By David Pogue

3Com's PalmPilot is the world's bestselling hand held machine platform. In 3 years, its sixteen types from five diverse brands have captured eighty percentage of the palmtop marketplace. concerning the measurement of a enjoying card, Palm units are light-weight (under 6 ounces), providing two-month battery lifestyles, handwriting popularity, net connectivity, and a touch-screen show. principally, those units are quick and assuredly designed.PalmPilot: the last word consultant used to be an speedy vintage while it debuted in 1998, turning into, and last, the bestselling Palm booklet (and a best ten identify between all machine books) each month considering the fact that. Dense with formerly undocumented info, this newly up to date bible for Palm clients gives you hundreds of thousands of timesaving information and dazzling methods, plus a CD-ROM containing over 3,100 Palm courses. the second one version deals particular insider insurance of all versions, together with 1999's Palm IIIx, Palm V, laser-equipped image 1500, and the innovative, instant Palm VII.The ebook is split into 5 sections: part One info each and software program element of PalmPilot because it comes out of the field: the stylus and reveal, the buttons, and the present line of types. an instructional takes the reader during the palmtop's personal tastes and settings panels, teaches the Graffiti alphabet, and finds extraordinary positive aspects of the machine's 8 integrated courses. part explains step by step how your PalmPilot can paintings together with your notebook: how facts will get out of your palmtop on your computing device computing device and again back (HotSyncing). New chapters provide exact insurance to the separate home windows and Macintosh (Mac Pac 2.0) models of Palm computer, which duplicates the features of the PalmPilot (calendar, telephone book, to-do checklist, memo pad, e-mail, and rate monitoring) at the computer computer. part 3 takes the reader past the integrated Palm software program to the better of the add-on courses integrated with the e-book. They contain such photos courses as DinkyPad, TealPaint, and the superb ImageViewer (which unlocks the "black-and-white" Pilot screen's grayscale features); digital books in document structure; and tune courses that use the hand-held's integrated speaker. New during this variation: how-to suggestion for utilizing PalmPilot database courses to assemble facts within the box, and syncing them with such renowned computer courses as FileMaker and Microsoft entry. part 4 covers the recent Palm VII, the 1st one-piece, pocket-sized, instant web equipment ever advertised, providing cell-network-based electronic mail and net entry at any place within the state. As this part makes transparent, any PalmPilot version can entry the internet whilst outfitted with the tiny PalmPilot modem. Such an association is perfect for interpreting and replying to email--a nice time-shifter for somebody who'd differently ponder airplane, educate, or car time as downtime. extra chapters disguise the 5 Palm net browsers, paging, faxing, and infrared beaming good points. part 5 explains uncomplicated how you can troubleshoot either software program and undefined, together with HotSync snafus and numerous software program system defects. specified chapters conceal Palm lovers' strategies for upgrading and accessorizing their palmtops. new appendixes debut during this variation; one explains how you can write Palm VII Web-querying applets; the opposite, for the 1st time, covers the PalmPilot's synergy with Unix and Linux machines. PalmPilot: the last word advisor, 2d version is the main complete Palm-platform e-book but written. With the cooperation of Palm Computing, and 3Com, bestselling computer-book writer David Pogue succinctly solutions each plausible query, unlocks Palm good points such a lot clients by no means suspected, and radiates the thrill, ardour, and feel of neighborhood shared via Piloteers across the world. The enclosed CD-ROM (for home windows 9x, NT, and the Macintosh) is a disc-based model of the number one Palm-software website,, providing over 3,100 courses prepared in a searchable, sortable database catalog with auto-install beneficial properties and internet hyperlinks. PalmPilot: the final word consultant is the basic advisor for the PalmPilot proprietor.

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Recognizing the emergence of data collection as a leading PalmPilot use, you'll find a new chapter on using PalmPilot spreadsheets and databases. The new Appendix E, Unix, Linux, and Palm, covers the PalmPilot's connectivity with Unix and Linux, for the benefit of a growing group of passionate fans. Finally, every chapter of this new edition offers new tricks, updates, shortcuts, and behind-the-scenes glimpses. The only chapter you won't find in this book is the one on writing software for the PalmPilot.

Then go forth into the world armed with your little PalmPilot. I really like this book. It's a well-written, no-nonsense, nicely designed exploration of the Palm. Even I learned some things I didn't know before. But why does a small, simple device like the Palm need a 500-page tome, however well done? The answer is that although the Palm is easy to use, you can do a lot of things that are not mentioned in the manual that comes in the box. What David has done here is to document all of the ways that the developer community has stretched and expanded the Palm and the tips and tricks users have come up with on their own.

They were boxy and limited by today's standards (see Figure 1-6). They had nonbacklit screens, had no email or Internet capability, and the less expensive model had only 128K of RAM. But the HotSync process worked like a charm, the batteries lasted forever, and absolutely nobody felt overwhelmed by the software. 0), and an Expense application. As the manufacturer relaxed about the product's success in the business world, it also wrote four addictive games to include in the package (they're described in Chapter 4).

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