ScaryBear Software’s QuickQuotes v1.6
Today Screen display of your
favorite quotes, with a customizable schedule and
optional rotating background image.
QuickQuotes running on Today Screen
Once you’ve installed
ScaryBear Software’s QuickQuotes (which is a breeze), you will see a
new component displayed on your Today Screen.
Like most other Today
Screen applications, QuickQuotes can be configured from the "Today"
area of the "Settings" panel. QuickQuotes gives you a lot
of control over how the quotes will appear.
Frequency of Quote Chage
Quote File Location
As you can see from the
images above, you have a great deal of control over how your quotes
QuickQuotes with Background Images
Background images are optional, and none are included
with the program as provided. However the Manual does
go into detail about how to make your own images. I
should note that in the captures above and elsewhere
in this review contain my personal background images
and quote files, so don’t expect to see them in the
Free Images courtesy of
make your own backgrounds, you just need to find an
image you like and crop/resize it to 240 pixels wide
by 100 pixels high (Landscape mode is supported, but
the images will need to be sized accordingly).
QuickQuotes supports images in 3 formats: BMP, JPG or
GIF. I chose JPG for the Pocket PC. Above are the GIF
versions of a few that I created in Photoshop (though
any graphics program should do fine).
You can select a single image to use behind all of
your quotes, or select "Rotate Background Images" and
QuickQuotes will randomly pick an image from the
folder when the quote changes. Nice touch!
Previous Rainbow Image, Zoomed to Show Single Pixel in
One nice feature is that if you know ahead of time
what text color would work best for a given image, you
can in a sense, "program" it into the image. By using
the "Automatic" setting for text color, QuickQuotes
will look at the very first pixel of the image, and
grab that color for the text. So, if you know Yellow
will work better on a blue image, just zoom in with
your image editor, and color that single pixel Yellow.
More details on this process can be found in the
manual. I thought this was a great idea. And since it
is a single pixel, you won’t ever notice it on your
QuickQuotes without Clear Type
QuickQuotes with Clear Type
Another display option worth pointing out is Clear
Type. You can choose to enable this for your quote
display or not. On my Axim X5 Clear Type always tends
to look a little blurry to me, so prefer to not use
QuickQuotes without Shadow
QuickQuotes with Shadow
Text can also have a drop-shadow if you decide to
enable it. The shadow is always black, and can’t be
configured. Personally, I always use the shadow. It
helps when you may have selected a color that doesn’t
stand out from the background image you’ve selected.
You may soon discover that you are in need of a text
file or two of quotes. To get you started, QuickQuotes
ships with one text file, and provides
a link to a few others you can add on your own (see
the manual for details).
You can, of course, include your own quote files. Some
possible subjects might include: Bart Simpson’s
Chalkboard messages, Calvin & Hobbes lines, favorite
signature file quotes, bible verses and so on.
After you have your text file, you will need to be
sure it is formatted properly for QuickQuotes. This
will have to be done on your own, as it is not a
function of QuickQuotes. Notepad should do fine. The
first line of text should be the quote, and the second
line is the credited author. So, in the case of Calvin
& Hobbes, the quote file would look like this:
To make a bad day
worse, spend it wishing for the impossible.
Calvin and Hobbes
As usual, goodness hardly puts up a fight.
Calvin and Hobbes
Sometimes one should just look at things and think
about things without doing things.
Calvin and Hobbes
Once your quote file is ready, it must be moved to
Program FilesScaryBear SoftwareQuickQuotes.
From this point, you can select this file from the
drop-down as your source. QuickQuotes will then
display the file you selected, and begins to select a
new quote as you specified.
option on this same screen is "Tap Screen for Next
Quote." When you check this box, each time you tap the
QuickQuotes Today screen display, it will select a
different quote. A nice function if you want to show
off your Pocket PC and desire a specific quote to be
There is no in-program
help, but a PDF manual is provided with the download
which is very informative and helpful. I didn’t have a
single question about the program that wasn’t covered
in appropriate detail in the manual.
ScaryBear Software also has a very active forum,
which seems to be frequented by their developers and
No specific requirements are mentioned
on the ScaryBear website, however it does note that
QuickQuotes is Compatible with the Pocket PC 2002 and
Mobile 2003 OS devices.
BUGS AND WISHES
I would like the ability to have QuickQuotes rotate
randomly though all my quote files. Never knowing what
quote you would see next would add more variety to the
I also noticed that the program automatically inserts
a "-" (dash) between the quote and the author. Often
my quote files had no author, which would result in a
quote being displayed, followed by a dash. The author
also winds up on the same line as the quote, and I
often wished there was a line break so the author was
below the quote.
QuickQuotes will add quotation marks before and after
your quote. So if you happen to have quotation marks
around your quotes in the text file, you now have
double. It just looks odd, and I would like to have
the ability to turn off these functions when they are
download a 14-day demo and/or read more about
QuickQuotes on the ScaryBear product page.
QuickQuotes sells for $9.95 and can be
purchased by credit card only from ScaryBear Software
via this link.
- Uses quote
files provided by the user
Today Screen lively and fresh
- No way to
randomize between quote files
dashes and quotation marks, whether needed or not
I discovered QuickQuotes from the
pocketnow community when I solicited suggestions for new programs
to install following a hard reset. I am very glad I did, because this
is an excellent program. The amount of customization is incredible for
a program that on the surface, appears to do a simple task. However,
as I discovered, there is a lot more under the hood of QuickQuotes that
I realized. Sure there are a few minor things I’d like to see added,
but as it stands, this is an impressive little program that really spices
up the Today Screen. And you can "quote" me on that!