Tom Zucker-Scharff

This is not a full review, but an update of Brent’s excellent review of Iambic’s launcher.   I luckily did not encounter the crash that Brent did, but upon installation propel installed itself and then seemed to have some conflict, I believe with Uninstall Manager.  I was presented with a white screen which I was able to exit by pressing a hard key.  The rest of the install/registration process went very smoothly.

In preferences->programs to use I would have liked to be able to change the handling of avi and mpg files to TCPMP, but the choice was not available.  As a matter of fact there seemed to be no way to change it at all.  When I tapped on “Media” it stated that only Media could handle these type of files.  Instead I ended up using APT to redirect calls for MEDIA to TCPMP.  That being said, the implementation is very nice.  I particularly liked that programs were suggested that were not even on you device, so you would then know what applications to look for to handle those files (see image 2 below – note that the apps in paraenthesis are not resident on my device).

programstouse mediaonly Propel launcher 2.3 from Iambicprogramstouse suggestions Propel launcher 2.3 from Iambic

Although it isn’t new, I liked the ability to set various backgrounds, especially the option to use a faster cached version of a jpg.  I didn’t like the fact that when the background is displayed, it only displays in 320×320 view instead of using my full 320×480 or 480×320 screen space.  Propel itself uses all screen space available, so I’m not sure why it limits the backgrounds, even the built in palm image I used in the first image below.  Backgrounds I took from my own jpgs were similarly limited and images I had sized to fit to my screen (320×480) also experienced shrinking side to side (image 2 below).  The only way I was able to get a full screen background is by choosing “solid colour” in the background choice and selecting a color (see image 3).

backproblem Propel launcher 2.3 from Iambicbackprob2 Propel launcher 2.3 from Iambic baclsolid Propel launcher 2.3 from Iambic

A welcome addition is the ability to Display icons or names or both on the category tabs.  You can only display up to 8 tabs at a time even with the view set to icons only (more if you go into landscape mode, but that’s another story).  Iambic should revisit this aspect of the launcher.  I use LauncherX and can get 11 tabs with icons only across the same screen.  This is important for anyone who wants to do some categorization of their apps.  I confess that I didn’t play around with the skins in propel and that I needed to find a skin in LX that would allow me to display that many tabs (not all do).

Propel vs LauncherX

icontabs8 Propel launcher 2.3 from Iambiclxsetup16 Propel launcher 2.3 from Iambic

The Favorites and Hidden Items preferences section title bar came out garbled:

garbledtitlebar Propel launcher 2.3 from Iambic

I think it was well thought out to provide navigation option for your hard keys while inside propel.  I found a major drawback to be no options for the 5 way toggle and the default implementation of its use was at best non-intuitive.  For instance moving between tabs is not possible as far as I can tell with the 5way or d-pad.  It is nice that I can use it to go up and down as well as sideways within a tab and go up to the tab bar and then down to the tools bar and navigate through that.

settinghk Propel launcher 2.3 from Iambic

Like Resco, Iambic has put in an item that gets updates for the software.  Unlike the Resco update feature, the feature in Propel will get much more – bookmarks, skins, backgrounds, and plugins.

updates Propel launcher 2.3 from Iambic

After messing around in all the preferences I found that it was starting to hang a bit.  it was only during certain operations (setting the preferences for the resco backup plugin made it hang for 15 minutes before I decided to stop it).

Categorizing using the tabs was a little difficult.  I would have liked something akin to a drop down of existing tabs during a tap and hold, instead of actions.  This is of course a setup impression, I would guess it is handier to have the actions drop down after setup.  But in the course of trying to drag and drop icons from one tab to another, the app ended up moving my SDHC driver file to the card instead of moving it to another tab.  I had to reinstall my driver in order to access my card.  This mistaken move happened more times than the app actually moved to the correct tab, until I got used to scrolling the app to the top of the tab tap and dragging correctly.  Also it seems it is easier to move icons between categories when in the list view – 1 column of apps per tab.

There is still a problem if you want to hide the status bar.  On my TX the statusbar did disappear but it left a blank white area and propel reverted to 320×320 mode.  When I tapped to bring the statusbar back, it reappeared and propel came back to 320×480 mode.

hidestatusbarprob Propel launcher 2.3 from Iambic

Pros

  • Icon view in categories
  • integrated with Icon Manager to bring in new icons or edit existing ones
  • update feature is very encompassing
  • Type to search great for finding apps or files in advanced view
  • Backgrounds for different tabs
  • skinning
  • I liked that you could assign most file types to be handled by your own installed applications (and if you weren’t sure what to use there were even suggestions as to what application to get)

Cons

  • Iambic didn’t address the problem with setting different font sizes for different aspects of the app (categories, apps, etc)
  • Although there is now an icon view in the categories, there can only be 8 categories visible at any one time and there is no drop down to access categories not displayed (like the tabs in FireFox).
  • The tabbed interface is difficult to use (see my section on dragging and dropping)
  • For all intents and purposes, the statusbar still cannot be taken off the screen in propel
  • 5 way navigation is not implemented well
  • There was a garbled text error in one of the preferences screens
  • Backgrounds from images that should have filled the whole screen did not, the only thing that did was the solid color option
  • The program does not allow you to reassign which program handles avi and mpg files – it is set to use Media only

Previously I did a comparison of IDGuard by Resco and SplashID by Handmark (see IDGuard vs SplashID ).  A fellow poster on 1src.com pointed out to me I left out his favorite ID app – DataShield by Ultrasoft.  I was going to compare DataShield to the other 2 to see how it stacked up.  That was before I tried it.

There is a lot to say for using Datashield, especially if you haven’t used either of the other 2 apps I mentioned.  Ultrasoft’s app seems well put together graphically.  And there are any number of options, but there are also a lot of limitations.

I immediately liked that I could enter a password from 2 different on screen keyboards, a numeric keypad, or a graphic of my hard keys (the problem with the last is that you must use the graphic to input the code, since the app doesn’t catch the keypresses when in the password screen).  I must admit that I really loved IDGuard’s import feature and miss that in this app.

There are many security preferences within the app, which is really nice, but as soon as I leave the list screen support for anything larger than 320×320 disappears (the TX has a 320×480 screen).

The two things that truly turned me off from DataShield were

  1. it only displays 2 columns at a time, which makes it difficult to see relevant information for some things.  On the other hand, you can edit any of the templates, e.g. bank accounts, very easily to display any column as column #2.
  2. when I hide my status bar on my TX then tap again to get it back the program soft resets my device.

Although the reset is most likely the result of a software conflict, neither IDGuard, nor SplashID have this problem on my device with the same setup.

On top of that when my TX came back after the reset, the 3 dummy records I had entered were gone.  In my opinion, the app should be saving information after each entry.

Although the app installs an icon database separately from the app, there were no more icons (possibly less) than in IDGuard.

So, in the end, I would put IDGuard as the best choice, followed by SplashID, with DataShield a distant 3rd.

Dmitry has announced his expected retirement from PalmOS development at 1src.com.  He posted a while back that he would stop developing once his PowerSDHC and NuRom for LD projects were completed.  He is now working on his operating system, DGOS,  which he says will be 100% compatible with PalmOS.

I have lifted the text of his post and pasted it below, the thread can be found here:

Hello all,

So as has been announced before, nuRom for LifeDrive (out 3 days ago) and PowerSDHC (out a month ago) were to be my last major projects for PalmOS. I will of course continue updating them as needed, but I do not forsee many big PalmOS projects in the future.

Where to from here? Well, I am making my own OS (development name DGOS) that will eventually be 100% PalmOS compatible, and better than PalmOS. It’s well on its way there. I will probably release it once it’s ready. You’ve all been a great audence.

And to set the record straight. I will take back what i said in this interview about PalmOS and GarnetOS not being dead and revise it to be “Palm Inc’s PalmOS may be dead, but hold on to your applications. DGOS will blow you away smile Dmitry Grinberg retires from PalmOS development

Besides that, and many of you know I now work fulltime at VMware, and my future plans include getting an MBA. I will of course continue to be present on the forum smile Dmitry Grinberg retires from PalmOS development.

Thank you all. It’s been a pleasure.

A while back I compared Resco’s IDGuard with SplashID (see “Resco idguard versus splashid: whats in your pocket“).  I’ve been beta testing the desktop component Resco has created for IDGuard.  The app is just about ready for release.  You can already get the latest beta directly from here, or go to this page to read about it and download from the beta section on the page.

Previously, my only real reservation about switching from SplashID to IDGuard was the lack of the desktop component, I have switched now.  Resco is honing the desktop component for release (there are still a few bugs, although not in the conduit).

More to come when I’ve more fully tested it!

Agendus Initial Screen I confess that I am not and have never been an Agendus user, so it’s all new to me. I’ve been very happy using the built-in PIMs since I started using a palm OS device over 10 years ago. Recently, I’ve become unenthusiastic with Blazer, Memos and Versamail and replaced the first two and deleted the third. So when the chance to review Agendus came along, I took it.

First a caveat. I started looking at this app and was taken aback by the plethora of features and options available. I almost decided against writing this review due to the immensity of the task.  So I have not reviewed every feature of this app.  I’ve picked some of the items I thought were significant and looked into them.

INSTALLATION:
First I needed to install the app. In most cases installing a palm application is relatively easy, just extract from a zip archive and install the appropriate prc/pdb files. In some cases there is an exe installer that does the job for you. Iambic gave Agendus a better installer. Put the agendus prc file onto your palm. The first time you run it, it is the installer that runs. When the installer finishes it erases itself. It installs 4 launchable apps: Agendus Pro, Agendus Tour, Iambic Store, and TinyChart (not an application itself but it is used by tinysheet to create the charts in some views in Agendus).

Overview:
I have to admit to being wowed when I first launched the Agendus Pro application. This application should have come as part of the Palm OS. The interface is easy to use, navigation is intuitive and the initial screen brings together everything you might want to see onto one screen. Some things I didn’t even expect to see in this PIM replacement app and was pleasantly surprised. Having the weather is handy, the quote of the day and “this day in History” are nice additions, and if you follow your own stocks, having a mini ticker there is nice (although they do take up screen space and any of the items can be deselected in the slots preferences screen). Each item is collapsible and you can configure how many items (e.g., meetings) you want displayed at a time – the default is 3. I also liked the advertised ability to plan trips and track projects, unfortunately, initially I couldn’t try either of these because each time I tried to create a new project or new trip, my device reset. Note that when I test software I restore a backup set that was created after a hard reset and some fiddling around with deleting and adding certain applications. This is a stable configuration and should not cause a reset. With a little help from Iambic, I was up and running again. It turned out that somehow the files used to store the trip and project information had become corrupted, I deleted these 2 files and they were recreated the next time I tried to create a trip and a project. (thank you to Michael from Iambic quality assurance for setting me straight).

The Agendus Tour which installs with the application is worth taking. For an Agendus newbie like myself, it was very helpful to be shown the meaning of all the various icons. As well as some features that would’ve taken me some time to discover otherwise. Here are some screenshots from the tour.

Agendus toolbarAgendus Hyperlinks

I found Page 8 to be very helpful since I didn’t know what any of the icons meant. Page 3 was informative. I find the fact that you can link to your web browser call a phone number or send an email all from this screen a great feature. Unfortunately I have a TX, so I couldn’t test the phone call link, but otherwise I really liked this ability.

Agendus TripsAgendus Directions

The ability to get driving directions worked seamlessly and came in very handy. Once you use it you won’t want to get directions any other way.  You do need to install the free Google Maps app for it to work.

As you probably already have guessed there are 14 pages of info in the tour. I found all of it helpful.

Agendus uses the databases on your device to populate it’s views. This has it’s ups and downs. When I started Agendus no sort view was selected for the contacts. Which was no big deal, but when I started the built in contacts app again the names were all jumbled up – unsorted. If I sorted them by name in the Agendus Contact view, they are correctly sorted in the built-in contacts view. On the other hand you don’t have to reenter or import any of your data.

On the down side the app is no lightweight – it takes up a couple of MBs of space. According to Memory Info when Agendus is running it takes up about 4mb of DBCache (out of a total of 13mb of usable DBCache on a TX is significant).

No matter how you slice it, Agendus has so many features, both new and from previous versions, that there is something for everyone. I personally found the free time finder extremely helpful. I needed to find four hours to meet with a colleague and so I started Agendus, tapped the title bar and chose the tools menu. I selected Free time Finder and this screen came up:

Agendus Free Time Finder initial screen

Then I tapped Advanced to get this screen (which allowed me to set some more restrictions on how I wanted the search to proceed):

Agendus Free Time Finder Advanced options

I tapped okay and set the time to 4 hours and then tapped okay again. the result was the first screen below. When I tapped the down arrow on the 18th I got the second screen below:

Agendus Free Time Finder - found time monthly viewAgendus Free Time Finder - found time down arrow

Tapping the time designated above (8:00 am – 2:00 pm) brought me to a screen to schedule the meeting.
Agendus Free Time Finder - schedule meeting view

The busier your schedule, the more useful you will find this feature.

This is definitely a program you should try out. And this is also one of those programs you need to read the manual for or you are likely to get lost, even with the tour. Agendus 12.05 is feature rich, and after my first installation problems were solved, it has run like a charm. I tend to look at my files using a file manager quite a bit, so the fact that there was no application named Agendus was slightly confusing. The actual file name of the app is ActNames.prc. Before trying you might even want to go to Agendus’ home page to read about it or to the Agendus page on this website.

vfsusage root graphicalI was scrolling through some freeware apps and came upon this gem. Have you ever wondered what was taking up all that space on your card? This app creates a graphical representation of your card which is dynamic (in that you can tap on any section and it zooms in (give it a few seconds to redraw the screen).

You can toggle between the graphical view and a files listing that shows the size of each file and the percent of the card taken up by the file.

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vfsusage root-palm-programs listThe toggle changes from a list graphic in the graphical view to a pie graphic in the list view. When you are in the graphical view and tap a section you zoom into that section and percentages change to be of that section only (instead of a percent of the whole card), while the section percent changes to 100%.

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For example if you change from the root directory view in the first screenshot to the root->palm view to the palm->programs view and then to the palm->programs->powerrun view, the screenshots from my card look like this:

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vfsusage root graphicalvfsusage root-palm graphicalvfsusage root-palm-programs graphicalvfsusage root-palm-programs-powerrun graphical

You can also display the freespace you have on your card by going to preferences and asking it to show free space:

vfsusage with freespace graphical

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VFSUsage is a handy tool to see where the clutter is and clean up your card. It is very similar to the PC utility Sequoia, but is more versatile. You can get it from the freeware section of www.1src.com, or the direct URL is:

http://www.1src.com/freeware/fileinfo.php?id=1720

I often post screenshots to help explain what I’m talking about or to illustrate a point I’m trying to make. More than a few times people have asked me how I produced the screenshot to begin with. Either they were unsatisfied with what they were using or they didn’t know what to use at all.

I’ve found a couple of very good utilities and tried many more. The 2 I like best are HRCaptDA 1.85E (freeware) and Screenshot5 (shareware). These are the easiest to use in my opinion, and provide the best functionality. Both take full screen screenshots (including the DIA and the statusbar).

hrcaptdm initial screenHRCaptDA 1.85E is, you guessed it, a Desk Accessory. It can be launched from within any application using a DA launcher, like DALauncher, myKbd, MultiLaunch, MetaDA, ZLauncher, McPhling or anything else that can either assign a DA to a hard key or act as a DA launcher. It has a companion app called HRCaptDM. The DM app supposedly lets you manage the images captured using the DA. Unfortunately, this app crashes my TX if I try to open more than one image with it. You must set the preferences for HRCaptDA with it, but beyond that you can forget about it. I have it setup so it saves all it’s screenshots to my card in .bmp format. This is not great since most forums and the like require either jpg or gif format. To set up storing the images on your card, in the file manager part of this – HrCaptDM – use the drop down menu in the upper right corner to select MS (Memory Stick, but this works for an SD card) instead of CLIE (which puts the file in main memory).

hrcaptdm prefshrcaptdm prefs ms settingsThen use the menu option “Saves to MS Setting…” to choose the format of the image file, ie BMP or BMP 24BIT. After you do this, images will be stored in /Palm/PROGRAMS/HrCapt on the SD card. Now you are good to go! Other than the image viewing causing crashes on my TX , it works very well. I just don’t use the DM app to do anything other than set the preferences.

You can get HRCapt from this Japanese URL, just click on the link at the top of the page – it downloads the english version:

http://www.excite.co.jp/world/english/web/(…)&wb_lp=JAEN&wb_dis=2&wb_co=excitejapan

screenshot initial screenScreenShot5 is a shareware app from LinkeSoft. You can configure it to launch from any hard button and you can configure a delay time as well. One can also set it to auto repeat every set number of seconds , beep on taking a screenshot, take fullscreen or not (DIA and statusbar included or not). You can easily view your captures from within the app and export them to your card with a base name. You can also choose the format you wish to export in (jpg, bmp, gif), and the directory on your card to which you wish to export. For instance, if you have 3 images and use the base name “test” and export as jpg, your card will contain test.jpg, test0000.jpg, test0002.jpg. If you have already used that base name, it starts numbering from where it left off.

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screenshot5 export format dropdownscreenshot5 export dialog

Previous screen shots were all taken with Screenshot in fullscreen mode, the one on the right was

screenshot5 not fullscreen

taken with the fullscreen box unchecked (Notice that it doesn’t show the DIA and statusbar):

You can get ScreenShot5 from LinkeSoft for $15 USD here:

http://linkesoft.com/screenshot/order.html

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Recently, I was the beneficiary of a “sweet” deal from Resco. Resco Suite is comprised of many of the company’s apps for PalmOS (See Tam’s review). Since I already owned Resco Explorer 2007, Resco Viewer, and Resco Backup Pro, the suite didn’t really interest me until they decided that users who owned 3 or more Resco products could get a 70% discount on Resco Suite! I was sold so I now own the lot. My first idea was to use IDGuard instead of SplashID to keep all that information protected on my palm.

What about a desktop conduit? I should get this out of the way right at the beginning. SplashID has a desktop conduit and IDGuard doesn’t. I spoke to Jan Slodicka at Resco about what he thought the timetable for getting a desktop component for IDGuard would be. He thought that there could be a conduit in about 6 weeks. In my opinion, this is the major benefit of SplashID over IDGuard. Once IDGuard has a conduit, it will be hands down the best PalmOS Identity protection app out there.  IDGuard NOW has a backup conduit!

Importing records: The first hurdle was getting the data from SplashID into IDGuard. At first I had problems, the import feature in IDGuard choked when importing a vID export file from SplashID – it imported just 29 of over 300 records I had. On the Other hand the import of the SplashID pdb went fine (once I took the password off the SplashID database). Resco was great when it came to troubleshooting this and now the import works perfectly, vID or pdb file. For your own protection IDGuard can’t decrypt the SplashID database, you must know the password and remove it first.

Some benefits of IDGuard over SplashID:

  • Documents: Safe storage, safe processing
  • Audio/image attachments
  • Reminders

You can attach documents to a record. These documents can be in most formats you find on your device – doc/xls/ppt/pdf/images/html/zip/txt/audio/etc. When you attach a file IDGuard asks if you wish to delete the original. In this way you encrypt a file and delete the unencrypted version. You can open the document directly from IDGuard, with 2 caveats – 1) you need a reader for the type of document you are opening (e.g., Documents 2 Go for .doc files) and 2) the reader needs to be in RAM. By default I keep all my D2G applications on my card (you can move applications to the card from within D2G). When I tried to open a .doc file the screen blanked for a second then returned to the login screen of IDGuard. After I moved the application into RAM it opened beautifully. Depending on the application, IDGuard will either make a temporary file that is opened, then deleted when it is finished (as with images viewed with Resco Viewer), or the app will warn you that a file will be made in a certain directory on your card and you will be responsible for deleting it (if you view an image with Media).

I played an audio file (mp3) directly from IDGuard without any problems whatsoever. If you have a mic on your device you can also record your own audio attachments.

Another great feature is the reminders. You can set a reminder on records.

I found when I was recategorizing my records in IDGuard that it had so many fewer choices of icons than SplashID had. This can be somewhat frustrating in that I like to be able to quickly look at records and know what they are from their icon (especially if I’m in the icon view). When I imported my database over to IDGuard all my SplashID entries that had been marked with an icon of a PDA were now marked with a CD icon or a question mark. I prefer distinguishing my software serial number entries between PC software and PDA software. It is categorized that way and should be “iconized” that way. There is a smartphone icon, so I decided that was how I would differentiate. There should be a book icon, in my opinion. I guess I’d just like to see more of a selection.

Overall IDGuard is a superior piece of software. The ability to encrypt so many different kinds of documents/files and view them straight from within IDGuard is a tremendous advantage. Once the desktop component for IDGuard is out I’ll be taking SplashID off my device. Jan as Resco said they will be incorporating the encryption technology used in IDGuard into Explorer 2008 – I can’t wait! I also spoke to Nikolai Filipov at SplashData. Nikolai hadn’t even realized that Resco had released their IDGuard product until I had contacted him. Nikolai said in his email, “… it appears that their application is based on SplashID. SplashID has been the best-selling password manager for Palm OS for over 6 years.” SplashData even provided me with a reviewers guide and a serial number to help with my review. In going through both apps, I became more and more impressed with IDGuard’s abilities. At the same time It is evident that the SplashID interface /GUI has had more time to mature and has slightly more flexibility. Some graphical components are the same on both apps, lending some credence to the assertion by SplashData (for instance, the font selection dialogues are very similar in both apps – note that all skinning in these screen shots was done by SkinUI).

idg font view no datasid font view no data

A nice ability that SplashID has is to be able to change the background colors in the list view. Although this seems minor, it is extremely useful when you change to hires mode. In IDGuard, I can barely discern the background colors, which makes it easier for my eye to accidently slip from one row to the next. In SplashID I changed the color of the colorized rows in hires to a darker color, and that made all the difference in the world.

IDG list view no dataSplashID list view no data

The below screenshot show the SplashID choose color dialog:

SplashID color picker

To wrap it up I’ve made a chart showing the differences and similarities (I’ve highlighted in red the items I believe are the most important differences):

Feature SplashID IDGuard
GUI Customizable in different views – generally more flexible Customizable in different views
Encryption 256-bit Blowfish Industrial standard AES
Desktop Component Yes – Vista compatible Yes (edited)
Document processing No Yes – encryption of all types of documents
Attachments No (except notes) Yes – Attachments can be created also with built-in camera or audio recorder
Reminders No Yes
Customizable record templates and categories Yes Yes
Secure memos No Yes
Special data editors for address/ phone number/ e-mail No Yes
Data Sources (Databases) Yes – Synchronize multiple SplashID databases single data source on palm Yes – Multiple data sources on Palm
Backup/Restore Yes Yes
Export/Import/Send Yes Yes
Password generator Yes Yes
password strength meter Yes Yes
Auto-locking Yes – auto lockout after 10 failed attempts, Time to Auto Lock after exit is configurable at immediately, 1,2,3,4,5,10,15,20,25,30 minutes Yes – wait time gets longer after each failed attempt, Time to Auto Lock after exit is configurable at immediately, 1, 2, 5 minutes
Hint for Password Yes Yes
Web Auto Fill – one click to open a website on the desktop and login automatically Yes Yes
Custom icon support Yes No

tealscan07.jpgTealpoint is developing a diagnostic tool which they have named TealScan. It is currently in Alpha (according to their website), although the tool itself is functional and has a lot to recommend it and it is already possible to purchase it.

The main categories are set out in tabs at the top of the screen. They are Status, Scan, Maintain and Tools.

Status Tab:

The status tab displays 4 graduated bars and 3 buttons. The bars measure battery (volts and percent charge left) , Memory (used/total (amount free)), NVFS (% full, % locked), Signal strength (phone, bluetooth, or wifi).
The system button displays information on your device. The storage button displays information on, you got it, storage! it is handy to see what exactly is going on. The BG Proc button displays Background processes, some of which you may care about others you probably wish were masked (although Tealpoint has no plans to filter this at this point). A major drawback to this screen, in my opinion, is that there is no scrollbar to indicate that it is a very long list. On my device 17 entries show up on the screen while in reality there are 247. To see the rest you must either use the 5-way nav button in the center of the device (on my TX), or scroll down by highlighting with your stylus.

tealscan19.jpgScan Tab:

There are 6 items to choose from on this tab:

  • Corrupted Contacts
  • Empty PIM records
  • Duplicate PIM records
  • Unarchived PIM records
  • Unprotected Background apps
  • Unlocked background apps

I have found the first 2 items to work fairly well, but the Duplicate PIM item although finding duplicates and supposedly fixing them, seems to find the same duplicates again if you do a soft reset after exiting the app.The Unprotected background apps and Unlocked background resources items work well enough but will find Alex Pruss’s software as a possible problem, because it is my understanding that Alex write’s his apps slightly differently. So my list contains 4 Pruss related apps:

Centermenu
Multilaunch
Showbattery (yes mine is the Pruss version)
T3sk-noti (a myKbd component)

tealscan20.jpgMaintain Tab:

There are 6 items in this tab as well:

  • Clean Temporary Files
  • Clean cache file
  • Clean a68k shadow files
  • Find Orphan preferences
  • Find orphan data files
  • Find shared data files

The first 3 items are fairly self explanatory are work well. The orphan preferences and orphan data items find items and identifies them based on Creator IDs. This can be a problem if an app doesn’t use creator IDs properly. These items are not a problem to run, but should be used carefully to delete items. The tealscan help file says, “Entries should generally only be deleted if Tealscan can identify them as belonging to an app you know you no longer run.” I just used these to do some cleaning and found many entries that did need to be deleted and were identified as belonging to apps I had deleted, but there were many more that belonged to unidentified apps. The last item, Shared data file, is interesting, but generally useless. That may be a little harsh. The files this tool finds should generally not be deleted, but if you identify all the apps that use the file and decide you are no longer using it then this tool will let you delete files.

On the bottom of this tab is a checkbox labeled: Monitor and auto-restore ‘Saved Preferences’ database. This is good to leave checked. It would also be nice if the unsaved preferences file were included (especially since many apps keep their reg info there).

tealscan21.jpgTools Tab:

The list of tools keeps growing. As of this writing and this version (0.75) there are 11 tools:

  • Check for software updates
  • check for system version updates
  • lock/unlock apps in memory
  • replace contact area codes
  • selectively delete appointments
  • selectively delete contacts
  • selectively delete memos
  • selectively delete tasks
  • set application stack space
  • write new apps info to CSV
  • write heap info to memo

The first 2 item use the resident TealScan database (you should download a new version before running the tools – there is an Update TealScan Database button at the bottom of the screen) to check for updates to either your currently installed software or the ROM of your device. The lock option still has some quirks. It says in the help that it uses TealLock to lock apps. I noticed that if you lock an app using this tool you can’t unlock it using Resco Locker. Also the list doesn’t really tell you whether it is already locked. This should be addressed before the release. The selective delete tools are useful and seem to work well. They make the task of deleting old or select information much easier. The set application stack space tool needs a better help file, the current one contains no warnings, such as “Don’t use this tool unless you know what you are doing”. Using this could have adverse affects if done improperly. The the CSV tool lets you write pertinent information about apps not in the current TealScan database to your card in a form that will let them be included in the next release of the database (assuming you send the file to Tealpoint – it would be nice if they automated this process by renaming the tool “Send new apps info to TealPoint” and then have it connect and send the file after writing it). The last tool is used for internal debugging purposes.

At the bottom of the screen are 2 buttons. The Run Tool button is just that – select a tool then tap the button. The Update Tealscan Database is as I described previously a way to update your database. Note that this button scans your apps then connects to tealpoint using you default browser. There is an option in preferences to “Use alternate download link to work around buggy web browsers”, so if you find that you are getting an incomplete link in the browser, check this box and it should work. Note that you can also designate what folders you wish TealScan to search on your card with the Custom Card Folders preference. The trackerdog approach of designating which folders not to search may have been an easier solution here, but it works none the less. It has a nice feature in that tapping the add button brings up a file browser allowing you to select the directory.

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There are many tools available to help troubleshoot your palm. If you are the type of person who uses these tools, I recommend TealScan be in your arsenal. They are still developing it. there is a possibility that they will put in some crash logging tools, although that is unlikely at the moment.

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