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Monday, July 18, 2005

The Official thynctank-certified list of Palm/Zod apps

Well, it's here, broken down into a few essentials categories and games (and whether an app is free or not):

PIM:
MyCheckbook - one of my most frequently accessed apps! I manage mine and my girlfriend's checking accounds, credit cards, and other credit accounts all within this one great, simple, free program! It even has autofill for the payee line! Free.

DiddleBug - a nice simple handwritten note-taking app that allows you to set timers to remind yourself of things, and also has facility for easily entering text versions of the same information and transferring to DateBook, etc using plugins! Free.

Documents2Go - the ultimate in MS Office connectivity. No need to even hotsync if you have an SD card reader on your desktop machine! Just create Word docs on either the desktop or the palm and either place! Flawless. Not free.

Inspiration - a bit over-priced, but this planning software can not be beaten. If you need visual planning software that can also pack a major project/paper outlining punch, this is it. Syncs to desktop version for major visual editing. Not free.

HappyDays - so the Contacts software that came with your Zod (or earlier OS5 or less Palm) doesn't have functionality for entering birthday info and reminding you of birthdays? Try this free software, which turns one of your custom fields in Contacts into a birthday field and will automatically enter birthday reminders in your DateBook for the next year or more! Free.

MetrO - if you need to get around town but don't know Main St from a hole in the wall, this program is for you. It'll show you how to navigate the city's (almost any major city in the world, really) subways and bus stations, tell you how much it's gonna cost, and has information on tourist spots to boot! And it's free, of course.

Util:
3XCom and FileZ - both file managers, both have good qualities. 3XCom has split screen multi-location views and dedicated buttons for delete, copy, move, and easy multi-file select. FileZ has filters... I can't get rid of either. Both free.

Fitaly - the Zodiac version of this rapid text-entry system is more of a hack than a proper version of the program, but even this bastard software is awesome. I've never entered data faster on the palm. It replaces the DIA (graffiti area) with an optimized key set and allows for quick entering of words or phrases by "sliding" off these virtual keys in any given direction. Also includes certain launcher facilities for quick-jumping to your favorite apps. Comes with SkinTW, which can allow you to further customize your zod with skins from Velo (you can make your own too, if you're inclined...) Not free.

Graffiti Anywhere - I mostly use fitaly for text-entry, but certain symbols are just easier to perform using graffiti. This app allows you to write graffiti anywhere on the screen, either by tapping a special button it layers over the interface, or (as I have it set) by holding down a hard button while entering graffiti. Free.

Lightspeed - the Zod doesn't see as big an increase as other palm devices from this overclocking app, but it's definitely noticeable. Just try out an emulator or other proc-intensive program and you'll see what I mean. Badass. Not free.

Media:
eReader - I never thought I'd get into reading ebooks but I've changed my tune majorly. Just give it a try, download a few. I'm never looking back. And I don't need the few features the pro version affords, the free one is great as is. Came with the Zod, there's a newer version out but I dunno what it adds. Free.

Plucker - Got HTML-formatted user guides you'd like to carry around in your pocket? Check out Plucker, a free program with a desktop conduit that converts HTML and other formats to view on the Palm. Way cool.

MoePaint - I only discovered this program a few days ago, but it's definitely another must-have for anyone who even remotely fancies himself an artist wannabe. Free.

TCPMP - the next killer app for Zods, picard has optimized this next-gen player to hardware decode mpegs using the built-in ATI graphics chip as well as utilizing the chip for bilinear scaling. Amazing program, reads more than half of the movies you'll find littering the internet and does so with style. FREE!!

Bhajis Loops - kick ASS program for sequencing beats and melodies, sampling (not on the Zod) and general noise-making fun. Not free.

Dev:
OnBoard Suite - Free C Programming and compilation using GNU tools on the Palm device itself! Together with Bird (a free resource compiler alternative to RsrcEdit)

DevAccess - this is the holy grail of dev utilities for Zod. It allows non Tapwave-signed apps to be run on your device, so even if that killer new game that's out wasn't approved by the man yet, you can still play. Free, but you've got to apply for this one at www.tapwave.com

Games:
Cubis - an awesome 3D puzzler. One of many great games (Bejeweled, et al) from Astraware. Not free.

Jewelator - free Lights Out clone. Great puzzler.

LJZ - Little Johnny Z, the multi-system emulator software for Zods, which now has a regular Palm version as well. On the Z, it's the killer app. NES, Master System, SNES, Genesis, NeoGeo, GameBoy Color..... oh the joy, it's enough to bring you to tears. Free!

Orbital Sniper - fun little port of a PC game that was created for a video game contest. Zoom in with your satelite cam, and drop a payload on threats to your VIPS. Rad. Free.

Warfare Incorporated - really cool RTS on the Palm/PocketPC. Even has multiplayer (when you beat it :( between Palm and PocketPC devices over BT.

ZQuake - that classic FPS game right in your hand. With LightSpeed running, this runs just as fast as the original. Bitchin! And now it's even multiplayer! Free, though you'll have to supply/find the .paks yourself.

Stuntcar Extreme - yeah, I know it came free with the zod. And yeah, I know it's not the best racer in the world, but it's definitely cool. It's great for showing off what the Zodiac can do to woo potential fanboys and girls into the fold. Especially the vibrate features and the brilliant colors. Free!

[EDIT] And Noiz2SA!!! Awesome abstract space shooter, at least we think that's what it is. Anyhow, plays great! Free.

That's all he wrote.

-tank.

Edit 7/22/05:
Definitely check out HandyShopper if you're like me and take your zod everywhere you go (well maybe not the shower) it's a great reusable shopping list, meaning you can tick items off and refresh for next trip when you're done. It's also got a lot of other features to help you organize your trip. Obviously there's item categories, but there's also Store definitions, each store can have particular items defined as being in a certain aisle and at a certain price. When you create your current shopping trip list from your master list of items (don't ever bother deleting shopping items again!) you set a quantity, and HandyShopper will calculate the total cost of your trip based on this quantity and prices you enter once and forget (unless they go up which they almost certainly will at some point down the road...) it'll even calculate sales tax for you! You can sort by aisle in a given store, meaning you never have to run back and forth through Giant again! Your trip will probably be 1/2 as long as it was before! Lots of people use this app for other purposes, I just figured I'd give it a writeup here as a mandatory prog for any serious Palm/Zod user. It's also fullscreen on the Zod. Free.

2 Comments:

Blogger Mitchell Rusk said...

Wow! I'll have to check some of these out.

Thanks, mitch

Monday, July 18, 2005 11:24:00 AM

 
Blogger fuhgettaboutit123 said...

Definitely a kickass list, I can keep updating it if you wanna "sticky link" to it from the sidebar or something. That'd be cool!

Friday, July 22, 2005 1:45:00 PM

 

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