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What's on My Treo 600

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In my quest to prove just how wonderful and powerful the Treo 600 is, here is a list of the software that I've added to it (not the utilities that came with it). The latest additions have an asterisk next to the name.

3D Air Hockey ($14.99) - I'm an air hockey freak in real life, so it's only natural this vice would transfer over into the virtual world 

Acid Solitaire ($14.95) - gotta have a solitaire game

ActiveSync (free) - it's the little things that count, and this little one lets you specify a program that automatically loads after a hotsync; pointer from Shades of Grey

Adobe Reader for Palm OS (free) - reads PDF files

Audible Player - Audible has ported their player to the Treo 600, so now I can listen to audiobooks in the car or anywhere else!!

BackupMan ($10) - when I had a Sony Clie, I used BackUpBuddy, but this program is just as good for less money; I will note, however, that there is a "lite" (free) version of BackUpBuddyVFS that doesn't have any of the advanced features such as automated backups or restoration of individual file BackUpBuddyVFS is no longer free

* BigClock (free) - exactly what it says it is; sometimes I need to use the Treo as a watch, and this makes it easier to see the time

Blackjack Champ (free) - standard blackjack game

Bloglines (free) - this isn't really a program, but it's my mobile news aggregator of choice at the moment (see the feeds I read on it); I also plan to give NewsGator's online service a try

* Bombel (free) -- virtual bubble wrap!

BookWorm ($14.95) - a most excellent word game!

Bubblet ($12) - a fun puzzle game in which you try to burst as many contiguous bubbles of the same color

* Butler ($6.95) - I bought this program for the sole purpose of being able to use the LED light to indicate when I have voicemail, but it does do some other stuff, such as set alarms, set MP3s or Ogg files for ringtones/alarms, and a lot more

Checkers (free) - just because

CoconutFern (free) - a "Connect Four" clone

Converter (free) - converts various types of measurements

DateMate ($19.95) - I'm still using version 2.2, but the birthdays, anniversaries, etc. entered in this program integrate into Outlook

DiddleBug (free) - still one of the best free programs I've ever used on a Palm, this one lets you sketch or write freehand on the screen to jot notes, phone numbers, directions, etc.; the kids absolutely love it because they can draw or do flashcards when they're bored

* Digital Math Teacher ($8) - I got this one for free from a promo code, but it's good for the kids

Directory Assistant (free) - this handy little app lets you look up residential or commercial phone numbers against the 555-1212 database using a stripped down interface for faster access; will also give you driving directions

* Divisible (free) - helps practice math, specifically, um, division ;-)

* Easy Math (free) - more math practice for the kids

Escape ($2.95) - annoyingly addictive game that shouldn't be so addictive but is; I paid for this game, but I never got the full version from the author; I've sent a couple of messages, but disappointingly, there's been no response so I don't actually have this one

eWallet ($29.95) - I use this program to store my passwords, credit card info, and various account information; I like that it has a desktop component for entering the data, the program itself is password-protected, and the data is encrypted; someone sent me a link to YAPS: Yet Another Password Safe, which is free

EzFTP (free) - a very basic FTP program, but it works

* Falling (free) - not much of a point to this game other than to keep a ball from reaching the top of the screen, but it's a fun, little time waster

FileZ (free) - a nice file manager that lets me see files on the SD card that the Treo's regular card reader program doesn't

FlightStatus (free) - lets you enter the airline and flight number to get current information about any flight in the U.S.!

Free Blocks (free) - a good Tetris clone that works with the Treo 600's buttons (not all games do because it doesn't have the same type of navigation keys)

* GTS Racing ($19.95) - okay, this one I did buy for me because I'm a sucker for racing games, but I got a deal on it and it is pretty fun

Handchess (free) - nice chess game

Hand/RSS ($14.95) - the best RSS news aggregator I've seen yet for the Palm

Idea Pad (free) - lets you draw diagrams, concept maps, and flow charts

InflationMaster (free) - this is the kind of program librarians love, and I'm no exception; it translates current dollars into past equivalents, which is great for figuring out how much gas or milk really was way back when

* iNoah (free) - another one for the librarian in me, this program uses your Treo's internet connection to look up definitions of 140,000 words!

IP Tracker ($10) - I have an older version called "IP Track" that was free, but I'd still recommend this program for sysadmins to keep track of IP addresses, routers, servers, and the like

KeyCaps600 ($10 suggested donation) - this fantastic little program enhances the thumb keyboard by making it easier to capitalize letters or type option characters; two "thumbs" up!

Kinoma Player (free) - download and watch videos in the Kinoma format; find samples (mostly movie trailers) at Kinoma Movies and HappyPalm

Kinoma Producer ($29.95) - I was a little hesitant to shell out this much money for it, but I really love the idea of taking home movies with me; even better, I'm able to convert television shows that I've downloaded from my ReplayTV - very nice!

Labyrinth ($5.95) - I got this one as a freebie; it's a fun little game that I keep on my PDA for the kids because it lets them work through mazes

* Memoria (free) - ye olde memory game where you match the pictures

MetrO (free) - this one goes on and off my device as needed, but if you're traveling to a major city in which you need to get around using the public transporation system, this program is great for figuring out routes

Midi Database (free) - lots of MIDI ringtones to be found here; I've been downloading them via the web on the Treo itself, which seems to work well

* MondoPondo (free) - the lite version has hundreds of trivia questions; you can pay money for expansion packs, but even the free version is like having your own personal pub quiz

MyCar (free) - I recently bought a new car, so I'm using this program to keep track of its maintenance, mileage, etc.

PDA Playground ($19.95) - lets you create a "kids" area on your device so that they can't delete programs, get to your data, or get into programs they shouldn't; I couldn't get Kids Zone to work, and when an offer came up to get this program for free, I grabbed it. I'm still waiting for my registration code, though.

PDANet ($34) - uses you Treo as a modem to let you surf the net on you laptop; for all those times I'm at a library conference that doesn't provide any internet access!

Pickem (free) - this enhancement program for the Treo's camera removes those annoying blue dots and even adds zoom capability!

PilotQuotes (free) - a database for quotes; I take with me some of the statistics and quotes about technology that I've collected

* PubMed on Tap (free) - another program to use as a demo and as a librarian, PM on Tap retrieves MEDLINE citations directly through your Treo's internet connection; very slick!

Pocket Tunes (Basic version costs $12.95, Deluxe version costs $24.95) - the basic version comes free with the Treo (make sure you choose it as your freebie and install it!); I've ponied up the full amount to test ShoutCast streaming music, but I'm actually more interested in gettnig Live365 music streams (does anyone know if it works with that site?!); unfortunately, I'm having trouble listening to ShoutCast streams that have a bitrate of 128 or above, but it's still a good start

* Pocket Pinball (free) - I'm a sucker for pinball games, too

* Poker (free) - because after all, practice makes perfect

* PowerRUN ($15) - lets you run applications from the memory card; I've read that you can also get this functionality if you use zLauncher as your launcher app

pssh (free) - a free SSH2 client for telnet; I've kept this one because I've never been able to get TuSSH to display anything beyond the connect screen

The Psychic Rabbit (free) - the kids still haven't figured out how the magic bunny keeps guessing their card - I love it!

Qset (free) - an excellent program that lets you increase the resolution of the pictures taken by the Treo 600

RadioControl (free) - with this program, you can automatically have the wireless network turned back on after a reset; you can also set specific times to turn the network on and off; another find from Shades of Grey

Sandman (free) - lets you turn off the screen while on a phone call

ScreenShot ($15) - takes screenshots of what's on my Treo, which will really help with my presentations

Sea War (free) - a BattleShip clone that lets you play against another person or the "computer"

SilverScreen ($24.95) - I haven't found an application launcher I really like, but SilverScreen is close enough for now; Facer came in a close second

SkyChart (free) - a planisphere for the Treo that I use with the kids for finding constellations

Snap! Clip (free) - automatically pops up a copy/'cut/paste menu when you select text, thereby saving you the strokes

SnapperMail ($29.95-$49.95) - I finally broke down and bought a real email client, and on the advice of Paul, it was SnapperMail; I like that it handles HTML email and attachments so well, but what I'm really looking forward to is the upcoming addition of IMAP

Sprint Biz Connection ($5/month) - this software lets me easily access Outlook email remotely; now that I have SnapperMail, if I can get my work account set up there, I'm going to cancel this one

StaBu (free) - compact version of the popular Pente/Reversi game

Sun Compass (free) - once you tell it your longitude and lattitude, it displays a compass for finding directions

* SuperNova (free) - a Space Invaders clone that's actually pretty good

TacTic ($9.95) - enhanced Tic-Tac-Toe that I got for free during a special at AstraWare

TapDial ($9.95) - handy little utility for direct dialing phone numbers without having to find them within your contacts first

Text Twist ($14.95) - another great word game!

TiBR Lite (free) - small Palm docs reader, but it does let me read Cory Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom (pick the PDB Palm file, although I'd still rather see an audio file for this title, as e-reading is slow going for me); there's also a full version of TiBR that includes features such as bookmarks; you could also try Palm Reader, and Handstory Basic, both of which are free

* TinyCheckers (free) - Chinese Checkers for your Palm

Today (free) - a fantastic program that replicates the "Today" screen from Outlook and it restores the memo and task buttons to the screen; this program becomes the default application you see when you turn on your Treo, which is great for people like me who never know what time or date it is, but you can turn this option off if it annoys you

TrackerDog (free, but donations suggested) - keeps track of the applications you have installed on your Treo and notifies you when new versions are available

Trivial Pursuit ($29.99) - expensive, but it is Trivial Pursuit; perfect for those long drives to Springfield

VeriChat ($24.95) - I'm not so thrilled with the native messaging interface for AIM on the Treo, so I plan to test out alternative programs; this one got moved from "potentially interesting" to very helpful because it makes IM much more efficient

VShopping (free) - I used to have HandyShopper on my Clie, but I'm giving this program a try because it holds a core list of items, which is important for grocery shopping

WordWiggle (free) - another word game, sort of like Boggle but with a twist

Xenoprobe (free) - from, this fun little app scans people to determine if they are human or alien; again, the kids really love this one

Yahdice (free) - a good Yahtzee clone

Zhines (free) - play rock, paper, scissors against the "computer;" the kids like it

I'm also intrigued by the following programs, although I haven't actually tried them yet:

Atari Retro ($29.99) - this game pack includes (amazingly) Adventure, Asteroids, Breakout, Centipede, Missile Command, Pong, and Yar's Revenge! the trial lets you play each game for 15 seconds, and it does appear to work on my T600

BlueSync ($19.95) - syncs the contents of your card to your PC, which could be valuable

Card Export ($19.95) - lets you mount the T600 as a virtual drive on your computer, making transfers much easier and faster (especially for files like MP3s)

CallShield LITE for Treo 600 ($14.99) - lets you set preferences for certain callers; for example, you can send specifical calls to voicemail or just block them altogether; works for SMS messages, too

DualDate (free) - lets you view someone else's calendar in your datebook, side-by-side; could be great for busy families that have more than one Palm

EarthDefender ($9.95) - how great would it be to have a Space Invaders clone?!

Fun Cam ($9.95) - adds a time-lapse feature to the Treo's camera and supposedly lets you trigger shots using any infrared remote

Graffiti Anywhere (free) - this program is supposed to restore Graffiti capabilities to the Treo; for some reason, I haven't been able to get it to work, although I know others have

Inbox ($10) - creates address, calendar, or to do entries from any text field in any application by simply highlighting the text

LightWav ($14.95) - lets you replace the default alarm sounds and ringtones with actual MP3 or Ogg files! I've read some complaints about the lag time between the phone call and the ring, so installing this hasn't been a priority for me

Mail (Handspring's free beta software for Sprint) - this is what I used before SnapperMail; it's okay, but SM has so many more features that I no longer use this one; it might work well for you, though

Midway Arcade Classics ($19.99) - Spy Hunter, Joust, Defender II, Sinistar, and Root Beer Tapper all in one package... are you kidding me? how can I pass up Joust?! Unfortunately, I couldn't get the current version to work on my device because of the difference in app buttons.

Missile Quiz ($8.00) - an educational game that prevents missile strikes when you answer questions correctly; it's fun, but I haven't decided yet if I'm buying it for the kids

Mobile TS ($39.95) - connects to Windows desktops using terminal services

MovieRec (free) - lets you record 5-second video clips using your T600 (video only, no audio); it's currently very beta; I did finally try it, but it crashed my Treo so I'll wait for the next release

Mundu ($14.95) - another IM client that handles AIM, ICQ, MSN Messenger, Yahoo Messenger all at once; this one came out after I had already bought VeriChat. I downloaded the trial anyway but didn't get a chance to try it before it expired

Online VT100/Telnet ($29.95) - a telnet program; I'm also trying to get Mocha Telnet to work

PacDude (free) - yes, our favorite, yellow muncher; when I first tried this program, it didn't work with the Treo's buttons, but I've read that the newest version does 

PalmVNC (free) - provides remote access to Windows, Mac, or Unix workstations over TCP/IP; since it's free, I'll probably give it a whirl; WinHand also gets good reviews for doing the same thing

ShortCut5 (free) - lets you create large shortcuts to programs

Slap ($12.95) - this interesting program is like a clipboard where you can write various types of information and then categorize them later into your calendar, tasks, memos, and addresses; I want to test it when I take notes in meetings to see if it's really as useful as it sounds

TAKEphONE ($19.95) - a replacement for the contacts/phone app that lets you navigate and dial without the stylus, send SMS messages from the app, and gives you more advanced searching of your contacts

TRON ($6) - the light cycles from one of my favorite arcade games from my youth!

I also wanted to note that because of the device's internet access, there are programs I religiously updated on my Clie that I didn't even need to install on my Treo. Examples are AvantGo (to take web pages with me), MobiPocket (for reading magazine articles), and ShowTimes (to find movie times).

I'm currently looking for suggestions for blogging software that works with Radio Userland and doesn't require me to sign up for an account on someone else's server. I'm especially upset that I can't access my news aggregator. I downloaded EudoraWeb and it does let me access my aggregator (as opposed to Blazer which won't even display it), but it only shows half the page and it won't let me delete items, which isn't much help.

Update: Apparently Real makes a player for Palm OS5 handhelds, but I can't get it to work on my Treo. Too bad, because I had hoped to stream Live365 music and NPR programs from it. I tried PVTerm for telnet and it installed fine, but I couldn't connect to any of our servers. It's probably our firewall, so I need to do some further testing.

Dec. 9, 2003 Update: Got my Palm Wireless Keyboard in the mail, and it works! I was concerned it wouldn't work well because I had bought the Targus Universal Wireless Keyboard and it didn't work with my Treo at all. Also, it looks like will have a stylus/pen combo for the T600 any day now. Makes me do the happy dance, because I miss having one.

Jan. 3, 2004 Update: I've added more software to the list above, and thanks to Aaron I learned how to add specific pictures and ringtones for caller ID. I found a lot of the free games at the wonderful Free Palm Apps List. I also realize that I already need a bigger SD card - 128MB just isn't going to be enough!

Jan. 24, 2004 Update: Games I'm disappointed I couldn't get to work on my Treo because of the difference in the application buttons include LEDhead and Universix. I added more software to the list above, and I've switched to using a Treo 600 Keyboard my brother fortuitously bought me. The Palm one was okay, but the Treo wasn't very stable sitting on it, and it drove me nuts that there was no separate row of keys for numbers. The Treo 600 version is much more stable and the direct serial connection gets every letter every time.

Also, here's a list of other people that track what's on their Treo 600:

All the Good Titles Were Taken
but she's a girl
The Connected PDA
Jeff Ray's Treo 600 (also includes some tips & tricks)
Move the Crowd
NICS (?)
RevdKathy's Journal
Shades of Grey

Jan. 25, 2004 Update: Forgot to mention that I also bought the BoxWave miniSync and I'm thrilled with it. No more carrying the sync cable back and forth between work and home. It charges while it syncs, but I also bought the wall charger that plugs into it for ease of use. Traveling should be a breeze with these little puppies. You can view a picture of it over on the moblog.

Feb. 1, 2004 Update: I installed the Handspring Treo 600 Updater 1.10 from Sprint, and all seems well so far, although I still can't SMS. The 2-in-1 stylus pen from StylusCentral is finally available and is on its way to me, as is the 512MB SD card I broke down and bought. We're one day past January 31, and still no RealPlayer for the T600. More software listed above.

Feb. 28, 2004 Update: I haven't had as much time to play with my Treo this past month, although it has certainly made me more efficient during that time. I did have some fun using Kinoma Producer to convert home movies from my Sony Cybershot camera for travel on my PDA. I also realize that I've forgotten to note here that I'm using TextAmerica to host my moblog. It's a free service, and so far it's worked quite well.

March 14, 2004 Update: Not much new to report, although I just returned from my first business trip with the T600, and I can't emphasize enough how invaluable the device was. I also got lots of comments about it, and I think I've influenced another two people to purchase one!

May 13, 2004 Update: I've had to remove some free software I was rarely using (such as Pocket City and the Matrix Screensaver) because I was starting to run out of internal memory. I also bought the very cool looking Virtual Keyboard from iBiz, but it looks like they didn't really have it in stock after all. I'll post pictures if/when it finally arrives.

July 5, 2004 Update: I had stopped adding new programs to my Treo because I was running out of space on it, but I bought PowerRun, which lets me load most of the games from my storage card instead. Now I have 2-3MB of breathing room on the device, and I've been able to add more educational games for the kids. I've also implemented a Shoutcast server on my home computer, but I haven't quite figured out all of the quirks yet to be able to listen to the stream on my Treo when I'm away from home. It's on the to-do list.

In addition, I exchanged my Treo for a new one. The IR port had stopped working a few months ago, which I could live with for the time being, but a week ago I couldn't get on the Sprint network no matter what I did, and I couldn't live with that. I did a full restore to the new device using BackupMan, but the IR port isn't working again, so it must be software related. I've avoided installing the 1.2 Firmware Update because I've heard so many horror stories, but I may now do a hard reset, install the update, and then restore the programs one-by-one. It'll be a pain, and I'll have to round up all of the appropriate serial numbers, but I don't know how else to get the IR port working again. Plus, voice recording is quite a lure. Unfortunately, the battery on this one seems to drain much faster than the one on my former Treo. Darn.

One note if you're buying or exchanging a Treo 600 at Best Buy or any other store where they'll use the online Sprint software for activation. It has the horrible usability issues that caused me to wait more than an hour just for the activation alone. Their screens tell the employee to enter a series of numbers followed by the pound sign (#) and -- here comes the big problem -- then press the "handset" button on the bottom right of the dial pad. Look at your Treo in phone mode, and you'll notice that there is no such thing as a "handset" button anywhere, let alone on the bottom right of the dial pad. The employee trying to complete this mess will become thoroughly confused and will have to call Sprint, thereby negating the benefits of the faster online activation. So here's the key - tell the employee to press the "dial" button on the bottom left of the dial pad. Yes, in Sprint's world, the dial button is called the "handset" button and it's on the opposite side. Don't ask me - I don't even work here.

And finally, rather than list every program I might ever want to put on my Treo, I'm keeping track of them over on in a Treo category.