|PocketPoster on the PAC Mate
||[Mar. 17th, 2007|05:31 pm]
In looking for a good LiveJournal client for the PocketPC I discovered PocketPoster recently, and was pleasantly surprised! It's much, much better than any other LJ client I found in my search, and I've settled on using it. Thanks much to chriswiegand!|
That said, there are a few observations I wanted to make. My PocketPC is a PAC Mate QX400, which uses voice or braille for output (my unit does not have a braille display, so this has not been tested with PocketPoster) and a keyboard for input, which has some differing requirements from touch screen users.
My observations on installing/using PocketPoster on the PAC Mate:
- The tab order when tabbing through controls often doesn't make much sense. This isn't surprising, because for stylus users it doesn't make much difference, but it makes a difference if you use a keyboard. I put together a patch that fixes this and makes the tab orders sane.
- Ctrl-Q is used in many applications as a shortcut for Exit, but doesn't seem supported by PocketPoster. Any chance of supporting this?
- The Communications screen used to tell the user things doesn't read anything as it updates, as it's a list box. I'm looking into this, as it may fixable client-side. It's manually work-around-able by the user at any rate.
- The PAC Mate QX/BX series don't include .Net CF 2.0, and when you try to use the installer provided by Microsoft, you get a dialog saying that the software is not supported on this device. If you pull the CAB file manually from C:\Program Files\Microsoft.NET\SDK\CompactFramework\v2.0\WindowsCE\wce400\armv4\NETCFv2.wce4.ARMV4.cab, copy it to your device, then run it from File Explorer, it installs OK (after a warning that this might not be the right software for your device). It seems that the installer tries to install the PocketPC version of .Net CF, which for one reason or another doesn't work on this platform. Using the WinCE version manually works fine.