Thursday, February 28, 2008

Saguaro and LineUp are no more

The forthcoming multi-tasking environment for PalmOS has been cancelled by PDA Performance citing the diminishing Palm economy as the main driver. It is a real shame and I think lots of people will be very disappointed as a result. However, it is perhaps the first writing on the wall that developers are leaving the palm economy for pastures new.

Here's what PDA Performance have to say:
This was an extremely difficult decision for us, but certainly a critical one that we had to make. Our most recent development efforts, namely LineUp and Saguaro, relied primarily on the success of Palm. You’ve most likely heard about the struggling Palm OS economy. Unfortunately, it’s affecting us as well in ways we never could have predicted.

We’ve poured our hearts into making both LineUp and Saguaro and agonized over every last detail in both the code and design. During development, if a portion of our code wasn’t exactly right, we’d redo it to perfection. We’re that fanatical about our software. But when it comes right down to it - we’re a team of entrepreneurs, programmers and designers that have to eat, too.

Many thanks go to all of our fans and customers who have supported us throughout our development. We’re sorry to say that after six successful years, we have to go. We’re sure there are many more opportunities that will present themselves in the future. So don’t worry about us. We’ll be fine. Chances are, someday you might find each of us out in unique industries doing what we love most – innovating.

Best Regards,
The Team @ PDA Performance

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Newton: 10 years on

TUAW has a great article on the 10th anniversary of the demise of the Newton. What a great device, and still a very active community.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A multi-windowed environment for Windows Mobile?

I've seen screens on the Palm (and miskinix). I've seen what Saguaro might come with, and I can't wait for Opera Mobile 9.5. But what I really want to know is, are there any multi-windowed environments for Windows Mobile?

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Why did Apple upgrade the iPod Touch?

There have been lots of reports over the last few weeks about how the PDA market is declining and contracting, and how smartphones are effectively taking that market. I can see that and understand it.

However, what I don't understand is how, in this declining market, a manufacturer like Apple decides to upgrade what is effectively a PDA product.

Let's face it, the iPod Touch is a PDA. It has PIM facilities, allows you to browse the internet and check mail, and do a bunch of other stuff that PDAs do these days. Ok, in terms of applications it is limited (at the moment hopefully), but aside from that it is a PDA by any other name.

So, why are Apple coming back into the PDA market? What do they know that other manufacturers don't know, and where are they going with this stuff?

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Where are you going now PalmGear is no more

This is an interesting thread with people discussing where they are buying software from now since palmgear became pocketgear and no on liked them any more.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Thoughts on Screens Environment / Safire, and WM5

I have to admit that I didn't think that this would get even this far, so I am very impressed. But seeing this made me think about windows mobile, and made me wonder why in windows mobile you can't do the kind of thing that screens environment has the potential to offer, like moving windows around and bringing apps to the front and putting them behind each other.

Maybe it is a silly question, but it almost seems like WM should offer this kind of functionality.

If it does and I just didn't notice yet please point it out to me, or indeed if there's something like screens for WM5 please let me know.