DiddleBug FAQYou got questions... we got answers
Yes, it is really free. You can use it without charge and modify or redistribute it under the terms of the GNU GPL.
Since I'm currently a full-time student without much money, I would appreciate a donation via PayPal, though. You can either donate directly to email@example.com or use the SourceForge donation mechanism. All money donated will be used to buy new PalmOS devices.
Yes! There is a command-line program for Windows/DOS that allows you to extract sketches from your backed up DiddleBugDB.pdb file and save them as bitmaps. Daniel Lin wrote this program, and you can get it here.
There also exists a Perl-based program named Didcon that runs on both Linux/UNIX and Windows. It can be found here. Additionally, there is an online version that allows you to convert your DiddleBug sketches from any place with web access. A tutorial on how to use Didcon on MacOS X can be found here (alas written in German).
IntelliBoogerTM extensions are the code embedded within DiddleBug that allows it to create entries in the ToDo, DateBook and other databases without leaving DiddleBug. It is based on an advanced, unpatented pick-and-flick technology.
IntelliBoogerTM is implemented using plugins that you can install on your Palm. Each plugin that you install allows a different target application or entry type to be used. Please see the plugin page here for more information. Also, please read the section in the manual about using the plugins.
DiddleBug has some advantages over the built-in applications:
But the text data in the built-in applications also have some advantages:
IntelliBoogerTM plugins allow you to take adavantage of the very fast information capture offered by DiddleBug, while still allowing you to easily enter this info later into the built-in applications, so you can have your cake and eat it too!
Sometimes it is, sometimes it isn't. I will often have trouble remembering a phone number even for the amount of time that it takes to switch to another application. Also, using IntelliBoogerTM allows you to delete the sketch that you are transferring information from in the same step, so you don't have to worry about duplicate information.
The smoothing filter will introduce a delay between your pen movements and the ink showing up on the screen. You should set the filter to "Unsmooth" when you need fast performance for those fast scribbles. Also, smaller pen sizes will be slightly faster than the large ones.
The Palm Operating System will only check for alarms once every 60 seconds when the power is off. Therefore, the alarm may be up to 60 seconds late if you have turned your power off. You will not notice this in most applications because they usually will not let you see a running countdown to the alarm time like DiddleBug does. Rest assured that the alarm will eventually go off (within a minute). If you need greater accuracy than a minute, then why did you turn off your Palm?
Also, the Palm IIIx and Palm V machines have a known bug where sometimes alarms will not sound when the Palm is sleeping. If you do a soft reset of your Palm, the problem should go away.
If you've got a Treo 600, you will notice something similar: The alarm comes up, but initially there is no sound ("Remind Me" sounds do work). Please upgrade DiddleBug to v.2.90.b.4 or higher for a workaround to this hardware limitation.
This FAQ entry has been made obsolete by v.2.51.
As of that version, the shortcut menu is available via a swipe on the title bar, while simply tapping opens the normal application menu. Optionally, this behavior can be reversed by setting the "switch titlebar action" checkbox in the DiddleBug preferences.
DiddleBug provides its own shortcut menu, which will interfere with DiddleBug using that same action to show a shortcut menu. To fix this, simply go to the DiddleBug preferences and check the option that says "Disable titlebar shortcut menu".
This FAQ entry has been made obsolete by v.2.50.rc.3.
As of that version, DiddleBug directly supports the Clie hi-res mode. There is no need to enable or disable hi-res assist anymore.
You have to explicitely disable "HiRes-Assist" for DiddleBug. Beware though, sometimes it switches itself on again after upgrading to a new version!
There are two possible reasons:
The garbage titles only appear when you've upgraded from certain beta versions and not directly from 2.15. You can safely delete them via the "Details" dialog or the "Note" button.
There may be three reasons for this behavior:
It's not done yet! If you want to help bringing it up to date, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
DiddleBug is a collaborative project, and many people had a hand in creating and improving it. In the future, I will try to list the names of people who were the first to give a bug report or an implemented suggestion for improvement in the corresponding CVS message. In addition to those, some notable contributors are:
These are the old credits from Mitch Blevins' version. Some of the information below has been superceeded: