Pocket PC Chat
Palm or Pocket PC? That seems to be
the frequent question these days. I personally have
mixed feelings as Palm is stable, proven, high speed.
However, with the latest release by Microsoft - Windows
Mobile 5 and the new .NET Compact Framework, it is even
harder to decide which platform to use. They are both
outstanding platforms now.
We currently support Windows Mobile 5 and
ActiveSync 4 with our APDL line of software and with the
upcoming 1.9.10 release of Logbook Pro, our Pocket PC
Companion will also support Windows Mobile 5 and ActiveSync
4. But device manufacturers throw yet another kink
into the equation, they can't seem to agree on screen sizes.
Currently, Pocket PC's come in different flavors such as
SmartPhone, Square Screens (240x240 resolution), Traditional
320x240 resolution, and then a VGA or higher resolution of
the traditional screen which is 640x480. Then, to top
it all off, they now allow users to rotate the device so you
can use it in landscape mode. You can imagine what
this has done to us developers, trying to keep up with every
twist they throw in with new devices. We are trying to
grasp how best to handle this and which
devices/resolutions/layout to support. Our goal is to
support as many as we can! Those wanting to use the
new Treo 700w's, realize they are the "square" or 240x240
screens and our graphical user-interface is not designed for
this size screen, so scrollbars may appear. You should
be able to use the software, but you will have to do a
little scrolling, as required.
Currently, the common issues among the
Logbook Pro Pocket PC Companion are just grasping the
installation process. Do NOT select UPGRADE during the
installation interview unless you already have Logbook Pro
running on your Pocket PC device. The UPGRADE option
simply tells the installer whether or not to send the data
file to the device, which should not be done if the data
files already exist from a prior installation. This
unfortunately is due to a long known bug in ActiveSync where
it refuses to overwrite files during a data transfer to the
device. The other issue in 1.9.9 of the Logbook Pro
Pocket PC Companion is you must be using ActiveSync 3.8, not
ActiveSync 4.1, not ActiveSync 3.7.1, but ActiveSync 3.8.
Not to worry, all of these problems we've put on you are
soon to be resolved with the 1.9.10 update of Logbook Pro,
we have it done right, finally!
One other item to note is we do try to keep
our feature sets as close as possible between the Palm OS
and Pocket PC platforms. We also try to keep the
interface as consistent as possible. Please pay close
attention to the requirements area of our product
information pages and the freely available documentation.
For example, our APDL-Pocket PC edition does not have the
Datebook capability, nor the alarm features its Palm sister
has. It looks like this feature may be postponed for
the v7 series of APDL, when that time comes.
We enjoy having our logbook products on
handheld computers, the technology has really advanced and
we are so excited with what we have in store in the next
major releases. We're glad you're using our products
so we can make your flight logging experience as enjoyable
as possible and allow you to reflect on all of the great
aviation achievements you've accomplished in your aviation