SplashData has recently updated their password manager to version 4.03. The new version of SplashID introduces a number of new features, including:

  • Enhanced Security
  • Web AutoFill (In the Windows version)
  • The ability to synchronize multiple SplashID databases
  • Enhanced Lookup Feature
  • The ability to e-mail securely encrypted SplashID records
  • The ability to add additional standalone desktop users
  • Updated Icon set (with the ability to add custom icon sets)
  • 100% Vista Compatible

So, why, should you use SplashID over, for instance, SmartList To Go? SplashID can not only be used as a Password Manager, but also as a secure way to store other tidbits of information, such as contacts, and small notes that you would like to keep separate from your normal data set. For example, my application registration keys now exist in SplashID, rather than an unencrypted Pilot-DB database:
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When you first start up SplashID, you are greeted with this rather foreboding password screen:
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After 10 tries, you are locked out of the application and your database is erased. This prevents password cracking programs that may rely on a Brute Force Password Cracking Technique (yes, I have seen applications like this in the wild, running directly on the device…)
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As I said before, SplashID has plenty of uses outside of a password manager; Even from the first instance you start it up, you know that there are plenty:
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One of the features that I saw very interesting was a view called List View. As implied, List View presents you a tree that you can use to view records by categories, type, etc. Pretty cool, imho:
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So, if you have a bunch of data sitting in an unsecured database, or you have a snoopy relative, or you are just plain paranoid, SplashID is a wonderful application to keep your data safe! This review covers version 4.03 of SplashID, which can be purchased for 29.95$ at the TamsShop, however, previously registered users can snag this wonderful application at 9.95$

The Bluetooth File Transfer protocol is a very handy thing to have for everyone who has more than one bluetooth-enabled device. It essentially creates a FTP-like server that can be accessed from other handhelds. Palm OS handhelds could act as ‘servers’ quite some time…and Softick’s Commander allows your Palm to act as client, too!

Commander’s interface is based around a set of tabs. Each tab can show local files, card files or the contents of a remote device:
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When in Bluetooth mode, opening a folder takes a bit of time(a progress dialog like the one below is shown):
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Dragging around files(you can select more than one) is innovative but simple. You simply open the path where the files should go to, open the next tab and move them over. The copying process takes some time due to the limited speed of the bluetooth transmitters involved:
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Softick Commander shows a progress dialog, transfers can be canceled reliably with the cancel button. When copying folders, the folder structure is preserved. Copying directly from device to device seems to be possible too, altough it is extremely slow.

Softick Commander was tested with a hp rx4240 and a Nokia N71. The HP rx4240′s implementation of Bluetooth File Transfer protocol is excellent – the Palm TX could read from and write to the machine easily:
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With the Nokia N71, things look different. Some folders cannot be opened, and the phone sometimes refuses to cooperate. If it works, the TX can write files out…but it cannot read them remotely.

Last but not least, the product also offers basic file manager functionality. However, its capabilities do not significantly exceed those of FileZ…and if anyone really needs a file manager, he probably already knows about Resco Explorer!

This review looked at version 1.02.200 of Softick Commander on a Palm TX. The program needs about 350k of RAM and supports HiRes+ screens!

Overall, Softick Commander will never be a good tool for moving your MP3 collection around-its transfer medium simply is too slow. However, transferring small files up to a few MB in size definitely is possible(albeit slowly)…IF your other device is supported. Luckily, a trial version is available for free – if it works and you transfer small files often, the price of $23.95 is justified as it protects your memory card slots!

Please tell us with which devices Softick Commander works for you!

SplashMoney discount code: Get 20% off this product in the TamsShop with the code SPLASHFORCHEAP

When personal finances are concerned, the belief that big, onetime expenses are the killer is widespread. I personally think that it’s the frequent little things that get ya – but in the end, if you can’t track your cashflow, all discussion is moot! SplashMoney promises to bring your finances under control(and do online banking – ignored here) – but can it cope with the harsh realities of the everyday life of a person like me(many income and outcome streams)?

SplashMoney is centered around accounts. A SplashMoney account can be a credit card, a bank account or a cash stack – it essentially doesn’t matter one bit. Each account can have an unique icon assigned; a list of all accounts is shown in overview mode:
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Each one of the accounts contains transactions. A transaction is a move of cash – either into or out of the account. Transactions can be arranged in categories in order to simplify budgeting.
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I especially liked the feature to note down unpaid income – handy for all those partners who don’t pay their bills quickly(you know who you are?). However, there is no way to handle transactions from one account to another – this is the number one feature I want to see in SplashMoney 5:
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Frequently occurring payments can be processed automatically, too.

Each category can be assigned a “monthly budget”. This way, you can easily keep in check how much you spent on what:
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Last but not least, the program can also render charts:
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SplashMoney can protect itself with a password. This means that a password is required whenever SplashMoney is opened – while this increases privacy, it also is a major nuisance. A faster authentication method(e.g. tap on image) would have been better…

This review looked at version 4.09 of SplashMoney on a Palm TX. The program was stable in the reviewing period, it needs approx 800k of RAM!

Overall, SplashMoney CAN do what it promises – the emphasis is on CAN. Finance manager programs can only work if you don’t allow to yourself to cut some slack – every centime must be tracked. If you have the discipline necessary for that, SplashMoney will prove to be an invaluable assistant even with its current multi-account quirk – the price of 30$ is a bit high at first, but will pay out eventually!

VersaMail can be a great app at times. But when it is used as a primary client by a perfectionist like me, all sorts of stupid things get noticed. Today we are going to compare the T|X’s default version of VersaMail (v3.1C) with the latest version of Agendus Mail SSL Edition (v5.31)

So bring it on: 5 things I hate about VersaMail

#1: VersaMail cannot store attachments on VFS
This by far the worst complaint I have. I get attachments quite often. Usually they average 2—300KB and, when I was a VersaMail user, I had a 9MB VersaMail attachments db. 9MB! AgendusMail, on the other hand, has the option to store attachments on the VFS. It does, however, store both the message AND the «MIME ENCODED» attachment. This, IMHO, means you must use Agendus to get the attachment free. (IE, you can’t open the zip with RescoExplorer before extracting it with Agendus.)
Agendus Attachments in RescoExplorer

VersaMail is too slow
Most of the time VersaMail takes over 10 seconds to start. This is not good for me, as I am always on the run. If I need to get my mail, I need it now. Agendus starts up very quickly, just like any other app should. The reason, IMHO, that VersaMail is so slow is that, like Blazer, it is flushing the DBCache. Agendus was real light on cache usage, so no flush is neccesary.
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AgendusMail’s use of the DBCache before and after getting and reading about 120 mails.

VersaMail doesn’t have a Memo/Calendar/Task export
I am completely addicted to this. Agendus can save mails, or selection thereof to the PIM application of your choice. I LOVE this so much. It can be a quick way to save a chunk of text, instead of using Accesorizer, which can make other issues.
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Agendus has a smaller memory footprint
Besides the mail DBs (and VersaMail’s attachment DB) Agendus is about 800KB in RAM. VersaMail is around 1200KB. I am trying to squeeze as much memory as possible out of my poor T|X and definitely it helps. My z22 (15MB usable RAM) is also using Agendus and the small memory size helps.

VersaMail has horrible error reporting
90% of the time that a mail doesn’t get sent in VersaMail, I don’t realize it. VersaMail does not so much as wink at me if a mail does not send, only quietly tuck the message away in the drafts folder. I have had instances where I am waiting and waiting for a reply and never bother to look in the drafts folder to realize it is still there! AgendusMail has excellent error handling. AgendusMail will almost make sure that you get support for a problem by automatically sending logs of the errors to the folks down at Iambic. (And to those who are a bit paranoid: this can be disabled… Although, I am sure the folks at Iambic would be glad to help you out.)
Error Reporting

So, if you use your Palm for mail and are being constantly annoyed by VersaMail, check out AgendusMail (GMail users should pick up the SSL edition.) It is a great app definitely worth trying out!

I do have some nice feature requests for the guys and gals down at Iambic:
1. Encrypt the mails/attachments. This would be awesome. This would secure the mail (duh) and, it looks great on the product page: “Now with AES encryption!” or something similar.
2. The ability to disable the downloads of attachments. I don’t need a bunch of old SrcEdit builds that can easily be got off of my desktop. It made downloading the mails perhaps the most painful hour of my life. Seriously. Imagine a 15 year old high schooler sitting out in front of his grandma’s house, holding up his T|X trying to get a wireless connection, baking in the +100°F Arizona weather for an hour…

GX5 has recently released a few impressively-looking applications for Treos – for example, DialByPhoto, a good-looking replacement for the Treo’s built-in phone app(DialByPhoto review). Their latest spawn is TreoWeather, a weather forecast tool…can it stack up?

After installing the program onto the Treo, TreoWeather needs to download additional icons wirelessly. It also asks for permission to retrieve data from Yahoo over the wireless link, and shows a quick tutorial on adding new cities:
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Adding a new city is done in the menu – you enter the name of the city, and the program then offers you a list of cities that match. I tried austrian postal codes too, but had no success:
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Per default, the program shows one city at a time in ‘mini mode’(the blurs are due to GIF compression and are not visible on the handheld):
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Tapping the ‘maximize’ toggle opens detail view, where additional information about cities is available:
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A 5day prognosis is accessible from there, too – as is the manual upgrade button:
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TreoWeather’s display can be customized like most other GX5 apps – you can add a background image and overlay of choice, choose fonts and display units:
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This review looked at version 1.0.0.0 of TreoWeather on a Palm Treo 680. The program was stable and needs about 1.2MB – however, parts of the program can be moved to the external memory card.

Overall, TreoWeather is a very nice-looking weather forecast tool for your Treo. It can fetch a forecast and display it beautifully – but it can’t autoupdate itself as of now(said to be coming soon). The update button is pretty difficult to access, and there’s no plugins for other programs either. In the end, it all comes down to personal preference. If you want a cool-looking program, get TreoWeather by all means. On the other hand, if you need plugins, get 4cast(4cast review)… . Both products cost 10$…get an evaluation version of both and decide yourself!

Use the code DONTGETWET to get 20% off both 4cast and TreoWeather in the TamsShop

Use the code READMYCARDS to get 20% off Card Reader in the TamsShop

Microsoft’s PocketPC devices allowed direct memory card access for ages via a program called ActiveSync. Palm users traditionally were limited to sending files somewhere onto the memory card via Hotsync. Mobile Stream’s Card Reader now tops the Microsoft solution by promising to transform a Palm OS handheld into a generic USB disk that can be accessed without any additional software – can it keep its promise?

Card Reader’s main interface is very tidy – the toggle button allows you to turn card reader functionality on and off:
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MobileStream integrated a few power saving options that basically turn the Treo’s screen off when no access takes place.

CardReader’s background mode allows you to use the handheld while USB stick mode is enabled. Indeed, running programs in ‘parallel’ works well – if the programs don’t need to access the connected memory card(it gets unmounted). When a call is received, background mode shows its true strength. Taking a voice call is no problem for CardReader…

Last but not least, the program offers some sort of ‘Bluetooth FTP’ service…

I tested CardReader v1.06 on a Treo 680, The program needs approximately 150k of RAM and was exceptionally stable in the testing period. Various Windows 2000 and Windows XP machines accepted the virtual USB stick flawlessly…

Overall, MobileStream does it again – CardReader finally allows you to dismiss the ‘stupid’ USB stick and replace it with a smart one that allows you to edit data on the go. For me, the time saved is well worth the 12$ admission fee at the TamsPalm shop – a 14day trial is available to find out if the program suits you!

You can find the details at PDA Performance’s website, but im posting a blurry screenshot for you to view. You can download the preview app from their website, and it will run on most newer Palm devices. The preview app simply shows the desktop with the CNN and Weather widgets running. Although there is not much that you can see, there is full multi-layer alpha blending on the widgets (think Konfabulator), and it is very cool to see.

Saguaro Sneak Peek

SplashData is one of the most famous Palm OS development houses – its applications are sometimes considered “weak” by power users, but are adored by many for their simplicity. When SplashData entered the outliner market, I wondered abut how their simplification would work in the outliner market(read: if the product wouldn’t have been dumbed down too much) – now the product is here, lets see how it works!

SplashNotes for Palm OS starts up with a list of outlines available on the handheld:
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Tapping on an outline opens it for editing. The editing process is very simple – items can be dragged and dropped, and the arrows can be used for indentation.
Outlines can be collapsed and expanded easily, too.
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The outline can be displayed in three different modes. Bullet mode shows small bullets next to each item, the checkbox mode allows you to add a checkbox next to each item, and the active mode shows only the unchecked items(checks propagate upwards automatically):
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Text notes and hand-written doodles can be attached to the individual outline items:
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This test covered SplashNotes 1.1 on a Palm Tungsten E2. SplashNotes worked well during the review, I experienced no crashes whatsoever. The program needs about 400k of RAM and costs about 30$(on the TamsPalm store).

Use the code NOTESFORME to get 20% off the product until the 9th of April. Valid only on the TamsPalm store!

Overall, SplashData succeeded in creating an affordable Palm OS outliner that does well what it must. The program does not contain any of the advanced features that make advanced Palm outliners difficult to use for beginners – simplicity beats functionality here. If you need a simple and easy-to-use product, download the 15day trial version and see if it suits you!

When Resco first released Neeews, many in the Palm OS world did not understand the motivation behind giving away such an excellent program completely free. After the Resco site-visit, I knew that a commercial version was coming…and here it is. The product hasn’t been released yet, but the TamsPalm review is right here!

Resco Neeews starts up by showing a few introductory pages. These contain basic information for novices – well done.
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Resco Neeews’s user interface is similar to the Palm OS launcher:
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Adding a new feed(Resco term: newspaper) works via a wizard that is easy to understand, but confusing. I outlined all the steps for you below, as you might see, one passes the same form twice(once to choose, once to edit and save). However, the Wizard appears well thought-out and did its job perfectly.
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Static feeds like our TamsPalm feed work very well. You can choose if images should be downloaded or not, how many articles you want to have, the font size can be selected and links can be passed to your handheld’s web browser or sent to the clipboard. To cut a long story short – Neeews’s rendering is excellent!
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Resco’s so-called dynamic feed feature allows you to get a feed from sites like Google or Flickr that is parametrized by the search terms you enter into the wizard. This page shows the settings for a Flickr feed that downloads the latest lava lamp photographs from Flickr:
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Resco Neeews did a great job with the dynamic feed – the pictures look great on my Palm Tungsten E2(the ripple is due to the GIF compression in WordPress – the gradients are soft on the TE2):
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Neeews’s dynamic rendering allows you to look at a feed while it’s data is still being downloaded. This is especially handy for feeds with many images… . Here is a video that shows the creation of a dynamic feed, its downloading and rendering on a Palm Tungsten E2.

This review looked at Resco Neeews 2.01 on a Palm Tungsten E2 with a HP SD card. Neeews didn’t crash in my tests, neither did it show any excessively weird behavior.

Overall, the Palm OS world just got richer by one excellent program. If you enjoy looking at RSS feeds, you will love Resco Neeews! Excellent HTML rendering makes looking at feeds comfortable, dynamic rendering makes the whole experience fast. I can’t really find out anything negative about Neeews! – congratulations!

I recently reactivated my yellow Palm Tungsten E2 as my primary handheld – and was disappointed by SrcEdit’s bad usage of screen resolution. The font was well-readable, but way too big.

As always, John Wilund was willing to help- and sent me this file which must be installed into RAM alongside of SrcEdit. The resource font will then be exchanged with a smaller one looking like this:
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Be careful when installing the file on lowres handhelds like a Palm Treo 600, however – here’s a screenshot of the font from my Palm Treo 600:
t600 Tiny font for SrcEdit

Smaato News is a RSS/newsreader program (not only) for PalmOS. It offers several preconfigured channels, but one can also add individual feeds. The program supports all kinds of RSS and Atom feeds.
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I tested it with the feed of my own news site and there was no problem. But be careful: some feeds deliver the whole text of the article, some other only show the headlines. In this case, the corresponding article can be opened in the web browser by tapping on the “read more” link.
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The feeds are updated “over the air” or via Hotsync-Conduit (there have been problems with the speed of the sync via conduit in older versions, but this problem is going to be fixed. A version with improved conduit is coming soon according to a company insider).

One can limit the traffic in order to avoid high costs (if you don’t have a unlimited data plan). Another service is also included: a weather forecast which is also updated during the sync. Smaato says that further services will be integrated.

Smaato News officially is only for Treo devices (both PalmOS and WindowsMobile). But I tested it on my Tungsten T3 with Wifi card and it worked perfectly. Only HiRes+ is not supported. On my Treo 680 I had no problems, too.

Overall, Smaato News is a nice program for everyone who wants to stay up-to-date with the latest news easily. And the best thing about it: it’s free!

Windows Mobile handhelds have had start menus for ages, and HiLauncher brought this feature to Palm afficionados in the days of the Palm IIIc. Now, a new product called LaunchAnywhere by ZZTechs plans to attack HiLaunchers market. ZZTechs is famous for its ZLauncher product – which is one of the best Palm OS launchers currently on the market. So, I have high expectations of their product – let’s see how it fares!

LaunchAnywhere ships with a custom installer that uncompresses the product into your handheld’s RAM:
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When LaunchAnywhere starts up, it shows you a list of menus. LaunchAnywhere allows you to have more than one menu – you can have one menu per application if you want to:
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Clicking edit opens a menu for editing. You can create a variety of entries with different functions – from launching an application to indicating a status, everything is possible:
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Toolbars are a new concept in the menu world – they allow you to group icons vertically. These icons have a variety of functions and can also be used as a status indicator:
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Menus can contain submenus like in the Windows start menu. You can also have a submenu that shows you all contacts, applications or Memos on your PDA:
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LaunchAnywhere can be customized with themes and background images. I am not a fan of all these artsy junkyards, so no further coverage of that here.

ZZTechs managed to create a small economy around their products by allowing developers to create plugins for their applications. I received a few plugins with my distribution and found the HardBall plugin impressive(altough buggy) – treat it a sign of what’s to come:
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I tested the program on a Treo 600 and experienced no problems. The program needs about 500k of RAM – putting it onto VFS memory is not a good idea as it won’t work.

Overall, if you are looking for a start menu addon to your Palm, look at Launch Anywhere by all means. The program costs exactly as much as HiLauncher(about 20$) – but can do much more. If you can live with the complex interface, get this program. You will not regret it…

The Palm OS image viewer market has undergone a lot of changes over the last few years, as conversion-based applications were replaced by applications that work with native image files from memory cards. Resco came to the market after AcidImage(review) and GrxView(review) – lets see how the program stacks up:

The program has a very flexible interface that somehow mimics the classic Windows explorer. The folder bar can be made wider and smaller – and can be removed from view, too:
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Images can be displayed in a variety of styles. The size of the thumbnails can be adjusted in the Preferences:
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Thumbnails can be cached in RAM, not crapping up the Palm’s memory card with hundreds of useless files – Resco’s PhotoView does a great job here:
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A long tap on an icon brings up a menu with a variety of options(shown here for files on a memory card – RAM files have less options). Copying, etc files is done via drag and drop – multiselection can be activated in the main menu beforehand:
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When opening an image for viewing, Resco usually doesnt load the image in its full size. Instead, it scales the JPEG down a bit. A variety of options aid you when viewing images. You can adjust brightness, contrast and color hue easily in addition to zoom and rotation – innovative features everywhere! Disabling autorotation(preferences) is a good idea though…
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A really cool extra feature of Resco ImageView is its Slideshow module. The ‘normal’ slideshow module impresses with very creative effects and music support – this video has a few of them:
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The real kicker feature is the custom slideshow module. It allows you to choose display time, sequence, transition effect and music – you can even insert text slides. This video shows a little custom presentation:
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This review focussed on version 2.41.2 of RescoViewer. I tested the program on a Palm Tungsten T3 and a Treo 600 – and it worked very well on both. The program needs about 400k of RAM or VFS storage…

Overall, RescoView is an image viewer that can definitely give the established competitors a run for their money – if you are willing to invest a bit of time into learning how to use it to its best. Get the trial version and see if it suits you by all means!

Boy oh boy, I can still remember the day when I got my first HiRes Palm(a Palm Tungsten T). The HiRes display was simply stunning for a person coming from a Palm m505…soo much more information on such a tiny thing. Adios scrolling, welcome tiny fonts and halfblind eye! DocumentsToGo always did a good job in HiRes, but I always had the impression that they ignored Lowres handhelds a bit.

To be honest, DocumentsToGo 9 sneaked itself onto my Treo 600 rather accidentally – its hotsync conduit found a PDA that ran v8 and simpy kicked v9 into the RAM instead(so much about beeing card sensitive, good I had 17meg free). Anyways, DocumentsToGo started up without problems on the Treo 600:
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WordToGo
The major annoyance I always had with WotrdToGo on Lowres devices was the big default Palm OS font used for displaying data. DocumentsToGo 9 now uses its Agfa TrueType engine on Lowres Palm PDA’s too – three zoom levels for lowres folks:
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I already mentioned that the Agfa engine has problems with rendering in our Documents To Go 9 review – this photo of a regular plaintext file shows how crazy the fonts actually look(greyscale pixels everywhere). I probably mentioned already that ClearType, subpixel rendering, etc are a surefire way to annoy my halfblind eye, didnt I( :-) )?:
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WordToGo now supports a true fullscreen mode – the extra three lines can be very helpful when it comes to reading documents:
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SheetToGo
SheetToGo also supports three zoom levels(small is unusable) and a fullscreen view mode:
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 DocumentsToGo Lowres screenshots and impressions

SlideshowToGo
SlideShowToGo works really well on Lowres screens. When you zoom in, the slides are shown really really clear:
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Last but not least, here is a photo of an app with a really well-done small font. Its SrcEdit(free from here):
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Overall, DocumentsToGo 9 is a great step forward for Lowres handheld users – and it is a step back, too. The flexible zoom options make viewing files easy, but the subpixel rendering spoils the fiest(for me). If you want to know more about DocumentsToGo 9, visit our full review!

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