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The poor man's word processor

Using the WP system that you didn't know your Series 60 smartphone had

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.

Sendo X smartphone on plug-in keyboard

Quickoffice 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 editing?

Notes in action Send via

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-)

Receiving the text 'object' from Notes

On the PC, your newly beamed text will appear as a standard .txt file, ready for opening in Notepad, WordPad or Word.

Open in OO on the PC

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.