I was given the opportunity to put a great piece of software, Central, to the test recently. What I found was a nifty companion to my already numerous applications installed on my Treo 600.
Central has a sleek; user-friendly interface. It actually makes using the application fun:
Features include a Do Not Disturb selection where you can choose to completely silence your Treo at set periods or on demand; a Super Alarms selection where you can set an alarm for wake-ups or important meetings and other times when it’s absolutely necessary to be reminded. This feature overrides the Do Not Disturb feature so if you happen to leave Do Not Disturb on, you will still hear the alarm. Sweet, huh?
The next feature is a killer…..in fact, that’s what it’s called. The Kill Pill feature. This is the # 1 reason I wanted to try this software out. With this feature, you can send a SMS containing your secret password to your Treo and all data will be erased and your Treo will reset. This is great for times when you lose your PDA or if you seriously think it may be stolen. Let’s face it, we carry our lives on our PDA’s. Everything from credit card #’s to passwords to names, addresses and phone numbers will be found on one’s PDA. How would you feel if one day you get back to your desk from a morning coffee break and your best friend is gone?! Worried I bet. Well with this software your worries turn into peacefulness knowing with a simple text message (via SMS), all your data (including the SD card, if you choose to opt for this) can be totally erased. I tried in twice on my Treo 600 and both times it worked flawlessly. Mint!!
Another great feature this software has is the ability to turn your phone radio back on after a reset. You can also save your battery by setting the times when the phone radio will be turned on and off. Simple but needed. Central is also fully integrated with Palm Addit Treo Edition software. Set a schedule for your Treo to automatically download the latest Reuters news and weather updates. This software also has a Quick Launch feature. Launch your favorite applications from anywhere using a customizable hot key or use the side buttons as page up/down and select buttons. Makes one handed operation easy.
Once you start using Central to manage your Treo, you will wonder how you ever lived without it! Central is budget priced at $14.95 and can be found here: http://www.bluefishwireless.com/products/Central_for_Treo.htm.