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REVIEW: VITO ButtonMapper 1.2
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 16.01.03 - 12:01:00 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 8108x
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If the built-in button assignment functionality isn't enough for you (see my previous tip here) because you want to assign more programs/functionalities to your hardware buttons then you have, Vito's Button Mapper for Pocket PC and Pocket PC 2002 (incl. Phone Edition) might be the perfect tool for you!
With this small utility you can map every button twice: tt assigns 2 actions per button (through the standard single push and through holding the button) and allows in addition to set application-dependent assignments.

Features:

  • Duplicates system button settings functions
  • Button hold support
  • Application-depend assignments
  • Stylus tap emulation
  • Enables to perform system actions:
    • Backlight Settings
    • Display ON/OFF
    • Memory Settings
    • Power Settings

While devices like the HP iPAQs have quiet enough buttons (five buttons can be used here) specially for devices like the O2 xda/T-Mobile Phone Edition with less buttons (two only) this could be pretty useful.

So you can double the availability of hardware buttons which might make the use of your Pocket PC Phone Edition more useful.

Below you see on the left side the original xda Buttons application and on the right side the Vito ButtonMapper which doubled your available buttons.

But this isn't interesting for limited devices only but also for iPAQ where you get 10 buttons to be assigned now.

Beside the main functionality, I found the systems actions like Backlight Settings, Display ON/OFF, Memory Settings and Power Settings pretty interesting while the Display ON/OFF function is the most important for me.

On the xda, the GPRS connection stay available (with the latest ROM) even if the device switch off. However, in that case you don't get any MSN Messenger notifications. If you switch off the display only, you can save a huge amount of battery while you will still get sound notifications.
Same for non Phone Edition Pocket PCs. While solutions like Pocket Presence's Running Voice provides the feature of turning off the display, other solutions don't provide this feature.

Final Conclusion

Vito's ButtonMapper is a handy tool to increase the productivity as it lets you start more applications just with one finger tap. In addition to this, the system tools are pretty useful too.

ButtonMapper is available for US$ 18.00 from PocketGear.com. A 14 days trial version is available also.

Cheers ~ Arne

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