MemoWare's Palm Help area currently has three sections:
- Main Palm OS Help - This page
Formats - A guide to the various types of document files
you may find here at MemoWare and the applications needed to use
or view them on your Palm OS device.
Files - Instructions for using document files on your
Palm OS device.
If you still can't find your answer, take a look at the other Help
pages here at MemoWare. If all else fails, contact
us a note describing your problem or question as completely
Common Questions & Handy Tips for Palm OS Devices
Q: I just HotSynced a document I downloaded from
MemoWare and now I can't find it on my Palm. What's going on?
A: Most files available at MemoWare require you to install
additional software on your PalmOS device in order to view them.
For example, DOC format files require that a DOC reader application
be installed before you can read DOC documents on your PDA.
A list of the various file formats that documents come in here
at MemoWare, as well as the applications needed to view them,
can be found at MemoWare's Help:
File Formats page.
So, determine the type of files you download from MemoWare
(it tells you this in the 'Formats' column, and you have to
click on the format name (e.g. Doc) in order to download a file).
Then, visit the website of one of the reader applications for
that type of format (listed at the File Formats page), download
one of the reader programs, and install it on your Palm. Then,
if you have already installed one or more documents onto your
PDA, you should be able to read them. If not, go ahead and install
the documents after loading the appropriate reader program.
If these instructions don't seem to help, email me with additional
details about what you're doing.
Q: What's a .pdb file? What's a .prc file? Are they different?
A: PalmOS uses data files that are given the extension
.pdb regardless of their format. For example, a DOC file of
MacBeth might be called macbeth.pdb, and a an ImageViewer map
of Chicago might be called chicagomap.pdb. (.pdb stands for
Palm DataBase). The other extension, .prc, is usually reserved
for PalmOS applications (i.e. programs), and it stands for Palm
Resource Code. However, some DOC data files are named .prc as
well. For example, the MacBeth document may also be called macbeth.prc.
No file formats other the DOC format use .prc files for data
files (I know this is confusing, but I had nothing to do with
it). So, if you download a .prc file from MemoWare, it's most
certainly a DOC file. If you download a .pdb file, however,
make sure you notice what format it's in before you Hotsync
(see the previous question for more info on this).
Tip: Determining what format a .pdb file is in
You can open .pdb or .prc files with a text editor like Wordpad
and you will see, near the beginning of the file, the Type and
Creator codes of the file. For example, if the .pdb or .prc
file contains the text "ToGoToGo" near the start of the file,
it's an iSilo file. You can also use Windows Find File to search
for Palm files of a specific creator or type. For example, if
you want to find all the iSilo documents on your PC, go to Start->Find->Files
or Folders and search for files containing the text string 'ToGoToGo'.
(This great tip was provided by Javier Bonet and Mark Worthington).
I've compiled a short list of Type/Creator codes for common
PalmOS document formats, as follows:
- BVokBDIC = BDicty
- TEXtREAd = DOC
- DB99DBOS = DB (Database program)
- vIMGView = FireViewer/ImageViewer
- PmDBPmDB = HanDBase
- InfoINDB = InfoView
- ToGoToGo = iSilo
- JbDbJBas = JFile
- JfDbJFil = JFile Pro (no longer used)
- DATALSdb = LIST
- Mdb1Mdb1 = MobileDB
- PNRdPPrs = Peanut Reader
- DataSprd = QuickSheet
- TEXtTlDc = TealDoc
- InfoTlIf = TealInfo
- DataTlMl = TealMeal
- DataTlPt = TealPaint
- dataTDBP = ThinkDB
- TdatTide = Tides
- ToRaTRPW = TomeRaider
If you are a Linux user, Hasan
Umit Ezerce has crafted up a simple shell script that will
tell you what PalmOS file format a .pdb file is. You can download
here, and command-line execution is in the format doctype