By Daniel Matejka | September 9, 2001 11:27 PM
First the InstallShield Wizard
installs the software on your computer, and of course
you have to accept the License agreement. There
are also some release notes to page through. One thing
that I find annoying is that you have to enter your
Customer information. Then you can choose the
destination location, just in case you don’t like
to put stuff in the default areas. I almost always
run programs off my memory cards. After all
of that it’s pretty normal for a setup.
After the program has been installed, click on the
Pocket controller icon that is either on your desktop
or in your desktop program menu under SOTI.
On the first attempt to run the program you have to
choose which Pocket PC device you are using; iPAQ,
Cassiopeia, or Jornada. You also choose the
language of your keyboard.
the program you have to tell it to connect; you can
either do it from the File Menu by choosing connect,
or hit the first button on the left on the toolbar.
Once connected you have control over your Pocket PC
device from your desktop.
As I mentioned before,
you can control your Pocket PC from your computer
now. The following screen shot shows me working
on this review in FrontPage, and the screen on the
right is actually Pocket Controller connected to my
use your mouse to click on things on your Pocket PC,
and even tap and hold just like on your handheld device.
When you need to input text into a contact or any
other program you can just start typing on your keyboard
and it will appear in a second on your Pocket PC.
As I mentioned earlier, there are a lot of other features
included in this program other than just the controlling
File Menu you can connect and disconnect your device
to Pocket Controller, you can also use the first two
buttons on the toolbar to do the same thing.
Using Pocket Controller you can take screen shots
by using Save Screen to Disk. You can save the
files as .GIF’s; you can also take a screen shot by
using the sixth button on the toolbar. You can
even print screens directly to your printer, which
would be a great way to print out notes from a meeting.
It prints it to the full size of the paper.
menu you can choose to view or not view the toolbar
by selecting or deselecting it. You can also
make the status bar disappear by deselecting it; the
status bar is the one on the bottom that says "Show
or Hide the Toolbar." You can also zoom
in and out on the windows. Here are some examples:
Tools Menu you can use your Application Buttons that
are mapped on your device. You can either use
them from the Tools Menu or the last four buttons
on the toolbar. When you activate one of these,
whatever application you have mapped to that button
will open. Now we are going to get into some
stuff that similar applications lack. Let’s
first look at the Options choice under Tools.
from the Tools Menu (is the ‘Casiopedia’ a new
Pocket PC??? just kidding)
Options choice you can specify if you want to automatically
start and connect as soon as ActiveSync starts up,
which is an option I really like. You change
the refresh rate by changing the "Check for changes
every". The default is the fastest at 1/6
seconds, but you can knock it down to 1/4 seconds
refresh. If you are using this in conjunction
with a keyboard from another country, you can change
the keyboard; you can choose English (default), French,
Spanish (Latin America), German, and Swiss.
From here you can also change what type of device
you are connecting to without adding any extra software;
just change the radio button, close Pocket Controller,
and open it back up, and success! Another way
you can connect to this is through TCP/IP. Do
this by changing the Connection Type to TCP/IP.
So if your device is connected to a LAN/WAN you can
control it over your network. You can also enable
logging features; these features I assume are for
troubleshooting because they are supposed to be off
from the Tools Menu
The Status window
shows the current connection status, your last connect
and disconnect times, and some other stats that might
Tab) Pocket Manager from Tools Menu
a very cool feature that I really like. If an
application is not responding, or you just want to
quit an application, you can do it from here.
Just Kill the Process and the process will be stopped.
You can also switch to an active task by choosing
the Activate button. It also is useful because
it shows you some background processes that are running,
and then you can look at Details of each of those.
Sometimes it’s nice to see the background processes
because it might help you understand a little more
about the Pocket PC’s.
Information) Pocket Manager from Tools Menu
shows you valuable system information like general
info about your device, memory status, and battery
The program has an excellent help section,
although I don’t think that you will even use it because
it is so easy to get up and running. If you
do need any help after looking in their help files
you can go to their online Help from the menu just
above. You also get one year of free upgrades
and support with the latest version 1.11 that was
just released. The new version added support
for iPAQ 3135 and 3150 Pocket PC’s and also has boosted
performance on Casio devices, although I didn’t really
see any performance issues with the Casio, and I also
got version 1.10 to work with my 3135 iPAQ.
This program will work
on the iPAQ 3630/3635/3650/3670 (and I got it to work
on my 3100 B/W special), Jornada 540, and Casio E-125/EM-500.
It requires 246.5 K of storage memory and about 1
MB of program memory on your device. The desktop
computer must be running 98/NT/Me/2000.
BUGS AND WISHES
I wish I could find a problem with this program, but
I can’t. The only thing that everyone always
wants is FASTER. I have no problems with the
current speed of the program though. Editor’s Note:
It would be really neat if this application could
take screen shots automatically, for example two every
second, and then stitch these together into an animated
only $24.99 you too can control your Pocket PC without
lifting a stylus. It is sold through Handango:
For $19.99 you can get the standard version, which
lacks some of the language support for the keyboards
and you don’t have the ability to view the system
information or manage processes with Pocket Manager.
Spend the extra $5 and it will be well worth it. You
can find the latest details on Controller through
Pocket PC from Computer
- TCP/IP capabilities
- Auto Connect
when Active Sync Opens
Pocket PC client installation
benefit from animated screen shots
I love that I can finally control
my Pocket PC from my desktop, as well as the added
features of the viewing system information and being
able to manage processes that are running on your
Pocket PC; Pocket Controller is a a keeper!