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Old November 16th, 2009, 08:50 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Question From Palm: App Replacement

I'm moving to the Droid, coming from a Palm T3. Anyone know of any good replacements for:
  • DiddleBug -- allows handwritten notes, Basically a drawing program allowing you to jot and categorize quick notes. (It doesn't perform handwriting conversion.)
  • Bonsai -- heirarhichal list organizer.
  • eWallet -- no Android version on the horizon. Looking for something to store credit card info, passport info, etc. LastPass and KeePass don't quite fit the bill. SplashID is way to costly.
  • Calculator -- with unit conversion.
  • USB Sync (Outlook) -- as far as I can tell this isn't available yet. I want to USB sync solution. As much as I like Google products, I do not want to use Google as a middle man.

Suggestions?

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Old November 16th, 2009, 09:06 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Quick reply to my own post...
USB Sync: Found a few companies with forth-coming solutions: Mark Space, and Mobile Action.
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I use an app called simply Draw! that I find an equiv to Diddle Bug

I also have installed, and you should check out for yourself, "Unit convertor", AK Notepad and Calculator from Kreactive Technologies. They may be useful to you as well.

I used to use an app, Handy Shopper, that I truly loved. Haven't found similar for Droid or any that were good for grocery shopping yet - tried Cloud List today and besides the FC's, it wasn't working nicely, so it's a gonner.

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Old November 16th, 2009, 10:07 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks for the suggestions. For shopping try: Hungry!, OI Shopping List, or one I suspect will work best, but not specifically shopping is "Tag ToDo". I haven't had a chance to really use them yet though.
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Old November 16th, 2009, 03:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I've used OI Shopping list. I like it, I like that you can "check-off" items you have in your cart. I'm not sure what other features you were looking for from that type of app...
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Old November 16th, 2009, 03:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm looking for something that will allow me to state the aisle a product is found in, thus when im in the store, i can sort by aisle. HandyShopper for the Palm is the perfect app for this. check it out if you want to see what im looking for.
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Old November 16th, 2009, 09:23 PM   #7 (permalink)
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For DiddleBug, I checked out Draw! and it's not really very usable for handwriting, nor does it offer categorization. I also checked out Sketch, and that's slightly better for writing -- still no categorization though. So still looking for recommendations.

For Calculator, I'm going with RealCalc. It's more calculator than I need, but it easily covers my reqs, and also has unit conversions.

eWallet and Bonsai -- nothing yet, so any suggestions welcomed.

In terms of USB sych, another alternative is CompanionLink. A press release I got from them today:
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we expect to launch a direct and secure two-way USB sync solution for Android phones within 90 days.

You will be able to do a wired (USB) sync between your PC and Android phone. You will not need to use Google or other over-the-air services to transfer, back up, or sync your data. Everything is securely done using the USB cable that came with your phone.

<snip>
Our plan is to sync PC contacts to the native address book on Android phones. For calendar and tasks, we have a refreshingly different approach. We are developing our own calendar and tasklist apps that will run on Android phones.
So still looking for solutions that exist today.
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I agree with Draw! not being great for writing, which I loved about Diddle Bug. I think my problem is using my finger rather than a stylus. Screen was bigger on Palm but control tighter because of stylus. I think that's going to be a problem for all Palm users for most apps for a while.

Going to look into your suggested apps now.

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I haven't tried yet but when I connected to my work PC using bt it had an option for hotsync. Not sure if that will work but I can try next time I boot it (on vacation this week)
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Just discovered that "Tag ToDo" has the ability to attach sketches to the notes. The writing on those sketches is pretty good. Unfortunately it takes a few clicks to get to the sketch part, but it's a start,
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I see that "mobile action" apperarntly has a download available to get the M droid to sync with outlook. It does not appear that the "mark Space" has their software available yet. Have you tried the "Mobile Action" software yet?. I just updated from the Palm Treo and have a ton of files in the Palm PC program that comes with the treo and would like to get them sync to my Droid. Does anybody have a way to do it. I have a lot of files stored in "my documents" from Word files and would like to get them on my droid too.
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handycalc is the best calculator i've used on any mobile device. the unit conversion is very good too.
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I ton of files in the Palm PC program that comes with the treo and would like to get them sync to my Droid. .
The developer of Note Everything has just added an automated import from palm memos !! I imported converted 400 + in seconds !! So fast I thought there may have been a problem - but worked perfectly !! He did this after a request for help.
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The developer of Note Everything has just added an automated import from palm memos !! <snip> worked perfectly !! He did this after a request for help.
Wow, impressive! Think I'll go check out that developer's app(s) now. Thanks for sharing.
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Wow, impressive! Think I'll go check out that developer's app(s) now. Thanks for sharing.
FYI - Note Everything - update to the latest version (2.8.0) via market and can use the new functions - Import from Palm

Read instructions here: SoftXPerience | Import Palm
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Thanks for the update. I'm excited to try it out. I hope it works.
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Thanks for the update. I'm excited to try it out. I hope it works.
Tried it out. Everything came accross in Non-English characters.
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Tried it out. Everything came accross in Non-English characters.
Did you look at the csv you created ?

What version of palm are you on?
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Sorry to sound like such an idiot but, what does csv stand for? and how do I find out what version of palm I have. Thanks for the response. I had a palm treo 600 prior to the Draoid and it was the software that came with it.
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CSV - stands for comma separated variable (or something close to that !!) basically, Its a a text file where fields of data are separated by commas.

I'm not familiar with the treo but if you look at:
Read instructions here: SoftXPerience | Import Palm

and they make sense - then you can bring over the palm memo from the desktop. If not then you need some more searches - googling.. Good luck - let us know.
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I'm looking for something that will allow me to state the aisle a product is found in, thus when im in the store, i can sort by aisle. HandyShopper for the Palm is the perfect app for this. check it out if you want to see what im looking for.
I've just released an alpha version of AndyShopper for Android. I'm not affiliated in any way with previous or current development of any of the official HandyShopper versions, and I simply felt there is a need to have a HandyShopper like application for Android. Sorting on aisle is one of the sort options (actually you can sort on any attribute that is available for an item).

I made a full post in the Yahoo HandyShopper group if you want more information.

You can download the alpha builds from here:

AndyShopper for Android

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As a long time HandyShopper user who has migrated to Android via an HTC Incredible, I welcome your efforts.

I'm not entirely enthralled with ToMarket, which is the most robust Android app and closest equivalent to HandyShopper.

I like, for instance, AndyShopper's ability to filter by store. I haven't seen that in ToMarket (at least the Lite version).
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Thanks for the feedback. Please do let me know other specific features that you'd like to see in AndyShopper. I will continue to release new builds, at least one per week and hopefully more.
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Hi there, how's this going...?
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Thank you for this! The closest I have been able to find was Hungry! Its an OK app but I have really missed Handy Shopper. I will give this app a test drive immediately.
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Sadly, looks like the author has gone missing... : (
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No no, I'm still alive, just really busy with a new job. I haven't forgotten or abandoned this project, I simply haven't had time. Hopefully I will able to release a new version within one week or so, with at least some fixes and improvements.
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Really need a way to import/export to an excel file or csv file from desktop to sdcard as those personalized databases can be quite a pill to key into such a small screen. Also, if we are going to be able to have multiple stores, it would be helpful to be able to edit them in a spreadsheet then import them once everything is set up the way we want it. For example, if you have bread listed for several stores including price for each store and the aisle for each store,that would be hard to do on your phone. Could be a real time saver if you key it to a spreadsheet first in one big table then import the whole spreadsheet and voila! Andyshopper creates your database per store.
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Dear all

should we create a new thread just for AndyShopper?

I like it very much because it has "Stores" and "Categories".

but ...

in HandyShopper an Item can be bought in any number of stores which is important to me

how can I create an empty database. right now a new DB has many (hundreds) of default entries ...

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I have been a Palm OS user for years and had trouble finding a calendar and to do list app on Android that were comparable to Palm's amazing organizing software. I paid for several productivity apps, none of which were quite enough for me. Luckily, I found these free apps that have worked for me.
Astrid (with it's newest updates) is the closest app to Palm's Task List. It has repeating tasks, categories/tags, specific filters, and a few other features former palm users may be used to using. The sorting and filtering functions aren't quite as easy to read as palm and don't work with the widget but the developer replied to my email that they are working to beef this up. I also opened a free rememberthemilk.com account and linked Astrid to it. Rememberthemilk.com is more functional (to me) than the other accounts you can link to Astrid.
I prefer to have shortcuts on my phone desktop. I have a shortcut for sorting by date, and a couple for my frequently used categories/tags. In the main screen that lists all of your sorting and tags lists, simply long press whatever you want to create a shortcut to the desktop.
As for a good calendar app, I would go with Jorte. With it's recent updates, it allows you to have more customized events, like repeating events (which is surprisingly hard to find). You cannot color code events like you could with Palm. However, the many different widget options allow you to pick a widget that will show the event name so you can still do a quick glance at your calendar to know what's coming up without having to click on each day (like you would have to do in the native calendar apps). It can also sync with Google calendar.
As an OCD organizer, I instantly fell in love with Palm's productivity apps. They are easy to use and easy to tailor to your specific needs. While Astrid and Jorte aren't quite as great as Palm, they are the best substitutes out there for Android. Plus, they are free and the developers are quick to respond to questions and suggestions.
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Default Handyshopper to ToMarket

I was an avid Handyshopper user on my Palm, and I tried several shopping apps listed here (Grocery King, OI Shopper, Dr. Shopper, Upvise, Our Groceries, Hungry, Andyshopper) before deciding ToMarket was the most like Handyshopper (could have multiple databases, and share items between stores, have aisles, prices, etc.). I ported over my 1500+ Handyshopper items, and documented how I did it here:
Palm to Droid X: Handyshopper to ToMarket

Thought others might find it helpful.

I also have blogged about my other "Palm to Droid" findings on the same blog - feedback and suggestions are welcome!
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That is a great post about ToMarket! The ToMarket website ToMarket Home - ToMarketWeb has a great forum where lots of HandyShopper devotees are helping to shape the app into a awesome replacement.
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