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    Hi i am new to the whole WebOS thing.

    I have a touchpad and I was wondering what exactly Preware is? And can it harm the touchpad?

    Thanks!
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    Take a look at the Preware Homebrew Documentation app in the App Catalog.
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    Plenty to read about Preware. Personally, I wouldn't do without it.

    http://forums.precentral.net/webos-i...ml#post2442795

    Application:Preware - WebOS Internals
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    Also I heard if you have preware on the touchpad that you can download apps for free. Is that true?
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    Can't say I know how about that, nor would these forums be the place to ask, really. People here prefer to support those devs who have nicely given our small corner of the smartphone world any attention.

    But are plenty of free homebrew patches and utilities to be found in Preware (none you specifically have to pay for, in fact). You'll have a good time with those.
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    I will say that you should have no worries. I was hesitant at first also, since my Touchpad is my very first webOS device, and one of my heftiest "want" purchases. I followed the instructions I found online, double checking every step and simply hoping that nothing evil would happen. I was very afraid throughout. It turns out that it's as simple as installing an app from your computer. Even if that isn't as easy as using the device, your computer does most of the things. The part of the Touchpad is to get a file and run it.
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    As stated earlier, I would highly recommend you download the Preware Documentation App in the catalog. Installing Preware is benign, it's what you can do with it that can be dangerous. For the most part, as long as you don't add any testing feeds you will be perfectly fine. So far, there shouldn't be a way to brick your TP no matter what you do with Preware. You will see many references to The Doctor, and that is saving grace of anything you might do wrong.

    Get your feet a little wet, you won't regret it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyleoXD View Post
    Hi i am new to the whole WebOS thing.

    I have a touchpad and I was wondering what exactly Preware is? And can it harm the touchpad?

    Thanks!
    Preware is your portal to the world of 'homebrew' and the only 'harm' you can do to the Touchpad with 'Preware', is not to install it. In short you have not experienced the real strengths of webOS, until you install 'Preware'. If it were not for 'Preware', might I dare to state, that the majority of us would probably have given up on webOS a long time ago. The best $0.99 you will spend in the 'app catalog' is on the 'Hombrew documentation'. Buy it and read up on it.
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    Hi kyleoXD,
    Preware will not harm webOS or your TouchPad. It can only help, by expanding the options for your device. I've been using a webOS phone since late 2009, and I also have a TouchPad now. I've installed Preware on all my webOS devices. Unlike Apple (who strictly controls their apps and frowns upon "jailbreaking"), Palm and now HP have embraced outside developers -- the "homebrew" community (though HP has added some restrictions recently).

    See:
    How to Use Preware for Homebrew Apps, Patches, and Themes | The #1 HP webOS, TouchPad, Pre, and Veer Community | PreCentral.net , and
    Getting Started: Homebrew Apps, Patches, and Themes with WebOS Quick Install | The #1 HP webOS, TouchPad, Pre, and Veer Community | PreCentral.net
    (these apply to the TouchPad as well as to phones)

    Preware USED to be a one-stop shop for all apps -- free, paid, "official", and homebrew. Recently, they've been limited to only homebrew apps. In addition to apps, Preware also opens up your device to "themes" and "patches".
    Themes change the look of your device (icons, backgrounds, etc.). I stay away from the themes though, because they can interfere with OS updates (which will likely be coming regularly for the TouchPad).
    Patches, on the other hand, do not interfere with OS updates (search for "AUPT"), and they add a bunch of additional functionality to the OS itself and the built-in apps (things like email, web, calendar, and the launcher). For the TouchPad, note that you don't have to worry about installing patches meant for phones by mistake. Once you put Preware on the TouchPad, it will only show apps and patches that are designed for it.

    See:
    http://forums.precentral.net/webos-p...ml#post1944821

    As others have said, if you can part with the 99 cents, get the Preware Documentation app in the TouchPad app catalog (it is WELL worth it!). However, the links above should be enough to get you started.

    -carldc
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    Thanks EVERYONE!

    I will be downloading the Preware then when I get home!

    Is there a link of directions I can follow?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyleoXD View Post
    Thanks EVERYONE!

    I will be downloading the Preware then when I get home! I can't wait to get all these apps for free because some of the apps are expensive.

    Is there a link of directions I can follow?
    I think you may have misunderstood about the free apps. Preware is a portal to homebrew apps which are free apps. It will not allow you to download paid apps for free. At PreCentral, we support the work of the developers of both free and paid apps. You will not find anything on PreCentral that will allow you to download paid apps for free.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyleoXD View Post
    I can't wait to get all these apps for free because some of the apps are expensive.
    It's called Preware not Pirateware... lol
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    It gives you the rope you need. You can either use it with your Touchpad to conquer distant lands... or trip yourself up. HP does not support the homebrew patches that you can install from Preware. You will have to come to the community for support first if you suspect something is wrong with a patch. People here are very nice about that especially the developers who create them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by libray View Post
    People here are very nice about that especially the developers who create them.
    Unless you are trying to use it all to pirate.
    I love physical keyboards... but there is two devices that would make me consider a slab, one is something running a full version of Open webOS. The other is an iPhone!!!! HA HA just kidding (about the iPhone that is)...
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    Ohs I get it. My bad guys.

    I didn't understand it. My friend was telling me. Obviously he was wrong. LOLS

    THanks though for everything! Preware works great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kyleoXD View Post
    Hi i am new to the whole WebOS thing.

    I have a touchpad and I was wondering what exactly Preware is? And can it harm the touchpad?

    Thanks!
    The one thing that will possibly be harmed is your sleep habits... So many docs, apps, patches, tweaks to research and get up to speed on... find yourself a comfy pillow!
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    Thanks!
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    Here's my 2-cents.

    1) Definitely buy the 99-cent Preware documentation from the regular HP app catalog. Will tell you everything you need to know.

    2) Definitely install Preware. This will give you access to a lot of good homebrew apps, many of which are "pre-release/beta" before they go to the App Catalog.

    3) If you want to stay as "safe" as possible, just use Preware to load the homebrew apps. If you stay away from Patches/Themes, then doing OS upgrades will be NO problem. If you do patches, then you have to do a few more steps whenever the webOS version updates happen. I'm not sure about Themes because I don't do Themes.

    Many of my favorite apps are from the Preware/homebrew community.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ericblackdv View Post
    Here's my 2-cents.

    1) Definitely buy the 99-cent Preware documentation from the regular HP app catalog. Will tell you everything you need to know.

    2) Definitely install Preware. This will give you access to a lot of good homebrew apps, many of which are "pre-release/beta" before they go to the App Catalog.

    3) If you want to stay as "safe" as possible, just use Preware to load the homebrew apps. If you stay away from Patches/Themes, then doing OS upgrades will be NO problem. If you do patches, then you have to do a few more steps whenever the webOS version updates happen. I'm not sure about Themes because I don't do Themes.

    Many of my favorite apps are from the Preware/homebrew community.
    Themes should be removed before any update, but I think your information may be a little out of date regarding patches. Most patches will go through an update just fine.
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