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Handspring Visor: Visual QuickStart Guide


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  • Copyright 2001
  • Dimensions: 7 X 9
  • Pages: 344
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-201-74579-8
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-201-74579-5

Your Handspring Visor is more than just a digital phone book, so exploit the possibilities. While there are many books on the Palm OS, Handspring Visor: Visual QuickStart Guide is one of the very few devoted exclusively to the Visor. It's your guide to the handheld world, from the simple--managing appointments and tracking tasks--to the sublime--connecting to the Internet and using the Visor as a cellular phone to make calls on the go.

If you're new to the world of handhelds, start with the basics: working with the Visor's operating system, the Palm OS, and its input language, Graffiti. Then move on to practical, step-by-step sections on how to integrate the Visor into your daily life. Handspring Visor: VQS takes you far beyond what you'll find in the manual. Learn not only how to use the Date Book, for example, but also strategies for improving your time-management skills. And with the Visor, you never need be out of touch. There's an entire section on how to access the Internet wirelessly, using a variety of snap-on modems and wireless networking modules. The book covers the most up-to-date Handspring Visor models, including the sleek Visor Edge and the color Visor Prism, plus expansion modules like GPS receivers, MP3 players, digital cameras, gaming devices, and the ultra-convenient Visor Phone.

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Table of Contents


1. Visor Basics.

The Visor Family. Visor Overview. Springboard Expansion. Battery Use. Screen Care. Accessorizing. Keyboards. Palm Desktop.

2. The Palm OS.

Navigating the Palm OS. Accessing Menus. Onscreen Help and Tips. Using the Onscreen Keyboard. Graffiti. Writing Graffiti. The Command Bar. Graffiti Improvement Tips. Setting General Preferences. Setting the Digitizer Preference. Customizing Buttons. Changing Formats. Editing the Owner Screen. Using ShortCuts. Setting Connection Preferences. Setting Modem Preferences. Setting Network Preferences. Launching Applications. Installing Applications. Other Installation Options. Categorizing Applications. Memory Management. Deleting Applications. Storing Files on Springboard Modules. The Security Application. Beaming Applications.

3. HotSync.

HotSync Overview. ConÞguring HotSync Manager. Setting up Conduits. Local HotSync. Infrared HotSync. Modem HotSync. LANSync/Network HotSync. Viewing the HotSync Log. Multiple HotSync Options. File Link. Working with Archived Records. Creating HotSync ProÞles. Synchronizing with Web-Based Organizers.

4. Date Book.

Setting Preferences and Display Options. Day View. Week View. Month View. Agenda View. Date Book Navigation: Jumping Through Time. Entering and Deleting Date Book Events. “Pencil-in” Events. Editing and Deleting Existing Events. Setting Alarms. Creating Repeating Events. Attaching and Deleting Notes. Performing a Phone Lookup. Marking Events Private. Beaming Events. Purging Old Events. Handspring's Date Book+. Date Book+ Week View with Text View. Date Book+ Year View. Date Book+ List View. Date Book+ Preferences. Entering Date Book+ Events. Date Book+ Floating Events. Date Book+ Journal Entries. Date Book+ Templates. Restoring Archived Events. Palm Desktop Special Features. Macintosh Palm Desktop Special Features. Attaching Notes in Mac Palm Desktop.

5. Address Book.

Viewing Addresses. Changing the Sort Order. Specifying a Preferred Number. Changing the Display Font. Looking Up Contacts. Using Fast Lookup. Entering and Deleting Address Records. Duplicating Records. Changing and Editing Phone Field Labels. Renaming the Custom Field Labels. Attaching and Deleting Address Book Notes. Setting Up Custom Categories. Marking Contacts as Private. Changing the Security Setting. Beaming Addresses. Importing Contacts into Palm Desktop. Palm Desktop Special Features. Macintosh Palm Desktop Special Features. Using the Instant Palm Desktop Menu.

6. To Do List & Memo Pad.

Viewing Options. Changing Security View. Setting the Sort Order. Entering To Do Items. Editing To Do Items. Adding and Deleting Notes to To Do Items. Purging Records. Creating and Editing Memos. Sorting Memos. Navigating Memos. Categorizing To Do Items and Memos. Changing the Font. Beaming Records. Working in Palm Desktop for Windows. Working in Palm Desktop for Macintosh.

7. Calculator & Expense.

Using the Calculator. Copying and Pasting Calculations. Advanced Calculator Mode. Creating Custom Views in the Advanced Calculator. Using Expense. Editing Expense Details. Recording Attendees and Notes. Viewing Options. Specifying Currency. Exporting to Excel.

8. System Extensions.

Important System Extension Notes. Working with Hacks. Essential Hacks. Noteworthy Hacks.


9. VisorPhone.

VisorPhone Basics. Making Calls. Receiving Calls. Call History. SMS Text Messaging. Internet Access. VisorPhone Preferences.

10. Email.

Modem Hardware. Getting Online: Two Approaches. Email via HotSync: Palm Mail. Using Mail. Direct-Dial Email. Direct-Dial Modem and Network Setup. Connecting to Your ISP.

11. Web Access.

Browse the Web via HotSync: AvantGo. Direct-Dial Web Browsing. Palm Query Applications. Recommended PQAs.

12. Pages, Faxes, Newsgroups, Telnet.

Sending Pages. Faxing. Reading Newsgroups. Telnet.

13. Protecting Your Data.

Visor's Built-In Security. Custom Security Options with TealLock. Palm Desktop Security. Record-Level Security. Storing Secure Account Information.


14. Images & Multimedia.

Painting Basics. Exporting and Importing TealPaint Images. Importing Photos into Your Handheld. Taking Photos. Presentations on the Road. Playing Digital Music.

15. Long Texts.

Reading Doc-Formatted Texts. Converting Texts to Doc Format. Reading Books with Palm Reader. Reading and Editing Microsoft Word Files. Viewing HTML Documents. Viewing PDF Documents.

16. Managing Your Time.

Track Your Time. Use a Tracking Program. Review Your Tracks. Fine Tune Your Time Management. Build Your Time Management Skills.

17. Managing Your Data.

Outlining and Brainstorming. Making Lists. Digital Voice Recorders. Databases and Spreadsheets. Printing from Your Visor.

18. Traveling with Your Visor.

City Time. The Well-Equipped World Traveler. Information that Travels with You. Navigating City Life. Finding Your Way with GPS.

19. Managing Your Money.

Track Your Personal Finances. Manage Your Financial Accounts. Manage Your Investments.

20. Games & Entertainment.

Stress Relievers. Notable Diversions.

Appendix A. Basic Troubleshooting.

Back Up Your Data. Resetting Your Handheld. HotSync Troubleshooting.

Appendix B. Graffiti Reference.
Appendix C. Resources.


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