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PREVIEW: SmartphoneNotes Beta for Windows Powered Smartphones
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 15.04.03 - 15:21:32 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 7700x
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We all know that Microsoft left Outlook Notes out of the Smartphone Pocket Outlook, which is a shame... :-(

However, thanks to great 3rd party developers, this gap might be closed soon with SmartphoneNotes.

What is SmartphoneNotes? Basically it's an test editor for your Windows Powered Smartphone 2002 which synchronize with your desktop Outlook as well. So you get all desktop Notes synced to your Smartphone where you can watch them, edit them and even create new Notes to be synced back to the desktop.

Opening SmartphoneNotes:

SmartphoneNotes allows you to create new, rename existing or delete Notes from your Smartphone. You can also define, where your Notes should be stored - on the device or the SD card.

Creating a new Note:

Basically it works like a text editor but if you open a Note, doesn't matter if you created it on your Smartphone or synced it from your PC, it also parse phone numbers, E-Mail addresses and URLs, something which is pretty handy:

This lets you dial a contact, write an E-Mail or opening a web page out of the application! :-) That's a great feature!

Synchronize with your Desktop PC:

Synchronization will done via the standard ActiveSync client as SmartphoneNotes plug-in into Active Sync.

So you get synchronized your Notes automatically if you connect your Smartphone with your PC.

The downside is again the certification:

The ActiveSync provider requires signing with a privileged certificate. Unless the provider dll is signed with a privileged certificate trusted by a certificate installed on the phone, the provider won't work. The certificate can be your own developer certificate or Orange's certificate

Argh... 8O Again we run run into this limitation with the certifications. If it wouldn't be so sad, it could become a running gag.

A release date wasn't given so far by the developer who also asked me not to write his name here since he want to concentrate to finalize it right now. But as he told me it comes pretty close to a release version now!

SmartphoneNotes is definitely something I'm waiting for since I have so many Notes on my PC that it is driving me nuts not to have them with me if I take my Smartphone only and leave my Pocket PC at home! It's a real great work so, can await the final version!

Cheers ~ Arne


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Posted by saif on 15.04.03 - 21:06:20

the only key function here is the auto sych with Outlook and parsing. However, as a text editor, I believe that OrnetaNotepad is better providing much more functionality.

Depends what you're after... if the drag and drop is too much of a hassle then this is worth it.... if the added wordy functions are what you are after then Ornetanotepad has yet to be beaten in my mind....

Good work though!! Keep it up Mr. Anonymous Developer wink

Posted by Dave on 17.04.03 - 12:40:57

Whats wrong the built int one??

I have been using the XDA PPC 2002 for the last few months and it already has "notes" that synchronises with outlook XPpro notes ?????

I use it all the time.  Voice recordings are also stored as notes and when synchronised they are stored in outlook xp on my desktop in the notes folder as wav files.

Posted by Arne Hess on 17.04.03 - 13:53:27

@Dave: Yes your XDA Pocket PC Phone Edition should have Notes built in.  It's sad thogh that the Smartphone 2002 does not.  The SMartphoneNotes is designed for the Microsoft-powered Smartphones like the SPV, SMART Amazing Phone, Tanager etc.

Posted by Peter on 01.10.03 - 15:50:35


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