scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Scout info on the PalmPilot
Steven G. Tyler, Esq. (sgtyler@EROLS.COM
Wed Apr 12 2000 - 10:14:26 CDT
Thought the following info (from a private e-mail correspondence, with
identifying info omitted) might be of some general interest:
> Saw your note on the Newsgroup and I too like the idea of carrying Scout
> information on the Palm. I would settle for a list of phone numbers if nothing
With no additional software needed, it should be possible to dedicate a
category in the Address Book to Scouting, and just enter the Scout info.
Advancement info could be entered as a note attached to the address book
> We use Troopmaster and export data into Access and print text reports of
> all the personal data in order to carry a report of all the phone numbers on
> trips. Using Troopmaster Individual Personal data reports, I would have about
> 100 plus pages to carry the needed phone numbers on a camping trip. Using the
> export and combining space with an Access report, the report is about 15 pages.
> With other devices such as the Windows CE devices, I could carry a single text
> file and search for a name and get right to the numbers. The Palm is even faster
> with the Find function (no Hourglass) but the memos are limited to 4k of data so
> with around a 100 Scouts in the troop I have to split up the lists of phone
> number lists into about 3-4 memos to get it loaded into the Palm.
Not necessarily. If you don't need to edit the data on the Palm, just
use one of the text-to-DOC conversion utilities -- MakeDocW or
InstallBuddy, for example -- to convert the Troopmaster output to DOC
format, and CSpotRun or iSilo Lite, freeware DOC readers, to read (and
search) the resulting DOC file when its loaded on the Palm. If you need
to edit the info while it's on the Palm, QED and SmartDoc, both
shareware apps, offer rudimentary DOC editing capabilities.
> So for the most part, I carry a notebook to each meeting and print out
> individual advancement history sheets for each upcoming Scoutmaster Conference.
> Having a good list on the Palm computer would be a great tool for checking
> advancements and other information as you expressed.
> If you find a good way to get this type of info on a Palm, let me know.
Other than the above, try Scout Track, a very nice little Palm app for
keeping Troopmaster-like data on the Scouts on the Palm. The query I
posted involved finding some easy way to *enter* the data in Scout
Track, other than by manually entering it on the Palm itself.
Steve on Cattail Creek (Steven G. Tyler, Esq.) <email@example.com>
The Computer Counselor - Technology Consulting for the Law Office