Essential Treo 650 Enhancement Utilities
Now that many existing Treonauts and will-be Treonauts are on their path to upgrade/buy their Treo 650 GSM I thought that you'd like to know of a couple of applications that I consider to be absolutely essential for it - they are in fact so good that I wonder why palmOne or PalmSource have not already bundled them in our Treo.
The applications that I am referring to are KeyCaps600 and KBLightsOff which were among the very first that I installed on my new Treo 650.
KeyCaps600 (Donationware $10) is a Treo (600/650) keyboard enhancement utility that helps you to significantly increase the speed at which you enter capital letters and use punctuation and special characters.
As you know, the typical way to enter capital letters on the Treo is done by pressing Shift+LetterKey while punctuation or special characters requires Option+CharacterKey. This two step process is easy enough but KeyCaps600 simplifies it further.
Once the application is enabled, you'll be able to enter a capital letter simply by holding the letter for a delay that you set (100ms to 500ms) while entering a character becomes a simple matter of double-clicking the key. KeyCaps600 functionality will work for text or data entry in all applications installed on your Treo and is a snap to setup.
UPDATE: You must select 'Disable in Phone App' in KeyCaps if you want to use your Favorites keyboard shortcuts in the Phone app - it took me a while to figure that one out...
KBLightsOff (30 Day Trial then $5.50) is another utility that allows you to control the keyboard backlighting on the Treo 650.
While the standard backlighting on the Treo 650 is absolutely superb it has one small drawback. Namely, it is always on and there is no way to save (some) battery life by turning it off - particularly when using applications such as video or eBooks that require the screen to be on but where the keyboard lights are absolutely not necessary.
As its title suggests, KBLightsOff resolves this issue and simply turns off the keyboard's backlighting when not in use but automatically reactivates it the moment any key is pressed - staying lit for 10 seconds unless another key is pressed again. A great and simple app in a tiny 13K package.
Treonauts always find solutions...