REVIEW: SilkyBoard II Virtual Edition

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REVIEW: SilkyBoard II Virtual Edition

NOVASIB had released SilkyBoard II Virtual Edition, which is designed to meet the needs of Samsung i-300 and HandEra 330 owners. Based on the original Silkyboard, which remapped the graffiti section of your Palm to match a QWERTY overlay sticker, Virtual Edition does almost the same thing, sans sticker.

If you re in love with graffiti and have been using it for a long while, you re not the target and may stop reading now. For everyone else, listen up. This input method is one of the best I ve ever seen and used for the Palm OS. The layout, while small, is perfect and it even includes extra functions and keys such as: numbers, tab key, special characters, enter and more.

While it does cover the home, search and other main buttons found in the graffiti area, these buttons are remapped across the bottom of the keyboard. Those four functions really take up a lot of space anyway, so I m fine with this relocation. In fact, you ll find that adding Silkyboard to your PDA will actually reduce the number of clicks it takes to complete a number of functions when entering text or other data.

Install was easy and usage on my test unit, the Samsung i-300 was a breeze. I do strongly recommend though, resetting your digitizer after install. If it s off by a few pixels, you may end up getting upset with the program, when the digitizer is at fault. I know my first run was a little bump, but a digitizer redo made the problem go away.

The cost of the program is $29.95 which isn t bad, especially considering what you paid for the Samsung. Download the demo first to see if you take to it, then pick up the full copy if you like it. No harm in trying it out and I think any Palm newbies or people who just plain don t like the graffiti will really enjoy this application.

Brian

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