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PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide Paperback – June 11, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-1565924208 ISBN-10: 1565924207 Edition: 1st

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PalmPilots are like good video games: easy to get started with but sufficiently feature-rich that they continue to reward exploration and experimentation for a long time. Best of all, PalmPilots are easy to enhance with software, so there's a steady parade of cool code (most of it free) to play with.

In PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide, David Pogue explores the full depth of the Pilot's hooky soul from a user's point of view. He documents the standard features of all the machines in the PalmPilot lineage (including the PalmPilots, the Palm III, and the IBM WorkPad), and then goes into great depth on lots of add-in software that's available.

If you're new to the Pilot cult, this book explains Graffiti and the other basic stuff. If your palm has held a Pilot for some time, Pogue will reveal many things you haven't yet discovered. Plus, there's a great CD-ROM with tons of Pilot software to try. --David Wall

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As of this writing, Pogue's is just about the only book available on Palms, and though it will reward primarily beginners, experienced users can glean plenty of new tips as well. Detailing all the models currently available, the book ranges from Graffiti to web surfing to music composition. The book is well written, the CD-ROM has lots of goodies, and the audience is growing: not only are there many Palm users out there already, but people will want to read this book to decide whether to buy one or not.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (June 11, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565924207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565924208
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,007,793 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

David Pogue is the founder of YahooTech.com, having been groomed for the position by 13 years as the technology columnist for the New York Times. He's also a monthly columnist for Scientific American, host of science shows on PBS's "NOVA," frequent public speaker, and a science/tech correspondent for "CBS Sunday Morning."

With over 3 million books in print, David is one of the world's bestselling how-to authors. He wrote or co-wrote seven books in the "for Dummies" series (including Macs, Magic, Opera, and Classical Music); in 1999, he launched his own series of complete, funny computer books called the Missing Manual series, which now includes 120 titles. Having discovered that so many people don't know some of the most fundamental tech techniques on their tech gadgets, he set out in 2014 to write "Pogue's Basics," a single book that attempts to be the driver's ed course for technology.

David graduated summa cum laude from Yale in 1985, with distinction in Music, and he spent ten years conducting and arranging Broadway musicals in New York. He's won two Emmy awards, two Webby awards, a Loeb award for journalism, and an honorary doctorate in music. He's been profiled on "48 Hours" and "60 Minutes." He lives in Connecticut with his wife and three children.

Customer Reviews

With this book my Palm IIIx worth at least twice.
If you own a Palm of any model or version, from the very first 128K Pilot to the latest iterations of the Palm V and VII, you need this book.
Susan Paxton
Pogue writes in a very readable style, (and has a great sense of humor!)
Mary C. Martin

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202 of 203 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Smith on November 4, 1999
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I bought the 2nd edition the week it came out, and although I am on my second Palm (a IIIx), the first being a III, and consider myself to be a Palm guru of sorts, David's book is invaluable. For the novice, you won't find a better or more enjoyable tour through the Palm and it's features. For the accomplished user, you are sure to find many secret undocumented features that will enhance your Palm usage. The nicest prize, in addition to the book, is the new CD, which has over 3100 programs on it, just for the Palm. Yes, all the programs are available from PalmCentral, and individually from other places on the internet, but David includes a screenshot of almost all the programs, as well as a description of the program, and just by clicking an "Install" button, most of the programs are automatically placed in your Install folder. Finally, there is a link to the web site of each program developer's web site, so even months down the road, if you like a program, you can shoot directly to the internet, making sure you have the latest version of each program. This CD will be valuable for a long time, not to mention the ease and speed of browsing, which even my DSL connection cannot match.
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88 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Magellan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
Since there are lots of good general reviews already here of this book, I thought I would add a few comments I didn't see elsewhere.
Although this is an excellent book, I think most people who buy Palm Pilots and Visors are technically savvy enough so that learning the basic operation of the device or the built-in apps is not much of a problem, which is what most of the book is about.
That being the case, I think the best way for most owners to use this book is to do the following. The book has hundreds of undocumented tips and tricks that are worth the price of the book just by themselves. I would just go through each chapter and read these first, and not worry too much about the rest of the text for now. Then later, if you want to go back and read the full description of one of the applications or some other topic, you could do it then.
The tips and tricks are set off on each page with a little picture of an owl, so they're not hard to find. I actually read the whole book before this occurred to me, which was fine, but since then I have dipped back into many of the chapters just to refresh my memory on all the great tips and tricks, and I've found this to be a good way to pick up more time-saving short-cuts, or just new, fun ways to use the device.
In addition to all the tips and tricks there are several special sections I have to mention just because they're so much fun. These are the descriptions of how to access all the hidden "Easter eggs." There are more of these than I realized. You can learn how to bring up all of them, including the "dancing palm tree," and the little "taxi cab." (The Palm's original project code name was "Taxi").
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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
The software CD that comes with the book is great! That's why I bought it. But once you start reading it...your realize the real value is the INFORMATION in the book. There is more in the first 3 chapters than in the entire user's guide that came with your Palm. I really feel like I'm getting the most out of my purchase. My Palm V froze up. I was about to do a "hard reset", erasing everything, but checked this book first. Sure enough, it contained a trick that saved me hours or re-entering games, hacks, freeware and other data.(The semisoft reset is not mentioned in the factory Palm Manual!) This book is well written, friendly, entertaining, and at 600 pages it's thorough. Get it!
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mark A Wohlgemuth on February 19, 2000
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A must buy for any serious user who wants to do more than store phone numbers and keep track of appointments! The native software that comes with the palm organizers is only the beginning. David Pogue explains in practical and enjoyable terms ways to enhance the capabilities of every aspect of your organizer. The CD ROM that accompanies the book is an invaluble source of add on software(freeware, shareware and 3rd party). The book is an excellent resource for troubleshooting and expanding the hardware capabilities as well. I purchased the 1st edition and jumped at the opportunity to get the 2nd edition as the updated information was current and allowed me to take full advantage of new opportunities with my Palm III(with 8Mb of memory thanks to this book). This book has opened my eyes to the full power and potential of the Palm OS. Buying this book is a no brainer!
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By "7jack" on January 21, 2000
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I bought my Palm IIIx last summer and recently received this book from a girlfriend as a Christmas gift. This book changed my life (even if I still has not read all of 600 pages). I thought Palm Pilot is just an personal organizer containing Address Book, To Do, Date Book and Memo, but Palm Pilot: Ultimate Guide showed me all possibilities of my Palm. With this book my Palm IIIx worth at least twice. I read about many great capabilities of Palm devices I never dreamed about. I checked the CD provided with the book and found many useful programs among 3100 contained on it. Now I use my Palm with spreadsheet utility, music database organizer, remote controller, scientific programmable calculator, e-book, beloved images collection... It also told me how useful Palm modem is so I bought it, too, and now I can surf the web, read news and do e-mail wherever I go. Buy this book and you won't be sorry any cent you spent on your Palm.
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