I've got a Palm Pilot IIIx, which I've had since the middle of 1999.
It has been very handy, and gets more useful every month. Here's a
list of software I use on it, and what I use it for (or why I find it
useful). I hope this helps guide people toward good software.
||Shows you how fast your Pilot is.
||It's big. It's a clock. What else do you
Seriously, it's pretty neat. It has alarms, timers, world
time, and it lets you set the Pilot's time with a resolution of 1
second. (unlike everything else, which only gives you minutes)
||This is probably the best palmpilot
program ever written. I just can't express how useful this thing
is. It is a "tree editor", better known as an outliner. It can
completely replace your Memo Pad and Todo List, and you won't miss
them. I use it to keep track of just about everything. I take notes
on it in class, I brainstorm ideas on it, I keep bazillions of handy
lists, including a grocery list, movies I liked, things I need to do
for people, etc...
||A very nice sketchpad! It allows
fullscreen drawing, with an interface that stays out of the way until
you need it. You can even make pictures pop up as alarms with
Diddle's cousin, DiddleBug. The only thing it seems to be missing is
a "zoom" mode for precise pixel-by-pixel editing.
||This calculator rocks. It draws graphs, it
lets you define functions, it handles common base conversions and
binary manipulations, it has scientific and financial functions, and
so on. It's not quite an HP48, but still good.
||Don't like your programs' default icons?
Change them! I've changed quite a few of mine, which are shown in
||Gives detailed memory info on all Pilot
files, and lets you modify some of their properties. I haven't tried
any similar programs, though, so I don't know how this one compares.
||This finds ways to make words out of
letters, like in scrabble. It's not as powerful (or as useful to me)
as a simple Perl regular-expression engine would be, but it's the
best I've found for the Pilot. I may someday write a replacement for
this, to aid in finding anagrams, and to act as a dictionary "grep".
||Pocket Quicken is handy for keeping track
of checks I write, and charges to my credit card. I can usually
record a transaction in the time it takes the cashier to validate the
card information; then I put the information into my desktop computer
||I use this to keep track of the time I
should get paid for working, and the time I spend on projects. It's
not as good as desktop-computer software such as
but it's the best portable timetracker I could find.
||OmniRemote is just amazingly cool. Create
a remote control onscreen, train it with your regular remote, and you
can control any infrared device with it. It turns your Pilot into a
universal remote. Unfortunately, the range is not usually as far as
a real remote, so it's more useful for showing off than for actual use.
||Reverse Polish calculator. I've got this
attached to my calculator button, because it's the closest thing I
could find to an HP48. It doesn't do as much as Easy Calc, but
boy oh boy do I like that Reverse Polish. :)
||This stores information encrypted, and
protected by a password. I find it handy to store information I
don't want people to see. It's more convenient than the Pilot's
built-in "private" record system, and more secure.
||A spiffy Doc reader. I haven't tried many
others, though, so you should look up a Doc Reader Comparison (there
are a few) to find out what you need.
||A close second to Diddle, this sketchpad
offers the one feature Diddle lacks: a "zoom" mode for precise
editing. Otherwise, I'd recommend Diddle instead.
||This is basically "same-game" for Pilot.
||A good solitaire game.
||Similar to MineHunt, but with less chance
involved, and more logic.
||The classic Minesweeper game, for the Pilot.
||Mulg is a surprisingly fun game! Think
Marble Madness for the Pilot. It's even better when you add a tilt
sensor to the Pilot! The only downside (besides the massive amounts
of time you may lose while playing) is that this game tends to eat
||Oblique Strategies gives you random ideas
to help cure mental blocks, or suggest solutions to problems. Not
really a game, but still pretty spiffy / handy.
||Magic 8-ball. Surprisingly accurate, too.
||Asteroids. Kinda neat.
||This has 10 different types of solitaire,
and all are done well. I'd award this a spot in the top 5 programs
available for the Pilot.
||A very interesting game. You must move
cars in a traffic jam to clear up traffic. It can be very difficult
||Move blocks around to make them disappear.
Harder than many similar games.
Note: not all of these require HackMaster, but most do.
||Gets rid of the underline on text areas,
making it much easier to read.
||Makes your clipboard bigger, and tells you
how many bytes you're copying.
||Reduces memory wait states to speed up your
pilot by 50%. This doesn't overclock the cpu, so it's pretty safe.
||Lets you double-tap to select words, or
triple-tap to select whole lines.
||Slightly reduces ghosting onscreen, and
speeds up the pilot a bit.
||Shows you what you're writing in the
||A pop-up shows you the time, date, battery,
next day of datebook items, and top todo's.
||I'd put this program in the top 5 too. It
replaces graffiti, and you can train it to recognize your
handwriting. I write at least twice as fast with this program! It
allows several different strokes per letter, with lots of options to
tune it for the best performance.
||Wolfenstein 3D for the Pilot. Ick.
||Windows CE-like desktop. Ick.
||Similar to XPilots for Linux. Cool game,
but it's not much fun with only one player.
||A great chess game, but, um.. I don't
really enjoy chess.
||It lets you make beeps and even bleepish
songs on the Pilot. Kinda neat, but it's not very useful since you
can't save songs (and it's a pain to write them).
||A rather nice development platform, which
lets you develop Pilot programs entirely on the the Pilot. But, I'm
just not "into" Forth. Maybe I'll look at it more later.
||A great program, but I never found any TealInfo
databases which were particularly useful.