[maemo-users] [maemo-users] GPE Tools

From: Dr. Nicholas Shaw Doc at DocHarley.com
Date: Thu Jan 25 21:20:17 EET 2007
I'm interested in the community's thoughts.  I have a N800 and am currently
using gpe-todo and gpe-contacts and I tried gpe-calendar (very short
period).  I sent my observations/thoughts/recommendations to George France
but thought I'd put some of them here to see if I'm really off base or if
others have similar thoughts.  I've listed the programs in the order (my
order) of completeness.  I do realize that only gpe-todo has been listed for
IT OS 07.


1.	gpe-todo 

a.	I like gpe-todo more than the Palm todo program.  
b.	I like the fact that the categories are shared amongst three
programs (todo, calendar, contacts); however, they are unsorted.  The
contacts should, ideally, be automatically sorted or, as a minimum, allow
them to be sorted. 
c.	I see no value in the status display.  If I tap the block, a mark
appears indicating it's in progress.  If I tap it twice, a line goes through
the task indicating it's complete.  Thus, I see the status display as being
redundant and taking up real estate.  By removing the status, there's more
room for summary text. 
d.	When entering a new todo item and checking the "Due:", you can
choose a date by double-tapping the date you want.  I'd prefer to be able to
just single tap. 

2.	gpe-contacts 

a.	This program has much potential.  I like the ability to choose from
the alphabet on the side and all entries that fall within that range appear.
I also like the ability to display entries based upon category (I missed
this when I wrote to George). 
b.	I would either eliminate the image or move it to a separate tab.
With the open area for "Personal", I would break the name into two separate
entries, "Last" and "First" and then sort on the "Last" field.  I would also
include a field in this tab called, "Business" and sort on the first word.
While there appear to be unexplained exceptions, business names sort on the
last name.  Thus, for example, AFA Orthopedic Clinic had to become,
"Orthopedic Clinic AFA" in order to sort correctly. 
c.	I wouldn't create redundant entries for home and office but instead,
like the Contacts program that comes with the N800, enable the creation of
new fields that would include, for example, "Home", "FAX", Mobile", "Work",
etc.  Thus, the user could create, if needed, two mobile number fields, or
two business fields, etc. 
d.	The address field should be multiple address fields, e.g. street1,
street2, city/province, state, zip, country, etc.  The "mail" and "web"
fields would be new fields as required as in the Contacts program that comes
with the N800. 
e.	Names of people and names of business, once sorted, should appear in
proper order, e.g. "Bank of America" would follow "Frank Arnold." 

3.	gpe-calendar - This program kept causing problems with IT OS 07 so I
had to remove it; however, it looked like it would do the job. 
4.	gpe-syncd - I have not been able to install this so don't know how
well it will sync the above programs with data on my computer. 




Nick Shaw


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