Developer One CodeWallet Pro 2006

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INTRODUCTION

    There are several
electronic wallet applications available for the
Pocket PC.  Previously, I reviewed
eWallet Pro 4.1 and

FlexWallet 2006
and found both to be great
applications.  For the final chapter in my
trilogy of electronic wallet reviews I present
Episode III: CodeWallet Pro 2006.  I have
previously used CodeWallet back when I had an iPAQ
3970 and was quite happy with it.  After the
iPAQ I switched over to the dark side and used a
Palm T|2 and T|3.  Since Developer One does not
produce a version of CodeWallet for PalmOS, I
switched to

SplashID
.  When I came back to the light
side I still used SplashID, but I have found it to
be limited in quite a few ways.

   
The basic questions from the

previous review
remain: Which electronic wallet
application should you use?  Should you switch
from the wallet application you are currently using
to CodeWallet?  Finally, since I am currently
using eWallet, does CodeWallet offer a compelling
reason to switch?

WHAT’S HOT

    Developer One is probably best known for
their PIM replacement application

Agenda Fusion
.  I find it interesting that
both WebIS, makers of Pocket Informant and Developer
One, makers of Agenda Fusion are also competing
against each other not only in the PIM replacement
category but also in the electronic wallet category.

   
The last time pocketnow.com

reviewed CodeWallet
was way back in December of
2000 when the application was at version 3.0. 
Most electronic wallet applications sport basically
the same features, but let’s take a look at
CodeWallet’s major new features in this new version:


  • Professional
    printing in the desktop edition
  • Desktop
    edition supports installation to and running
    from a USB flash drive
  • Improved data
    synchronization
  • Expanded
    language support
  • Improved
    navigation

SETUP

    The setup process is pretty
normal for a Pocket PC device.  CodeWallet comes as 2 .exe files…
one that will
install the desktop application and another to install the Pocket PC application.

    I
found this window that pops up during the
installation process to be somewhat odd. 
Windows Mobile 5 already makes you confirm that you
want to install the application so this window is
kind of useless and simply adds another screen tap
to the installation process.


After the application is installed, you can choose
which language you would like to use with the
program.  CodeWallet currently supports 19
langagues.

PROGRAM FEATURES

    Although CodeWallet comes with a
full-featured desktop version, I am going to focus
on the handheld application.  The desktop
version includes all of the features of the PocketPC
version with a standard Windows interface.  Of
note is the ability to run the desktop edition from
a USB flash drive, which is very cool.  Another
unique feature is the ability to print professional
looking documents from the desktop edition.

    
    

    When
you first run CodeWallet, the program tells you the
password for the sample wallet, which you must then
enter on the next screen.  CodeWallet also allows alphanumeric passwords,
which is a very nice feature.

    
     
    

You
are now presented with the sample wallet.  The
wallet is presented as a tree list view.  The
small icon next to the name of the wallet expands or
collapses all of the trees.

    
    

To
begin the process of creating a new card you can
tap-and-hold on the category you would like it to be
stored in or single tap on the category and then
click menu to select New Card. 

You will then choose a
type for
the new card.  There are plenty of types
included in CodeWallet and Developer One also
maintains a

webpage
of user-created forms.

    
    

    To
be consistent with my last review, I
decided to create a card using the "Credit
Card" form.  In these screenshots you can
see the various fields that are available for you to
populate.  Basically, all three wallet
applications include similar fields.

    
    

    The
menu function while you are in a card brings up
several options.  Most people will immediately
use the Customize option to change the icon
associated with the card or the text and colors. 
There is a nice selection of icons included in
CodeWallet and you can always import your own.

    
 

Also
on the card menu is the unique option to attach
files.  If selected you are presented with a
screen that allows you to add or remove files. 
Each card can have up to 10 files attached.

    

    Once
you have added a file, it will appear in the card. 
Clicking on the file name in the card will launch
the associated application to view or play the file. 
You can attach any type of file you wish, but keep
in mind that CodeWallet copies the file into the
wallet file, which will increase the size of the
wallet file.

    When
you create a new folder in your wallet you are
presented with this screen.  You
can specify a name for the folder, a folder icon and
the default
card form.  You can also choose to place the
folder at the main level instead of within another
folder.

    

    The
left soft button on WM5 devices allows you to
initiate a search for a file.  I typed in
"master" and CodeWallet created a new folder called
"Search Results – ‘master’."  The match to the
search was shown within this folder.

    

The
right soft button usually activates the menu. 
Selecting Options from the main menu gives you
several more items to customize.

    

You
can change the display options from this screen.  The
security options screen offers you the ability to
choose the automatic shut down timeout period.

If
you are using a pre-WM5 device you can use the
traditional menubar.  Even if you are using a
WM5 device, you can choose to use the traditional
menubar instead of soft buttons.


    CodeWallet allows you to export your wallet file. 
You can choose which items to export, what format to
export them to and where to output.  You can
also decide whether you want to include passwords
and attachments in the export.

    

You
can also import a file into CodeWallet.  The
imported files must be in a tab-delineated .txt
file.  CodeWallet will then ask if you want to
add each card contained within the .txt file to your
wallet.

    

    Once
the import is complete, the imported cards appear
within a new folder labeled with "Imported" and the
date of the import.  The other screenshot shows
you the format that must be used to create a file
that can be imported.


HELP SUPPORT

    Developer One has very
strong support options.  On their website
there are forums, FAQs and a form to fill out with
any additional questions.  Both the Pocket PC
and desktop applications come with help files. 
Another nice feature is the Synchronization wizard
which walks you through setting up syncing from
within the desktop application.


SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS


    CodeWallet Pro 2006 requires:

  • Microsoft Windows
    Mobile Powered Pocket PC 2003/2003SE/2005 or
    Pocket PC 2003/2003SE/2005 Phone Edition
  • Approximately 3.55MB of
    free storage space (can be installed to a
    storage card)
  • Additional storage
    space is required by the wallet file and these
    files will grow significantly if you place
    attachments in them

    It is
important to note that CodeWallet 2006 is NOT
compatible with Pocket PC 2002 or 2000 devices.

BUGS AND WISHES

   
I did not encounter any bugs or
crashes using the program.  It is stable and
reasonably fast, although FlexWallet seemed faster
to me.

   
One thing that CodeWallet is sorely missing is a
password generator.  Both eWallet and
FlexWallet have one and they are quite useful. 
I am not sure why this feature was not included
since the competition has it.  It is good that
you can import tab-delineated .txt files, however
those are the only types of files that you can
import.  It would be nice if someone else
included an import utility such as the one in
eWallet.   I also wish that they would get
rid of the extra confirmation screen during the
install process… it is really unnecessary.

   
On the security front, CodeWallet uses 128-bit
RC4 encryption.  eWallet uses 256-bit and
FlexWallet also uses 128-bit.  I’m sure that
either encryption method is adequate, but those who are
paranoid about security may prefer the stronger
encryption of eWallet.

PURCHASING

   
CodeWallet
can be purchased as:


PROS

  • Lots of
    card templates
  • Lots of
    icons

  • Alphanumeric passwords
  • Find
    function
  • Ability to
    attach files to a card
  • Ability to
    import and export the wallet file

CONS

  • No import
    or conversion utility from other wallet programs
  • Large
    storage memory requirement
  • No
    password generator
  • Much more
    expensive than other wallet applications
Value
Ease
of Use
Features

Overall


OVERALL IMPRESSION

    At the beginning of the review, I asked
three questions.  The first was, "Which
wallet program should you use?" 
Due to the higher price of CodeWallet, I would
suggest trying both eWallet and FlexWallet instead. 
These other wallet applications have more features
at a lower price.

   
The second question was, "Should you switch
from the wallet application you are currently using
to CodeWallet?" 
If you are currently using a previous version of
CodeWallet, this is a good upgrade.  You could
also take your existing CodeWallet file and import
it into eWallet using their unique import utility. 
Users of other wallet programs should probably look
elsewhere.

   
The final question I asked was, "Since I am
currently using eWallet, does CodeWallet offer a
compelling reason to switch?"  The answer
here is a definite "no."  eWallet has more
features than CodeWallet and imported my SplashID
wallet pretty successfully.  I would have to
re-create the cards to move to CodeWallet because
the import function is not nearly as comprehensive
as eWallet’s import utility.  I just do not see
any reason for me to switch to CodeWallet.

   
Although I found several areas that were lacking,
CodeWallet is still a very good application. 
If eWallet and FlexWallet were more expensive and
included less features CodeWallet would look much
better.  Unfortunately, it seems that
CodeWallet has fallen behind in the electronic
wallet category.

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