Handbook Reveals m500 Series Details
Recently, Palm posted the handbook for the m500 series on their support Web pages. This has helped clear up some questions about these not yet released handhelds.
Without a doubt, applications can be opened directly from an SD/MMC card. When an expansion card is inserted in the slot, the Applications Launcher displays its contents. The pick list in the upper-right corner of the screen displays the name of the card. To open an application on an expansion card just tap the icon of the application that you want to open.
There is no mention of exactly how this works but other sources have shown that the application is loaded into RAM and run from there. This means applications larger than available RAM can't be run. A possible solution for this is to keep all applications on an expansion card, which leaves the maximum amount of free RAM. Also, applications are currently in development that will allow databases to be accessed directly from the expansion card without having to load them into RAM.
The Card Info application is used only to get general information about a resident card and its contents, rename it, and format it. All other operations are done within the Launcher application itself. When using an expansion card, the handheld creates and displays a new category that matches the name of the expansion card.
Using the default Launcher app, there is no way to sub-categorize the contents of an SD card. All the contents of each card are listed in a category with the same name as the card.
Applications can be intalled directly to an SD card with the desktop Install tool. They can be beamed from expansion cards, too.
You can set your default country, which sets date, time, week start day, and number conventions based on geographic regions where you might use your handheld. You can still set these individually if you choose.
You can choose to leave your handheld on when it is in the cradle during a HotSync operation, or when you are recharging the battery. This is set under the General Preferences.
The File Link feature lets users import Address Book and Memo Pad information onto the handheld from a separate external file such as a company phone list. HotSync Manager stores the data in a separate category on the Palm Desktop software and the handheld. You can configure the File Link feature to check for changes to the external file when you perform a HotSync operation.
With File Link, you can import data stored in any of the following formats:
- Comma-separated (*.csv)
- Memo Pad archive (*.mpa)
- Address Book archive (*.aba)
- Text (*.txt)
As has been said earlier, the side channels are now two different sizes. The right side holds the stylus, the left holds the cover.
The Reset button is now at the middle top of the back. The stylus has a built-in reset pin
According to Palm, the handheld battery should remain charged by placing it in the cradle for just a few minutes each day.
The destop application now supports Windows 98/Me/2000 (Windows 95/NT require a serial cradle, sold separately) and Mac OS 8.6 to 9 for USB support (OS 7.5.3 or later for serial support). There is no OS X application but the Desktop can be run from the Classic environment.
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