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Review: TomeRaider
By: Pepper
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.

Available Software
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.

TomeRaiderOptions
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.

Main Screen
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.

Reading Files
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.

PIC Bottom Line

PROS
CONS
  • Easy, intuitive interface
  • multi-platform
  • Plenty of Content
  • native format is proprietary
  • Some minor issues on the TT

RATING: 7.5 / 10
Usability: 5
Appearance: 4
Value: 4

Tomeraider is available now from Proporta and is 15.00 in the UK or ($20.00 USD).

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not OS5 compatible

contempt @ 11/29/2002 3:29:42 PM #
i find it odd that you guys are now doing a review of tomeraider. yes it's an incredible piece of software and i had been using it for awhile. however, it is not OS5 compatible and crashes each time it's run. quite funny to promote a piece of software that won't even run on new devices. hopefully, this might pressure them to update the app.
RE: not OS5 compatible
saw9000 @ 11/29/2002 4:54:57 PM #
I must disagree. I am currently using the app on my NX70V with no problems.
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RE: not OS5 compatible
CKMOOSE @ 11/29/2002 5:56:22 PM #
Since there are only three Palm OS devices out that are 5.0, I don't see a problem in writing a review for software that is not yet written for OS5.

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RE: not OS5 compatible
GKreamer @ 11/29/2002 10:01:46 PM #
I have yet to have a problem with TomeRaider on my TT, this is one of the most-used pieces of software o my Palm...

RE: not OS5 compatible
Take1 @ 11/30/2002 3:59:49 PM #
Tome Raider has great content, but is in sore need of hi-res support. Tried it but went right back to Palm Reader because it does eBooks much nicer with hi-res font packs and full screen support for the NR series.



RE: not OS5 compatible
Ces @ 11/30/2002 11:48:19 PM #
It IS os5 compatible...works great...the only thing it is NOT compatible with is that you cannot use the 5 way button (the select button) to go "home"

RE: not OS5 compatible
Fzara2000 @ 12/1/2002 12:02:28 AM #
Why would anyone buy the NX70 series with the new Dell Axim X5!? Im sorry, but ive waited too long, and the prices are just too high for an OS5 unit. Unfortunately, i'm going to go with the new Dell 400mhz, and find a way to transfer all my contacts/appts to my new PDA.

"Now thats just PRIME!"
RE: not OS5 compatible
bjh @ 12/1/2002 2:08:39 PM #
This really isn't the place for this conversation, but suffice it to say that many ppl (myself included) have had experience with both PalmOS and PocketPC and have simply found PalmOS to be more useful. I *never* carried my PocketPCs with me... I *always* carry my PalmOS machines with me... I'd rather spend $400-$500 on a machine i use all the time than $200-$300 on a machine i never use.

RE: not OS5 compatible
Fzara2000 @ 12/1/2002 4:07:42 PM #
oh..interesting.
I cant stand it, theres no good, fast PDA's out for this christmas, and it bothers me that the new OS5 models are so much money.
Which is why I want the Dell for a nice screen and mp3 playback and everything else OS5 delivers without breaking my budget.

"Now thats just PRIME!"
RE: not OS5 compatible
masitti @ 12/2/2002 7:45:27 PM #
Make sure you add in about $40 for the duffle bag you need to carry the Dell brick. =)

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RE: not OS5 compatible
Fly-By-Night @ 12/4/2002 12:00:39 PM #
I pity Santa having to carry that Dell monster down your chimney!


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Reviews are always good

cbowers @ 11/29/2002 7:05:12 PM #
There's no question it's a good piece of software. I've used it since before there was VFS, and through AutoCF (and FFS) it was the only way to read 12MB documents on an 8MB device.

It sure has got some healthy competition today though. I've always tended to use it more for the specialized reference type content that's available in TR format.

As a pure DOC reader I would think one would have to look more to titles like iSilo (if one was interested in landscape mode or fetching web content Avantgo-like), or WordSmith (if one had any inclination for hard core editing), or PalmReader (if one had any inclination for purchased titles).

Back in the day, TR was also very useful for it's compression. Here again, I see today that multi-MB titles are virtually as small in iSilo as well (also known for it's more agressive compression than the DOC format).

Given the similiarities these days in the doc reader abilities (full screen, auto-scroll, high-res, good controls), what tends to stand out more is the apps specialities, and prebuilt (or easily buildable) content available.

I think this review could have a lot of value added to the unfamilliar reader, if the types of typical TR titles at memoware (and privately) were looked at in greater detail.

For example, many entire encyclopedias, and other large works have been converted to TR format.

That's not so typical in other formats.

One largish title I installed the other day however illustrated the differences though.

The same title was available in iSilo and TR format. The file size was within a few dozen K of one another. The iSilo format was ready for transfer and reading right away. TR format downloads typically require converting to palm format with a desktop app first (Good if you want desktop or PPC reader flexibility, bad if you're *always* viewing them on the palm). Yet the viewing experience is not at all the same even though the file sizes might suggest that. The iSilo document had a rich text display with multiple font sizes, bolding, italics, indents, etc. And while this title didn't many of them include images optionally in iSilo format. The TR experience pretty much remains a just-the-facts experience. Which can be good if that's what you're looking for.

It all depends on what your preference is for a given content. And the reason why I continue to use all 4 mentioned readers (and an unmentioned 5th) on my device ;-)

-Craig Bowers

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TexSkater9140 @ 11/29/2002 7:46:26 PM #
Hey Ryan,
there is a typo on the front page. it says "revier" instead of "reviewer"
just thought you should know.
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How to get TomeRaider content

MemoWare @ 12/1/2002 12:57:32 AM #
As Pepper mentioned, MemoWare serves as the official online repository of TomeRaider content. The direct link to MemoWare's collection of TomeRaider format documents is here (2,328 items as of this post):

http://makeashorterlink.com/?U2C542E92

Hope that helps...enjoy!
- Craig (@ MemoWare)

TomeRaider Source

Valderama @ 12/2/2002 12:38:54 PM #
By the way it wasn't mentioned in the review, but TomeRaider is based at:

http://www.proporta.com/detail.asp?id=139

Cheers :)

Carl

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