November 29, 2002
What is TomeRaider?
TomeRaider is a document viewing application developed by Proporta. It offers many features and preferences, and is compatible with multiple document types.
TomeRaider is compatible with TomeRaider and standard doc files. Memoware's website is an online resource offering thousands of compatible documents to read with TomeRaider. You can also use the included Window's version of TomeRaider to convert desktop files into a Palm compatible form. The conversion is very simple and can be done simply by launching the program, opening a file, and hitting convert. By using the desktop conversion utility, you have nearly any document available on your Palm.
This application has a wide number of options to make document viewing both easier and more enjoyable. The options begin with simple things such as the cosmetics; the page, pen, and background colors can all be modified. For example, I can select a light blue background to match the color theme I have on my Palm, or change it to a cream to keep it softer on the eyes than a dead white. The application also offers options to simplify scrolling. Everything from the side of the screen the scroll bar resides on to the type of scrolling a pen tap will produce. There is also an auto-scroll feature which has a configurable speed. TomeRaider also offers options for using files on the expansion card. You can set the location the program will search on the card and whether or not the application will search every time the program launches.
Ok, so now you know what all you can customize, but just how easy is the program to use? Well, really, the program is very intuitive and simple. The basic functions are accomplished from this screen, and this screen only. A bar along the bottom allows you to select between opening, categorizing, deleting, and beaming files. Unfortunately you have to tap a mode and then choose the file you want to play with; you cannot delete, categorize, etc a file while it is in use. The list of files also includes the size of the file and an icon to identify the file type.
To read a file it's pretty simple -- open a file, and pick a chapter. Most documents will recall your last position when you open them, although TomeRaider documents have built in chapters to differentiate sections, and those only recall your position when re-launching the program. You can also place bookmarks to help you locate your favorite parts. There is also a convenient find feature to help locate the part of a document you seek. You can also enable the auto-scroll feature to have the text move at your reading speed.
The stylish tool bar along the bottom, which matches the other buttons in the program, allows you to enable many of the various features, such as auto-scroll and modify bookmarks. There is also a gauge to find the percentage of the document you have read. In addition, there are arrows to move between chapters, although during single-section documents they just clutter the tool bar. Furthermore, the tool bar includes a button to back up a page, either to the chapter selection screen or all of the way back to the main menu. There is also an option to hide the tool bar, although you must go through the drop down menu to select it.
TomeRaider is an excellent document viewing application. It supports many documents and has a wide array of features. The interface is intuitive, simple, and stylish. A definite recommendation for those who like to read on their Palm.
RATING: 7.5 / 10
Tomeraider is available now from Proporta and is £15.00 in the UK or ($20.00 USD).
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