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Pimlico Releases DateBk6

Pimlico Software has released DateBk6 for Palm OS devices. DateBk6 is an advanced calendar application that brings a wealth of functionality and features not even present in most desktop calendar programs. The program is full compatible and uses the same databases as the built in Palm OS programs but offers numerous additional features including colors, fonts, icons, custom alarms, templates, time zones, additional views and much more.

DateBk6 - Palm OSDateBk6 is a superset of the built-in datebook application, meaning that all the functionality available in that application is also available in DateBk6. DateBk6 has a new Today View which displays upcoming appointments, ToDo's and email (VersaMail). It can also display phases of the moon and supports a third party plug-in architecture which already includes 4Cast's weatherforcast application. DateBk6 also has an enhanced Alarm Manager which displays the next 50 upcoming alarms and also has the ability to silence all alarms until a specific time and Date.

Other new features include:

  • Today Screen with multiple display options including ability to create and edit new appointments and ToDO's and check them off without leaving that screen. Also optionally displays status of VersaMail, phases of the moon, next upcoming alarm and has options to create an alternate or two-color gradient background. Tap on Appt./ToDo to bring up Details, Tap&Hold to go to Day View with item selected. Tap&Hold on date line to go to that day in the day view. Tap on VersaMail line to launch VersaMail.
  • Handles location and birthday fields on newer PalmOne devices
  • Alarm Manager dialog replaces Next Alarm function - now shows up to 50 future alarms with ability to go directly to that event, also suppress alarm sound until a specific time and displays Days/Hrs/Mins. to next alarm. Also implements a special tag in an event which silences all Datebk alarms while that event is in progress
  • Todo Sort - allows ToDo's to be sorted on the basis of up to 11 criteria in either ascending/descending order and also to suppress the display of ToDo's based upon those criteria. Custom ToDo Sorting now applies to both integrated display and the SplitScreen display
  • Monthly View has a text option to display text of appointments on hi-rez screens (tight, but quite usable, esp. if screen supports landscape mode).
  • Context-sensitive popup lists for appointments and ToDo's are now completely user-definable and allow selection of up to 30 different options in any position. Setting the list empty disables the Tap&Hold and setting it to just one item, invokes that item directly.
  • Set/Adjust Date/Time of multiple items in List View - allows you to change the date and/or time of appointments or ToDo's to either a fixed date/time or adjust them by an offset, forwards or backwards.
  • Saved Views can now have a repeat attribute, start date and independent start/end times. This allows saved views to be automatically triggered and exited at any time of the day and also to follow a repeat specification like repeat events. This replaces the prior, more limited feature of automatically hiding and displaying categories (which has now been removed since it is redundant).
  • Adds Urgency attribute to ToDo's which can be used to implement Franklin Covey style prioritization. Urgency is supported in the ToDo sorting and displayed in the Day, List and Today Views.

DateBk6 runs on all Palm OS Devices running OS 3.5 or later. It comes with a 45-day free trial and new purchases are sold at $27.95 USD. A $12.95 upgrade price is available for users who have previously purchased DateBk3/4/5. Proceeds from this product go towards wildlife conservation and the Dewar's Gorilla Haven project in the North Georgia Mountains

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DateBk6 = the best application available for PalmOS. Period.

The_Voice_of_Reason @ 9/11/2006 8:22:55 PM # Q
DateBk3, 4, and 5 were each major reasons why I've refused to leave PalmOS over the past several years. I'm continually amazed by the amount of thought and energy that the developer, CES Dewar puts into this application. (His efforts to deal with the Data Manager nightmare created by Palm's own incompetence will always be appreciated.) The amount of testing his programs undergo before they are released is truly impressive. (DateBk's quality control is essentially the opposite of that of iambic/Agendus.) Mr. Dewar's responsiveness to users is unparalleled and should serve as the gold standard to which all developers should aspire.

I'd like to personally thank Mr. Dewar for continuing to improve what is easily the most important application on my PDAs. Well done!

TVoR

RE: DateBk6 = the best application available for PalmOS. Period.
Gekko @ 9/11/2006 8:47:16 PM # Q

yes, mental patients everywhere are grateful.



RE: DateBk6 = the best application available for PalmOS. Period.
freakout @ 9/12/2006 6:23:19 AM # Q
^^ Gekko, of course, speaks on behalf of all of them as King of the Whackjobs. :P

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RE: DateBk6 = the best application available for PalmOS. Period.
youngjm @ 9/12/2006 12:51:06 PM # Q
The Beta releases were very stable prior to this point. CESD's support is great and the upgrade is well worth the small price!

RE: DateBk6 = the best application available for PalmOS. Period.
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 9/12/2006 4:32:37 PM # Q
^^ Gekko, of course, speaks on behalf of all of them as King of the Whackjobs. :P

Actually, he's the "Queen" - but that's a whole other story...

TVoR

RE: DateBk6 = the best application available for PalmOS. Period.
G M Fude @ 9/13/2006 12:56:49 AM # Q
DateBk is so vastly superior to any of the PIM available for Windows Mobile (and I think I've tried them all) it is a major hindrance for that other OS.

I sure wish they'd make DateBk cross-platform. I'm going to BlackBerry in a couple of months and that RIM PIM makes even some of the Windows Mobile ones look competent.

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RE: DateBk6 = the best application available for PalmOS. Period.
HandyMan @ 9/15/2006 10:44:16 PM # Q
I use a Blackberry everyday because of work, but I'm going to agree that the PIM is horrible. I still carry a Palm TX for Datebk5 (just upgrade to Datebk6 actually).


RE: DateBk6 = the best application available for PalmOS. Period.
dgb2 @ 9/19/2006 9:35:01 AM # Q
Maybe in your opinion it's the best but definetely not mine. I tried V5 several times but found it totally inferior to Agendus. For instance, the contacts feature of db5 was ... an icon taking you to the built-in contacts list!!! What a joke!!! And visually I just found it a mess. And how often is it really updated (not just bug fixes)? Also icons were easier to use in agendus. I think in db5 you could only have 1 set built-in, while in agendus you can have as many as you want (without using another app). And I hate it when people say you should buy this cos the developer gives money to monkeys.

Haven't tried v6 though. But I'm happy with agendus so will not consider leaving.

david

RE: DateBk6 = the best application available for PalmOS. Period.
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 9/19/2006 4:28:11 PM # Q
No doubt the preceding post was by an iambic (developer of Agendus) employee...
More sleaziness from iambic? Hmmm...
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 9/19/2006 11:34:06 PM # Q
Well guess what: the poster "dgb2" who slammed DateBk and praised Agendus (a buggy piece of crap) above just registered on Palminfocenter TODAY. Let's see... someone registers today only to SPAM fake praise of Agendus and post B.S. about DateBk5. I wonder who could be behind doing something as SLEAZY as that?

Could it be... SATAN???

Nope - even Satan has ethics.

Could it... iambic???

Bingo! Sleazy as ever. The more things change the more they stay the same... I wouldn't be surprised to see the dumba$$ posted it from work at iambic. If Ryan is logging the DNS of posters, I wonder what a reverse lookup on Mr. "dgb2" would reveal? Hmmmm...

TVoR

RE: DateBk6 = the best application available for PalmOS. Period.
dgb2 @ 9/20/2006 3:03:12 AM # Q
Ouch!!! Cannot believe you people are so touchy just cos I dont like db5. I don't work for Iambic. And you're right about them being sleazy (I think they once registered the db5 domain name???, and I hate the fact that as a registered user you still have to pay $10 every time a new release comes out). But I still prefer it to db5. And I think agendus has a lot of users so I'm not the only one.

RE: DateBk6 = the best application available for PalmOS. Period.
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 9/20/2006 9:46:37 PM # Q


Whatever you say, Bubba.
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How about the @@@@@@@@@@

4s @ 9/11/2006 11:14:29 PM # Q
Does DateBk still put all of the @@@@@@@########## symbils in the notes of appointments if you add icons, or color code the event?

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RE: How about the @@@@@@@@@@
cbowers @ 9/12/2006 12:39:35 AM # Q
124 pages of features in the manual, and this is the one you're waiting on?

RE: How about the dumb@$$
The_Voice_of_Reason @ 9/12/2006 4:35:44 PM # Q
He obviously has his priorities set right...
RE: How about the @@@@@@@@@@
4s @ 9/13/2006 8:32:20 AM # Q
I use GTD, so practically everything in my calendar and tasks has a @ in front of it already, that's all.

And VOR, you don't need to be a jackass EVERYTIME you post...oh wait, apparently you do.

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I believe that's 'required'
ackmondual @ 9/18/2006 4:33:44 PM # Q
Palm didn't do too good a job leaving devs specs, APIs, and other info about its PIMs. As a result, these "scripts" are required to get the job done with formatting and extra data.

"Do you know the difference between an error and a mistake? Anyone can make an error, but that error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it."
-Grand Admiral Thrawn

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My PDAs: Visor --> Visor Neo (blue) --> Zire 71 --> Tungsten T3 (with 4 _GOLDEN_ screws) + zodiac 2

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Been waiting for the official release

HandyMan @ 9/12/2006 1:24:26 AM # Q
Did the upgrade today. Just having the @ location in your today properties was worth the $12.95. Not that you couldn't do it before but it's more elegant in the new verison.

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DateBk, great Palm OS classic to be respected.

VampireLestat @ 9/18/2006 2:39:40 AM # Q
DateBk is one of those irreplaceable classic Palm OS programs.

If Palm Inc. is too *swearing* stupid to realize that abandoning Palm OS, thus great classic Palm programs, would be nothing short of disaster then they deserve to go bankrupt.

It truely makes me angry the more I think about having to eventually move over to WM programs and be forced to give up great programs like DateBk.

StyleTap it? altho it won't be the same thing
ackmondual @ 9/18/2006 4:35:44 PM # Q
you'd still need to emulate Datebook itself and the synchronization part of it

"Do you know the difference between an error and a mistake? Anyone can make an error, but that error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it."
-Grand Admiral Thrawn

the secret to enjoying your job is to have a hobby that's even worse

My PDAs: Visor --> Visor Neo (blue) --> Zire 71 --> Tungsten T3 (with 4 _GOLDEN_ screws) + zodiac 2

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