Friday, July 22, 2005

The Tungsten T5 - your camera companion!

Imagine - you are on holiday with a digital camera. You shot lots of photos, but sometime your flash card is full! If this happens often to you, you need the Life Drive, your camera companion with lot of memory - thinks PalmOne. I think it's enough even if you have a Tungsten T5. It has 160 MB of internal memory; that's enough for 100 - 150 photos and a few documents. But it's file manager can only select one file - so you would have to select every picture and copy it into your palm.

The Life Drive has a file manager (FileBrowser 2.0) that can select lots of files and copy them AND has a comfortable programme that does that for you - the Camera Companion, the new tool which copies pictures and starts the "Media"- and the "Drive Mode"-application on the Life Drive. So I installed it onto a T5 and it worked! It copied all files from an external card (SD/MMC) from the directory /DCIM into the internal flash drive, so the programme doesn't care if the internal drive is a hard drive (like in the Life Drive) or a flash memory (like in the Tungsten T5, Tungsten X???).

There is unfortuanely a problem: this programme should even start the "Media" application to show the copied pictures. But it doesn't. The application on the T5 has probably another CreatorID or something. But the main purpose works and of course you can start the media application from the launcher. I have the idea to run it on a Tungsten C or T3, too. Now don't I say I'm crazy as those devices don't have an internal drive or 2 card slots. My idea was to install a ram disk application that emulates a card. But it doesn't run. The 160 MB in the T5 are probably such a ram drive, too, but seems to be specially marked as a ram drive. Other ram drives are shown as a card to the palm - and the "Camera Companion"-application doesn't recognize them. But it doesn't make sense: The T3 and C have only 50 MB free space, and then think of your programs. There isn't much space yet for photos.

To copy it, you'll have to have a Life Drive (or the device-specific simulator, get it at http://pluggedin.palmone.com). Now install FileZ, the famous file manager and start it. You have to mark the "CameraCompanion-ccmP" and the localizations (_deDE, _enUS, ...) and beam them to your T5 or copy them on a SD or MMC card and then in your T5. If you use the simulator, copy it to POSESlot1. Then you find the files in the directory /Card0. That's it!

You ask why not to take an ordinary file manager like FileZ?
1) this is more comfortable and
2) you are up-to-date!

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish this were written in comprehensible English so I could actually follow its directions. Is the writer not a native speaker?

8:22 AM  
Blogger Tam Hanna said...

Hi,
I am sorry, but Alex is not a native speaker-and this was one of his first articles!
You have to mark the "CameraCompanion-ccmP" and the localizations (_deDE, _enUS, ...) and beam them to your T5 or copy them on a SD or MMC card and then in your T5. If you use the simulator, copy it to POSESlot1. Then you find the files in the directory /Card0. That's it! is the main part of the post, and I beleive that it is understandable enough!
Best regards
Tam Hanna

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