Astraware Updates Two Popular Games

Astraware has released a pair of updates for two of their popular Palm OS and Windows Mobile games, Casino and Solitaire.

Astraware Casino updated with 2 new games!

Since the release of Astraware Casino in December 2007, customers have offered excellent feedback and requests for additional features. In response to these, Astraware Casino version 1.10 is now available as a FREE upgrade to registered owners. The new version includes two new games – Video Derby – which is reminiscent of the miniature mechanical horse racing games seen in casinos and arcades, and 3 Card Poker – a variation of poker also known as Tri-card Poker and based on the British card game, Brag. In addition, Astraware Casino now also includes a Repeat Last Bet option in Craps, Roulette, and 3 Card Poker to make it easier for players to repeat the more complex bets in those games.

With new games included in Astraware Casino, players will discover yet more fun trophies to be unlocked and added to their Souvenir Suitcase.

Astraware Casino version 1.10 is available for Palm OS(R) and Windows Mobile(R) smartphones and PDAs. Registered owners can simply download the new version and it will accept their existing registration code. New users can purchase a copy priced $19.95. To download, try or buy, visit http://www.astraware.com/casino.

Astraware Solitaire gets an update and romantic Valentine’s card backs!

Astraware(R) is pleased to announce an update to Astraware Solitaire which more easily allows the addition of new graphical features like extra card backs and backgrounds.

Whilst players will see no difference in the way the game plays, Astraware Solitaire version 1.20 now includes a different way of handling resources so instead of having multiple special versions of Astraware Solitaire on their devices, players can keep one copy of the game on their device and install seasonal card back sets as they want. Spooky Halloween and seasonal Winter card back sets which were included in special versions of Astraware Solitaire are now available separately, and a brand new Valentine-themed card set is released just in time for the most romantic day of the year.

Version 1.20 of Astraware Solitaire is a FREE upgrade for everyone who already owns any version of the game! Users wishing to upgrade from the standard version of Astraware Solitaire can simply install the new version over the top. Users of Astraware Solitaire Winter or Halloween editions should install the new version and add the card back packs they want.

Astraware Solitaire is available from the Astraware website – http://www.astraware.com/solitaire. New users can purchase a registration code for $19.95.

Update:
Existing Astraware Solitaire customers who have version 1.20 installed can jump right to the Solitaire Extras page and start downloading right away.

I Can’t Wait For My Treo 755p

Foleo Fanatics readers who also listen to my weekly 1SRC.com Palm Powered podcast know that I’ve purchased a blue Treo 755p. And I can’t wait for it to get here.

Just today, my Treo 700p (with the 1.10 MR applied) has crashed on me 5 times. Once while surfing the web with Blazer. Again when I was checking the weather. A third time while reading my corporate email. The 700p took break this afternoon while it was sitting idle on my desk. And a fifth time just a few minutes ago when I placed it in my Palm Treo cradle.

Did I mention blue is my favorite color?

Pocket Tunes 4.0.6 Update

I just received and email from NormSoft alerting me that the PocketTunes 4.0.6 upgrade has been released. The 4.0.6 update includes one enhancement and several bug fixes for the 4.x code base.

This is a free upgrade for customers who have purchased PocketTunes 4 or for LifeDrive, TX, Treo 680, Treo 700p, Treo 755p, and Centro customers who have PocketTunes bundled on their devices. Customers who purchased PocketTunes 3.x qualify for special upgrade pricing.

A complete list of PocketTunes 4.x features and fixes is available on the NormSoft website.

You can download the desktop updater or install the update directly on your Internet connected device with the Help > Check for Updates command in PocketTunes. The PocketTunes 4 user guide is also available online.

1SRC Podcast 165

I’ve posted this week’s 1SRC Podcast. This week I cover:

  • Palm is closing all of their retail locations. Photos of the New York City store here and here.
  • Treo 600 and Treo 650 customers will want to read about the Palza Class Action Settlement.
  • Alan is getting a blue Sprint Treo 755p. Don’t hate me. Hate the addiction!
  • 1SRC Editorial: The PDA Rebooted.

Listen to the 1SRC Podcast 165 now

PDT 6.2 Sync Journal – Day 3

I’ve done some more testing, and it is becoming clear that to sync with Palm Desktop, the device must meet the two following conditions:

  • Be a Palm-branded device running Palm OS 5.2.1 or later
  • Be a Palm-branded device with the Palm enhanced PIM applications (Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, and Memos)

The Palm Treo 600 smartphone is the exception to this rule. It runs Palm OS 5.2.1, but it does not use the Palm enhanced PIMs.

If you have an older Palm-branded device, the Treo 600, or some other Palm OS device that runs Palm OS 3.5 or later, you can use HotSync Manager 7.0.2 to sync your device with Microsoft Outlook only.

The following my list of tested devices and their sync status with Palm Desktop 6.2.2. Devices listed as Working should have no problems synchronizing PIM data with Palm Desktop 6.2.2. Devices listed as Outlook Only will only be able to sync data with Microsoft Outlook.

Palm OS 5.4.x Devices

  • Palm Treo 700p – Working
  • Palm Treo 650 – Working
  • Palm TX – Working
  • Palm LifeDrive – Working
  • Palm Tungsten T5 – Working

Palm OS 5.2.x Devices

  • Palm Tungsten T3 – Working
  • Palm Tungsten C – Not Working; Outlook Only
  • Palm Tungsten E – Working
  • Palm Tungsten T2 – Not Working; Outlook Only

Palm OS 5.0 Devices

  • Palm Tungsten T (m550) – Not Working; Outlook Only
  • Sony Clie NZ90 – Not Working, Outlook Only

PDT 6.2 Sync Journal – Day 2

As I stated yesterday, I’m trying to figure out just what Palm OS devices can sync properly with the new version of Palm Desktop 6.2 by ACCESS. Just so we’re clear on the ground rules of my testing, here is what I’m doing.

I’m using an Apple MacBook dual booted into Microsoft Windows XP Pro SP2. I’m not running any software emulation or virtualization here. As far as Windows is concerned, it is running on an Intel Core2 Duo processor.

I have installed Palm Desktop 6.2.2 on top of the Beta 1 release (6.2.1). For my testing, I’m trying to HotSync my contacts exported from the HotSync profile of my Treo 700p which is my everyday device. I am only syncing data with Palm Desktop. I am not working with Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Notes, or any other enterprise messaging system.

Now that you know what I’m testing, let’s talk about what I’ve tested. The following is the list of devices that I’ve tested and their status.

Palm OS 5.4.x Devices

  • Palm Treo 700p – Working
  • Palm Treo 650 – Working
  • Palm TX – Working
  • Palm LifeDrive – Working, needed to disable the AddIt conduit

Palm OS 5.2.x Devices

  • Palm Tungsten T3 – Working
  • Palm Tungsten C – Not Working; Address v4.5.1P will not sync data

While I have only tested a handful of devices, it looks like Palm OS devices running Palm’s enhanced PIMs are working at this point. Additional testing with older devices like the Tungsten T and T2 will tell me if I’m correct or not. If that is true, Palm Desktop 6.2 should work with any Palm-branded device launched after September 2003, with maybe the exception of the Treo 600.

PDT 6.2 Sync Journal – Day 1

Since the release of Palm Desktop by ACCESS 6.2 for Windows, I’ve been trying to figure out what, exactly, of Palm’s devices work with this new release.

The download page states, as a new feature:

Integrated Desktop: Provides a single desktop and conduit compatibility across all Palm OS 3.5.x through 5.4.x devices.”

The download page also goes on to state in the system requirements section:

“Palm devices:

  • Palm Centro
  • Treo 755p , 700p, 680, 650
  • Palm TX, Z22
  • Tungsten E2″

Not wanting to let this direct conflict go unchallenged, I have decided that I’m going to start testing the devices in my collection of Palm OS devices against Palm Desktop by ACCESS 6.2.

So far, I’ve be able to HotSync my Treo 700p (Sprint) and my Treo 650 (Verizon) without any trouble. I’ve also been able to HotSync my Palm TX. But all of those devices are on the supported device list. But what about the LifeDrive, Tungsten T3, m505, and the Handspring Treo 90? What about the Tungsten T, the Palm Vx, and even a Clie NZ-90? I don’t know. Keep reading and I’ll post my findings as I work through my collection of devices.

VersaMail Update for Palm Centro

According to the Palm company blog, a new VersaMail client update has been made available for Centro customers.

The latest update, VersaMail 4.0.7, adds enhancements to VersaMail’s support for IMAP compatibility with Google’s Gmail service. Palm has also rolled in an update for customers who use automatic data synchronization with Microsoft’s Direct Push technology when using the Exchange ActiveSync feature in VersaMail.

VersaMail can be downloaded directly to a Centro over the air (OTA) by tapping the following URL:

http://www.palm.com/versamail407

This update is intended only for the Palm Centro, and will not work on other Palm OS devices, including, the Treo 755p, 700p, or 680.

You can read the upgrade directions on the Palm website.

Palm Desktop by ACCESS 6.2 Goes Live


Palm has released the non-beta version of ACCESS Palm Desktop 6.2 for Windows. This is long awaited news for Windows Vista customers who, for the better part of a year, have had to jump through hoops to get the Palm OS devices to sync with the latest version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system.

Before you download and install Palm Desktop by ACCESS, there are a few things you should keep in mind, as this is not the Palm Desktop that you are used to.

1. Palm Desktop 6.2 now works with all Palm OS devices running Palm OS 3.5 and later.

2. ACCESS has added an option to only install the HotSync Manager. Palm Desktop is no longer required.

3. The Palm Quick Install tool has been replaced by the Install Tool. Windows Vista customers will now be able to HotSync Palm OS applications (.prc files) and database files (.pdb) to their devices.

4. Microsoft Outlook 2007 is supported as a Personal Information Manager (PIM) application.

5. Since this application was developed by ACCESS, some things are not the same. The features that are no longer available are:

  • Palm Quick Install tool has been removed (and replaced by the Install Tool)
  • The VersaMail HotSync conduit is no longer available for USB cable HotSyncing.
  • The Birthday and Anniversary fields on your device will not sync to Palm Desktop. (This didn’t work on previous versions of Palm Desktop either.)
  • Color coding in the Calendar application no longer works.
  • 64-bit editions of Microsoft Windows is not supported.

Additionally, Palm warns on their website, that you check with software developers to make sure that their HotSync conduits are compatible with the new version of the HotSync Manager. Palm also notes that Palm Desktop 6.2 is not compatible with computers that have 2 or more CPUs in them. This is not the same thing as a single CPU with two processing engines, or “Cores” as they are often referred to.

So, for example, if you have a PC that has an Intel Core2 Duo processor, Palm Desktop will work just fine. If you have a PC with two Intel Core2 Duo processor, Palm is warning that Palm Desktop 6.2 won’t work.

For more information, and the download directions, visit the Palm website.

Computer Outlook Radio Talk Show – Palm Show

I’ll be co-hosting tomorrow’s (1/16/08) Computer Outlook Radio Talk Show with host John Iasiuolo. Unfortunately, the regular Palm special interest co-host Justin Nolan has a scheduling issue and asked me to fill in for him this month.

I’m just working up my notes for tomorrow’s show and I think you’ll like what John and I will have in store for you.

The Computer Outlook Radio Talk Show is all about what’s new and what’s next in the world of computers and is presented in plain English and without all the “geek speak”. The show airs live at 5pm PT simultaneously on AM radio and via an audio steam from the website. The show will also be available later in the week as an MP3 downloadable podcast.

For show details, visit the Computer Outlook Radio Talk Show website.

Palm OS II on Target for 2009

Brighthand Editor-in-Chief Ed Hardy has posted an article earlier today which states that Palm OS II is on target for a 2009 launch.

“Last fall, Palm, Inc.’s new Chairman said his company will release smartphones running a new Linux-based version of the Palm OS in 2009. Last week, a Palm executive told Brighthand that the company is still on track to have the first model out early next year.

Palm, according to Stephane Maes, VP Smartphone Product Marketing, expects to finish work on this operating system late in 2008, and around that same time will begin distributing the tools developers need to create applications, or check compatibility of their current ones, for this new operating system. Naturally, those who are writing the software that will be bundled with the first model will get access to the SDKs well before the general public.

Palm plans to have the first devices running this operating system out early in 2009. Maes says that wireless carriers are already expressing strong interest in Palm OS II — though he didn’t call it that. According to rumor, the internal code-name for this platform is “Nova,” but Palm itself hasn’t revealed the official name.”

Keep reading

[Via Brighthand.com]