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Palm Resources

Several sites provide access to a variety of Palm OS software:

Following are some specific programs and sites I recommend:

  • The pilot-link web site provides documentation, downloads, and pilot-link mailing lists.
  • The J-Pilot web site provides documentation, downloads, and the J-Pilot mailing list. The list is where Judd Montgomery told me what I was doing wrong with setting up J-Pilot in conjunction with pilot-link.
  • Mobipocket. Since you won’t want a Windows/Mac application to connect to the Palm, download the .prc (Palm application file) to your PC and upload it to your Palm.
  • Adobe Reader for Palm. Reader on Palm is the most usable PDF reader I’ve tried. The desktop application only works with Windows and Mac, and doesn’t work well with Windows. It crashes frequently when doing PDF to the PDF.PDB files that Acrobat for Palm looks for. (This is Win98SE on the other side of the dual boot; I haven’t tried it with Win98SE and Win4lin.) So another converter is required, which is discussed below.
  • PalmPDF. Allows direct reading of most PDF files directly on Palm. Warning: This application uses up to about 5MB of internal RAM. You’ll probably want to install the UDMH tool that reorganizes the Palm internal memory to provide larger available memory blocks for programs before you put this in. This works best for short brochures where you need to see the document and images as the author intended. For reading PDF text, converting PDF to text and then text to .pdb works better.
  • EasyCalc. Scientific calculator for Palm.
  • ZGrab. Screenshot utility for Palm.
  • JPEGview. JPEG viewer for Palm.
  • DioPlayer. MP3 and WAV player for Palm. Assuming that your Palm supports a stereo headphone out, simply transfer MP3s to the handheld from your Palm sync application as a file. Remember that a typical song is 5MB in size, whether it’s on a computer or a Palm, but a Palm has a lot less memory, even with the largest SD cards.
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