Reader v1.48 & TiBR Converter for
Carson, July 2004, send
to the web site
OS version 2.0 or greater, 120KB free memory
(TiBR Pro only, TiBR Converter is free)
Pro is a small, powerful and functional Palm OS document
(PalmDoc) reader. It's especially useful when fed by documents
created with TiBR Converter installed on any handy PC.
TiBR Pro also handles zTXT and plain text files. With more
and more people using handheld computers (Palm OS PDAs
in particular) for everything from business to home management
and all tasks in between, being able to quickly convert
files for use in a fast, easy to use reader on the PDA
should be viewed as a good thing. inDev Software provided
us with TiBR Pro for review, but including information
about the company's free TiBR File Converter companion
program seemed to make a lot of sense.
TiBR Pro on a Sony Clie TH55, a Sony Clie PEG-N760C and
a Palm Zire 71.
out my old slide rule the other day while cleaning out
some storage boxes. Of course I had forgotten how to use
it. So I searched the web for some instructional material.
After saving the resulting web pages for future reference
I used TiBR Converter to change them into a Palm Doc, then
HotSync'd the file to my PDA. Very handy, and I can now
refresh my slide rule knowledge while munching a sandwich
at lunch. As a matter of fact, since receiving TiBR Pro
for review, I've converted dozens of web pages into text
files for use on my PDA. The TiBR Converter does a reasonably
slick job of removing all the graphics, tables and other
junk as it analyzes the HTML and extracts readable text.
TiBR Pro and TiBR Converter make an excellent, purpose-built
pair which are both easy to use, offer clutter-free user
interfaces and do exactly what they're supposed to do.
We found that the reader itself was particularly easy to
use as well and did a good job with large files. The very
biggest files we tried - up to 2MB - tended to present
problems to the Sony TH55's variable rate processing and
to scrolling speeds in TiBR Pro. In particular, reaction
to the jog wheel ended up being about the same as the reaction
in Palm Reader when viewing similarly large documents.
We were pleased to note that file buffering seems to be
handled well in TiBR Pro, with clean screen redraws (no
left over garbage from the previous page) even when viewing
large, cumbersome files. The Zire 71 seemed to do slightly
better when scrolling large files.
Cons: TiBR Pro does not automatically display a list of
all loadable files, meaning you sometimes have to hunt
and tap around your storage card. The TiBR Converter did
an excellent job of converting HTML and text files into
PalmDoc format but does not actually dump the files into
the Palm Install Tool for later HotSync - you have to manually
add the converted files. The full screen toggle option
does not work properly in with the Sony TH55's virtual
graffiti area - you have to tap to the beginning or end
of the document to force the tool bar to reappear after
switching to full screen mode. On the other hand, the tiny
tool bar uses so little space that full screen mode on
the already large (320x480) TH55 is of little benefit.
The full screen toggle worked perfectly on a PalmOne Zire
71 and a Sony PEG-N760C. TiBR Converter failed to fully
reformat lines in some files, leaving extra carriage returns
littered throughout some documents. Reorienting the screen
for landscape viewing did not properly display the beginning
of some lines making them difficult to read. The progress
display only tells you what percentage of the current document
has been viewed rather than the current page/total pages.
Pros: Loaded with hidden features such as support for
Weasel hyphenation bases enabling grammatically correct
line breaks for many languages. We especially liked the
ability to load German, French and Spanish documents and
access AbsoluteWord's reasonably priced RoadLingua translation
databases without leaving TiBR Pro - very handy if you're
into that sort of thing or have the need to review foreign
language business or research documents on-the-fly. Excellent
search capabilities within documents - fast operation.
Despite a couple of display reformatting problems we still
loved the Orientation function which lets you display documents
in landscape mode (which for some people makes many documents
easier to read and understand). Clear text rendering, good
font handling using FontBucket if its installed, versatile
bookmarking. If you regularly use your PDA to reference
information documents of any kind, and if the cost or size
of RepliGo and Documents To Go are too much for you, TiBR
Pro v1.48 is a powerful reader that will help you quickly
get at information in all sorts of PalmDocs and text files.
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