A Big Batch of Quickies
ClieSource is sponsoring a Clie NX Compact Flash Memory Driver contest. The contest is open to all individual programmers. The driver should be able to support any of the commercial Compact Flash (CF) memory cards. Deadline for submission will be on January 3, 2003. See this for more info.
McCollister Unveils the Latest Version of McPhling for Palm OS 5
Mike McCollister, the developer of many popular Palm OS applications, has released McPhling for Palm OS 5.
McPhling allows you to quickly switch from your current application to the previous one by simply swiping your pen from the silkscreen "Apps" button into the upper-left graffiti area. In addition, a swipe from the "Menu" button to the "Apps" button will pop up a list of your most recently used applications (application list). McPhling allows for configuration of custom swipes and keyboard and button activations. McPhling is available for $12 from MikeMcCollister.com/palm. McPhling is at a special price of $10 until the end of November 2002.
PalmGear Adds New Software Designataions
PalmGear Developers may now choose from the following designations after logging in to their Developer account:
Additionally the Advance Search engine now offers ability to search via any of the above. Please note that not many developers whose software is listed have yet designated as such.... PalmGear.com
Bahsoft Releases BankBook v4.2.1 for Palm OS 5
Bahsoft, LLC has announced the release of the v4.2.1 update to BankBook 4. BankBook 4.2.1 introduces two new features for the new hardware user: Palm OS 5 compatibility and Virtual Graffiti Area Support on Sony NX & NR screens. BankBook v4.2.1 is available now at bahsoftware.com for $19.95.
Cutting Edge Software Announces Quickoffice Support For
Alphasmart Dana At T+L Conference
Mobility Electronics announced that its Cutting Edge Software subsidiary’s Quickoffice) is included in the AlphaSmart Dana Pro, a portable computing solution for K-12 students that is an affordable alternative to a laptop. The Quickoffice suite supports Dana's unique features, including a full-size, integrated keyboard and a touch screen that is approximately 2-1/4 inches high and 7-1/2 inches wide.
"Quickoffice takes advantage of the Dana device’s wide screen display, screen rotation capabilities and USB connections," said Glenn Weyhausen, AlphaSmart's senior director of product marketing. "Quickoffice provides Dana users with a full featured spreadsheet and word processor alternative to notebook computers."
With the wide screen support and screen rotation capabilities, users can view documents and spreadsheets “full screen” similar in width to a standard PC. In rotated view, the document or spreadsheet look similar to a newspaper column providing an exceptional device for reading ebooks in Quickword. Documents and spreadsheets can even be printed directly from the device’s USB port.
Quest of the Hero II
Quest of the Hero II game for the Palm OS platform has been released. Key features of the game include a new game engine, color graphics and a large new map to explore. Players will also enjoy the opportunity to manually change their Hero’s skills, hire more than 20 types of creatures, increase creatures power by using amulets and artifacts and use magic in battles. Once a player is done with a quest, they can download a new one from the internet. Quest of the Hero II was developed by Dmitri Kornilov and currently supports Palm OS 3.5 and higher. It may only be used on a device with a 16K color display.
London Tube Guide
The London Tube Guide has now been updated for Palm OS 5, supporting both Tungsten T and Sony hi-resolution screens. The app features an Interactive London Tube Map, including Station Finder feature for over 300 stations.
NS Basic/Palm Speeds on Palm OS 5
NS BASIC Corporation has now run speed comparisons between the old devices and the latest ones using the newest version of NS Basic/Palm. The combination yields results up to 7 times faster.
Palm IIIx, Palm OS 3.5, NS Basic/Palm 2.1 63 seconds Palm Tungsten, Palm OS 5.0, NS Basic/Palm 3.0 15 seconds Sony NX70V, Palm OS 5.0, NS Basic/Palm 3.0 8 seconds
The test is a simple loop, which is an oversimplified benchmark. A more comprehensive benchmark would need to include screen manipulation, saving and retrieving data and other system functions.
"Much of the improvement is certainly due to the hardware. But even that isn't so simple. The ARM chip is a lot faster than the Dragonball. However, since the instruction set is different, Palm apps use a Dragonball emulator called PACE that runs on the StrongArm. Now here is where it gets interesting...", said George Henne, President of NS BASIC.
"Much of the Palm OS has been recompiled into native ARM code, which means it doesn't run in PACE. However, since ARM compilers are not yet widely available and easy to use, very few apps have any native code. They are all running in emulation mode. In some cases, the apps do not run any faster in OS 5 (this according to Palm's testing)."
NS Basic/Palm 3.0 allows programmers to quickly and easily create apps with a true Palm OS "Look and Feel", by making full use of the Palm OS's capabilities. This results in compact apps that is highly compatible with all Palm OS devices. The complete development environment sells for $149.95 USD.
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