Bundled Software Applications

By Jim Lynch  |  Posted 2003-10-24 Print this article Print

We found the e-mail application very functional, as was the calendar, address book, to-do list and the rest. One annoying problem we ran into, though, was the absence of a screenshot application. There was no equivalent of "Print Screen," nor could we find any other application on the Zaurus that would let us take screenshots. Fortunately, we were able to download a screenshot applet from Handango. But Sharp needs to bundle this in by default -- its very a basic function that should already be there. A tip of the hat to Handango, however, for providing the free screen capture app.
We had mixed results when trying to sync the C760 with Outlook 2003. The Intellisync software included on the CD was in Japanese, so we werent sure what the heck we were clicking on. We did manage to get it installed on both of our test systems. I never got it to work, but ExtremeTech Editor-In-Chief Jim Louderback (who tested it before I did) finally figured it out after clicking through a maze of cryptic buttons in just the right order. According to Jim, it worked pretty well, but wed really like to see Dynamism include an English version of Intellisync with the unit.
The C760s bundled applications cover most of the functionality we look for in a PDA, including the ability to read and edit MS Word and Excel documents. After that, though, its a bit dicey. Companies like Handango and theKompany provide third-party Zaurus software, but you wont find anywhere near the amount you can find for Palm or Pocket PC PDAs.

Jim manages the PC Magazine and ExtremeTech forums, and is responsible for building community in the forums on both sites. He started managing PC Mag's forum on ZiffNet on CompuServe many years ago. He then transferred the staff and expertise to the Web. He left ZDNet when it moved to San Francisco and came back to Ziff after the split from ZDNet, right before ExtremeTech launched. You can get more background at his personal site: www.jimlynch.com/profile.htm.

His favorite movies include Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Three Musketeers (1973 version), Dune (Sci Fi Channel version), and gobs of others. He can't live without his iPAQ Pocket PC—,he uses it at the gym and everywhere else—,and his DVD collection features more than 200 films. His favorite game is Tribes (PC), which is more than three years old but he still plays it all the time.

Jim likes interacting with the folks in the forum and the content. 'I Love both of 'em,' says Lynch. 'It's what makes the job fun and interesting.'

You're welcome to visit Jim's site for more information about him.


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