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BackDrop GC Review
By Davy Fields
BackDrop GC is a classic example of "Itís not my fault". The program itself isnít causing the problems that are so prevalent, itís the other ones. Unfortunately, they canít blame other companies for the garbled text, system crashes, massive slowdown, lack of high-res support, and memory card access flaws. BackDrop GC is a great idea on paper that translates into a poor Palm product.
Then, I went to the default Palm Launcher. Many icons break the "Code of Palm" about having transparent icons, and this is the case here. Many icons had blank white space around them, immediately killing the coolness of the launcher.
Next, I tried Palmís default apps, which all worked great, and looked very cool with the image in the background. I was quite pleased at this point, but unfortunately I decided to continue testing.
Third-Party App Problems
Next, I tried out SilverScreen 2.5, which was a huge disaster. The Ticker crawled across the screen, with odd colors in place of former blank spots. Everything ran slow, and the icons were still as messed up as before. So, I disabled the background on that application.
Next, I tried out McFile, which resulted in two miniature screens fragmented on the top of the display, in bizarre colors. I disabled this, and many other applications, until I was down to Palmís default applications. At this point, I would have been happy with it running in those, because it was bearable to have it off in Silverscreen and Wordsmith.
Memory Card Problems
Youíll notice the dearth of screenshots in this review, because BackDrop GC generates errors in Palm OS Emulator, and the Screenshot hack that I installed didnít take the pictures properly, but you probably wouldnít want to witness them anyway.
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