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Shadow Plan is a checklist, outliner and tasklist for Palm OS.

Please select one of these categories of questions so we can narrow in to a solution as fast as possible!

1. What is Shadow Plan?
2. What handheld devices does Shadow Plan work on?
3. Does Shadow Plan take advantage of high res, wide screen, virtual grafitti and other handheld-specific features?
4. Inline edit? Fullscreen edit? Mini editor? Whats up!?
5. Shadow Plan 4.0 and international character sets?
6. I've bought the Windows Desktop package (as part of bundle or expansion pack); Can I get the Mac OSX or Linux desktop free?
7. I've bought the handheld or even the Windows bundle; can I buy theMac OSX desktop alone, to add to my system?
8. Is a desktop application available for Windows? Mac? Unix? Linux?
9. Can I put the main Shadow Plan application on an expansion card such as Memory Stick or Compact Flash or Secure Digital card?
10. Does Shadow Plan work with Action Names (Agendus) and DateBk4/DateBk5 (and others?)
11. Is my data safe?
12. Why is Shadow Plan so large? (around 300k for Shadow Plan 4.0!)
13. Can I use my palm folding keyboard with Shadow? What about my Visor Storaway keyboard?
14. How big can my Shadow files be?
15. Still stuck?


1. What is Shadow Plan?

See our About page.


2. What handheld devices does Shadow Plan work on?

Shadow Plan will work on pretty much any modern Palm OS based device. The only devices Shadow Plan will not work well on are the original Pilot and Pilot Professional (Palm OS 2.0 and earlier) from many years ago. Palm Tungsten and Zire units, Sony Clie units, Handera, Dana, you name it and Shadow Plan will run on it!


3. Does Shadow Plan take advantage of high res, wide screen, virtual grafitti and other handheld-specific features?

Sure does! Shadow Plan is very versatile -- it can work in low res (160x160 Palm OS standard resolution) as well as the various high resolution standards (320x320 and 320x480 Palm high density, 320x320 Sony high res, 320x480 Sony hires plus, 320x480 Palm OS 5 virtual grafitti, 240x320 Handera, 560x160 Dana Widescreen, etc etc etc, you name it.)


4. Inline edit? Fullscreen edit? Mini editor? Whats up!?

There are many approaches to outlining, with two main schools of thought being "item context" and "list context". Item context is where you see all the details about an item, and we offer this in our full screen Details window (the default editor for items). List context is where you see an item only in terms of the list -- you can edit the title of the item, but you don't see its other data at the same time. This is "inline editting". We try to offer the benefits but dodge some of the negatives of this by offering the "mini editor", a little pop up window that lets you edit the title of an item and at the same time pull up the full screen details window. We don't offer an inline edit mode (where the cursor shows up in the list itself) because Palm OS simply cannot offer that edit field in all resolutions that Shadow Plan supports. We may investigate a true inline edit when you are in those resolutions that support it, but we currently offer the mini editor and full screen editor modes only.


5. Shadow Plan 4.0 and international character sets?

Shadow Plan handheld has always worked with all languages on all Palm OS devices. Shadow Plan 4.0's desktop will also work with international languages such as Hebrew and Greek (and more of course) with full synchronization. One caveat is that for 4.0 the actual outline filenames should be comprised of latin characters (English, French, German, and some others), as some Palm OS devices have errors moving international characters to expansion media and perhaps some other complications. We will be supporting international filenames in the near future (perhaps 4.1 or 4.2?), but for now in 4.0 full international content within the outlines is supported.


6. I've bought the Windows Desktop package (as part of bundle or expansion pack); Can I get the Mac OSX or Linux desktop free?

This comes up a lot, and I'm afraid we must decline -- each desktop costs us separately to support and develop, and so we just cannot give it away for free. All of our products are very inexpensively priced, so we sincerely hope you do not mind paying us for our work on each application component.. otherwise we couldn't afford to build them :)


7. I've bought the handheld or even the Windows bundle; can I buy the Mac OSX desktop alone, to add to my system?

Sure can! You can buy a desktop expansion pack for Windows or for Mac or even for Linux. Just head over to our register page:

Purchase options are found on our register page


8. Is a desktop application available for Windows? Mac? Unix? Linux?

Yes! We support all the major platforms!

A breakdown follows:
Windows XP, Windows ME, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, etc. Fully supported with a synchronizing desktop. Make new lists, edit existing lists, export to CSV, text, html, etc, and print. Everything you need, and growing every release!
Windows 95 Unsupported, but it should work for most people. Same installation as other Windows.
Mac OSX As of Shadow Plan 4.0, Mac OSX is a supported platform; see our front and downloads pages for details on dowloading the OSX application. See the Download section of the website.
Mac OS 8, Mac OS 9 Unsupported for now. Since Apple dropped OS 9 and earlier, we've decided not to develop an all new application for them; its very expensive to do.
Linux As of Shadow Plan 4.0, Mac OSX is a supported platform; see our front and downloads pages for details on dowloading the Linux application. See the Download section of the website.
Unix (FreeBSD, AIX, Solaris, etc) FreeBSD is expected to be supported once the Linux public beta comes to fruition. Other Unix's .. please contact support and ask.


9. Can I put the main Shadow Plan application on an expansion card such as Memory Stick or Compact Flash or Secure Digital card?

Sure, but of course! You've always been able to place Shadow Plan's main application (Shadow.prc) onto any media you like, however prior to Shadow Plan 2.6 you could not sync Shadow if it was hidden away on a card. We have improved our synchronization system and you can now place Shadow.prc anywhere you like to save that precious internal memory on your handheld. Sync will proceed perfectly as long as you leave "ShadowSync.prc" in main memory, which shouldn't be a problem as it is only about 4K or so. See the next question.


10. Does Shadow Plan work with Action Names (Agendus) and DateBk4/DateBk5 (and others?)

Yes! Shadows links to the built-in To Do, Datebook, Address, Memos, etc. Other applications that also work with these databases will tie into Shadow nicely.


11. Is my data safe?

Shadow Plan tries very hard to keep your datafiles safe, and each release is thoroughly tested by hundreds of your peers. Each release will go through many Alpha test stages where adventurous people will work over new features and test existing features. After awhile, the release will go to Beta test, where it is open to the public for testing, commenting on, playing with, etc. Only after Alpha and Beta testers all agree that a release is worthy and solid is it released and announced to the world. Furthermore, your data is backed up by your hotsync manager (Shadow Plan asks this to be done, if your Hotsync Manager is new enough), and if you're using the Shadow Desktop you can have XML backups of your data as well. You can also do your own backups via memo files, .DOC files, etc. The Shadow Desktop conduit is very careful about protecting your data, and the more recent versions will survive machine crashes, power failures and other bizarre and awful circumstances. It is darned near impossible to damage or lose your Shadow Plan data. Of course, there is always the risk of accidental deletion through human error, and there are occasional bugs in the releases, so be sure to Hotsync at least once in awhile!


12. Why is Shadow Plan so large? (around 300k for Shadow Plan 4.0!)

Shadow Plan is one of the most comprehensive outliners and task managers for the Palm platform. Of course, more features are coming, so I will soon start providing plug-in modules so you can get the features you want, and ignore the features you do not want. Also, Shadow Plan includes images for all displays on the various Palm OS devices. This means its got a set of icons for black and white, for different depths of grayscale, and for colour, as well as code for supporting each of these displays. Further, Shadow has a bit of extra code to make future expansion very easy, which should mean faster and more regular feature updates and bug fixes! Shadow is a very comprehensive program with many features.. and this takes space.


13. Can I use my palm folding keyboard with Shadow? What about my Visor Storaway keyboard?

Yes! Every keyboard we've tried (from built-in, to wireless, to infrared) has worked well with Shadow Plan. For the older folding keyboards (pre-2002), apparently the drivers that ship with the keyboard are not very good (1.0). Upgrade to version 1.1 of the drivers and everything should work well. Apparently there were some better drivers for the Stowaway as well.


14. How big can my Shadow files be?

Shadow files can be *very* large though it mostly depends on your device. Any halfway modern device (2002 and later) should be very powerful and able to support very large and comprehensive lists. Less powerful devices such as the older Palm Vx and such will run into slowdowns as files increase in size (past a few hundred K in size) and will run into limits eventually, especially with lots of large notes added to items. On such older devices it may help to keep notes collapsed onscreen. For some very rough guesstimates, earlier devices (OS 3.0) had issues with documents as large as 50-100k. In more modern devices each document can grow to 800k-4MB or more with no problem, though getting into the 1MB+ range on some medium-level devices can slow down some operations as Shadow tries to stretch your device resources. A more practical estimate is that any modern device should support thousands of items in a list.


15. Still stuck?

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