Saturday, July 29, 2006

Poetry on a palm?

Well, of course you can write poetry on a palm PDA. There's no question of that. But I like the idea of bespoke art / writing applications for PDAs and Palm in particular

Pocket Poetry fits the bill. It is just like having magnetic poetry on your fridge door, but instead it is in your PDA. I like this idea and always have done.

Really I should buy it, but I've never gotten around to it. I will soon. Honest!

Thursday, July 27, 2006

I wish I could programme for the Palm but I can't

I have many attempts over the years to get into writing code, but I've never made it. Why? I don't know really. I expect I will try again at some point, but I'm in one of my "I can't be bothered to do that anymore" phases.

Perhaps it is because the ideas I have for applications are far too advanced for a beginner to even conceive and so it is simply beyond me to comprehend how they would be constructed. Maybe. I don't know. I've written a few very simple things over the years, but nothing I'm really proud of. That would be nice, to write an application that I could use and that other people liked too.

Anyway, the one idea that I've had knocking around in my head for over a year I'm going to start to share and see if anyone else wants to develop it, or indeed if anyone thinks it has any merit at all. Over the next few days I'm going to post some screen shots and ideas and post links into the main palm forums to see if anyone thinks it is an idea worth taking forward.

I'll see what happens.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

NinerPaint updated to version 1.9

NinerPaint has been upgraded to version 1.9. To have a look at what's been updated click the title of the post.

NinerJot now available

Alex at NinerMedia have made a new product called NinerJot, and, it is free! I think it is a kind of fore-runner to NinerPad, their next product. Check it out...

Saturday, July 15, 2006



An interesting blog about getting real internet services on a mobile. I've seen bluepulse before, but not got around to trying it on my palm tro 650.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Desktop woes

Even though I do like PDA's, palm especially, I've never really managed to get the hang of the desktop stuff. I have often felt that having a desktop element is like having an ocean going yacht, and permanently tieing it to the quay.

Why have a desktop component? I know that people want to share data from PDA to laptop / desktop, but again, why? Not for back up, you can do this to a card. Sync? To what, Outlook? Not much fun really?

Anyway, I don't like it and have avoided it for a long time now.

There is however, one reason I do need a sync, and that is to render my tracks from Bhajis Loops into .WAV format. I've had lots of problems with this, but today I've cracked it using a Mac Mini dual booting to Win XP.

Now everything is straightforward. The palm desktop on the XP partition only runs the .WAV sync and nothing else, so there's no calendar PIM sync going on.

I just hope it stays that simple.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

A Palm PDA as an organiser? Surely not

I spend a lot of time organising my life. Events, children's stuff, family stuff, all sorts, you know how it is. What I always come back to is a piece of paper and a list. PDA's are great, don't get me wrong, but often paper is not only easier, but quicker, and simpler.

I have tried on numerous occasions to go completely digital, but I've never succeeded. I always end up with a notebook as well. Is there anything wrong with this? I expect that die hard PDA fans will say I should move over completely, but I can't. I need paper too, I admit it.

Saturday, July 08, 2006


I've been using NinerPaint for ages. It is currently up to version 1.8. As an art application I think it ranks in the top ten if not higher.

Why is it such a good application then?

Put simply, so far I haven't found anything that I need to do that it can't handle. This might seem simplistic, and it is. However, you have to understand that I think applications should exceed what a user will want so that the user can grow into using them. I think NinerPaint is very good at that.

When I first used it I found myself playing for ages making images for no good reason whatsoever, and it has kept me enthralled ever since.

It is really worth a try, and, as with all good applications it is being actively developed and maintained.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Art and the Palm

I thought I'd write about art on the Palm platform, being a big fan of it myself?

For some years I've used the following applications for art / drawing / animation:

- Ninerpaint
- Noviianimator
- Leonardo

NinerPaint: A fantastic art and animation application that creates GIFs on the device. It is being actively updated and worked on.It is currently on version 1.8.

Noviianimator: A simple but effective application that allows you to make animations on your palm and then use a desktop component to export them to gif or avi formats. Nice, simple, effective.

Leonardo: A vector graphics application which is incredibly powerful.

In time I plan to write full reviews of each application in detail.