TealTools and TealMover

by PocketGoddess on April 2, 2002

TealTools has six different components. TealFiles is a rather ambitious file manager that allows you to see a list of all of the files on your device in several categories, be that all files, hacks, PDBs, Orphans, etc. and sorts them by size, type, creator, the number of records, and several other criteria. Tools at the bottom of the screen allow you to see the details of the file, beam it, and set the backup bit. While TealFiles is not a standalone file manager like TealMover (discussed below) it does provide some very useful functions. The next “applet” in TealTools is TealTime, which includes a standard clock display, a stopwatch, a laptimer, and a reglar timer. TealPrefs is my personal favorite- it’s a pop-up that allows you to quickly change the various alarm and system sound volumes, turn off beam receive, and set the sleep time for your device, all in one place.


The next three applications are also very well done. TealEdit does an amazing job of cramming a lot of functionality into a tiny space. Everything from caps lock to special characters for creating formatted lists to indention and sorting functions are here, as well as the standard cut, copy, paste, select all, and date/time stamp functions. If you do a lot of text editing on your Palm OS device, this one alone might be worth the cost of TealTools. And while TealCalc doesn’t really require any introduction, TealPad certainly dones. It provides 8 “slots” for quick thoughts and notes. While it doesn’t have categories and such like the normal MemoPad, it is certainly still a very handy little application.

TealTools requires 82K of space on your device, and it has two different methods of use. You can either use the TealTools Hack and use a set of pre-defined Graffiti strokes to call up the various applets in the program or you can use the TealTools “shell program”– an icon that appears in the Palm Launcher with a button for each of the utilities. If you are already using an app/DA launcher such as TealLaunch or any other compatible program, you can also use that to launch the various TealTools applets. A single-user license costs $19.95.


The second program being reviewed today is TealMover, a full-featured file management application for the Palm OS platform. It allows you to see a list of all of the files on your device and on any expansion cards you may have, and any files in flash or in the device’s ROM are clearly marked. As with TealFiles, you can sort files by type, viewing all apps, all hacks, PDBs, etc. The last column of the display shows the size of the file, the creator ID, the creation date, etc. But where this application really shines is in its ability to easily and quickly move files from the handheld to various directories on the memory card. You can select multiple files at once (thank goodness!) and easily rename, delete, copy, move, or beam them as a group. And switching between files on the handheld and files on the expansion card is as simple as tapping on a single button. At only 53K of space required and a price of $11.95, TealMover is quite a bargain. And it’s a must-have if you have a Palm OS device with an expansion slot, like the m5xx series from Palm.

Generous free trials of both programs are available at the TealPoint web site.

PocketGoddess rating for TealTools: 5 out of 5

PocketGoddess rating for TealMover: 5 out of 5

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