Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Posted by Steve Sharp in "SOFTWARE" @ 08:00 AM
Figure 1: InfoShare list manager provides an interface or easily creating personlized lists.
Making a List . . .
Several years ago, when I got my first Pocket PC, I considered the idea that it would be very useful to be able to easily make a grocery list on my Pocket PC which I would be taking to the store with me, anyway. Well, the folks at Unwired Software had the same idea, only bigger, better, and more powerful than anything my simple mind could have conjured up. Unwired Software’s InfoShare has a market for feeble-minded guys, such as me, who forget several things en route to the store. InfoShare, however, also finds a market with harried, smart professionals who are organized and simply need a convenient method of inputting expenses or monitoring a “to do” list while conducting their business.
- Provides convenient functionality to a diverse user base;
- It is easy to use and adaptable to many situations.
Like most Pocket PC applications these days, InfoShare 1.3 is easy to download and install. I tested InfoShare 1.3 on an HP 6315 and an HP 6515, and it worked perfectly. The graphics are appealing, and the interface is very easy to use. Setting it up for the Pocket PC is typical of what one would expect to encounter with installing any Pocket PC application. If employing a pre-existing template, of which there are several, it’s pretty much ready to go as soon as it’s installed, from the Pocket PC end. The Pocket PC templates that come with the application include (in part): grocery list, packing list, expense tracking, to do list, and tracking miles driven.
These templates include practical and basic entries but can be modified to suit the user’s personal needs. For example, on the grocery list, basic staples such as milk, bread, and margarine will pop up in a predictive text type of interface. However, since I’m a soda junkie, I have the option of adding my favorite soft drink to the permanent list, so there’s no need to type it out each time since it, too, will pop up as predictive text. Or, on some business trips, maybe certain expenses need to be tracked and others don’t. InfoShare makes it very easy to adapt each template to the user’s needs or preferences.