New to Palm TX

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  1. fnpaulie

    fnpaulie Mobile Enthusiast

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    Hello,

    I've just purchased a refurbished TX and want to get some apps to help me with my work. Can anyone help me in the right direction for this?

    I'm looking for calendar and organizer apps. I run a business that deals with household staff and many meetings that I need to coordinate well in advance. This device seems to be the best fit even if it's no longer made, which is surprising to me.

    Are there any issues I need to look out for? Why did they stop this line?

    -Paul
     
  2. lelisa13p

    lelisa13p Your Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Welcome to Brighthand, fnpaulie. :)

    First allow me to direct your attention to TX Tricks & Solutions, a Sticky thread in the TX Forum.

    As far as organizers go, there are 2 main apps that provide the service that you speak of needing. They are DateBk6 and Agendus, both of which have many loyal users and both of which differ slightly in their focus. DateBk6 is a multi-faceted Calendar & Tasks (Contacts included) application which can be configured to be as simple or complex as your needs require. There is a fully functional 45-day free trial period. (I have used this app since 2003.) It is my understanding that Agendus is more Tasks oriented with heavier Contacts integration but I will let someone who uses it speak more specifically about its attributes. :)

    I agree that the TX is nearly perfect (for me it is - I have 2.) Sadly, it was discontinued as a casualty of the smartphone revolution and a business decision made in spite of loyal user's outcries. :(

    When you received your TX, did you also receive the Installation CD?
     
  3. hal

    hal itchy and cold feet hal

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    fnpaulie, welcome to Brighthand!

    First of all, please determine what's your expertise level in 1. general computer use, and 2. Palm OS use. If you are a newbie to either, please take careful steps into this new goodie of yours.

    Next, remember you have to assemble yourself a working system. This means, have a fully functional computer that you can use to communicate to the Palm device. Next, the Palm device (check :)). Next, a set of programs to communicate both, namely Palm Desktop, HotSync Manager, and a little set of satellite programs (intended to be installed in your computer). The latter are the reason why you where asked whether you have the original Palm CD or not, cause said programs are there, and given you don't, next comes the step of pointing you to options online. Besides those programs, the original CD bundles a set of very desirable software, in some cases expensive if you get it on your own.

    Next, as a general precaution, do a hard reset to your TX, in order to have it in pristine data condition (as it left the store).

    Jumping to the software of your interest... Household staff, you say? You run a maintenance or higiene business for hotels, or a similar outfit? If so, your management needs are oriented to services. Most of the Palm productivity apps that you can find are oriented to manufacturing or commercial, but there are rather few oriented to operations or service. I've found a couple, though.

    The following apps are oriented to commercial activities, like sales force, but with a little wits on your behalf, you can use them for operations or service.

    Manager Assistant is intended to do some follow up to sales forces from the sales manager perspective. Nothing is tweakable from the program, but if you just consider a swap of names; I insist, you can't change the names in the program, but lessay that an order or a sale, you consider them a service action, like a mopper going to this hall and clean it.

    Waiter Assistant is (go figure :rolleyes:) intended to watch over the waiters' activities in a restaurant, from the waiters' supervisor, or catering boss, or general teller (or something :p). Again, with a little wit on your side, an "order" may not involve hot-dogs or chili, how about a room to vacuum, or X ft of marble hall to be waxed, or combinations regarding "packages" you offer. And a "waiter" is actually one out of your household cleaning personnel.

    Both programs are very similar, mostly different in that one is oriented to sales force and the other is oriented to waiters. Besides, the first is intended to be used by the manager, and the second intended to be used by the subordinate (but it could be used by the manager registering reports handed in by the subordinate).

    Merchandiser Assistant is intended for managing a stock in an SMB. Could get handy to follow up on a tools and supplies stock, some commercial little stock, or even (again pull your wits up) to manage personnel, although it doesn't sound good to call them stock. BTW, IME there's few to none Palm applications for specifical purposes of managing Human Resource.

    All these three apps come from the same developer, HandySolution. All three are somewhat limited, and the worst limitation is that they can't share data. Otherwise, you could build yourself a neat little ERP running in your Palm with just freeware.

    This same developer now sells (or used to) a shareware app that replaces Manager Assistant and Waiter Assistant, called Handy Service. I tried it and it works superb. I didn't use it for a restaurant or something, but rather for managing deliveries within operations management.
     
  4. fnpaulie

    fnpaulie Mobile Enthusiast

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    Wow, that's great info to get started. I run a household for a wealthy family. There are separate homes and a yacht and several employees. I have to organize business meetings and plan lunches. I also pay all of the bills and payroll.
    This Palm will really be a great help for me to get a little more organized. I have many years of basic computer experience, not much beyond normal use. I have no programming knowledge or experience. However I am good at exploring a program and utilizing it's functions. I have little Palm OS use, I had a Treo 600 for not long. It's an OK PDA, terrible phone.
    The Palm has not yet been recieved though the advertised items include the original Palm Software CD, is there only 1?
     
  5. hal

    hal itchy and cold feet hal

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    Oh, so you're like a butler... I hope the expression doesn't sound derogative to you. It used to be a more prestigious occupation in the past, don't you think so? Before everybody kinda wished to be called general manager or something, like if being the butler or the secretary was a lowly occupation, same entitlements, only switching to more corporate titles.

    Actually, your occupation is not very different from running a business. Especially if you take into account that even parties are business opportunities for your employer(s). So anybody in your position endeavors information just like running a small manufacturing process or something, I mean with the same depth of complexity.

    Your expertise is all that is needed, you don't have to be a programmer to use a Palm. And if you're good at exploring programs, that's cause you're curious, excellent! Yes, a Treo 600 was a so-so PDA, and the worst phone on the known Universe; the better part of this is that you are not totally new to Palm OS. About the CD, AFAIK yes it was only one CD, and it's all you need.
     
  6. fnpaulie

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    Majordomo is my actual title, but no one has any clue what that is most of the time. If I say butler they think of someone like Sir John Gielgud in Arthur or Niles from The Nanny. Not too many people realize there's a tremendous amount more to it. Actually, it's amazing how few people know what a general or house manager is. Thanks for that!

    So if my new TX has the original Palm Software CD I should be in pretty good shape to start off?

    When I get the unit, I'm to do a hard reset (which I remember from my Treo)?
     
  7. hal

    hal itchy and cold feet hal

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    Ha, I thought mayordomo (or majordomo) was only a term in common use in Spanish or Portuguese. You see, my native tongue is Spanish. Well, we're speaking in the same frequency :) Yeah, the terms is that line of work not always illustrate the hierarchy that an employee has. Besides, the positions themselves observe pretty blurry boundaries of responsibility. You can be hired for something and end up doing something else, but heck, who's not exposed to that anyway :rolleyes:

    As a merry matter of fact, all you need to do to have your device in good shape to start off... is the hard reset. In order to refresh your memory (I mean your human memory :)), you can click on the link on my sig to find a collection of resets for the Palm platform saga. Find the hard reset that corresponds to your device. The Palm TX has a built in ROM memory that holds a copy of the OS, the native apps, and some 3d party apps. After a hard reset, all the user memory is erased, all that software in ROM memory is re-installed to the user memory and voila! A good thing about the Palm OS devices is that they used to be designed in order that the user could put them to work right away, with no further complexities. All you need is already inside the device. Now, let's not forget that even though a Palm device can be used all standalone, it's rather advisable to create said working system that involves the use along a full size computer.

    For one, you're gonna carry important, and perhaps sensitive, information onboard it. There's the need to backup that information to guarantee preservation to some degree. For the other, much of this information is easier to manipulate in a full-size computer, hence the convenience to hotsync both digital devices handheld and desktop. Third, much of the information you can carry on a Palm can also be needed on the computer; hotsync operations help you avoid work duplicity. And fourth, information generated or captured on either side of the system can be transformed in quite many ways, especially on the computer side; hotsync operations allow you to capture something simple, and enrich it later.

    Many of the applications bundled in the CD are of a subjective benefit. For the sole exception of Palm Desktop and HotSync Manager, the rest are apps that can actually be omitted; they're there to offer an added value, not a due functionality. But I strongly encourage you to review all the content of that CD. It shall be you who determines what's useful in your life over the contents of the CD.

    One of the most valuable added-value software you will find in your Palm is DataViz Documents To Go. You may know it already. It's pre-installed in your Palm TX. In the CD you will find an installation for your PC, that works as a gateway to ease the transference of office productivity documents to your Palm. Now, the effective benefit of DocsToGo in the computer is rather a matter of debate. You can find several threads here, where the subject has been discussed.

    I suggest you follow that link posted by lelisa13p. There you will find a real hoard of information incumbent to the Palm TX :) Enjoy!
     
  8. fnpaulie

    fnpaulie Mobile Enthusiast

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    Got it, thanks!
    Looking forward to putting this device to use. Will let you know how it all turns out.
     
  9. hal

    hal itchy and cold feet hal

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    We'll be looking forward to your feedback :)
     
  10. fnpaulie

    fnpaulie Mobile Enthusiast

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    OK. I got my TX and it did come with the CD in question. However, I use Vista 64bit. No USB support. I had to get a Bluetooth dongle (what a silly word) so I'll sync today and let you all know what I think.
     
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