How To Do Everything With Visor


Enhance your Visor experience with this comprehensive,solutions-packed guide. Easy to follow and loaded with practical information,this resource will help you master built-in applications and become familiar with third-party tools,allowing you to get the most out of your handheld device. Ideal for both beginners and experienced users,this reference covers everything from basic set-up to advanced development tools that will allow you to create your own applications.

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Enhance your Visor experience with this comprehensive,solutions-packed guide. Easy to follow and loaded with practical information,this resource will help you master built-in applications and become familiar with third-party tools,allowing you to get the most out of your handheld device. Ideal for both beginners and experienced users,this reference covers everything from basic set-up to advanced development tools that will allow you to create your own applications.

Get small! Learn to use this extremely portable,pocket-sized electronic organizer to manage addresses,appointments,expenses,tasks,memos,and more. With coverage of more than 50 available modules—plus new devices like the Visor Edge,Prism,and Pro—this comprehensive directory is loaded with information,solutions,and practical advice. Discover why the Visor is not only an extension of your desktop computer,but a computer in its own right,capable of running sophisticated software from spreadsheet managers and expense trackers to electronic-book readers and Web browsers. How To Do Everything with Your Visor,Second Edition will help you get the most from your Handspring PDA.

  • Completely up-to-date—covers Visor Pro,Prism,and Edge models,as well as the latest Springboard modules
  • Access third-party programs to extend your Visor's capabilities—or write your own!
  • Travel in style while playing games,checking email,and connecting to your Internet service provider
  • Write fluidly in minutes with the handwriting-recognition software
  • Master the Visor's core applications—Address List,Date Book,Memo Pad,and To Do List
  • Learn about MP3 music players,digital cameras,mobilephones,GPS receivers,games,memory expansion,and more
  • Throw away your laptop—turn your Visor into a mobile office suite
  • Share data with Windows,Macs,and other PDAs
  • Troubleshoot common problems
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780072193923
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Series: How to Do Everything Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 620
  • Product dimensions: 1.29 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 9.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments iv
Introduction xix
Part I Getting Started
Chapter 1 Welcome to Visor 3
What Makes the Visor So Unique? 5
An Overview of the Visor Models 8
A Common Thread: The Palm Operating System 13
Visor Advantages 13
Visor Limitations 14
Where to Buy a Visor 15
Chapter 2 A Guided Tour of the Visor 17
A Guided Tour of the Hardware 18
Using Your Visor for the First Time 25
Getting to Know the Operating System 28
Setting Visor Preferences 32
An Introduction to Palm Desktop 37
Chapter 3 Getting Set Up with Your PC or Macintosh 41
Unpacking Your Visor 42
Installing the Desktop Software 44
Your First HotSync 47
Keeping Data Synchronized 56
HotSync Using a Notebook's IR Port 58
Chapter 4 Getting Information in and out of Your Visor 63
The Three Ways to Enter Data 64
Getting to Know Graffiti 69
Beaming Data Between Palm OS Devices 81
Chapter 5 Working with the Palm Desktop for Windows 93
Exploring with the Palm Desktop 94
Managing Your Schedule with the Date Book 97
Managing Your Contacts with the Address Book 102
Tracking Tasks with the To Do List 109
Taking Notes with the Memo Pad 113
Restoring Deleted Data to Your Visor 118
Using Outlook 120
Upgrading to Palm Desktop 4.0 122
Chapter 6 Working with Palm Desktop for Macintosh 129
Date Book (aka Calendar) 130
Address Book (aka Contact List) 134
To Do List (aka Task List) 138
Memo Pad (aka Note List) 141
Part II Getting Things Done
Chapter 7 The Date Book 151
Viewing Your Appointments 152
Creating New Appointments 161
Editing Your Appointments 167
Working with Alarms 168
Using the Date Book + 171
Chapter 8 The Address Book 179
View Your Addresses 180
Create New Entries 187
Assign Categories and Privacy 190
Edit and Delete Addresses 192
Create and Beam Your Business Card 193
Chapter 9 The To Do List 195
Viewing the To Do List 196
Creating a To Do 198
Changing Task Priority 200
Working with the List View 201
Deleting Old To Dos 206
Sharing and Hiding Your To Dos 207
Chapter 10 The Memo Pad 209
Viewing the Memo Pad 210
Creating New Memos 212
Arranging Memos in the Memo List 215
Working with Your Memos 217
Chapter 11 Expense 223
Getting Started with Expense 224
From Expense to Excel 230
Alternatives to Expense 235
Chapter 12 The Rest of the Palm OS Team 239
Visor Security 240
The Find Feature 252
The Calculator 255
CityTime 259
The Mail Program 261
Chapter 13 Going on a Trip 263
Preparing Your Visor for the Road 264
Road Tips 268
Software to Bring Along 269
Wilderness Survival Tools 281
Chapter 14 E-Mail and the Internet 285
An Introduction to the Palm Mail Program 287
Setting Up the Palm Mail Program 287
Third-Party E-Mail Programs 301
Instant Messaging 304
Turning Your Visor into a Web Browser 306
Browsing with Your Visor 308
Installing Apps from the Internet 312
Channel Surfing with AvantGo 314
All About MyPalm 319
Part III Springboard Expansion Modules
Chapter 15 Communication and Wireless Modules 327
An Introduction to Springboard Modules 328
Modem Modules 329
Phone Modules 333
Connectivity Modules 337
Chapter 16 Game and Sport Modules 339
Should You Buy Game/Sport Modules? 340
Chapter 17 E-Book and Reference Modules 347
Merriam-Webster Dictionary 348
Holy Bible, King James Version 351
Medical Reference 351
Pocket Recipes 352
Star Trek BookPak 353
Chapter 18 Multimedia Modules 355
Take Pictures with the eyemodule2 356
Control Your Home Entertainment System with OmniRemote 360
Voice Recorders 366
Where to Find It 371
Chapter 19 Productivity Tools 373
PowerPoint on Your Visor 374
Heavy-Duty Calculators for the Visor 376
Chapter 20 Travel and Leisure Modules 379
Audible Advisor 380
CitySync 382
5-Language European Translator 382
GPS 383
Chapter 21 Memory and Backup Modules 387
Adding Memory to Your Visor 388
Backing Up Your Visor 398
Part IV Beyond the Box
Chapter 22 The Portable Office 405
Building the Perfect Beast 406
Working with Documents 407
Tracking Data with Spreadsheets and Databases 415
Printing from Your Visor 422
Chapter 23 HackMaster and Other Utilities 427
HackMaster 428
Other Utilities 434
Visor Antivirus Utilities 441
Creating Your Own Palm Programs 442
Making Your Visor Run Faster 443
Chapter 24 Time and Money Management 445
Managing Your Money with the Visor 446
Streamlining Your Day with Time-Management Tools 455
Chapter 25 Playing Games 459
Turning Your Visor into a Game Machine 460
Installing the Bundled Games 465
Playing IR Games 467
Playing Text Adventures 471
Using the Visor as Dice 474
Games Worth Trying 477
Turning Your Visor into a Game Boy 488
Chapter 26 Graffiti Enhancements and Alternatives 491
Overlays: Wallpaper for the Graffiti Area 492
Graffiti Replacements: A Software Solution 497
Keys, Please 499
Giving Graffiti a Helping Hand 500
Chapter 27 E-book Libraries, Photo Albums, and Movies 507
Building a Library of E-Books 509
Building an Electronic Photo Album 515
Watching Movies on Your Visor (Sort Of) 522
Chapter 28 Creativity Software: Paint, Compose, and Organize 525
Painting on the Visor 526
Drawing on the Visor 531
Outlining Your Ideas 533
Animating Images 535
Capturing Screenshots of the Visor Display 538
Making Music on the Visor 538
Chapter 29 Cases, Keyboards, and Other Accessories 549
Pick a Case, Any Case 550
The Stylus Decision 551
Keyboards 552
Protect Your Screen 554
Add More Memory 555
Recharge Your Visor's Batteries on the Road 556
Mount Your Visor in Your Car 556
Chapter 30 Problems and Repairs 559
Cure Visor Problems with a Reset 561
Avoid Battery Problems 562
Prevent Scratched Screens 564
Fix a Screen that No Longer Responds Properly 565
Reclaim Memory for Software and Data 565
Resolve HackMaster Conflicts 567
Fix a Visor that Won't "Wake Up" for Alarms 568
Deal with a Visor that Will No Longer HotSync 569
Beaming Problems 569
Fixing Problems on Your Desktop 570
Back Up Your Visor 570
Solve HotSync Problems 570
Outlook HotSync Problems 573
Work with Windows 2000 573
Manage Multiple Visors or PCs 574
Other Issues 575
Obtain Service and Repairs 576
Obtain Non-Warranty or Accident-Related Repairs 576
Find Technical Support on the Web 576
Upgrade from an Old Visor to a New One 577
Index 579
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