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TomeRaider is a document viewing application developed by Proporta. It offers many features and preferences, and is compatible with multiple document types. PIC reviewer, Pepper, brings us this review.
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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 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.

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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 #
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.

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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!


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


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):

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:

Cheers :)




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