usability, graphic performance and office document compatibility.[2]

Product availability[edit]

Over 600+ million Smart Office products have been sold to date. They have been particularly popular with the Korean OEMs Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics, and many Japanese OEMs including Sharp, Kyocera, Fujitsu, Sony Ericsson, Casio Hitachi and others.

Smart Office by Artifex is available through app stores for Apple, Android, Symbian, bada and other platforms, and has been well received.[2][3][4][5] In March 2011, an updated version 1.5 with cross platform support (via Dropbox service) was made available.[6] However, many sales are to OEMs who pre-install Picsel software to devices while manufacturing them. The Samsung SGH-D600 mobile phone was one of the best known devices on which Picsel products were bundled.
An updated version of Smart Office version 2.1 is available on Blackberry Playbook, Windows and Amazon.com. Current Artifex Product line includes Smart Office 2.1, Ghostscript, and MuPDF.
FAQ support is available on www.picselsmartoffice.com/support

Litigation[edit]

In February 2009, a patent lawsuit was filed against Apple Inc by Picsel (Research) Ltd,[7] but did not reach court.

Insolvency[edit]

In July 2009, Picsel Technologies Ltd (and other companies within the group) entered administration.[8][9][10] The company continued trading through this despite staff cut-backs, and after three months was bought back by the original senior management team in a complicated deal which saw almost all of Picsel's patents sold to Samsung.

The new trading company, Picsel UK Ltd, continued to develop and sell similar products, employing many of the same staff.

Picsel UK Ltd entering liquidation in June 2012, leaving local and international companies with unpaid debts. A new UK trading company, Smartoffice Technologies Ltd emerged at the same time[11] - again managed by Imran Khand and Majid Anwar.

Smartoffice Technologies Ltd continued to develop and market Picsel Smart Office until September 2013 when it entered administration[12] after the floating charge holder (Malaysia Debt Ventures) appointed French Duncan as administrators. The Directors of SmartOffice also suffered personal insolvency events, with Imran Khand entering bankruptcy in March 2013[13] and Majid Anwar entering a debt arrangement scheme in May 2014.[14]

In February 2014, Artifex Software Inc purchased the rights to the IP, including both the source code, and the Picsel and SmartOffice brands.[15] Artifex has been continuing to support and develop the SmartOffice technologies and is continuing to both sell end-user products based upon them, and to license them to third party OEMs.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Picsel web site". Retrieved December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Picsel Smart Office Review". T3. 2 December 2010. [dead link]
  3. ^ "TechDigest review of Picsel Smart Office App". December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Picsel Smart Office offers best-in-class document editing". What Mobile. 30 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Picsel brings Microsoft Office to Android". TechRadar.com. 5 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Posted by WOL (2011-03-23). "Official site ArchiverAbhinav: Picsel Smart Office for Bada updated to 1.5". Archiverabhinav.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2013-07-24. 
  7. ^ Picsel (Research) Ltd. et al v. Apple Inc. Filing details of the lawsuit against Apple Inc.
  8. ^ Technology firm in administration, BBC article on Picsel entering administration.
  9. ^ Picsel Technologies goes dark, The Register article on Picsel cashflow problems.
  10. ^ Phone staff 'not paid for 3 months', Evening Times article from May 2009
  11. ^ http://expicsel.ning.com/profiles/blogs/smells-like-a-phoenix
  12. ^ http://expicsel.ning.com/profiles/blogs/smartoffice-in-administration
  13. ^ AiB bankruptcy register, retrieved 2013-11-04
  14. ^ AiB DAS register, retrieved 2014-06-05
  15. ^ http://www.artifex.com/press_release/march-14-2014-artifex-acquires-smart-office-mobile-app.html