by PocketGoddess on June 1, 2005

Teal Desktop, Standard Tools List theme
TealDesktop is a file launcher and utility program for Palm OS devices. While your primary motivation to use it may be to add some fun and personality to your handheld device, there’s actually quite a bit of power under the hood. You’ll find a nice variety of themes for free download on the Tealpoint Software web site, so pick the one you like and HotSync them to your handheld– or you can do what I did and try them all. After installation, launch Teal Desktop and you’ll be presented with a list of all of your applications, as well as several tabs. You’ll have to categorize everything yourself, since Teal Desktop does not pick up the category assignments from the built-in launcher, but that’s a fairly minor problem. You can customize the theme, background, colors, and fonts (with Font Bucket support). You can also design your own custom themes if you’re artistically inclined, and can specify a different theme for each tab if you so desire. Teal Desktop can also be set as the default launcher if you want to completely replace the one that game with your handheld.
Teal Desktop Preferences
TealDesktop adds several abilities not easily available in the built-in launcher. Many Palm OS handheld users rely on a variety of system utilities, or a laborious set of stylus taps through the menu system in the built-in launcher. But with TealDesktop, all you have to do is tap and hold on an application icon to delete, beam, send, copy, or receive information about a particular program. You can also change the category or tab in which the application is located. That’s quite handy for organizing and managing your applications. Of course my favorite enhancement is the tabbed layout. Instead of pushing the “home” button on your device repeatedly to change views, or selecting the category from a dropdown list, you can switch tabs with a single stylus tap. Another cool feature is the ability to set custom file types through the Special menu. You can specify files by type or creator ID and set them to launch with a particular application, which is especially useful if you’re browsing a memory expansion ard. For example, you can set plain text files to open with the program of your choice, such as TealDoc, iSilo, or Documents to Go.
Teal Desktop, Final Frontier theme
If you choose the “Standard Tools” theme, you’ll also get a special icon bar at the bottom of the screen that makes access to some of the special functions even easier. The icons allow you to send, delete, find, copy or move files, lock and turn off your device, control the volume for alarms and system sounds, set device preferences, and launch a favorite application with one tap on the Favorites button. This theme may not be as pretty as some of the others, but it is definitely one of the most useful. If you choose the Star Trek inspired “Final Frontier” theme, you’ll still have access to some of the basics like setting the various sound volumes and turning the beam receive function on and off.
If you desire a high level of customization on your device, or want an easy to use utility that does several different things, Teal Desktop is a good choice. It can be a bit slow when you first launch the program as it scans for new applications, but switching tabs and such is lightning fast. There are quite a few themes available, and I like the wide variety of customization options that allow you to use TealDesktop to make your device completely your own. Even better, you can switch between a “Mac desktop” look and a day at the beach with just a couple of taps. You can get a free trial or purchase a full license for $19.95 at the TealPoint Software web site.
4 out of 5

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