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Requires: Any PDA device running Palm OS 2.0 and higher
including any device with a Palm upgrade card installed
High Software, Inc. is one of hundreds of successful small
companies which have sprung up over the past few years to
make software exclusively for the Palm organizer and compatible
devices from HandSpring, Sony, HandEra, IBM, TRG, Symbol and
Franklin. Hands High Software began in March of 1997 with
the launch of a product called Trip. In March of 1998 Hands
High acquired Pilot PLUS, which added Memo PLUS and ToDo PLUS
to the product line.
PDA (such as my Handspring Visor Prism) is only as good as
the software running on it and only effective if it's diligently
used. While there are literally thousands upon thousands of
programs available for PalmOS-based PDAs right now, not all
of those programs are as well integrated into the PalmOS environment
as they should be.
of the most important design features of ToDoPLUS is that
it uses the database of the built-in ToDo List which ships
with all PalmOS-based PDAs. Any software which synchronizes
the built-in ToDo List will synchronize the same information
in ToDoPLUS. The only ToDoPLUS data which won't synch are
drawings (the standard ToDo List utility is useful but very
basic and does not have any sort of drawing or item alarm
capabilities). The point of this integration is that it also
lets you edit items on your PC in the Palm Desktop software.
has an extensive and well-integrated feature and function
set. You can alarm any task, attach a drawing to any task,
filter your tasks by due date filters (including Radar [past
due, next 7 days and no due date combined], Today, Tomorrow,
This Week, Next Week, Next 7 Days, Future, No Due Date and
Past Due) and create repeating tasks. ToDoPLUS is compatible
with any synchronization software that works with the built-in
PalmOS ToDo List, has complete Palm III support with beaming
and fonts (including font selection for PalmPilot users),
a Summary screen, support for the Lefty utility (for left-handed
users), alarm sound choices for PalmOS 3.0 and above, and
is FontBucket (custom font selection) enabled.
you create or add a task in ToDoPLUS, it will also appear
in the built-in ToDo List. In addition, ToDoPLUS data is compatible
with contact managers such as Microsoft Outlook, Symantec
ACT and Goldmine. Everything will synch except ToDoPLUS drawings.
ToDoPLUS is as simple as launching it. The opening screen
shows you a list of the tasks that you have created and lets
you add new tasks, attach drawings, notes and sort and prioritize
everything. There's a tool bar containing icons which you
tap to begin a new task. Tapping an existing entry lets you
edit it. Tapping the drawing icon calls a second set of tools
below the drawing screen. Select a tool then tap the drawing
area and drag to draw. The available tools are pencil, eraser,
line, rectangle and ellipse. The line width of each tool is
adjustable. If Memo PLUS is installed, also from Hands High
Software, you can choose a Memo PLUS template to start a drawing.
Each to-do and memo item cannot be more than 4,000 characters.
To put that in perspective, this review is about 4,200 characters.
Not bad, but a needless restriction since memory is not the
problem it used to be. Only two notable design flaws: a) 15
category limit (I could really use a dozen more please!);
b) the menu bar is not available while in Summary mode. You
have to select a category first to gain access to the menu
bar. In any case, Summary mode is only of limited use.
Superbly useful. Being able to attach quick and simple line
drawings to field notes and to-do items is fantastic. Being
able to sort out your day(s) using priority settings and alarms
(or not) for each item, in over a dozen different customizable
categories is a true time and effort saver. I have been a
registered, daily user of ToDoPLUS for about a year and I
will not give it up. Highly recommended.
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