One common need for most of us is to enter text, jotting
down ideas or perhaps (with the aid of a plug-in or Bluetooth keyboard).
Perhaps ideas for an article, a review or simply a long diary entry.
Premier is the obvious candidate and it's a fine suite of applications for
editing native Office files on the move. The only trouble is that it won't work
on at least half the Series 60 devices in the world, being compiled for Series
60 v2.0 and above. So that leaves the Nokia 7650, 3650, 3660, the Siemens SX-1,
the Sendo X and half a dozen others out in the cold.
Now, Series 60 includes a natty little text editor, Notes,
ostensibly for small text jottings but actually capable of many thousand words.
The trouble is that it doesn't sync to anything on the PC and there are no
export options, so how do you get your textual masterpiece onto your PC for
Time for a little lateral thinking. Within your 'note',
use 'Send' and then choose infrared or Bluetooth, depending on your PC's
capabilities. If the PC doesn't have either comms function and you haven't got
a USB IR/BT adapter, you can even use 'Send | as email', sending the text out
to the Internet and back. 8-)
On the PC, your newly beamed text will appear as a
standard .txt file, ready for opening in Notepad, WordPad or Word.
Interestingly, you can go the other way as well. Beam over
a .txt file from your PC (or from another handheld), open it up in Messaging
and then 'Save' it. You'll see it magically appear in Notes as a new
entry, for you to work on further.
This also works for files sent to you by email of course,
as long as they're sent in plain text format. Just open them up, press 'Save'
and go looking for them in Notes.
And I think that's pretty cool.