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Appsnapper for U3 Provides Personaized Smart Drive Computing

Automatically links documents to U3 installed applications and cleans up after PC crashes (November 24, 2006)

DMN Newswire--2006-11-24--Runtime Revolution Ltd, the makers of the cross-platform development tool Revolution, and U3, the company that transforms storage-only USB flash drives into smart drives that have password protection, as well as store and run Windows applications, , today introduced AppSnapper for U3, a must-have utility for anonymous computing with smart flash drives.

AppSnapper links documents to applications located on U3 smart drives. When a document is launched, AppSnapper intercepts the launch and automatically directs it to the appropriate U3 smart application stored on the smart drive. With an AppSnapper ?snap, users never launch an application on the host computer.

In addition, AppSnapper also includes a utility called CrashZapper. If a PC crashes while a user is using a U3 smart drive, CrashZapper checks the system to determine if the computer crash caused any information to be left behind on the host computer and if so, it cleans it up.


?Mobile computing first meant carrying a laptop, but with a U3 smart drive consumers can carry both their applications and documents on their keychains and work with any host PC wherever they go. U3 smart drives let users password protect and encrypt their information, but an operating system still assumes they want to run applications from the host machines. The included CrashZapper also closes the door on a potential security risk, said Kevin Miller, CEO of Runtime Revolution Ltd.

CrashZapper is a $9.95 utility included free with AppSnapper. AppSnapper is $9.95 and can be installed on up to three U3 smart drives. Volume licensing is available for corporations and universities and other large sites where anonymous computing on widely accessible systems can sometimes put data at risk.

?Were pleased to offer AppSnapper to U3 smart drive users, said Esther Kruijver, U3 Vice President of Platform. ?It is the perfect solution for smart drive users because it makes accessing files with the preferred application seamless and simple, which strengthens the overall U3 smart drive user-experience.

AppSnapper can be purchased immediately from the U3 Software Central Store Detailed information and multi-licenses are available on the AppSnapper website at

Runtime Revolution is a key supporter of the U3 smart drive platform and also the developer of its namesake product, Revolution. Revolution lets developers and consumers quickly and easily create applications and multimedia solutions on one platform, then deploy them on Windows, MacOS X (PPC and Intel), Linux and Solaris - with an option enabled, users can also automatically generate applications compatible with the U3 security specification. Runtime Revolution solutions begin at $49 and are widely known for allowing users, who have no previous development experience, to create powerful applications.

Operating a U3 smart drive is easy. Consumers can simply plug a U3 smart drive into a PC’s USB port and use the intuitive U3 Launchpad menu, which pops up on the computer desktop, as their gateway to popular Windows applications loaded on the smart drive. When the U3 smart drive is removed, the computer returns to normal and the user retains all personal information. U3 smart drives are available from 18 hardware manufacturers worldwide, including SanDisk, Verbatim, PNY, Memorex and Kingston in North America. Consumers can compare and purchase U3 smart drives by visiting

About Runtime Revolution

Founded in 1997, Runtime Revolution focuses on bringing user-centric software development to all major platforms: Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and Unix. Runtime Revolution Studio is the best selling cross-platform development tool. The company is based in Edinburgh, Scotland. For more information on Runtime Revolution, please visit the company on the web at or

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