Quickies: Rebates, Games and Software

Treo 300 Rebates: Handspring has announced a promotion for $100 off the Treo 300. New and existing Sprint customers will receive an instant $50 rebate off the price of Treo 300 when purchasing it from handspring.com making the price $449. In addition, those customers who also sign up for new service from Sprint will receive a $50 credit on their first Sprint phone bill making their total savings $100.

GTS Racing Challenge
Astraware has published Pazzazz Games' new GTS Racing Challenge game. GTS Racing Challenge is a 3D racing game that delivers console-quality visuals and game-play to Palm OS handhelds. GTS Racing Challenge is available now in versions for both 16-shade greyscale and 256-color models of Palm Powered PDAs, and is priced at US$17.95. A high-res, palm os 5 version is in the works.

Palmtop User MagazinePalmtop User Magazine
Palmtop Publications has published issue 3 of Palmtop User, its new magazine for all handheld and palmtop users. Even better, anyone subscribing this month gets issues 1 and 2 included for free, giving their collection a good head start.

WardWatch v3
Torlesse Systems Pty Ltd has released WardWatch v3. WardWatch is the original ward round patient tracking application for the Palm, first release in November 1997. It is a general-purpose patient investigation and tracking solution designed for health care professionals; especially residential medical and allied health staff. It is intended to record investigations, medications and dosages, and consultations as requested by the senior Consultant (Specialist) or Registrar during Ward round and to record the results of these investigations for recall in later rounds and on the desktop.

QuoteMaker Pro
ZacWare has announced the release of QuoteMaker Pro for Palm OS Devices. QuoteMaker Pro is an advanced sales automation utility allowing the quick and easy creation of complex proposals. It features drag and drop proposal creation, user definable product search hierarchies, and a powerful cost-plus and list-minus margin processor.

soccerMarcel Desailly Pro Soccer
Gameloft has released Marcel Desailly Pro Soccer for color Palm OS devices. The game consists of 32 national line-ups, 4 game modes, an individual database for players and the ability to set the parameters for game duration. The game is available now for $19, with a downloadable demo.

SoftTick has released a beta of its SoftTickPPP software which allows PPP access to Windows desktop computers and Palm OS device connected via the device cradle. Unlike MochaPPP (the only other Palm PPP software) SofTick works with USB connections - meaning it will work with newer devices. Currently the beta supports Windows 2000/XP with support for 98/ME coming soon.

Mike McCollister has released his first palm os game, McEcho, a sequence repetition game. Simply repeat the ever growing sequence by tapping the appropriate ButtonLight (red, yellow, green and blue). Each level adds one more ButtonLight to the random sequence. As the levels progress the sequences get faster.

FatFinger 2.3
Avaion, announced the latest release of FatFinger™ 2.3, is now compatible with Palm OS® 5. FatFinger is a graffiti alternative which provides finger-sized onscreen keyboards that can be used with any Palm OS application.

Brass Tact has just released Scrawl, a no-nonsense freehand drawing app. The Scrawl drawing area is large and is designed for speed of use with user tools always available from a thin graphic toolbar. It has a unique WhiteFill Fx that can do multiclor fills of pen and background and dither 64,000 colors. Scrawl V1.0 is freeware

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Va-Vroom! - GTS

Edward Green @ 2/25/2003 1:04:57 PM #
I have been playing GTS since it was released, and I am very impressed. On my n770c (OC to 54Mhz) it is very smooth and fast. One of my friends saw it and said it looked like a GBA game; Nuff said.

The three cars handle differently enough to give the game variety and changing the difficulty makes a significant difference - the tracks change and the opponents race better. You can powerslide, and drive round the track backwards, when you doughnut (spin 360) you can hold the accelerator down and get to max speed whilst spinning on the spot ... not so much a bug as a quirk.

It's is a shame that you cannot see further ahead in the game (I imagine this would stretch the CPU somewhat) and there is no save game feature in the present version.

GTS has replaced MT as my 'Show of my Clie' game.

Edward Green

RE: Va-Vroom! - GTS
hoodoo @ 2/25/2003 1:55:45 PM #
I am also trying it out on my m105, and although not colour, it's still a hoot to play. It really drains the batteries if you're using alkalines though. :(

I wouldn't actually buy it unless I got a rechargeable colour PDA. I think I'll put in a bid on something on ebay. :P

RE: Va-Vroom! - GTS
Palm_Otaku @ 2/25/2003 2:09:02 PM #
Yep - very cool game, particularly for those of us who love Gran Turismo. I registered it about 2 minutes after my first game - and can't wait for the hi-res + audio version!

Another racing game that is fun is Toy Races at www.palmsw.com



RE: Va-Vroom! - GTS
helf @ 2/25/2003 2:11:08 PM #
To bad its not a fully 3d game.. Maybe the os5 version will have full 360* 3d cars...

RE: Va-Vroom! - GTS
Massman82 @ 2/25/2003 2:50:23 PM #
It is full 3d! :)

Roman Pedan
Palm V/Vx
Will get a Palm OS 5 handheld
RE: Va-Vroom! - GTS
Altema @ 2/25/2003 3:27:34 PM #
"it is very smooth and fast."

Too fast when over clocked! I had to slow it down to make it more realistic. Edward, on the opening screen of the registered version (where the car is spinning on a turntable), does the movement smooth out when it gets to the back of the car?

RE: Va-Vroom! - GTS
Altema @ 2/25/2003 3:53:52 PM #
Never mind, I think I found out why it does this. The game mostly shows the cars from the rear, so there are more frames showing the various angles from the back. Astraware pulls these same frames showing the different rotation angles for the intro screen. They could have put the extra frames in, but it would have needlessly increased the footprint. Wise move.

RE: Va-Vroom! - GTS
Edward Green @ 2/25/2003 3:54:10 PM #
Yes the motion does. The cars are pre-rendered, and there are more angles rendered with the viewing angle behind the car - these being the angles you view the car at in the game.

Edward Green
RE: Va-Vroom! - GTS
Edward Green @ 2/26/2003 2:45:27 AM #
I found Toy Races very slow, and not very smooth. DaDa racing is a more acomplished top down (think SuperSprint / Micromachines) type of racer, but is rather dull in my book.

Edward Green

Softick PPP

Fammy @ 2/25/2003 4:52:13 PM #
Could anyone get Softick PPP working or am I a doof? The website was not helpful (apparently beta software doesn't have documentation or installation instructions).

RE: Softick PPP
justauser @ 2/25/2003 6:49:52 PM #
Nope. Didn't work for me either

RE: Softick PPP
Lucky Bob @ 2/25/2003 7:05:48 PM #
I got the connection to the computer established, but that's it. No programs work, such as Avantgo, Eudora, and PalmMSN. I posted the problem in the Softick PPP forum, and they told me this:

"The first thing: check if your PPP server (Windows XP) haev provided DNS address for the Palm. (Prefs|Network|View Log). If doesn't you could specify DNS address in connection parameters."

...that's all Greek to me. Then they said:

"If you use dialup connection from you computer to access Internet you need to setup some sort of NAT or proxy. You can use WinGate, WinROute or buil-in Windows XP NAT and DNS Proxy services...But they cost money ;)"

...how nice.

(Why do some people say you can kill two birds with one stone when it's hard enough killing one bird with two stones?)

RE: Softick PPP
justauser @ 2/25/2003 10:06:22 PM #
Can't even get a connection. Whenever I try to establish a connection via my m505 I get "Error:PPP timeout (0x1231)" - by the look of their discussion forum I am not alone.

Did you get a little icon in your services tray when you fired up PPPGate.exe? Nothing happens when I run PPPGate.exe (for that matter, at the end of installation nothing happened when I checked 'run PPP Gate'). I can see it there listed in the processes in Task Manager. But I think it's odd that this is the only indication of its presence.

RE: Softick PPP
Altema @ 2/26/2003 2:43:40 PM #
Took a little work, but I got it working fine across our corporate LAN, with the exception of Blazer. Avantgo works well, and SnapperMail absolutely screams.

There is more to do than just what they indicate. You need to install the software on the PC, then add a Palm RAS incoming network connection with the new connection wizard on the PC, then you have to go to the Palm prefs and configure the connection and the network settings.

For the Palm settings, go to Prefs, then Connection, and choose New. The name can be Softick or whatever, "connect to" is local network, "via" is cradle/cable. Tap details and set the speed to 57,600 bps (seems to work best for me), and set the flow control to automatic. Tap ok on both screens to get back to the main connection screen in prefs.

For the network settings on the Palm choose "Network from the drop down list in prefs. For service, choose "Windows RAS". Enter the username and password if needed (I put in my WinXP login), and choose Softick or whatever you named the connection in the steps above.

Under details for network, the connection type will be PPP, Idle timeout whatever you want (probably NOT "Never", in case you forget to disconnect), Query DNS checked, and IP address checked for automatic.

Hope this helps fill in the blanks.

PS for SnapperMail: If your email servers are on a different provider than your current connection, you may not be able to SEND email due to authentication restrictions on your SMTP server. This is a security measure as designed to hinder spammers. For example, your email server is on Yahoo, but you are connected to the internet via AOL, Merrit, or some other ISP. Most other funtions will work fine though, including fetch and deleting from server after junking an email.

RE: Softick PPP
Altema @ 2/26/2003 4:08:51 PM #
Blazer is working fine now, and Advantgo can sync as well as browse. Guess Blazer just needed to get used to the new connection? :)

RE: Softick PPP
bbaccsi @ 4/24/2003 10:08:14 AM #
Network is established, and I can ping the palm
from the computer, but it still doesn't answer to
the palm. Neither with Blazer :(
RE: Softick PPP
HiroProtagonist @ 7/29/2003 6:13:11 PM #
My experience has been Blazer and upIRC work fine, but PalmVNC and TGssh do not. Any ideas?

Hiro Protagonist

"Scrawl V1.0 is freeware" ...

Lisi @ 2/25/2003 8:00:26 PM #
...but it really costs $2.50 on PalmGear.

If it's truly freeware, I'd like to know where.


nenad @ 3/2/2003 4:53:06 PM #
Why you don't have links in your posts? Is this site policy (it would be very strange for a web site to have policy against links) or you're just lazy?! :)

This way for everything I read on Palm Infocenter I have to access Google to find a site with more info. :(

RE: Links?!
Admin @ 3/2/2003 9:34:31 PM #
We have always allowed links within posts, I'm not sure exactly what you're referring to.


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