My fellow MVP Philippe Majerus released his latest set of Pocket PC applications called "PHM Pocket PC PowerToys" which is a bundle of 17 application and makes life easier! :-)
PHM Pocket PC PowerToys contains:
PHM Suspend PowerToy The Suspend PowerToy is a small application
without any user interface that simply suspend your device as the power
button would. It can be used to place a Suspend item in the Start menu
like desktop versions of Windows, to do so, select it in Start > Settings >
Personal > Menus > Start Menu. It can also be assigned to a hardware
button if you don't like the location of the power button on your device, to
do so, assign it to a button in Start > Settings > Personal > Buttons >
Program Buttons. Finally, it can be used from several applications like
task switchers if they provide a mean to link to another application and
don't provide a suspend function by themselves.
PHM Reset PowerToy The Reset PowerToy is a small application enabling
you to perform a soft reset (reboot) of your device as the reset button
would. It will display a confirmation dialog as a reset will lost any
information you were working on in open application that have not been saved
to the filesystem. Your Program Memory and storage cards are however
safe. You can run it in silent mode to reset without confirmation using "reset.exe
PHM Today PowerToy The Today PowerToy is another small application
without any user interface that simply return to the Today screen. It can
be assigned to a hardware button to avoid tapping Start > Today, to do so,
assign it to a button in Start > Settings > Personal >Buttons > Program
Buttons. It can also be used from several applications like task
switchers if they provide a mean to link to another application and don't
provide a today function by themselves.
PHM Alt-Tab PowerToy The Alt-Tab PowerToy provide a mean to quickly
switch between running applications without taking any valuable screen
space, it is designed to be assigned to a hardware button in Start >
Settings > Personal > Buttons > Program Buttons. Pressing the button once
will bring you back to the previous application. Pressing the button
several times before the Alt-Tab window dissapears lets you loop through all
running applications, stop pressing when the application you want to go to
PHM Alt-F4 PowerToy The Alt-F4 PowerToy provide a mean to quickly
close a window without taking any valuable screen space, it is designed to
be assigned to a hardware button in Stat > Settings > Personal > Buttons >
Program Buttons. Pressing the button will close the active window and
bring you back to the previous one. Pressing it when you are at the Today
screen will enable you to suspend your device, a confirmation dialog will be
displayed as this might close network connections and other running
PHMShell32.dll PowerToy This dll is installed in the "Windows"
folder, it is an icons library and does not contain any actual code.
Available icons are a subset of the desktop Windows Shell32.dll icons,
similar icons are at the same index as on the desktop, for exemple the "My
Documents" icon is number 235 in both. To keep this file small, many
icons are however not available. Icons can be assigned to folders using
an Icon.lnk file pointing to "WindowsPHMShell32.dll,-[index]", where
[index] is the index of the icon you want to use for that folder. Many
Icon.lnk files for common folders are created during the installation.
PHM Shortcuts PowerToy The Shortcut folder contains shortcuts to
common documents folders, this is especially usefull for Pocket PC 2000
devices which don't provide a mean to create a shortcut in the File
Explorer. Opening a shortcut from the File Explorer will bring you to
Opening a shortcut from a "Programs" screen or sub-screens will open
that folder in the Programs large icons view. Shortcuts do not work when
located in the Start Menu itself.
PHM My Documents PowerToy Combines the files from all storage devices
into a logical two levels folder structure. Basically providing you with
the same view as built-in application to select a file, but not limited to a
single file type, so that you can manage all your files from this central
PHM Fonts applet PowerToy Control panel applet that gets displayed on
the "System" tab of the "Settings" screen. Enable you to list and preview
PHM Databases applet PowerToy Control panel applet that gets
displayed on the "System" tab of the "Settings" screen. Enable you to
list and clean your system databases.
PHM Run PowerToy The Run dialog like on the desktop, enable you to
start applications using a command line, including parameters.
PHM Character Map SIP PowerToy Lets you input special characters from
a selected font, usefull for accented characters not available in other
input methods and graphical fonts like Wingdings, Webdings and Bookdings.
You can change the font from the SIP options screen.
PHM Notepad PowerToy A text notepad that can read and edit ANSI,
Unicode (both little endian and big endian) and UTF-8 files.
PHM AutoPlay PowerToy Automatically start a defined application when
a device is inserted or enabled. You can for exemple automatically start
the file explorer whenever a storage card is inserted, your web browser when
a network card is inserted, or the Connection Manager when a modem is
PHM Clipboard Pane SIP PowerToy The PHM Clipboard Pane let you
reorganize documents by moving chunks of text around using cut/copy/paste
functions and text clipbook.
PHM Ext. Keyboard SIP PowerToy The PHM Ext. Keyboard is an empty
input panel you can use when you have an external keyboard connected (such
as thumb, collapsible, foldable, wireless, ... keyboard) and do not want an
input panel to take valuable screen estate.
PHM Screensaver PowerToy Turns your Pocket PC display off and hold
harware buttons without suspending the applications. Usefull if you want
to save battery power without interrupting network connections and audio
playback, for exemple while downloading a large file from the network or the
Internet, or while playing music. Press the action button to turn the
screen back on and stop Screensaver.
PHM Pocket PC PowerToys was designed for Pocket PC 2002 devices but
should also run on Windows Mobile 2003 Pocket PCs. It's available for free
download from Philippe's site.
Will there be a Smartphone 2002 version of these Powertoys?
Posted by Steve Stewart on 24.10.04 - 02:05:32
Nice addition to PPC 2003, shame there's not a way to selectively install power toy components (would be nice to not have to have 3 additioanl input options to choose from, PHM Character Map / Clipboard pane and Ext. Keyboard)