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Anonymous
February 12, 2005 2:45:59 AM

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Group,


Today we are proud to be one of the first to have a full review of Spb
Software House's latest version of Pocket Plus! Pocket Plus 2.5 was
released earlier today by Spb and you can read about it first here on
Clinton Fitch (Dot) Com!

While it is clear that the Windows Mobile platform is here to stay, there
are some shortcomings of the base system that challenging and sometimes
downright irritating. On my personal short list of these annoying
"features" include:

a.. No real "close" button. Applications still run in the background
eating up resources
b.. No easy way to find out how much battery life remains
c.. No way to format a Storage Card
d.. No multiple Pocket Internet Explorer windows
While the list is short, these shortcomings impact the usefulness of the
platform, especially when away from the desktop PC. However, all of these
"features" are addressed - and in my opinion corrected - with one simple
application from Spb Software House. Spb Pocket Plus is a Today plug-in
that has multiple functions both on the Today screen as well as in the
Windows Mobile 2002 or 2003 shell. Simply put, Spb Pocket Plus is a
must-have application as it brings the functionality and usefulness of the
platform to a more complete level. The full review can be found at
http://www.clintonfitch.com/reviews/spb/pocketplus-2-5/....

Regards,


--
Clinton Fitch
Senior Editor / Owner
Clinton Fitch (Dot) Com!
http://www.clintonfitch.com

A Pocket PC Magazine "Best Site" for Pocket PC Reviews!
Anonymous
February 12, 2005 3:36:18 PM

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In article <#VjtkYMEFHA.2700@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl>, "Clinton Fitch
\(Clinton Fitch \(Dot\) Com!\)" <management@NOTHANKIEclintonfitch.com>
says...
> Software House's latest version of Pocket Plus! Pocket Plus 2.5 was
> released earlier today by Spb and you can read about it first here on
> Clinton Fitch (Dot) Com!
>
Although a fan of Pocket Plus!, I must caution Axim X50v owners that
this software may not run happily with your device. There are some
issues listed on the Aximsite forums and both the old version and this
new release crashed my Axim - a hard reset was needed. I have emailed
SPB this morning for advice and await a reply.

--
Jim
Anonymous
February 12, 2005 3:36:19 PM

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Not withstanding individual problems, it runs fine on my X50v and has the
benefit of actually having a working brightness slider now. Good advice to
always do a backup prior to installing new things. Especially so if it is a
product that integrates with and enhances the OS.

Specific advice to Jim, if you have a clean machine now (hard reset) you
might go ahead and get the X50 02 update from Dell if you haven't already,
and then load SPB Plus first. Could just be a specific conflict that showed
up with the SPB update.

--
Sven, MS-MVP Mobile Devices
"JnJ" <nospam@bigfoot.com> wrote in message
news:MPG.1c78089aa7185e25989689@news.individual.net...
> In article <#VjtkYMEFHA.2700@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl>, "Clinton Fitch
> \(Clinton Fitch \(Dot\) Com!\)" <management@NOTHANKIEclintonfitch.com>
> says...
> > Software House's latest version of Pocket Plus! Pocket Plus 2.5 was
> > released earlier today by Spb and you can read about it first here on
> > Clinton Fitch (Dot) Com!
> >
> Although a fan of Pocket Plus!, I must caution Axim X50v owners that
> this software may not run happily with your device. There are some
> issues listed on the Aximsite forums and both the old version and this
> new release crashed my Axim - a hard reset was needed. I have emailed
> SPB this morning for advice and await a reply.
>
> --
> Jim
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Anonymous
February 12, 2005 3:36:19 PM

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Jim,

Sorry to hear about the rough go of it. Please post back in the group the
resolution to this. One of the things I try to do in my reviews is get a
good feel for how technical support handles customers and report that
information. Some are good and some are bad. My experience with Spb has
been great from this perspective but more voices on the topic won't hurt!

Thanks,

--
Clinton Fitch
Senior Editor / Owner
Clinton Fitch (Dot) Com!
http://www.clintonfitch.com

A Pocket PC Magazine "Best Site" for Pocket PC Reviews!


"JnJ" <nospam@bigfoot.com> wrote in message
news:MPG.1c78089aa7185e25989689@news.individual.net...
> In article <#VjtkYMEFHA.2700@TK2MSFTNGP14.phx.gbl>, "Clinton Fitch
> \(Clinton Fitch \(Dot\) Com!\)" <management@NOTHANKIEclintonfitch.com>
> says...
>> Software House's latest version of Pocket Plus! Pocket Plus 2.5 was
>> released earlier today by Spb and you can read about it first here on
>> Clinton Fitch (Dot) Com!
>>
> Although a fan of Pocket Plus!, I must caution Axim X50v owners that
> this software may not run happily with your device. There are some
> issues listed on the Aximsite forums and both the old version and this
> new release crashed my Axim - a hard reset was needed. I have emailed
> SPB this morning for advice and await a reply.
>
> --
> Jim
Anonymous
February 12, 2005 6:58:39 PM

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In article <#MFkjLREFHA.4020@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl>,
sejohannsen@hotmail.com says...
> Not withstanding individual problems, it runs fine on my X50v and has the
> benefit of actually having a working brightness slider now. Good advice to
> always do a backup prior to installing new things. Especially so if it is a
> product that integrates with and enhances the OS.
>
> Specific advice to Jim, if you have a clean machine now (hard reset) you
> might go ahead and get the X50 02 update from Dell if you haven't already,
> and then load SPB Plus first. Could just be a specific conflict that showed
> up with the SPB update.

Thanks for the advice. However, the X50 update was installed to a clean
machine - in fact I received the Axim in the morning, charged the
battery for the statutory eight hours, installed the Dell ROM update,
installed Pocket Plus and that's when the problems started.

May be I have a problem X50 but it runs absolutely fine without Pocket
Plus installed. I am pleased to hear that you are running Pocket Plus
with no problems but, as I expect you know, others are having similar
problems to me.

Will report back when I hear from SPB.

Cheers,

--
Jim
>
>
Anonymous
February 12, 2005 6:58:40 PM

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I'm sorry to hear that was on a fresh machine. I would like to add that I
don't have A02 on my X50v. I know I recommended it, but that was based on
yours already being hard reset. I haven't found the time to set aside for
the update and subsequent rebuild. I would wonder if there is some conflict
between A02 and SPB Plus, but it seems there are folks with other brands
having trouble too. I expect SPB will figure it out though. They have always
been a pretty decent software house.

--
Sven, MS-MVP Mobile Devices
"JnJ" <nospam@bigfoot.com> wrote in message
news:MPG.1c78380584fa33a998968a@news.individual.net...
> In article <#MFkjLREFHA.4020@TK2MSFTNGP15.phx.gbl>,
> sejohannsen@hotmail.com says...
> > Not withstanding individual problems, it runs fine on my X50v and has
the
> > benefit of actually having a working brightness slider now. Good advice
to
> > always do a backup prior to installing new things. Especially so if it
is a
> > product that integrates with and enhances the OS.
> >
> > Specific advice to Jim, if you have a clean machine now (hard reset) you
> > might go ahead and get the X50 02 update from Dell if you haven't
already,
> > and then load SPB Plus first. Could just be a specific conflict that
showed
> > up with the SPB update.
>
> Thanks for the advice. However, the X50 update was installed to a clean
> machine - in fact I received the Axim in the morning, charged the
> battery for the statutory eight hours, installed the Dell ROM update,
> installed Pocket Plus and that's when the problems started.
>
> May be I have a problem X50 but it runs absolutely fine without Pocket
> Plus installed. I am pleased to hear that you are running Pocket Plus
> with no problems but, as I expect you know, others are having similar
> problems to me.
>
> Will report back when I hear from SPB.
>
> Cheers,
>
> --
> Jim
> >
> >
Anonymous
February 15, 2005 6:04:28 PM

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In article <uP#vjSREFHA.2600@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl>, "Clinton Fitch
\(Clinton Fitch \(Dot\) Com!\)" <management@NOTHANKIEclintonfitch.com>
says...
> Jim,
>
> Sorry to hear about the rough go of it. Please post back in the group the
> resolution to this. One of the things I try to do in my reviews is get a
> good feel for how technical support handles customers and report that
> information. Some are good and some are bad. My experience with Spb has
> been great from this perspective but more voices on the topic won't hurt!
>
> Thanks,
>
>
Thank you for your interest. Here is the current situation: Dell Axim
C50V hard reset three times with no resolution to problems with SPB
Pocket Plus! The machine, after a period of idleness, would not switch
on without pressing power button and soft reset. There was then a choice
of clearing memory or cancelling. This second option booted the Axim
(the first would, of course, perform a hard reset).

So, one more hard reset just for luck, loaded programs including Pocket
Plus etc., and the machine has behaved perfectly for two days! As far as
I am aware, I did nothing different on this attempt - so, what the hell-
Dell!

I've written to SPB to explain that it does not appear to be their
problem. Dell support, in answer to my request for help, have sent me a
long email on how to attach the power lead and make sure that it is
working - very helpful.

I'm just a bit wary about the present apparent state of happiness but
the X50V is working flawlessly at the moment.

--
Jim
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