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PalmRevolt Review

Get Your Treo or Centro Skin To Revolt

Lately people have repeatedly been asking me about the MacOS X skin that appears in my application screenshots.

Even though it is not yet fully optimized for our Treo or Centro I thought that I’d nonetheless share it with you since I have been using it for months and have managed to live with its minor bugs.

The program in question is called PalmRevolt ($12.95) and it allows you to change from the standard PalmOS (below left) to either one of 13 other free skins including WinXP, OSX (in Green (below right), Aqua, Purple or Red), Cobalt, Gant and others.

After trying the OSX Aqua for a while I eventually settled on the OSX Green instead which also changes to orange when the slider is selected for example.  The change from the standard PalmOS look and feel may not be immediately obvious but generally speaking you can see from the screenshots below that it is ‘flatter’ and less appealing that the OSX version.

PalmRevolt really could be simpler to use.  After installing the small .prc and your chosen skins (which you can move to your SD card to save space) you just need to select the one that you want to apply from the Skin pull-down (below right) and your changes take effect immediately.

As I mentioned earlier, the thing to keep in mind is that certain applications that you have installed may not provide adequate support for the PalmRevolt skin that you apply and for this you can create a simple ‘Exclusions’ list – I have added about 10 programs – and either disable PalmRevolt partially or completely when using that particular application.

It might just be a small thing but PalmRevolt and its skins helps to make my Treo experience just that little bit better every day and that’s plenty for me.

Treonauts know that small things can have a big impact


Posted by Andrew on October 21, 2005 at 01:05 PM

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1
by SharkBait | Oct 21, 2005 2:17:28 PM

Um, looks like Palm OS is officially dead now...

http://www.engadget.com/entry/1234000890064510/

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by Mike Hardy | Oct 21, 2005 3:56:30 PM

engagdet link indicates that upon talking to insiders, the linux-based palmos is still in the works, and it will be backwards compatible. The PalmSource folks are apparently trying to get the original source to pull the article.

Ah, intrigue. And I get to continue being a fanboy for linux and palm a bit longer. Is it so wrong to want something besides windows on my machines :-)?

3
by dui lawyer | Oct 23, 2005 1:44:33 PM

You have very interesting blog! Thank you!

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by Matt | Oct 24, 2005 8:13:10 PM

I downloaded the trial version and it seems that a lot of the 5-way navigation functionality isn't supported (pushing UP in the Apps screen to get to the Category drop-down, pushing RIGHT after selecting a Calendar event to get to Details, etc.) Are these supported in the full version? If not, I'd call that more than "minor bugs".

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by Andrew | Oct 25, 2005 9:39:37 AM

Matt - that is indeed what I meant by 'minor bugs'... I have made the developer aware of this and hope that they will have a fix for it soon.

Cheers, A.

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by Rick Bonanno | Nov 7, 2005 7:40:28 PM

I just recieved a registered copy of this software and I am completely floored. This takes up very little space on your palm yet it changes the WHOLE look and feel of the palm OS. I was shocked as it looked like a brand new OS! If you want to make your palm look like a mac/os system or win/xp system or anything but that ugly horrid looking standard palm operating system then you **NEED** this software!! I will NEVER go without it EVER again and am extremely impressed with the way my treo looks now!!! Thier customer service is absolutly top notch as well!!!

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by Jorge | Nov 28, 2005 7:49:28 PM

Andrew,
I liked PalmRevolt a lot and am using it on my Treo 650 now. I have not been able to reproduce your result with the Aqua (Green) Skin, however. The clock on top of Appplications has a grey background and black numbers in your case. In my case the numbers on top appear in a light green color, that is very hard to read. What is your secret?
Regards,
Jorge

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by Herschel Bullen | Dec 20, 2006 1:20:26 PM

My 680 can't really use the Silver Screen software application I liked so much on my 650. Is there any way to successfully use it, or is there another 3rd party app like it?

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by Rich | Jan 8, 2007 8:39:30 PM

Does the default button glow (the equiv. of the default blue glow) so you know what hitting the center button will do?

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by Dax | Jan 14, 2007 10:27:58 AM

Herschel: the Palm 680 overrides the ability to re-assign the "home" hard key as well as "default launcher".

So you need to install YAHM (yet another hack manager) from http://yahm.palmoid.com/

plus the freeware "TreoHomeFix" hack from
http://www.ranosoft.net/

i know, because i had to go through this to fix it on my Treo 680 in order to use 3rd party launchers.

Good luck!

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