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UTILITIES: PHM Pocket PC PowerToys released
Posted by Arne Hess - on Sunday, 13.07.03 - 11:35:03 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 13171x
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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 /s".
  • 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 is displayed.
  • 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 services.
  • 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 that folder.
    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 location.
  • PHM Fonts applet PowerToy
    Control panel applet that gets displayed on the "System" tab of the "Settings" screen.
    Enable you to list and preview installed fonts.
  • 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 detected.
  • 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.

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by Philip on 08.09.03 - 12:30:24

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)

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