Mobile Edition for PalmOS
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v3.x or higher on color or grayscale Palm, Handspring or
HandEra PDA; Desktop - Windows 98/98SE, ME, Windows 2000
Professional, Mac OS8.x or higher
have little photos, bent and dog-eared, stuffed into
your wallet. Ha!! You are not 'with it'. But if you
own a PalmOS PDA, you can carry around a digital photo
album or video. All it takes is PhotoSuite Mobile Edition
a few extra MB of memory in your PDA.
Software Corp has taken a natural step with digital
photo and video, adding a PalmOS version to its award
winning PhotoSuite and VideoWave desktop software
family. The mobile edition is a utility-sized organizer
and viewer. There are two components: the desktop
program which allows you to select, crop, rotate,
adjust and automatically convert digital photos and
videos into PalmOS format, and the PDA program which
allows you to view files, zoom in & out (if the
image is large enough), pan, add notes, rename files,
display thumbnails and display a photo slide show.
PhotoSuite Mobile Edition on three PDAs: a Handspring Visor
Prism (16-bit color), a Palm M505 (16-bit color), and a Palm
IIIe (4 grayscale). We could not get a Palm IIIc (256 colors)
for this review. We installed the desktop software on a Pentium
III/500 running Windows 98SE and Windows 2000 Professional.
Installation was flawless on the desktop and the PDAs under
both versions of Windows. We did not test anything under MacOS.
transfers to your PDA take place via HotSync. Launch the PhotoSuite
Mobile Edition desktop software, choose some photos or a Windows
video file, select a color level and everything will be automatically
converted to a PalmOS format, leaving the original files intact.
Perform a HotSync and the files will be transferred to the
PDA. The more you transfer, the longer it will take and more
precious PDA memory will be used. A USB (as opposed to a serial)
HotSync cradle is highly recommended to reduce file transfer
times. Original files in high native resolutions, i.e.: anything
greater than 640 x 480 x 72dpi for photos or 320x240 for video,
will still result in relatively large files after conversion.
The best thing to do is reduce the image size (width &
height) and resolution in PhotoSuite, PhotoShop, PhotoPaint,
PaintShop Pro or some other image editor. Use PhotoSuite Mobile
Edition to do the final conversion to the correct color level
and PalmOS format. VideoWave can be used to reduce the size
of video files to 160x120.
how you approach file resizing and image conversion, keep
in mind that you've only got a 160x160 pixel PDA display to
work with. Most fine detail will always be lost.
PalmOS does not display enough gray shades. Full color photos
dithered to grayscale were almost unrecognizable in the 2,
4, and 16 levels of gray available in PalmOS. At thirty bucks
the software is too expensive, even considering the highly
respected PhotoSuite name. No warnings about large file sizes;
available memory can be used up real fast. Poor compatibility
with Springboard 8MB flash module (partly a PalmOS problem).
Video on PalmOS is a bit of a curiosity for now because the
OS and processor are being pushed to their practical limits.
There a couple of PDAs out there - the Sony Clie and the HandEra
come to mind - which provide almost double the Palm and Handspring
resolution. Unfortunately, PhotoSuite Mobile Edition does
not work with those PDAs yet. Come on MGI, you're in the digital
imaging business. Get compatible with higher resolution PDAs.
PhotoSuite's image converters seem a tad better than the competition
(including Dream House Software's excellent Pocket Photo v2.6).
Color images converted to 16-bit for the Visor Prism or Palm
M505 look best. PhotoSuite's slide show, zoom and pan functions
work quite well. Some misgivings about the price but Recommended
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