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SplashData has released SplashPhoto 3.0, an update to its image viewing app. The new version adds support for hi-res and hi-res+ screens, external memory cards, and the hardware JPEG acceleration on the NR series. It is available for $10 until August 31. -Ed

Buy a Palm m130, m515, or i705 from the Palm Store and receive a free copy of Quicken 2002 Deluxe for Windows, a $60 value. -Larry

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SplashPhoto file size

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/7/2002 8:31:09 AM #
Anyone tried the new Splash Photo yet? Very cool... the new features work very nicely. Files open much quicker, the thumbnail view and the new style of list view is working nicely too.
The full screen feature is great for showing clear photos from the card quickly. The desktop application makes getting your photos to the right screen size you choose easy. Then it will automatically install to your external memory or to the internal.
Now... the problem I am having is taking a 60k jpeg and installing it as a 320/480 to the Memory Stick. When I look at the file size on the card, it's 317k. yeow! Anyone have any ideas if it's my error or theirs? Thanks all!
The things you can do with this and pictures on your Palm OS device... who would have thought it possible a year ago.
RE: SplashPhoto file size
Doo @ 8/7/2002 8:43:29 AM #
If it's anything like PGP that is on my N760C it takes a JPG and uncompresses it. Sort of a bummer but if you move the JPeG over it doesn't look as good. Just my 2cents.
Thats Mr. Doo to you.

RE: SplashPhoto file size
Beavis @ 8/7/2002 8:44:58 AM #
All of my file sizes have been 225k for 320x320 resolution. The image quality is superb though. My original JPG's were 1.7M from a 3 megapixel camera, so it is an acceptable reduction in file size for me.

RE: SplashPhoto file size
Galley_SimRacer @ 8/7/2002 10:00:26 AM #
The large file sizes concerned me as well, but I have an entire 128MB MS that I can devote to photos, etc. I don't really see a need to store more than a hundred or so anyway. I am still undecided on which to get. AcidImage is slicker, but SplashPhoto's desktop transfer app is much easier than resizing all the images manually and then transferring them with MS Import.

"Life is what you experience between racing games"
RE: SplashPhoto file size
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/7/2002 12:19:49 PM #
Anybody know if there's a free upgrade for existing SplashPhoto owners? The site doesn't say anything about it, so I'm guessing I have to pay again . . .
Free upgrade?
IanJD @ 8/7/2002 12:25:27 PM #
Yes this is a free upgrade for registered users, just download and install over the old version.

RE: SplashPhoto Free Upgrade
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/7/2002 12:42:30 PM #
The upgrade is free for all registered users of SplashPhoto and SplashWallet. Just install the new version over the existing version.
RE: SplashPhoto file size
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/7/2002 12:57:22 PM #
Ah yes, I was too lazy to search deep enough to see that. Thanks much.
RE: SplashPhoto file size
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/7/2002 3:09:54 PM #
ITS absolutely great but my complain is that you cannot sort the files throught the folders in your Memory card and you cannot hide the images too.
RE: SplashPhoto file size
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/7/2002 4:25:17 PM #
by the way my .jpeg 320x320 sizes are from 50-70kb.
RE: SplashPhoto file size
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/7/2002 6:29:53 PM #
Actually, you can mark images private and hide them. You cannot do this with Acidimage. I registered Splashphoto, and then also Acidimage (as Splashphoto had no support until now for my Sony). Acidimage is NOT slicker! I find it very unnatural and overly complex. Splashphoto is really great, also far better than Picturegear...

BankBook4 vs. Pocket Quicken

LanMan @ 8/7/2002 9:07:49 AM #
"Bahsoft, LLC has released BankBook4. This new version adds scheduled future transactions, scheduled repeating transactions, overdraft alarms, payee autofill, account limits, a tax-tip calculator, and QuickBooks compatibility. It costs $20."

LandWare needs to add scheduled future transactions, and scheduled repeating transactions to the list of Pocket Quicken upgrade features. Maybe LandWare and Intuit should get together and offer some sort of Quicken/Pocket Quicken package deal! If Palm can do, then surely LandWare can too.


RE: BankBook4 vs. Pocket Quicken
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/7/2002 10:01:50 AM #
Is BankBook4 also compatable with Quicken? Or is Quickbooks different?
RE: BankBook4 vs. Pocket Quicken
Bahsoft @ 8/7/2002 10:11:31 AM #
BankBook is compatible with Quicken, QuickBooks, MS-Money, Excel (or any spreadsheet that can use CSV files), Access (or any database program that can use CSV files), text editors like Word, and can accept QIF bank statements from your bank's website.

Quicken and QuickBooks are separate programs, but BankBook works with both.

RE: BankBook4 vs. Pocket Quicken
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/7/2002 11:57:56 AM #
I thought that BankBook creates a QIF file. Therefore it's not realy compatible since you must go into Quicken then import that QIF file.
I have been using Pocket Quicken and the new transactions go directly into Quicken. I do not have to import or export files, everything is done for you.

Now that's compatibility!

RE: BankBook4 vs. Pocket Quicken
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/7/2002 12:02:15 PM #
"This new version adds scheduled future transactions, scheduled repeating transactions"

In Quicken, I have my scheduled transactions set to be automatically be entered 5 days before the date. This way when I HotSync, Pocket Quicken picks up those transactions and now there are on the handheld.

How does BankBook4 work?

RE: BankBook4 vs. Pocket Quicken
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/7/2002 4:26:30 PM #
Has anyone used UltraSoft Money along with Microsoft Money 2002?
RE: BankBook4 vs. Pocket Quicken
Kesh @ 8/7/2002 5:05:23 PM #
For the record, SplashMoney (part of the same suite SplashPhoto is in) also does import/export with MS Money, Quicken and spreadsheets. It also uses QIF files for the data, rather than a true sync, but if that isn't a concern, you can get an excellent set of utilities in one bundle, rather than buying seperate ones.

Disclaimer: I'm just a happy customer. I don't work for SplashData. :)

RE: BankBook4 vs. Pocket Quicken
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/7/2002 6:32:56 PM #
SplashMoney is a decent program, but it kind of suffers from that part-of-a-bundle feeling. Like its not quite a full program on its own and its missing some basic features like monthly bills. Everyone has to decide for himself, though. SM, PQ and BB all have free demos. Try them all and then decide. They're all pretty good and most are cheaper than desktop Quicken. Viva Palm!

Chapura Conduit?

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/7/2002 12:42:34 PM #
Hi, sorry if i'm off topic, but I lost my Palm Vx CD and I now need to reinstall the free Chapura software to synchronize with Outlook that came bundled with it...

Any ideas as to from where can I get it?

Greetings from Portugal.

RE: Chapura Conduit?
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/7/2002 1:15:04 PM #
try there offical site. I believe they do sell it.

Picture programs

CarlJ @ 8/7/2002 3:31:25 PM #
Related to the new SplashPhoto, does anyone have a recommendation for a picture display program that can display really large pictures without having to uncompress the entire image into ram when displaying it? I'm looking for one that will let me scroll around on a 800x1200 pixel campus map image without tying up a meg and a half of ram in the process. Can SplashPhoto do this? Any others? Seems like most of the image display programs are oriented towards displaying photographs rather than scrolling bit-for-bit access to really large graphics.

RE: Picture programs
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/7/2002 4:29:12 PM #
AcidImage might do what you're looking for. The web site is:
RE: Picture programs
Altema @ 8/7/2002 4:29:20 PM #
Carl, I use FireViewer for this same purpose for floor plans, large pictures, maps, and seating charts. FireViewer images expand in RAM when loaded, but it is the best when it comes to scrolling an image around and zooming. It will compress an image to a reasonable size, and will also let you pick what color depth you want when the image is created. A trial version is available for free so you can check it out at
RE: Picture programs
Altema @ 8/7/2002 4:48:13 PM #
PS: I also use AcidImage like to poster above, and it is a great product (love at first sight - registered on the first day). I think it was designed with a different purpose in mind, but it may suit you just fine. The link is

Quicktime already here

I.M. Anonymous @ 8/7/2002 5:37:20 PM #
The Kinoma basically already does this... Kinoma Producer basically converts quicktime and quicktime supported formats to a palm friendly one.
RE: Quicktime already here
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/8/2002 3:29:50 AM #
I guess they mean that the player will have the ability to play mov/qt/ra/rm files without any conversion, like Sony's handhelds that plays MP3 files.
RE: Quicktime already here
I.M. Anonymous @ 8/8/2002 9:48:59 PM #
I think you're not totally correct on this.
Kinoma producer only support avi format, but not the mov format that usually Quicktime understood.


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