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SplashID SoftwareBack in the dark days before the invention of the PDA, primitive humans had few options other than their own memory when it came to storing their personal data. Some innovative tribes, like the Narwaak of Africa, used an ingenious system of clay tablets and stone stylii, but these had serious stability issues especially in wet weather and didn't provide the portability that was essential to the nomadic lifestyle. After the well-publicised security scare of 1300 B.C. - in which the rival Habeen clan raided the Narwaak library and used the subsequently stolen credit card details to order stylish new mammoth-skin outfits from the famed storehouse of Amazonia - this system was abandoned, and humanity once again entered a dark age of forgotten login details and passwords scrawled on the backs of hands.

Fast-forward to the present day. Mobile software developers SplashData have recently released version 4 of their popular personal data keeping application, SplashID. SplashID came along too late for the Narwaak, but just in time for the information era. It's secure, has both desktop and handheld components and carries a price tag of $29.95 (or $9.95 for owners of earlier versions). Is it worth it? Read on for the full review...

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freakout @ 8/17/2007 6:09:54 PM # Q the tribal jokes were lame. But the first person to spot their origin without using Google will win a prize!

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SplashID 3

dave_rein @ 8/18/2007 6:51:31 AM # Q
I've been a user of SplashID3 for some years. Can you provide some commentary on the difference between 3 and 4? (Aside from the marketing shpiel)


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RE: SplashID 3
freakout @ 8/18/2007 8:04:13 AM # Q
I'd be happy to, Dave, except for one tiny problem - I've never used SplashID 3! version 4 has been my introduction to this app. But the SplashID reviewer's guide has a whole section on this:

What's new in version 4?


* Toolbar -- A new contextual toolbar has been added to give quick access to priority functionality. 5-way navigation is supported throughout.
* Lookup -- Enter text into the Lookup field at the bottom of the screen to select the first matching item in the list.
* Several buttons appear at the bottom of the List View screen:
o New New -- creates a new record within the current Type and Category.
o Mask Mask -- show/hide masked fields.
o Tree Tree View -- brings you to the Tree View.
o Lock Lock -- Locks SplashID immediately and requires a password to open the data again. See Security for more information.

Tree View

Tap the Tree View button to view your records in a tree layout. Tap the plus buttons or the branch name to expand the records.

Several buttons appear at the bottom of the Tree View screen:

* New New -- creates a new record within the current Type and Category.
* List List View -- returns you to the List View.
* Lock Lock -- Locks SplashID immediately and requires a password to open the data again. See Security for more information.

New Menu Options

Menus have been improved overall, with some new features:

* Shortcuts -- More menu shortcuts are available for quick access to advanced users.
* Email Records -- Exports a secure vID file and attaches it to a new email message in the email program you select.
* Getting Started -- Launches the Getting Started wizard.

Active URLs

Enter the Edit Dialog and you will see a number of updated features. One feature Treo users will love is the active URL links. Just tap the URL field and you will be asked if you want to launch the web browser with that destination.

Updated Icons

The icons in the Icon Picker have been updated for a better high resolution look and feel.

In addition, SplashID supports Custom icons which are available from third-party vendors, as well as icons created with icon editing applications like Icon Manager.

More Fields

Four additional fields were added, including 3 that the user has access to, bringing the total number of fields to 10 plus a Notes field. The 10th field is the date modified field, which will dynamically update to show the last date the record was modified, which is useful for regularly changing passwords or duplicate compare.

Additionally, any field witih a label of "Date" will offer a convenient date picker tool to select the appropriate date.

Field Labels and masking are set by default when you define a Type. You may change the Field Labels and masking, however, at the record level by tapping the Field Label itself, or by choosing Customize Field Labels from the Edit Dialog Menu Options.

Automatic Password Generator

There are three ways to bring up the Automatic Password Generator in Edit Dialog:

* Select the Password Generator button from the toolbar.
* Tap the bullet next to a masked field.
* Choose Password Generator from the Options menu.

To create a password:

1. Choose from the Include table one or more options of letters, numbers, symbols, or a combination thereof. The Strength meter will show you how strong the password will be based on the selected attributes.
2. Set the Length.
3. Check or uncheck the pronounceable setting.
4. Tap Generate. A list of 10 passwords will be displayed in the "Select Passwords Generated" menu.
5. Tap Next Set to refresh the list of generated passwords.
6. Tap OK when you have decided.


Set Password Dialog
Enter Password Dialog
Numeric Keypad option

* Setting a Password -- The Set Password dialog is now displayed on the first launch, after the Getting Started wizard completes. Enter a password in the New Password field, and verify the password by entering it again in the Confirm field.
* Hint -- You can enter a hint to remind you of your password if you forget.
* Password Generator -- You can also use the password generator tool in this dialog, but keep in mind that these are generally strong passwords and difficult to remember.
* Security Options -- Choose Security Options from the Options menu to specify the period of time that must elapse before SplashID auto-locks. The default setting is 3 minutes.
* Password Lock-out -- If you enter the incorrect password 5 times, you will be warned that you have only 5 attempts left. After 10 failed attempts to login, the application will be locked and the data can only be erased to start over.

New in SplashID Desktop

SplashID Desktop has been completely revamped....


You can read the rest here:

An upgrade to version 3 $9.95.

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RE: SplashID 3
sandstones @ 8/18/2007 1:03:18 PM # Q
I've been using Splash ID 3, tried 4, and here was my assessment.

The biggest difference to me is that the number of customizable fields per entry went from 6 to 8. Since I have lots of entries where I end up using notes to hold additional information that should be in fields, that was a big deal. And I'm surprised it's barely mentioned in the marketing material I saw.

Some of the UI has been moved around, a bit confusing, but I didn't see anything particularly positive or negative.

The tree view stuff didn't seem particularly useful to me - I generally know the name of the entry and just want to get there quickly.

I did find a big problem (for me) with the Palm version - it was changed to search all fields when typing, rather than just the first (name) field. This caused me two problems - one that it took 5-10 seconds to search all the data (I have hundreds of entries) and secondly that SplashID would find matches in note fields that I couldn't see. This made the search stop on things I didn't care about and couldn't see why it stopped there. For example, I was looking for a bank name, and a note for something else said it was linked to that bank name, so SplashID kept on finding the wrong entry. I did get back a response from Splash saying they would add an option to restrict what fields were searched, but that was 6 weeks ago, and it has not shown up yet, even though a number of point releases have come out.

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I'm a user!

thebiggun @ 8/18/2007 2:12:58 PM # Q
I've been using this program for many years now and it is what aids me in walking the fine line between sanity and insanity. Everything is web/password driven today and this program has been invaluable to me in keeping my days straight. It is one of the heaviest used programs I keep on my Treo 680.

RE: I'm a user!
theseus @ 8/20/2007 9:54:35 AM # Q
My question is not whether it's useful or not -- it's how much MORE useful is it (for $25) than STRIP ( ) which is free?

Ok, so there's no desktop component... That's not a big deal for me as I only sync with one desktop (at home) and that's the LEAST used desktop! Most of the time I'm using a laptop or a work computer, so I'd be "limited" to the handheld version anyway...

And I'm using a T3, not a Treo, so having it launch [a web browser] on the handheld is of limited use...

Considering all of that, the only thing that is really "unique" is creating custom field names and breaking them down by type in addition to category... Since STRIP allows you to choose from an [admittedly "limited"] drop-down list for each field name, that means unless you're really trying to remember shoe sizes (?!?) you're likely to find a field name that's fairly appropriate. And you can create numerous "categories" to emulate the Category-Type breakdown, so that leaves what?...

Perhaps for Treo users with all-you-can-eat data plans that also sync to a desktop they use frequently, it may be worth the $25... But as for me and my T3, we'll be using the MUCH less expensive STRIP...

4.5 stars for the former group perhaps, but 2.5 stars (tops) for users like me. Maybe for $10 I could go as high as 4 stars, but that's pushing it.


RE: I'm a user!
idxman01 @ 8/27/2007 1:05:16 PM # Q

I've been wondering the same thing myself. I seem to hear about SplashID nonstop over at palm addict, but never a peep about Strip. I've been using strip for years and have a hard time justifying the move to splashID.. (strip is no frills, but works very well)

Desktop integration is nice, but not that important.

(Is it just me or does the clothes/shoe size thing seem like a silly example?)


RE: I'm a user!
freakout @ 9/14/2007 8:18:46 AM # Q
^^ It is, but I didn't want to go splashing any of my important personal info over the Internet. In hindsight, I could have just used the sample screenshots provided by SplashData, but I consider that to be lazy reviewing. (However, I am lazy enough not to just work up a sample record myself. ;) )
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So how does it compare to TurboPasswords?

SPCagigas @ 8/22/2007 12:10:00 AM # Q
I guess that says it all; I've been using TP (and before that Cloak) from Chapura for almost five years, and don't see anything really compelling to make me want to change.

How is SpalshID's integration with web browsers?

Steve in Mexico

RE: So how does it compare to TurboPasswords?
freakout @ 8/22/2007 12:54:46 AM # Q
Desktop integration is pretty good: just click on the Web Autofill button in SplashID desktop and it'll automatically launch the site in IE and fill out the fields for you. (No integration with other browsers though, which is unfortunate.)

Things are a bit more primitive on the handheld side: it has so-called "Active URLs". If you click on the URL link in the Edit screen, it'll ask if you want to launch Blazer and the relevant page.

Tim in Oz

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SplashID problems Mac OS

infogeek @ 3/19/2008 12:50:52 AM # Q
I used to use SplashID 3.32 with my Mac just fine. I don't know if it was upgrading to Leopard but I had problems with SplashID 3.32 when I tried to edit the templates; the database on my Mac became corrupted. I tried reinstalling, restoring conduits, etc. but it would crash. I could not export the data on my Palm Treo 680. I tried just running it on my handheld but I had to delete SplashID from my Treo to stop it interrupting synchronization. There is no Mac version 4 of SplashID and although it says ver. 3.32 is compatible with Mac OS, I could not get it to work consistently.

Treo 680, Palm OS 5, Mac Pro, Mac OS 10.5.2 (Leopard).

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