swipe logo. Image courtesy: swipe

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KIRKLAND: Satoshi Nakajima, the founder and current interim CEO of UIEvolution who helped build the platform of modern computing as lead engineering architect on Windows 95 and 98, is launching his newest venture, Swipe. With Swipe, any form of communication created via touch-enabled devices becomes a media-rich document embedded with animation, video, images, vector graphics, as well as full audio for voice, music, and sound effects. The simple-to-use Swipe software transforms any plain digital document into a visual and audio production, and any individual into an accomplished designer. Swipe is a design solution for interactive comics, sound novels, and graphic audio books, as well as interactive videos, tutorials, presentations and beyond. Swipe will make its official debut at the upcoming Silicon Valley Comic-Con, Steve Wozniak’s pop culture and technology expo, at the San Jose Convention Center March 18-20. Of note, Satoshi Nakajima also has assumed the role of interim Chief Executive Officer of UIEvolution, the globally-renowned software solutions provider he founded in 2000. UIEvolution provides scalable cloud-based connected device software solutions for the automotive, hotel, cruise, and retail industries. Nakajima, who serves as UIEvolution’s Chairman, will oversee the company’s executive management team through its search for a permanent CEO. Nakajima rejoins the executive management ranks on the heels of the company’s recent investment partnership with Mirai Creation Fund, managed jointly by SPARX Group Co., Ltd., Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation. He replaces former CEO Chris Ruff who concluded his 10-year tenure with the company to pursue new challenges. “Chris has played a vital role in helping establish UIEvolution as the go-to source for innovative, consumer-engaging technology. We thank Chris for contributions to UIEvolution and wish him continued success in his new endeavors,” said Nakajima. UIEvolution plans to license Swipe for integration into their cloud based connectivity platform, ExperienceManager, to enable innovative touch based user experiences for in-room entertainment in hotels and cruise ships as well as digital signs. Created to take full advantage of tablets and smartphones, with Swipe, any form of communication created via touch-enabled devices becomes a media-rich document embedded with animation, video, images, vector graphics, as well as full audio for voice, music, and sound effects. The Swipe media-rich design platform also boasts a companion document viewer, the open source Swipe Engine. Together, Swipe and Swipe Engine empower users to create highly visual documents – and hyperlink it to other documents, in effect creating a dedicated document browser. In contrast to today’s branded design technology formats and OS-native apps, Swipe software’s declarative language (no API or script) eliminates the need for complex programming typically required to build animation or other forms of embedded design content. As a result, designers, animators, artists, musicians, teachers, videographers, and photographers – are empowered to create media rich/animated documents for consumption via touch-enabled devices including smartphones, tablets, and touch-enabled set-top-boxes, such as iPhone and Apple TV. Swipe is also aimed at businesses of all sizes for their B2B and B2C communications. Swipe is also being introduced as a free open source application for the web design community for modification and commercial or non-commercial re-distribution. Designers and publishers are asked only to adhere to the Swipe branding and credit requirements. With respect to his dual role as interim CEO of UIEvolution and creator of Swipe, Nakajima says, “I’m thrilled to be working at the intersection of connected technology and design. The work that the UIEvolution team focuses on in terms of user experience and cloud software with mobile, tablet, TV, and automotive applications. Swipe’s focus is on innovating the user experience with digital documents. I’m delighted to lead both teams.” For Swipe specifically, “We look forward to working with designers and publishers to help prepare our Swipetechnology for mass market adoption. I have opted to launch Swipe and Swipe Engine as free open source platforms in order to make the software technology an industry standard from which everyone can benefit,” said Nakajima.