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Palm organizers
Carlson, Jeff.
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Publication Information:
Berkeley, CA : Peachpit Press, [2000]

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xiv, 321 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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Previous ed.: published as Palm III & Palm Pilot, 1998.
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QA76.5 .C36 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Once the exclusive domain of techies and high-powered execs, Palm devices are replacing the paper-bound address and appointment books of regular folks everywhere. If you've made the switch or are considering it, pick up Palm Organizers: Visual QuickStart Guide, a concise guide to the most popular palmtop OS and the multiplicity of devices it runs on.

Palm Organizers: VQS not only covers the basics of working with Palm devices, it also shows you the best techniques for using your palmtop to make your daily life more efficient and organized. For example, the book thoroughly covers the Date Book and gives you strategies for improving your time-management skills. Devices covered in this edition include the Palm V and Palm III families, Palm VII, Handspring's Visor, IBM Workpads, and TRG's TRGPro.

Author Notes

Jeff Carlson divides his time between Web design--through his Seattle company Never Enough Coffee Creations --and writing and editing, as a freelance author and as Managing Editor of the weekly electronic newsletter TidBITS. Jeff is also the founder of eSCENE, the annual anthology of the best short fiction on the Web. His pioneering use of the Palm organizer is causing an epidemic of PalmPilot purchases at his office, where he rushes around, PalmPilot in hand, asking, "Wanna see something cool?"

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xiii
Part 1 Using a Palm Device
Chapter 1 Palm Basicsp. 3
A Rapidly Expanding Field of Palm Devicesp. 4
Jumping Past the Competition with Handspring's Springboardp. 7
Palm Device Overviewp. 10
Battery Usep. 16
Screen Carep. 19
Accessorizingp. 20
Keyboardsp. 21
Hardware Upgradesp. 22
Palm Desktopp. 23
Chapter 2 The Palm OSp. 25
Navigating the Palm OSp. 26
Accessing Menusp. 28
Onscreen Help and Tipsp. 29
Using the Onscreen Keyboardp. 30
Graffitip. 31
Writing Graffitip. 32
The Command Barp. 35
Graffiti Improvement Tipsp. 36
Palm's Welcoming Committeep. 37
Setting General Preferencesp. 38
Setting the Digitizer Preferencep. 39
Customizing Buttonsp. 40
Changing Formatsp. 41
Editing the Owner Screenp. 41
Using ShortCutsp. 42
Setting Connection Preferencesp. 43
Setting Modem Preferencesp. 44
Setting Network Preferencesp. 45
Launching Applicationsp. 47
Installing Applicationsp. 48
Other Installation Optionsp. 49
Categorizing Applicationsp. 50
Memory Managementp. 51
Deleting Applicationsp. 52
Replacing the Applications Applicationp. 53
The Security Applicationp. 54
Beaming Applicationsp. 56
Chapter 3 HotSyncp. 59
HotSync Overviewp. 60
Configuring HotSync Managerp. 62
Setting up Conduitsp. 64
The Two Faces of HotSyncp. 65
Local HotSyncp. 66
Infrared HotSyncp. 67
Modem HotSyncp. 68
LANSync/Network HotSyncp. 70
Viewing the HotSync Logp. 72
Multiple HotSync Optionsp. 73
File Linkp. 74
Working with Archived Recordsp. 76
Creating HotSync Profilesp. 78
Synchronizing with Web-Based Organizersp. 79
Chapter 4 Date Bookp. 81
Setting Preferences and Display Optionsp. 82
Day Viewp. 83
Week Viewp. 85
Month Viewp. 86
Agenda Viewp. 87
Date Book Navigation: Jumping Through Timep. 88
Entering and Deleting Date Book Eventsp. 89
"Pencil-in" Eventsp. 91
Editing and Deleting Existing Eventsp. 92
Setting Alarmsp. 93
Creating Repeating Eventsp. 94
Attaching and Deleting Notesp. 96
Performing a Phone Lookupp. 98
Marking Events Privatep. 99
Beaming Eventsp. 100
Purging Old Eventsp. 101
Handspring's Date Book+p. 102
Date Book+ Week View with Text Viewp. 103
Date Book+ Year Viewp. 103
Date Book+ List Viewp. 104
Date Book+ Preferencesp. 105
Entering Date Book+ Eventsp. 106
Date Book+ Floating Eventsp. 107
Date Book+ Journal Entriesp. 107
Date Book+ Templatesp. 108
Restoring Archived Eventsp. 108
DateBk4: the Supercharged Date Bookp. 109
Palm Desktop Special Featuresp. 110
Macintosh Palm Desktop Special Featuresp. 112
Attaching Notes in Mac Palm Desktopp. 114
Chapter 5 Address Bookp. 117
Viewing the Address Bookp. 118
Changing the Sort Orderp. 119
Specifying a Preferred Numberp. 119
Changing the Display Fontp. 120
Looking Up Contactsp. 121
Entering and Deleting Address Recordsp. 122
Duplicating Recordsp. 124
Changing and Editing Phone Field Labelsp. 125
Renaming the Custom Field Labelsp. 127
Attaching and Deleting Address Book Notesp. 128
Setting up Custom Categoriesp. 130
Marking Contacts as Privatep. 131
Changing the Security Settingp. 131
Beaming Addressesp. 132
Importing Contacts into Palm Desktopp. 134
Palm Desktop Special Featuresp. 135
Macintosh Palm Desktop Special Featuresp. 137
Using the Instant Palm Desktop Menup. 140
Chapter 6 To Do List and Memo Padp. 141
Viewing Optionsp. 142
Entering To Do Itemsp. 144
Editing To Do Itemsp. 145
Adding and Deleting Notes to Tasksp. 147
Purging Recordsp. 148
Creating and Editing Memosp. 149
Sorting Memosp. 150
Navigating Memosp. 151
Categorizing To Do Items and Memosp. 152
Changing the Fontp. 153
Beaming Recordsp. 153
Working in Palm Desktop for Windowsp. 154
Working in Palm Desktop for Macintoshp. 156
Chapter 7 Calculator and Expensep. 161
Using the Calculatorp. 162
Copying and Pasting Calculationsp. 164
Handspring's Advanced Calculator Modep. 165
Creating Custom Views in the Advanced Calculatorp. 166
Using Expensep. 168
Editing Expense Detailsp. 170
Recording Attendees and Notesp. 171
Viewing Optionsp. 172
Specifying Currencyp. 173
Exporting to Excelp. 174
Chapter 8 Hacking with HackMasterp. 177
Important HackMaster Notesp. 178
Working with HackMasterp. 179
Essential Hacksp. 180
Palm V and Palm VII Essential Hacksp. 183
Noteworthy Hacksp. 184
Part 2 Communicating with the Outside Worldp. 185
Chapter 9 Palm VII and Palm.Netp. 187
Palm VII: A Closer Lookp. 188
The Palm.Net Networkp. 189
Palm Query Applicationsp. 190
Email with iMessengerp. 192
Recommended PQAsp. 194
Chapter 10 Email and the Webp. 195
Modem Hardwarep. 196
Getting Online: Two Approachesp. 198
Email via HotSync: Palm Mailp. 199
Direct-Dial Emailp. 207
Direct-Dial Modem and Network Setupp. 208
Connecting to Your ISPp. 210
Browse the Web via HotSync: AvantGop. 212
Direct-Dial Web Browsingp. 215
Chapter 11 Pages, Faxes, Newsgroups, Telnetp. 219
Sending Pagesp. 220
Faxingp. 221
Reading Newsgroupsp. 222
Telnetp. 223
Chapter 12 Protecting Your Datap. 225
Palm's Built-In Securityp. 226
Custom Security Options with TealLockp. 228
When the Palm OS Security Isn't Necessarily Securep. 231
Palm Desktop Securityp. 232
Record-Level Securityp. 233
Storing Secure Account Informationp. 235
Part 3 Organizing and Managing Your Informationp. 237
Chapter 13 Drawing and Sketchingp. 239
Sketching Basicsp. 240
Exporting and Importing TealPaint Imagesp. 241
Drawingp. 242
Importing Images into Your Handheldp. 243
Chapter 14 Long Textsp. 245
Reading Doc-Formatted Textsp. 246
Converting Texts to Doc Formatp. 249
Reading Books with Peanut Readerp. 251
Using Documents To Gop. 252
Viewing HTML Documents with iSilop. 253
Chapter 15 Managing Your Timep. 255
Track Your Timep. 256
Use a Tracking Programp. 258
Review Your Tracksp. 259
Fine Tune Your Time Managementp. 260
Build Your Time Management Skillsp. 263
Linking Records with DateBk4 and Actioneerp. 265
Chapter 16 Managing Your Datap. 267
Outlining and Brainstormingp. 268
Making Listsp. 270
Databases and Spreadsheetsp. 272
Travelers' Toolsp. 274
Handspring's City Timep. 276
Chapter 17 Managing Your Moneyp. 277
Track Your Personal Financesp. 278
Manage Your Financial Accountsp. 279
Manage Your Investmentsp. 282
Chapter 18 Games and Entertainmentp. 283
Stress Relieversp. 284
Notable Diversionsp. 285
Appendix A Basic Troubleshootingp. 287
Back up Your Datap. 288
Resetting Your Handheldp. 289
Hardware Troubleshootingp. 291
HotSync Troubleshootingp. 293
Appendix B Graffiti Referencep. 297
Appendix C Resourcesp. 299
Indexp. 301