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  1. #21  
    I am running Win NT 4.0 with service pack 6a, and getting an error on running the program that says "The procedure entry point SHGetSpecialPathFolderA could not be located in the dynamic link library Shell32.dll." Anybody else getting this on NT? I have e-mailed Blue Nomad asking about it.
  2. #22  
    Hi All,
    I got it on my Visor. Didn't realize it will replace / convert your DOC files to be view only on WordSmith.
    Also I didn't have MS Word install ( so I can't open the Window application). How much does MS Word sells for these days?

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  3. #23  
    Originally posted by ByronC
    How much does MS Word sells for these days?

    Byron
    Too much.
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  4. #24  
    Originally posted by na2rboy
    I am running Win NT 4.0 with service pack 6a, and getting an error on running the program that says "The procedure entry point SHGetSpecialPathFolderA could not be located in the dynamic link library Shell32.dll." Anybody else getting this on NT? I have e-mailed Blue Nomad asking about it.
    I get the same error on NT 4.0 with SP 4 and have also emailed Blue Nomad. Runs fine (so far) on Win 98 SE at home, though.
  5. #25  
    I also get the dll error message whils installing WordSmith on NT4 sp5. By the way, what do the memos look like in the Palm desktop after you edit them with WordSmith?
  6. #26  
    Does WordSmith support templates? I use templates with Memo Plus and it makes writing a whole lot easier. Just wondering
  7. #27  
    So far I love WordSmith, but have one complaint: unlike pEdit, I can't find a way to create bulleted lists within the program, even though it will import them from native Word documents. I'm emailing Blue Nomad about this right now.

    One really cool feature is the enhanced Memo Pad functionality. I can finally italicize book titles within a memo (I'm that pedantic), as well as justifying, bolding and underlining text.
  8. #28  
    Originally posted by Gameboy70
    So far I love WordSmith, but have one complaint: unlike pEdit, I can't find a way to create bulleted lists within the program, even though it will import them from native Word documents.
    I use pEdit and LapTopHack and love them both. I'm wondering, since you're a pEditor, how you think wordsmith compares overall to Paul Computing's products.

    Thanks,

    mc
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    #29  
    Originally posted by ByronC
    Didn't realize it will replace / convert your DOC files to be view only on WordSmith.
    Actually, it only converts DOC files to WordSmith format if you add 'rich text' (font, bold, italic, etc.) and it warns you before it does this.

    One of the best things about WordSmith is that it has a 'full-screen' mode (command-W) that doesn't waste precious screen space with either a menu bar on the top or a toolbar on the bottom (screen space wouldn't be so scarce if Palm would get around to making the graffiti area software-based so apps could chose not to display it, which now looks like it won't happen before PalmOS 5.0+ ... but I digress). I've tried TealDoc, SmartDoc, PeanutReader, and RichReader (and maybe more that I don't remember), and NONE of these have this basic full-screen feature. Another cool thing is that it has a smooth-scrolling auto-scroll feature that can be paused and resumed just by tapping (pause by tapping on the scroll bar or graffiti area, resume by tapping on the text area)

    I agree with Gameboy about the bullets, though...bullets you add on the Visor turn into underscores when they sync back to your desktop. They need to fix this. I also just noticed that it turns all tabs into spaces, whether entered via grafitti, software keyboard, stowaway, or desktop.


    [Edited by Rob on 12-14-2000 at 12:01 PM]
  10. #30  
    Hey this WriteRight program is GREAT!
    I have been using the Take Note program since I purchased a Go-Type keyboard, but the Write right program combines the teleprompter feature of CSpotRun with the editing capabilities of Take Note.
    This program offers alot of great features!
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  11. #31  
    I really like Wordsmith but, for me, the holy grail of Palm word processing would be if they included both spell check and the capability to beam directly to a printer with an IR port.

    I've continued to toy with the idea of buying a laptop simply because I can't do word processing while on the road and print out a document with formated text using a Visor or other Palm device.

    Timothy
  12. #32  
    It worked fine for me, except when I tried to save something as a doc. Then my visor displayed this message: Fatal Error, Data Mgr.c, Line:6550, Indes out of Range. Reset. Anyone else have that problem?
  13. #33  
    Hey all, I got this e-mail from Blue Nomad in response to my inquiry about the Win NT problem:

    Hello James,

    Thanks... You aren't doing anything wrong...we are working on a fix for
    this... :-)

    Thanks!

    Sincerely,

    Blue Nomad Sales & Support Team
    support@bluenomad.com
  14. #34  
    I emailed blue nomad with the following feature requests..

    1. bulleted lists
    2. style sheets (ie assign a hotkey (Fn-1) to autoconfigure the font size, type style, characteristics, etc..) -- ie for headers, subheads, regular text,etc ...
    3. Outline view (similar to MS Words..)

    as far as spell check & printing to IR -- yuep .. i can't wait for those features .. that will be nice but I don't see those happening anytime soon (unfortunately)

    --btw .. is there a keyboard shortcut to make bullets via the stowaway? Up until now i have just been using astricks, but it would be nice to use bullets.. just wondering..

    Joe
  15. #35  
    Also, has anyone tried to view a DOC larger than 200KB? I've tried a couple of times and my VPl keeps hanging.
    I loaded an 800K rtf file on my prism, no problems. Well, except that it took so long to load the prism powered off as soon as it finished loading!
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    #36  
    Originally posted by Cerulean


    --btw .. is there a keyboard shortcut to make bullets via the stowaway? Up until now i have just been using astricks, but it would be nice to use bullets.. just wondering..

    Joe
    I don't know about the keyboard shortcut, but in grafitti, you just do an extended shift (draw a line from upper left to lower right) and then tap (like you would when making a period).
  17. #37  
    Originally posted by Cerulean

    --btw .. is there a keyboard shortcut to make bullets via the stowaway? Up until now i have just been using astricks, but it would be nice to use bullets.. just wondering..

    Joe
    Yup...it is "Fn-w". Not to insult anyone, but there is a nice list of the shortcuts within the Keyboard app, if you select the popup trigger in the upper right hand corner, and then choose "Shortcuts". I will note that I have had my Stowaway for 8 months or so, and just last week I found the degree symbol shortcut (Fn-d).

    - Ryan
  18. #38  
    I just want to add to the list of people that are happy with this application. It is REALLY REALLY nice (although there are a few small issues with this beta). I have been using SmartDoc and then Quickword for about 8 months now and WordSmith is much better, even with the few problems this beta release has. The only significant problem that I see with WordSmith so far is that it does take some time to “load” a DOC file, this time gets really noticeable after the file is over about 50k or so. I am not exactly sure what is happening here, as other DOC readers/viewers do not do this, but I think it has something to do with how they display the file (i.e. it is not just a standard text field like in MemoPad). I will note that once the file is loaded you can switch back to the list of DOCs and then re-open the same file and not wait, however, if you open a new file, you have to wait again. So this could get a little old if you are trying to reference a file while working on another one (I do this a lot when I am programming on my Visor), but I think it is a price you have to pay for the editing features.

    Below are the advantages (besides the obvious formatting functions) I see with WordSmith over Quickword (and others):
    1) The sync conduit is much better than that with Quickword. It does not seem to have to scan all your DOCs when you do a sync, it just deals with the ones that have changed and this makes it noticeably faster (and it makes me feel like it is a lot “smarter”). The desktop client seems a lot faster, etc. as well. It is configured to compress all your DOCs when you sync. I first thought this would be a bad idea, but it works great because if you do choose to edit the DOC then WordSmith automatically uncompresses it for use on your handheld.
    2) The full page view is AWESOME. Really great for editing and reading.
    3) Integration with the keyboard is very well done (except for a few commands that are not yet implemented – see below). The response time is just as fast as any app I have tried and the select and moving features all work perfectly (there were some problems with selecting in Quickword) as do the goto beginning or end of line shortcuts (also problematic in Quickword). Finally, if you scroll up or down the cursor goes with you (just like in M$Word)!!! This really annoyed me in Quickword because I would scroll several pages up or down and then go to position my cursor in that page, but the selection point was back where it used to be, so the document would scroll back – this problem is solved with WordSmith.
    4) Access to Memos. This may not be that important to some, but it is handy to have all your text documents in one app. Someone asked what happens to the formatting in memos when you sync back to the desktop, I have not tested this directly, but if you open up a formatted memo in the standard memo app than you see some formatting tags, much like html. They only seemed to have the starting tag, not the ending (with the “/”), but I did not look at it very carefully.
    5) Filter feature in the list view. This makes it very easy to filter your list of DOCs by the first few letters, it almost eliminates the need for categories and is much more intuitive to use (IMHO).
    6) Goto paragraph feature. This brings up a scrollable list of the first line of each paragraph and you can just tap on that line and go right to that paragraph. This almost eliminates the need for bookmarks (unless you have a very big document) and amazingly does not seem to slow anything down (i.e. the list pops right up on my VDx).

    There are probably other advantages but that is all that are coming to mind immediately (I should say that I have not investigated the full feature set yet either).

    I have found a few small problems with the software that I am about to e-mail Blue Nomad about, they are as follows:
    1) No option for left handed use. I am a lefty, and liked the feature of Quickword to move the scroll bar to the left side.
    2) Sometimes when you are editing and deleting a portion of a line the last few columns of pixels in the last word stop being displayed. This is hard to explain but it DEFINITELY happens. If you scroll up or down a page and then back, then the pixels re-display, but it looks a little strange while you are on that page. I guess this has to do with the screen drawing functions, and I am sure they will be able to fix it. (Anyone else have this problem – I have not seen it mentioned yet?).
    3) Not all of the keyboard shortcuts seem to work, i.e. Ctrl-x, Ctrl-c, Ctrl-v (cut, copy, paste), did not work for me, however bold and italics, and other formatting worked fine.
    4) The choice of alphabetic sort on the list view did not seem to work (unless I don’t know my A,B,C’s ), however, the use of the filter function made it almost unnecessary.
    5) This is probably more personal, but I did not like the autoscroll function implementation. It constantly moves the text, so the text gets a grayed out look to it which I found hard to read. Other software autoscrolls in a more stepwise fashion that I found more pleasing.

    In the end I will DEFINITELY be registering once you can (baring any unforeseen problems). I think that I will have to keep Quickword or SmartDoc on my Visor though just for the speed of bringing up DOCs as that is important to me sometimes.

    One last note, for those upgrading from Quickword I had more problems with the conduit after I installed WordSmith (similar to the problems I originally had when I upgraded from SmartDoc). The Quickword conduit seems to not recognize certain DOC files after they have been accesses or modified by another conduit (or something like that), the end result for me was deleted DOC files!! This problem with Quickword alone makes me love WordSmith as I have not seen anything like it yet.

    - Ryan

    ---added on 12/15/00---
    WordSmith now has my DOCs sorted alphabetically, but the new ones I am adding are not re-sorting. I am not sure what I did to cause it to update. So the sorting does work, but it is not obvious how to make it "happen".


    [Edited by rdanell on 12-15-2000 at 01:32 AM]
  19. #39  
    It looks like WordSmith does not support all Graffiti Characters. I have some documents in Spanish in doc format and when I opened in WordSmith I see funny characters instead of the real ones or just nothing. This is defenitely a Major Bug. Another bug is when I use Chrome and I set the background darker, I cannot read the title of the documents.

    Can you do and save this in your WordSmith?

    ¿años són?

    I guess you can't, however it is done in most doc readers.


    Al
  20. #40  
    This is an excellent program. Have you noticed that markup in memos is in HTML format? It's a pity they don't do the same thing for DOC files. Then I could edit them in TakeNote with HTML markup, or preview them in Iambic Reader, and keep everything compatible.
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