installation of Call Log+ you'll find that your Treo 650
Quick Launch button located on the side of the phone has
been mapped to launch Call Log+. Although the option exists
in the installation to unmap the button, I recommend you
keep the default because it's really the easiest way to
start Call Log+ while you're on the phone. The software
integrates neatly into Palm OS 5.4.x. All you have to do
after answering a call is to press and hold the Quick Launch
button. Call Log+ will start and present the Notes screen
so you can immediately begin typing.
you perform a HotSync, Call Log+ creates or updates an
Outlook Journal entry for each call and places the phone
calls in a timeline view. Each journal entry contains
phone call details from the call log which means you
can scan or search the Journal for past phone calls and
pull up important details, including the notes taken
on the Treo 650 using Call Log+. Because Call log+ notes
are associated with a specific phone call and phone number,
Journal entries also link to the corresponding record
(if it exists) in the Outlook Contacts folder, providing
a shortcut to the contact from the Journal entry. The
call also appears on the linked contact’s Activities
list in Outlook (a list compiled by Outlook of all the
items—contacts, calendar events, tasks, and so
on—that are tracked in Outlook).
most interesting (and unexpected) effect of using Call
Log+ is that I am now also making use of Outlook's Journal.
Because Call Log+ offers the note integration with the
Journal, it all feels much more useful to me now. I had
never found a regular use for the Journal. But because
of the detail now available to me and because I'm already
a regular Outlook user, I'm making more extensive use
of Outlook's tools. It's amazing what a little utility
can sometimes accomplish. Now I'm also debating whether
or not to stick with the Palm OS address book as my primary
Contacts database, or switch to Outlook's Contacts.
in terms of additional features and functions, Call Log+
is not a massive upgrade from the standard Treo 650 call
log. Rather, it's the improvement with respect to the Treo's
Outlook integration that seems to be the biggest feature.
The text message feature built into the regular Treo call
log is not available within Call Log+.
Notes feature alone is worth the price of the entire package.
I cannot emphasize how useful it is to take notes while
on a call and to be able to go back and refer to the note
at any time simply by tapping the related phone number
in the call log. Each note you take creates a small icon
next to the associated number in the Call Log+ log, which
makes it easy to find noted calls as you scroll through
the list. Call Log+ does not replace the regular Treo 650
call log, so you can go back to it at any time if, for
instance, you want to use the text message feature in the
standard Treo log. The usual cut, copy and paste functions
are available within Call Log+ which makes it easy to copy & paste
phone numbers from notes into the Treo dialer. Enhanced
integration with the Outlook Journal is a bonus. A useful
utility that all Treo 650 business users should consider.