PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide, 2nd Edition
Mastering Palm Organizers from Pilot 1000 to Palm VII
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: May 2000
Pages: 620

3Com's PalmPilot is the world's bestselling hand-held computer platform. In three years, its 16 models from 5 different manufacturers have captured 80 percent of the palmtop market. About the size of a playing card, Palm devices are lightweight (under 6 ounces), offering two-month battery life, handwriting recognition, Internet connectivity, and a touch-screen display. Above all, these devices are fast and elegantly designed.PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide was an instant classic when it debuted in 1998, becoming, and remaining, the bestselling Palm book (and a top ten title among all computer books) every month since. Dense with previously undocumented information, this newly updated bible for Palm users delivers hundreds of timesaving tips and surprising tricks, plus a CD-ROM containing over 3,100 Palm programs. The second edition offers exclusive insider coverage of all models, including 1999's Palm IIIx, Palm V, laser-equipped Symbol 1500, and the revolutionary, wireless Palm VII.The book is divided into five sections:

  • Section One details every hardware and software aspect of PalmPilot as it comes out of the box: the stylus and screen, the buttons, and the current line of models. A tutorial takes the reader through the palmtop's preferences and settings panels, teaches the Graffiti alphabet, and unearths surprising features of the machine's eight built-in programs.
  • Section Two explains step-by-step how your PalmPilot can work with your PC: how data gets from your palmtop to your desktop computer and back again (HotSyncing). New chapters give special coverage to the separate Windows and Macintosh (Mac Pac 2.0) versions of Palm Desktop, which duplicates the functions of the PalmPilot (calendar, phone book, to-do list, memo pad, email, and expense tracking) on the desktop machine.
  • Section Three takes the reader beyond the built-in Palm software to the best of the add-on programs included with the book. They include such graphics programs as DinkyPad, TealPaint, and the amazing ImageViewer (which unlocks the "black-and-white" Pilot screen's grayscale features); electronic books in Doc format; and music programs that use the hand-held's built-in speaker. New in this edition: how-to advice for using PalmPilot database programs to collect data in the field, and syncing them with such popular PC programs as FileMaker and Microsoft Access.
  • Section Four covers the new Palm VII, the first one-piece, pocket-sized, wireless Internet device ever marketed, offering cell-network-based email and Web access anywhere in the country. As this section makes clear, any PalmPilot model can access the Net when equipped with the tiny PalmPilot modem. Such an arrangement is ideal for reading and replying to email--a great time-shifter for anyone who'd otherwise consider plane, train, or automobile time as downtime. Additional chapters cover the five Palm Web browsers, paging, faxing, and infrared beaming features.
  • Section Five explains simple ways to troubleshoot both software and hardware, including HotSync snafus and various software glitches. Special chapters cover Palm fans' options for upgrading and accessorizing their palmtops. Two new appendixes debut in this edition; one explains how to write Palm VII Web-querying applets; the other, for the first time, covers the PalmPilot's synergy with Unix and Linux machines.
PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide, 2nd Edition is the most comprehensive Palm-platform book yet written. With the cooperation of Palm Computing, and 3Com, bestselling computer-book author David Pogue succinctly answers every conceivable question, unlocks Palm features most users never suspected, and radiates the fun, passion, and sense of community shared by Piloteers the world over. The enclosed CD-ROM (for Windows 9x, NT, and the Macintosh) is a disc-based version of the #1 Palm-software Web site, palmcentral.com, offering over 3,100 programs organized in a searchable, sortable database catalog with auto-install features and web links. PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide is the essential guide for the PalmPilot owner.
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PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide, 2nd Edition Review

By Bruce Gilliland

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After spending two days on the web unsuccessfully looking for information on how to create automatic bookmarks in DOC/PDB files for my Palm, I found this book at the bookstore. Within five minutes, I had my answer. Sometimes, the old-fashioned way still works best -- when you can't find it on the internet, read a book!

Just one question now that the book is almost three years old: When will we see the Third Edition to cover all the changes in the past three years?

 
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By Gary Wegener

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Great book; my only problem now is I have a new computer with Windows ME and get error messages when trying to install programs from the CD to the desktop, to load into the Palm Pilot. Any chance of support for ME?

 
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By Simon Biickert

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I bought this book at the same time as my first Palm, an m105. I was amazed with the quantity of information that was presented in a very readable fashion: I read it cover-to-cover in two days. What sold me on the book, though, was its attention to Macintosh-specific features and issues. I finally understand what it means when a Palm software developer says their software requires Windows 95... it doesn't.

A great book, worth the Cdn$47.

 
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PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide, 2nd Edition Review

By A. Caruso

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I thought it was a great book that helps even the experienced piloteer become more familar with their palm. Although the software on the CD is dated with old versions of software, it does give links for updated ones. What do you expect, it takes time for a book to get to print. Anyway, the compilation of software was great. Wish it had some of the newer programs out there but overall pretty happy. Lots of good tips and tricks!

I agree with the other reviewer about the palm Emulator software on the CD. I could not get it to work either. Sounds like a cool tool though if it worked. I also sent an e-mail to the author about this complaint before even reading that he did not reply to your email. Hope we can find a solution to make it work.

 
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PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide, 2nd Edition Review

By Stacey Donahue

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Great resource. Well put together. However, I found some things frustrating.

Mr. Pogue includes his email address but doesn't respond. The Palm Emulator

included on the CD seems like a cool tool, too bad I couldn't get it to work.

 
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By Sean Wood

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I concur - I looked at a number of different titles relating to the palm before deciding on this one - and I haven't been disappointed. The author is obviously a palm devotee and it shows, consequently the book comes across as having been written by

 
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PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide, 2nd Edition Review

By Mark Wilden

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This is a typical O'Reilly book.

And that's about the highest praise there is!

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