Access Your Windows Network Shares With Filepoint

Bachmann Software today introduced version 3.0 of its FilePoint software. The update now enables Palm Powered devices the ability to access, browse and copy files to and from shared network drives.

FilePoint 3.0's explorer-like user interface lets you browse computers, network shares and network file folders just as you would from your desktop computer or laptop. A copy function allows users to copy files between shared network folders and the handhelds main memory or available expansion cards.

With FilePoint, a Microsoft Word user can use their palmOne Tungsten C handheld to reach out to the network, copy important business documents to a memory expansion card, make changes to their documents on the handheld using Documents To Go, and use FilePoint's "File Save As" feature to save their changes back out to the network. Similarly students and teachers in wirelessly-enabled schools can use FilePoint 3.0 to quickly and easily exchange papers, lesson plans and homework assignments as they roam through the building, without going through the HotSync process. Even music lovers can use FilePoint to access their personal MP3 collections and enjoy their favorite tunes on the road.

FilePoint 3.0 is priced at $29.99 USD. The Windows Networking supports Windows 2000, XP, NT, and Windows 98. Filepoint also features folder organization, expansion memory card management, network access and application launching.

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viqsi @ 3/26/2004 1:20:39 PM #
Mm. This + my T|E + that C-Guys wifi card (with upcoming drivers) + music network share == yummy. Not much of it, admittedly (mp3/ogg *and* WiFi on that poor overworked battery?), but still! :)

Tungsten C is Great
Luisito @ 3/26/2004 2:40:54 PM #
I havn't tested this software, maybe it is better than th one I use, but using smbmate (freeware) in my Tungsten C allows me to do the same and the difference with an unconnected device is HUGE.

I only hotsync to backup files. To install applications I browse my windows or linux smb shares and copy the files. Mp3, prc's, etc.

It's normal to download files from the network while listening t to mp3's. Buttery life is Ok.

I think the tunsten C is a little bit underestimated.
I'm glad o I bouth it some months ago instead of waiting for the already announced (and now available) Sony TH55.

Now Wifi is a must have for me and in the Palm One the T/C is the only alternative yet.


Next step...mounting shares as cards

sumisu @ 3/26/2004 2:03:48 PM #
Now they just need to take this one more step and allow you to mount a windows share as a vfs card. For wireless handhelds you could have large amounts of data with seamless accesiblity.
RE: Next step...mounting shares as cards
cbowers @ 3/26/2004 4:01:40 PM #
Actually it's already been done. When the author of Smbmate released the last few versions of it, he mentioned he was working on letting you mount an SMB share as VFS media. Smbmate *was* free, however it's been removed from most of the sites, and it seems it has morphed into WiFile commercialware from HandsHigh software. The news release states availability at the end of the month, and it *seems* to include the mounting functionality, but it's an oblique reference.

" ...And after a hard day at work, a Sony CLIÉ UX50 owner can relax on the sofa and wirelessly listen to MP3 music files, straight from a home computer without having to go to the computer nor synchronize."

Technically that doesn't rule out downloading the file first to card and then listening to it, except that we already knew the author's intentions for the next revision. See the cached google todo list (it's been removed from the original location). http://tinyurl.com/2ms46

But to save you the jump, the last item is "-Create VFS plugin for using network shared resources as external memory cards "

The full WiFile news release is here:
http://www.handshigh.com/html/wifilepr1.html

While WiFile is reported to cost the same as Filepoint, one would seem to have to make the tradeoff decision. WiFile may well let you mount network resources and access files directly without pre-downloaded. Wile Filepoint doesn't have that feature, WiFile is not a file manager, so it's a one horse deal.

'Course if a person was only going to use this to listen to MP3's off their home computer, and they already had a copy of PocketTunes, they could just stream them in Shoutcast (the server for your desktop is free).


RE: Next step...mounting shares as cards
sumisu @ 3/26/2004 4:57:33 PM #
It looks like smbmate can still be downloaded from the google cached version of freewarepalm.com's smbmate page. Here is the link (I hope it works):

http://tinyurl.com/3f462

RE: Next step...mounting shares as cards
cbowers @ 3/26/2004 7:10:05 PM #
Still works, yes. 1.0 a3. Somewhere it seems I downloaded 1.0 a7, haven't compared them.

RE: Next step...mounting shares as cards
tfftruoa @ 3/28/2004 8:39:40 PM #
Thank you very much for posting that link. Amazing piece of software. It would be a pity to have such great freeware vanish.

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RE: Next step...mounting shares as cards
aardvarko @ 3/30/2004 1:54:22 PM #
a.8:
http://wsmf.org/file-area/palm/network/

-aardvarko
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http://aardvarko.com

Bluetooth

thebman @ 3/29/2004 7:34:07 PM #
Just wondering if this is usuable through bluetooth as well. I have tried but it will not connect. but i have not bought the program. just the trial.

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