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    Palm m100 series Handbook

    (Part 1 of 2.)

    I just got my first Palm, an m105, so I may very well be missing some key information.

    Forgive my whiny question, but it annoys the heck out of me that the manual for the actual handheld device is in PDF form, and a mere 219 pages at that, and I'm curious to know if anyone has converted salient and advanced portions of the PDF Handbook to plaintext which I can download into the Palm, so, have mercy, I could have some form of on-device help.
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    Re: Palm m100 series Handbook

    I got the text extracted, but the 4096 character Memo Pad limit sure squashed that practicality of that idea. At least now I have a few more on-handheld "helpfiles" on things that aren't very self-evident to a novice; beaming and security for two.
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    Re: Palm m100 series Handbook

    If you have a product called Documents To Go, from <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.DataViz.Com>DataViz</A>, you can load Word docs on your Palm and bookmark sections of them. In fact, if you have the Professional version, you can even create and edit Word and Excel files on your Palm. In either case, that might be an answer to the issue of the help files.
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    Re: Palm m100 series Handbook

    Thanks. I have been thinking about something like DataViz or Cutting Edge Software Quick Office. DataViz Pro lists for $70 US, Quick Office for $40, which would you recommend? Or would you recommend a Memo Pad replacement with a larger per file character maximum?
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    Re: Palm m100 series Handbook

    I know it's a chore, particularly with 219 pages, but what I've done in the past is break documents down into sections/chapters and import them as memo files. Guess I'm just too cheap to spend $40 to $70 U.S. <img src=/S/broke.gif border=0 alt=broke width=31 height=23>

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    Re: Palm m100 series Handbook

    I did break it down Brian, but the chunks were still too big for that 4096 limit. Here are the file sizes:

    The whole enchilada:
    Handbook.txt 258,702

    The bits:
    HandbookIntro.txt 16,765
    HandbookChapter1.txt 27,928
    HandbookChapter2.txt 15,225
    HandbookChapter3.txt 11,932
    HandbookChapter4-Overview.txt 6,780
    HandbookChapter4-CommonTasks.txt 26,869
    HandbookChapter4-AppSpecific.txt 34,036
    HandbookChapter5.txt 28,790
    HandbookChapter6.txt 31,294
    HandbookAppendixA-Care.txt 7,786
    HandbookAppendixB-FAQs.txt 23,670
    HandbookAppendixC-Upgrades.txt 5,701
    HandbookAppendicesD&X.txt 4,985
    HandbookIndex.txt 15,516

    So I walked through it and asked myself "what information germane to using the handheld" is not self-evident when you are using it, and I came up with just a few things I wanted to know, so I created OL notes with just those.
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    Re: Palm m100 series Handbook

    Wow ! <img src=/S/yikes.gif border=0 alt=yikes width=15 height=15> that's huge ... You would think that Palm would give you some sort of stripped down version to go. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15> Spose you could print it, put it in a 3 ring binder and carry it with you, kinda defeats the purpose of a pocket size organizer <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Palm m100 series Handbook

    No kidding! And those are the stripped text files, the source PDF is 2,545,584 bytes! I dunno what Palm is thinking. You'd think handheld help would be on the handheld in flash-ROM or something.
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    <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>Another complaint is that that PDF for the manual doesn't get copied to the hard drive when you install; at least not on the version my wife & I got. (She got his-&-hers Palms on a whim one day.) I had to look around on the CD and copy it over.

    <img src=/S/rofl.gif border=0 alt=rofl width=15 height=15>I like your idea of carrying around a binder with the manual. Nothing so wonderful as defeating the original purpose. But you know what? I'm finding this to be a very cool device, and despite my complaints I really like it.
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    Re: Palm m100 series Handbook

    Definitely a cool device. I have a Palm V and find new uses for it daily. As an example: we have a link on our corporate web site to <A target="_blank" HREF=https://avantgo.com/frontdoor/>AvantGo</A> that allows our dealers to synch a Palm version of our site to their handhelds. I use MobileDB to easily export MS Access data to the Palm. Frankly, I don't know how I got along without it. Next step ... wireless! <img src=/S/cool.gif border=0 alt=cool width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21>

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    Re: Palm m100 series Handbook

    I use Documents To Go but I'm not familiar with the other product. If you only want to read the documents, there is a standard version of Documents to Go that allows you read-only versions of word docs and spreadsheets for around $40. I went for the whole thing when I wasn't satisfied with read-only, and I'm happy with it. Most of these programs allow you to download demo versions, so you might want to do that to see whether they're worth it to you.

    I personally would rather pay for a program to do what I want instead of doing all the hard work myself. I build databases for a living, but I draw the line at building help files for the Palm.
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    Re: Palm m100 series Handbook

    I've installed the demo of QuickOffice; QSheet, QChart & QWord; some things I like, some things I have yet to learn. It does appear to have the syncing capability that I'm looking for, and the entire "Help" file in plaintext is now on the Palm ... now I don't need it it so much. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

    I'll have a forced few days (vacation) wherein I try to learn the QO product. Watch this space, if interested.
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