PenPenCol – Sketching App for Palm OS 5   Leave a comment

Developer: Shigeyuki Seko
Official Page: PamuPamu


16 thumbnails per screen

PenPenCol is a free PalmOS 5-enhanced sketching (not artistic drawing) app with thumbnails. As you can see from the picture above, it can stack up 16 thumbnails in one screen. It uses the vector mechanism for drawing, thus the drawings details are almost totally preserved in the thumbnails. Also, it lets you resize your drawing as a whole. Full color palette and unlimited undo’s add to the feature inventory.


4
thumbnails per screen

The advantages here are:

  1. Relatively quick.
  2. Well-laid and organized.
  3. Black, red, blue, and green in addition to 3 pen sizes as buttons make for quick usage.
  4. Excellent thumbnail generation. You can almost see the details of each thumbnail in the 16-thumb. screen.
  5. Export images to SD Card.
  6. Complete button navigation integration.
  7. Freeware!

On the downside you get:

UPDATE 14/01/2008
FATAL BUG:
RANDOMLY, BUT OFTEN AFTER A SOFT-RESET, PENPENCOL DATABASE WILL BE FULLY ERASED. IT HAPPENED TO ME LIKE 3 TIMES IN A PERIOD OF 6 MONTHS. THE DATABASE WILL NEVER BE THERE IN THE LATEST NVBACKUP FOR SOME REASON. INSTEAD THE EMPTY ONE WILL.

So, you’d better back up the databse file (PenX.pdb) individually and manually every couple of days.

  1. A new record consists of 4 pages. Each record can be given a title, so in order to keep things organized, the 4 pages should have related sketches. If you draw on one page, and then create a new record, there would be 3 empty pages in the previous record, and they occupy space (evident from what I’ve noticed on the database size). So that’s a minus if you just want to sketch in one page per record. Not a very big deal though.
  2. Relatively big database size. One record (i.e. 4 pages; full or empty) occupies around 30 kb. I have now 10 records and the database (PenX.pdb) is 300 kb. The application itself is small (around 80 kb).
  3. Categorization is made available through tabs; each having a symbol for differentiation (see above). So that’s 5 fixed categories. What worse is that sometimes, the symbols aren’t very descriptive. They look almost identical and may cause confusion. Also, not a big deal.
  4. Limited extent of drawing due to vector programming. There’s a scale which goes up as you draw. If it gets full, you can’t draw further in the current page. Anyway, this is a sketching app, and not for artistic drawing.

The developer has written a comprehensive review on his site. Check it out (the link is above).

Anyway, this app – IMO – is one of a kind. That’s why I thought I’d share the link here. I’m sure that – even you if you didn’t find it useful – you’ll be amazed by how neat and versatile it is.

However, we’d like to hear some sort of explanation about the mysterious auto-deletion of the database which is really a very shocking experience.

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Posted July 5, 2007 by H. H. in Palm

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