Downloading a file
Using each type of file
Downloading a file
Depending on which web browser you're using, you may be
wondering how to successfully download the goodies available on PocketInfo.
Psion and Nokia Web users should have no problems whatsoever, as it
notices that each file type you tap on isn't one it recognises and helpfully
offers to save the file to your hard disk. If you are using Microsoft
Internet Explorer (MSIE) you may also experience this helpful behaviour. If
not, and the file requested starts to load in your main browser windows, go
'Back' and 'right-click' instead on the appropriate file link and choose 'Save
as' from the pop-up menu. Macintosh users should 'click and hold' to get
the same options.
If you're downloading Symbian-format files to a desktop
machine, it only remains to copy the files across to your palmtop using
Note for Psion users: Make
absolutely sure that you don't let PsiWin 'convert' them (PsiWin
v1.x users can hold the Control key down during the drag-and-drop, PsiWin 2.x
and PC Suite users (with your communicator showing in Windows Explorer) can
drag using the right mouse button and choose 'Copy' from the pop-up
Using each type of file
Although Symbian files don't need file extensions, we've
used .sheet, .word, etc. for each one to help make things obvious (just rename
the files if the extensions put you off!). Any of the files can be copied to
any folder and should appear with the appropriate icon beside the file name.
The Calendar files should usually be checked out and then merged into your
personal Calendar so that all your dates are in the one place. eText files will
usually have a file name ending in .TCR or .PDB/PRC (for compatibility with
Series 3 and Palm OS software respectively) and should be opened in the
EBook utility (this is now
free, register it with code 15438888). Finally, Mobipocket files also usually
end in .prc but contain compressed XML. Read them with the free version of
Mobipocket Reader. WAV sound files can
be used as-is and SmallBase databases can be viewed in
You'll already have noticed that the Series 3 files on
offer on PocketInfo all have the familiar .AGN, .DBF, .SPR and .WRD etc. file
extensions (i.e. the 3 characters after the 'point'). Just copy them into the
appropriate directories (see the list below) on your 3a or 3c. They should then
appear on your system screen under the Agenda, Data and Sheet (etc) icons
respectively. The Agenda files should usually be checked out and then merged
into your personal Agenda so that all your dates are in the one place.
- .AGN file - put in an \AGN\ directory
- .DBF file - put in a \DAT\ directory
- .SPR file - put in a \SPR\ directory
- .WRD file - put in a \WRD\ directory
- .WVE file - put in a \WVE\ directory
- .TCR file - put in a \TXT\ directory (you'll also need
the free third party program eTxtRead) .PRC format eTexts
cannot be read on a Series 3 at this time.
- .PIC file - put in a \PIC\ directory and use
Draw or a similar utility to
Note: don't be put off by the fact that Series 3 and
older PC systems refer to 'directories' and Series 5, Macs and newer PCs use
'folders'. They are one and the same thing and the words are
Although EPOC (Series 5/5mx and compatible) files don't
need file extensions, we've used .S5 for each one to help make things obvious
(apologies to Revo and other EPOC owners, the Series 5 was the 'classic' first
EPOC palmtop ever made, just rename the files if the extensions put you off!).
Any of the files can be copied to any folder and should appear with the
appropriate icon beside the file name. The Agenda files should usually be
checked out and then merged into your personal Agenda so that all your dates
are in the one place. If you want to use sound files as alarms, put them in any
\system\alarms folder. eText files will usually have a file name ending in .TCR
or .PDB/PRC (for compatibility with Series 3 and Palm OS software respectively)
and should be opened in the free EBook utility.
Finally, Mobipocket files also usually end in .prc but contain compressed XML.
Read them with the free version of Mobipocket Reader.
The Psion Revo is largely compatible with the files
herein, although you'll almost certainly need to download and install the free
Sketch application, otherwise some
embedded objects won't work, displaying a "?" icon instead.
Content for P800 users is far more limited. etexts and
Mobipocket documents can be read in the free
Mobipocket Reader, of course.
SymbianWare's EBook is another good
application for these. WAV and MP3 audio samples can be played as-is in the
built-in players, and the .3gpp and MP4 video clips should play on most
devices. The P900's supplied Viewer application (you may need to install this
from the P900 CD) can show the generic Excel and Word documents on PocketInfo,
though with no editing or interactivity.
Where possible, we've tried to make all this useful
information available in generic computer formats, so that non-Symbian owners
can also get a look in.
- "Delimited" files are quite common, and are usually
either comma or tab-delimited text files which can be imported into any
database or spreadsheet program (such as Access or Excel), or else Rich Text
Format or plain text which can be opened in a word processor such as Works,
Word or WordPad.
Palm OS users will find that applications such as
WordSmith work very well for importing
these files (depending on whether the item is essentially a database or a
- "dBase" files are usually in dBase III or dBase IV
format, which every database application can read in.
- "Works" means Works for Windows v4, a popular PC
Word/Data/Sheet format that can be read by most machines 'out of the box'.
- "WK1" files are old spreadsheets in Lotus 1-2-3 WK1
format, which can be opened in any mainstream spreadsheet program. Ditto,
"Excel" format, which is fairly ubiquitous now.
- Access database files are obviously opened in Microsoft
Access (if you have it), although it's a complex application and what you do
with the information then will depend on your expertise etc.
- PDB databases are usually in
HanDBase format and be installed
directly onto any Palm OS handheld.
- .doc files with the "W" logo are saved in Word for
Windows 6.0 format, which can be read by any modern word processor, including
the free WordPad.
- eText files can usually be read on the Windows CE
platform with a
Viewer or Reader
- "BMP" is a simple Windows bitmap graphic and can be
viewed in Paintbrush, PaintShop Pro etc.
- .3GP and .MP4 movies can be viewed in most multimedia
applications, especially QuickTime
- Finally, Mobipocket files also usually end in .prc but
contain compressed XML. Read them with the free version of