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Mastering palm organizers
Author:
Ehrenmann, Gayle.
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San Francisco, Calif. : SYBEX, [2000]

©2000
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xxv, 676 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm + 1 computer optical disc (4 3/4 in.)
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English
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9780782125696
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Summary

With 3 million users -- an estimated 70% of the palmtop market -- the PalmPilot is the most popular of the handheld computers. Current versions include the PalmPilot, the PalmPilot Professional, the Palm III, and the Palm V. The Palm VII, expected in the summer, is touted as "The First Handheld Solution for Out-of-the-box Wireless Internet Access, " and will provide cool new features such as instant wireless Internet communication, Web clipping and an iMessenger application.


Author Notes

Gayle Ehrenman is a high-tech reporter and editor with Internet Week. She has ten years of experience working for computer publications and Internet services.
Michael Zulich is an IT consultant and writer with twenty-three years of high-tech experience.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. xxi
Part I Palm out of the Box: The Basics
1 Meet Your Palm Palp. 3
Looking Aroundp. 5
The Hard Buttonsp. 8
The Screenp. 10
The Contrast Wheelp. 15
The Infrared Beaming Portp. 15
Antennap. 16
The Stylusp. 16
Batteriesp. 17
The Reset Buttonp. 18
The Serial Portp. 18
The HotSync Cradlep. 19
Starting Your Palmp. 20
Setting Up Housep. 20
Exploring the Applicationsp. 23
2 Mastering Graffitip. 35
Writing Letters and Numbersp. 37
Writing Lettersp. 37
Writing Numbersp. 40
Punctuating Your Thoughtsp. 41
Navigating with Graffitip. 42
Using Special Charactersp. 44
Working in Applicationsp. 45
Using ShortCutsp. 46
Working with the On-Screen Keyboardp. 48
3 Interface Conventions: Finding Your Way Aroundp. 49
Drop-Down Menusp. 50
Dialog Boxesp. 52
Pick Lists and Scroll Arrowsp. 53
Check Boxesp. 54
Input Boxes and Linesp. 55
Command Buttonsp. 57
4 Personalizing Your Palmp. 59
Setting General Preferencesp. 61
Set Time and Datep. 61
Auto-off Afterp. 62
System Sound, Alarm Sound, Game Soundp. 63
Beam Receivep. 63
Setting Button Preferencesp. 64
Reassigning the Applications Buttonsp. 65
Reassigning the Antenna Actionp. 65
Setting the Pen Strokep. 66
Configuring the HotSync Buttonp. 67
Setting Digitizer Preferencesp. 68
Setting Format Preferencesp. 68
Configuring the Modemp. 70
Setting Network Preferencesp. 70
Configuring the Ownerp. 71
Setting Shortcutsp. 72
Configuring Wireless Operationsp. 75
Part II The Applications
5 Appointments and People: Mastering the Date Book and the Address Bookp. 79
The Date Bookp. 80
The Viewsp. 80
Adding Eventsp. 84
Editing an Eventp. 87
Setting Preferencesp. 96
Setting Display Optionsp. 97
Choosing a Fontp. 98
Deleting an Eventp. 98
Purging Your Date Bookp. 99
The Address Bookp. 100
Knowing the Viewsp. 101
Creating Address Recordsp. 102
Setting the Detailsp. 105
Customizing Your Recordsp. 111
Using the Records You Createdp. 115
Setting Address Book Preferencesp. 117
6 Lists and Notes: Mastering the To Do List and the Memo Padp. 121
The To Do Listp. 122
Creating a To Dop. 122
Organizing Your To Dosp. 125
Working with To Dosp. 128
Working with Categoriesp. 133
The Memo Padp. 138
Navigating through the Memo Listp. 139
Adding a Memop. 140
Working with Memosp. 141
7 Mastering the Secondary Applicationsp. 153
The Calculatorp. 155
Securityp. 158
Hiding Recordsp. 159
Setting a Passwordp. 160
Lock Down Your Palmp. 161
Expensep. 163
Entering an Expensep. 164
Adding Detailsp. 165
Choosing a Currencyp. 167
Sorting by Categoryp. 169
Display Optionsp. 170
Transferring Data to Excelp. 170
Mailp. 170
Graffitip. 172
HotSyncp. 173
Preferencesp. 174
Welcomep. 175
The Palm VII Applicationsp. 176
Activatep. 176
Diagnosticsp. 177
IMessengerp. 179
Palm.Netp. 180
8 Beaming by the Numbersp. 185
Beaming and Receiving Applicationsp. 187
Beaming and Receiving Recordsp. 189
Beaming and Receiving a Business Cardp. 190
Beaming Other Types of Recordsp. 191
Beaming and Receiving Categoriesp. 192
9 HotSyncing: The Palm Elixir of Lifep. 195
Getting Ready to HotSyncp. 197
Plugging in the Palm Cradlep. 197
Installing and Setting Up the Palm Desktop Softwarep. 198
Setting Up HotSync Managerp. 200
HotSyncing to Your Heart's Contentp. 202
Your Very First HotSyncp. 202
Subsequent HotSyncsp. 204
Installing and Deleting Applicationsp. 205
Installing Softwarep. 205
Deleting Applicationsp. 210
HotSyncing under Special Circumstancesp. 212
Two Palms, One Desktop PCp. 212
One Palm, Two Desktop PCsp. 214
Customizing Your HotSyncp. 215
Restoring Palm Datap. 218
10 Using the Palm Desktopp. 219
Learning Your Way Aroundp. 221
The Windows Interfacep. 221
The Macintosh Interfacep. 224
Using the Applicationsp. 228
The Date Bookp. 228
The Address Bookp. 238
The To Do Listp. 247
The Memo Pad (or The Note List)p. 253
Archiving Old Recordsp. 256
Part III Your Palm and the Outside Work
11 Getting Ready to Communicatep. 263
Setting Up Your Modemp. 264
Setting Up Your Palm Device to Work with the Modemp. 265
Setting Up Your Palm to Connect to the Internetp. 267
Performing a Modem HotSyncp. 269
Configuring the Palm Desktop Softwarep. 270
Configuring the Palm Devicep. 271
Selecting Conduits for the HotSyncp. 272
Completing the Modem HotSyncp. 273
12 Using Your Palm as an E-mail Devicep. 275
Using the Mail Applicationp. 276
Third-Party E-mail Applicationsp. 284
MultiMail Professionalp. 285
Palmeta Mailp. 286
HandMAIL 2.0p. 287
13 The Wireless Wonder: Accessing E-mail and the Web with Your Palm VIIp. 289
Managing Your Wireless Accountp. 290
The Palm.Net Web Sitep. 290
Which Service Plan Is Best?p. 292
Sending and Receiving Mail with iMessengerp. 293
iMessenger Basicsp. 293
The Inboxp. 299
Creating and Sending Messagesp. 300
Checking for New Messagesp. 303
Reading Messagesp. 305
Replying to Messagesp. 308
Alternate E-Mail Solutionsp. 309
How E-Mail Worksp. 310
The Tools for Getting Internet E-Mail onto Your Palm VIIp. 310
Web Clipping with Your Palm VIIp. 312
The Difference between Clipping and Browsingp. 312
How to Use a PQAp. 312
Five Must-Have PQAsp. 318
14 Browsing the Webp. 319
What You Needp. 320
Browsers and Channel Managersp. 321
Browsersp. 321
Channel Managersp. 324
News Readersp. 326
15 Faxing and Printing Palm Stylep. 329
Getting Startedp. 330
Faxing Requirementsp. 330
Printing Requirementsp. 332
Faxingp. 333
Applications That Use the Modemp. 333
Wireless Faxing with the Palm VIIp. 336
Printing from Your Palmp. 337
Part IV Alternate Uses For Your Palm
16 Tools for Better Business and Productivityp. 341
Databasesp. 342
Spreadsheetsp. 345
Personal Financep. 346
Organizationp. 347
Productivityp. 348
17 Using Your Palm as a Graphics Toolp. 353
Viewing Imagesp. 355
Converting Imagesp. 356
Looking at the Resultsp. 358
Drawing on Your Palmp. 359
PalmDrawp. 360
QDrawp. 361
Painting on Your Palmp. 362
DinkyPadp. 363
TealPaintp. 364
Exploring Other Graphics Optionsp. 365
18 Fun and Games for Your Palmp. 367
Card Gamesp. 369
Board Gamesp. 370
Action and Adventure Gamesp. 372
Classic Arcade Gamesp. 373
Random Amusementsp. 374
19 Better Living through Palm Softwarep. 377
Travelp. 379
Healthp. 381
Musicp. 382
Readingp. 383
Hobbiesp. 386
20 Accessorizing Your Palmp. 389
Casesp. 390
Replacement Stylip. 392
Care and Maintenancep. 393
Productivity Enhancersp. 394
Part V Advanced Techniques
21 Using HackMaster to Improve the Performance of Your Palm Organizerp. 401
Tweaking for Better Performancep. 402
HackMasterp. 403
Installing HackMasterp. 404
The Lucky 13: Hacks You Can't Live Withoutp. 407
Managing and Launching Your Applicationsp. 407
Editingp. 410
Utilitiesp. 412
Miscellaneous Hacksp. 415
22 HotSyncing beyond the Palm Desktopp. 419
An Overview of Conduitsp. 420
Programming Conduitsp. 421
The Install Conduitp. 422
The Backup Conduitp. 422
Synchronization Typesp. 423
Interfacing Conduits to the HotSync Manager Applicationp. 423
Required Entry Pointsp. 424
Optional Entry Pointsp. 425
File Linking Entry Pointsp. 426
Notificationsp. 427
Developing Conduitsp. 427
Conduit Typesp. 428
Design Goalsp. 429
The Sync Manager APIp. 430
Special Considerations for Databasesp. 431
Synchronizing to Third-Party Applicationsp. 431
23 Writing Your Own Applicationsp. 433
Programming the Palm Devicep. 434
Screen Sizep. 434
Quick Turnaroundp. 434
Data Inputp. 435
Memoryp. 435
Powerp. 435
Backward Compatibilityp. 436
Getting to Know the Palm OSp. 437
Using Launch Codesp. 437
Discovering Palm's Soundp. 441
Resetting the Systemp. 443
Understanding the Power Modesp. 444
Configuring the Real-Time Clockp. 445
Floating Point Arithmeticp. 446
Application Design Guidelinesp. 446
Programming Conventionsp. 447
Performance Tuningp. 447
Defining Creator IDsp. 448
Managing Databasesp. 448
Making Applications That Run Fastp. 448
Making Applications Easy to Usep. 449
Getting to Know the Leading Application Development Toolsp. 449
The Front Fourp. 450
The Backfieldp. 456
24 Creating an Application in Tiny Basicp. 465
Creating a Tip Calculatorp. 466
cbasPad Chipmunk Tiny BASICp. 468
cbasPad Tiny BASIC Detailsp. 468
Installing cbasPad Tiny BASICp. 469
Using cbasPad Commands and Functionsp. 472
Understanding cbasPad Standards, Syntax, and Limitationsp. 476
Creating the Application in cbasPadp. 479
Coding the Application in cbasPadp. 480
25 Creating a Sample Application in Satellite Formsp. 487
Satellite Forms Version 3.1 Detailsp. 488
Forms, Tables, and Controlsp. 489
Tables in Satellite Formsp. 489
Forms in Satellite Formsp. 490
Controlsp. 491
Scriptsp. 492
Extensionsp. 495
Installing Satellite Formsp. 495
Contents of Installed Foldersp. 497
Installing the Satellite Forms Enginep. 498
Download the Sample Applicationp. 500
Removing the Satellite Forms Enginep. 502
The Satellite Forms IDEp. 503
The Menu Barp. 504
The Toolbarp. 510
Creating the Application in Satellite Formsp. 513
Coding the Application in Satellite Formsp. 514
Advanced Topicsp. 534
Creating the Tablep. 534
Modifying the Data Entry Formp. 536
26 Creating a Sample Application in CodeWarriorp. 539
CodeWarrior Release 5p. 540
CodeWarrior Detailsp. 541
Installing CodeWarriorp. 544
The Constructorp. 549
The CodeWarrior IDEp. 560
The IDE Project Windowp. 567
Setting IDE Preferencesp. 571
Creating the Application in CodeWarriorp. 573
Coding the Application in CodeWarriorp. 575
27 Debugging with POSEp. 595
What Is POSE?p. 596
Technical Overviewp. 597
Installing POSEp. 597
Loading ROMsp. 599
POSE Featuresp. 605
Testing and Debuggingp. 612
Loading Your Applicationp. 612
HotSyncing to POSEp. 612
Using Gremlinsp. 613
Error Handlingp. 615
Profilingp. 616
Appendices
A Web Resourcesp. 619
B When Bad Things Happen to Good Palms: Troubleshooting Tipsp. 627
Indexp. 643