PalmOS PDA essentials

I started listing a few software packages for my PDA that I find invaluable in 2005. Things have changed a bit since then, with a few hardware upgrades to the present Treo 650. Thought it was time to get it online!

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  • DateBk6 by Pimlico Software. A feature-rich extension to the default calendar application, which omits features (like floating events) that are on earlier versions! (US$27.95)
  • Missing Sync for PalmOS v5. Great product, reliable and feature-rich, definitely worth buying (US$39.95 download)
  • Tinysheet by iambic, spreadsheet with plotting capability (US$29.95)
  • MegaClock by Megasoft2000. World times, alarms, timers, you name it. (US$14.95)
  • TomTom Navigator for PalmOS. This software does not seem to be available anymore but if you’re resourceful you can find copies of it around the place. Use with a bluetooth GPS module, excellent mapping, routing and directions.
  • Grafitti Anywhere allows you to use the Treo in old-school Grafitti mode, by writing directly onto the touchscreen. Highly configurable and flexible (free)
  • Keyring for PalmOS (was GNUKeyring) encrypted storage of sensitive information (free)
  • AvantGo of course. I really liked the Plucker interface, but once they switched to a Windows GUI to setup channels I lost interest (free)
  • FileZ (via VersionTracker), lightweight and powerful file manager for palm (free)
  • eReader for your mobile reading needs (free)
  • Adobe Reader for PalmOS. Take along your PDFs and read them wherever you go (free)
  • Eat Watch weight monitoring, charting, and trend analysis software (free)
  • McPhling hack allows you to quickly switch back and forth from different applications. For older machines may an extensions manager like HackMaster (both free)

Some earlier packages which I no longer use for various reasons

  • J-Pilot synchronization and more on Linux (now that my primary machine is a Mac, I have no need of it)
  • CIC RecoEcho, now discontinued, but still available as a free download (I believe). Essential for using the Treo screen for Grafitti. Replaced by Graffiti Anywhere
  • Eudora internet suite including email with SSL for server authentication. Replaced by VersaMail, which is supplied with the Treo
  • MBTA handheld schedule (Boston)

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