I've been carrying a Palm III since early February of 1999. I haven't carried my paper day planner around since mid-February of 1999. The Palm is a marvelous gadget and I'd have a hard time living without it at this point.

In December of 2000, I upgraded to a Palm IIIxe which has 8mb of RAM and the newer sharper LCD all the newer monochrome Palms share.

It seems to be de rigueur to have a web page dedicated to all the cool programs you run on your Palm, so who am I to flaunt tradition. Here's my current stable.

I also have a page of things that once were but are no longer on my Palm.

I've stopped maintaining the links to the individual tools. Google is your friend here.

SW - Shareware
FW - Freeware
CW - Commercial software
I've divided the table up into the following sections:

General Applications
Name Size Price Description
AlbumToGo 1.6.1 35k FW Photo album application. Now that I'm using an 8mb Palm I have enough room for this sort of thing. Comes with a little application for converting graphic files of standard formats into the format used by the program. Has a slide show feature and actually renders the images pretty clearly considering the resolution limitations on the tiny palm screen.
Arranger 1.21 43k CW $19 paid for Arranger is a really cool outlining app. Visually an outline looks kind of like the directory view on Windows Explorer with the boxes with +/- to indicate opened/collapsed branches. Entry is by a double-tap on the item which pops up a notepad-like editor. The first line shows in the outline with an optional arrow showing that more text is available. Supports two different numbering styles and todo-style check boxes. Arranger supports export to notepad in both plain text with space or tab indenting, or in html. It's also possible to include links to entries in the built-in apps (address, datebook, expense, memo, todo). No provision for editing outlines on a desktop system except via export to the memopad.
BigClock 2.8 32k FW Way cool clock and timer and alarm with the ability to define your own alarm sounds (which can seem way louder than the basic system alarm sounds). This is my kitchen timer for cookies and other repetetive timing tasks. Also has BIG time/date display making the Palm a reasonable timepiece. Great stuff.
Datebk3 3.0q 245k SW $20 paid for A feature-rich semi-backwards-compatible replacement for the built-in Palm date book app. Huge but mostly worth it. There is a datebk4 with even more features.
DiddleBug 2.10 43k FW Quick note jot app. Works like a post-it note on which you can just scribble a note (not grafitti) to be transcribed later. 2.0 adds the ability to create a todo or datebook entry directly from the tool so converting your scribble to something useful is easier.
iSilo 2.58 81k SW $12.50 paid for Very cool HTML/DOC reader. Has desktop app to download web pages or PC files with the ability to include or exclude images. Compression is pretty good. I'm syncing my homepage as well as the palm version of The New York Times.
List 0.99 52k FW Minimalist database engine. Supports two-field databases with an additional note for each record and categories for each database. Includes a DOS program for converting comma-separated files into databases for syncing. There's also a Windows app to view and edit databases. I've loaded my CD list into it. I keep track of movies I want to see and movies I have seen. I have started listing all my books (SF is done, the rest to follow). Excellent tool.
Showtimes 0.4a 27k FW A palm app and a perl script. The script downloads movie times and theatre information off the web and turns them into .pdb's that the app can read. The app lets you pick which theatre you want info for and lists the movies and times for that theatre or given a movie, tells you what theatres are showing it at what times. Totally cool. I've got 6 days worth of info for the three closest theatres to me in 5k above the 22k of the app itself.
Strip 0.5d 42k FW Gadget for securely (for some definition of secure) storing password information. Works okay, and it's cheap.

ToDo PLUS 3.53 83k CW $19.95 Enhanced version of the builtin Todo list. Adds repeats, filtering by due date, alarms, drawings.
System Utilities
Name Size Price Description
ATool! 1.00 16k FW A bunch of little utility widgets including battery life stuff. The ability to check whether the serial port is open and close it if so is nice It also has the ability to set the auto-off time to 45 or 30 seconds as well as in large and small numbers of minutes (up to 480!). And in case you can't make decisions, there's the coin toss feature ;-)
DBiced 1.04 11k FW Icon editor for Datebk3 appointment icons.
Fitaly Hack 2.0rc1 38k CW $25 paid for Alternative to the stock keyboard under the abc dot on the grafitti pad. Letters are clustered around a central area organized by frequency of use and common companion letters. Sort of a Dvorak layout for one-finger typists. It's taking me a while to get used to it, but already I can enter text as fast on this as by grafitti. I think with practice it would be pretty fast.

I waffled about this one for a while, but after finally seeing the GoType keyboard in person and finding out that it's way too tiny for my big paws, this looks like my best bet for high-speed accurate data entry. Maybe one of these days I'll throw out the bucks ($199) for the Twiddler chording keyboard, but for now Fitaly is my friend.

Addendum 1/25/03: I actually tried a Twiddler last year. I didn't like it at all. If you want to know more about my experience with it, you know what to do.

LauncherIII 2.2 38k FW Replacement for the stock application launcher. Gives index tabs for categories so you can just tap to see a different category. Also adds a more functional battery graph that will also show current voltage, current memory usage and a memory graph. Works great, but when your folders get too wide for the screen it adds a scrolling widget instead of doing two rows ala the standard index tab metaphor.
Z'Catalog 1.0 28k FW Utility for examining what files are actually stored in your Palm memory. Also lets you delete stuff, but I just use the memory app for that. Also lets you copy the list of files to allow exporting the list to memopad which made creating this page a lot easier.
Hackmaster Hacks
Name Size Price Description
AppHack 1.01 9k SW $5 paid for Allows remapping the hard keys, and using all the hard keys as two-button sequences giving a total of 24 apps accessible via hard keys instead of only 4. If you can remember the combinations. It does pop up a reference showing what app the different keys will take you to. Sometimes doesn't hear the second key hit when the first is given with the Palm off.
CaseToggleHack 2.3 beta 7k FW Lets you change the capitalization of words by tapping on them. The interface is nice, but takes some getting used to. Added bonus of giving multi-tap selection of words/sentences/sections.
DateFormatHack 0.2 6k FW Makes single-digit numbers in dates and times show up as 01 instead of 1. Helps if you're using the Y/M/D format to get sortable dates using shortcut-ds or shortcut-dts.
FlipHack 0.96 15k FW (GNU) I keep this around to go with iSilo which is a fine doc/html reader except I miss being able to rotate the screen ala CSpotRun.
HackDelete Hack 0.3 2k FW Keeps you from deleting or overwriting active hacks.
HackMaster 0.9 11k SW $5 paid for Manages system patches (hacks) for minimal interaction woes.
SwitchHack 1.62 4k SW $5 paid for Lets you flip back and forth between two apps with a stylus stroke. Also gives a pop-up menu of most-recently-used apps for quick jumping.
Name Size Price Description
Hardball 3.3 18k FW Comes with the palm. Breakout clone.
MahJongg 1.1a 19k FW Nice grayscale version of the tile matching game. Doesn't have the "traditional" tile layout, but has a bunch of new ones that are fun.
Pyramid 4.0 37k FW Solitaire card game where you lay out cards in a pyramid and take off cards that total 13. I have played this in real life and am currently addicted to playing it on the Palm. Kinda big for what it is.
Shisensho 1.10 23k FW Now I have this game for Windoze, X, and Palm. Tile matching game using Mahjongg tiles.
Desktop Tools
Name Size Price Description
BackupBuddy 1.43 n/a CW $29.95 paid for Supplements hotsync with smart backups of third party tools and their databases (the desktop sync by default doesn't necessarily backup third party stuff, and definitely doesn't *delete* stuff from the backup that's no longer on your Palm (at least in the version I'm running)) Works great, I've recovered from a hard reset with essentially no data lost.
Name Size Price Description
Happy Hacking Cradle 1.5 18k $49

I can't find a US distributor for this anymore. Google for Happy Hacking Cradle and you just get a couple of japanese language sites :-( Mine's NOT for sale!

This is the coolest thing. It's a little box that opens up to reveal a stand in which you place your Palm just like with the hotsync cradle. You can plug any PS/2 keyboard into the side of the cradle, and with the included software loaded on your Palm you can type directly into the Palm. Beats the heck out of the GoType with it's tiny cramped keys. I also bought the Happy Hacking Keyboard Lite which is a keyboard without function keys or cursor keys or a numeric keypad--just the qwerty keys. It's about the size of the palm and the folded cradle laid end to end and works great for extended text entry. Highly recommended.

The version number and size above refer to the driver software.

PDA Panache Deluxe Stylus n/a $15.95 Replacement stylus. Mine is silver chrome with a bright orange tip. Feels much nicer in the hand and having paid some money for the thing makes me less likely to leave it lying around. Doesn't seem as prone to scratching the screen as the stock stylus.

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