Media praise for PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide

"This book tells you all you ever wanted to know about PalmPilots, and then some...This book will be a great resource manual for any one that has a PalmPilot, whether they just got it or have had it for a while."
--Bernard Miller, CCPCUG, Dec 2002

"a handy book" --David Bloom, Los Angeles Daily News, September 16, 2000

PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide, 2nd Edition Computer Press Association Best Advanced How-To Book 2000 award

"It's an excellent update to an already excellent reference." --Keith Schengili-Roberts, Canada Computes, Nov 21, 1999

"This book earns the title 'ultimate guide' by its comprehensive approach to the total Palm environment--on its own, communicating with a Mac or Windows computer, or online. The extensive information is well organized and based on things you would want to do with your Palm, rather than on features of the instrument. Graphics, subheads, and sidebars also help organize the text, and the conversational style gives it the feel of a tutorial from a knowledgeable friend."-Judges, Computer Press Association 2000 Awards

"Pogue has put together the definitive guide to using the Palm. Superb stuff." --Terry O'Keefe, Atlanta Business Chronicle, March 23, 2000

" Top Ten Computer Book of 1999" --Computer Paper, Jan 2000

"Possibly the most quoted book in the Palm universe ... even owners of the first edition won't hesitate to dip into their pockets... More than any other book in my office,
The Ultimate Guide is the one that sits directly to hand at all times and I can give it no higher recommendation." -- Steve Litchfield, PalmUser magazine issue 1, Jan 2000,

"The best general-interest book about the most-adored Personal digital Assistant (PDA) clearly came about from a lot of thought and effort. With a book richer in facts and better focused than he original edition, PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide shows David Pogue's thoughtful consideration of his dedicated audience." --Designer's Bookshelf, Feb 2000

***the quotes below are from the previous edition*** " incredibly useful volume, a must-have for all Palm users." --Lynn.Greiner, Toronto Computes! November 1998

"Written in the same humorous, informative, entertaining style of his earlier books, Pogue's enthusiasm for PalmPilots is catching. Pogue patiently and thoroughly explains every nuance of the PalmPilot. A truly useful gift." -­Suzanne Smith, San Diego Union-Tribune, December 8, 1998

"In PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide, David Pogue explores the full depth of the Pilot's khooky soul from a user's point of view. He documents the standard features of all the machines in the lineage (including the PalmPilots, the Palm III, and the IBM WorkPad), and then goes into great depth on lots of add-in software that's available. If you're new to the Pilot cult, this book explains Graffiti and the other basic stuff. If your palm has held a Pilot for some time, Pogue will reveal many things you haven't yet discovered. Plus there's a great CD-ROM with tons of Pilot software to try." --David Wall,

"O'Reilly Guide is a must-have for Pilot users-quite possibly the only book most PlamPilot users will ever need. The thing I like about this book is the breadth and balance. It never goes overboard when focusing on some PalmPilot function. It is the sort of book a new PalmPilot user will find truly useful. Aa great book for Piloteers to have on the bookshelf." --Keith Schengili-Roberts, Computer Paper, October 1998

"I used David Pogue's PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide (O'Reilly, 1998) as my manual. It's the best book on the market when it comes to maximizing the features of this gadget, and it comes with a CD-ROM stuffed with shareware add-on programs." --Paul Gilster, Raleigh News-Observer, November 29, 1998

"This 'bible' of PalmPilot covers Palm III, as well as OEM models such as the IBM Workpad. Dense with undocumented information, it contains hundreds of timesaving tips. The CD-ROM contains 850 free and shareware programs for the Pilot in a searchable FileMaker-based runtime database."

"At nearly 500 pages, the book covers a lot of ground. Pogue actually writes in English, not computerese. I came away with an understanding of the Palm Pilot that my weeks of fumbling around couldn't give me. And, as with most things in life, I found that the little things matter most. The Ultimate Guide also comes with a CD-ROM loaded with a lot of programs for the Pilot. The disc is organized by function and you can easily find a program to meet your needs. This beats trolling through the hundreds of Web sites devoted to the Pilot and figuring out what to download. Pogue describes many of the programs so it's even easier to find what you need. The author also runs a Pilot forum on the O'Reilly Web site." --Stephen C. Miller, Cybertimes, New York Times, August 29, 1998

"Combining solid technical coverage with a sense of fun and exploration, David Pogue has written the definitive book about the PalmPilot line personal digital's almost certain that this book will reveal something new to you...Pogue has created the definitive guide to PalmPilot Personal Digital Assistants. If you're new to Pilotdom or just interested in getting more out of your digital buddy, PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide will please you." --David Wall,

"For those of you with PalmPilots, this books is a must have." --Andrew King, WEBREFERENCE UPDATE NEWSLETTER, August 17, 1998

"Required reading for PalmPilot Users...the CD-ROM that comes with
PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide is worth the price of the book alone...PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide is aptly named--it's not overindulgent publisher hype. If the PalmPilot is the road warrior's 'roamin' emperor, then this book is the Gideon of Palmdom." --Michael Lasky, Computer Currents, August 18, 1998

"All the tricks of one of the world's niftiest little devices." --Bob Schwabach, Kansas City Star, August 4, 1998

"If you have a PalmPilot...[this book] will help you get the most out of it. In fact, it can teach you how to do things you didn't even know your Pilot was capable of get the most from whatever flavor of Pilot you're working with, pick up a copy of PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide, polish the simple stuff, learn the fancy stuff, and tell all your friends you figured it out on your own." --Mike Madson, Computer Bits, August 1998

"Pogue's book is certainly the best available at the moment... The PalmPilot is an incredible device, but buying one without buying David's book as well is like getting only half of what you paid for." --Tim O'Reilly

"This new book from O'Reilly is great! It is sooooo packed with info that everyone will gain some improved understanding of the palmpilot after looking it over!!

"I HIGHLY recommend this book. The other books I've seen were all a little light for a geek like me...this book is a JOY!!" --palmtops.pilot newsgroup

"I have been reading further into your book so that the readers will hear something other than my appraisal of the pages which mention PMN and the Piloteer. I am most impressed. 'Ultimate' is quite a billing to fulfill but you are not far wide of the mark. Informative and enjoyable - I am really rather taken with it..." --Marek Pawlowski, Editor Piloteer Magazine

"The book takes you way beyond the manual of the PalmPilot, into stuff such as graphics, music, e-book, and the internet. It also includes a CD-ROM for both PC and Macs that includes 750 programs for the PalmPilot. You want it, you get it. That's the whole story of the book. Unbelievable that a minuscule gadget can take you to such heights. But David Pogue proved it can. For those who dared the future and bought the Palm Pilot, this book is a must. For those who have their foot in the door--pick up the book." --Rosie Daswani, Monday Magazine, July 8, 1998

"David Pogue is one of my favorite authors. His writing consistently jumps off the page, with humor, solid facts, and idiosyncratic insights. This book is no exception...Enough reading and writing. Get yourself a P3, crack open PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide and its RECOMMENDED." --John Nemorovski, My Mac Magazine, September 1998

"No Dummies or Idiots at O'Reilly & Associates. Just Smart people writing books for smart people. The book contains hundreds of tips and tricks to help intermediate to advanced users make the most out of their handheld computers. This book is a bible that every Pilot owner should have." --Richard Brill, TCF.NET, July 17, 1998

"Pogue's book is certainly the best available at the moment. Complete with a CD of 750 PalmPilot programs, there is little which a beginner would want to know that is not contained within its many pages. Indeed, with such a rare level of insight in so many of its chapters, there will be a number of veteran Piloteers who could benefit from a browse." --Piloteer Magazine, September 1998

"PalmPilot: The Ultimate Guide proves to be just that--a thorough, easily navigated guide to those wildly popular, hand-held personal organizers everyone seems to have. Written by someone who uses, and loves his PalmPilot, this manual has all the essential information required to successfully integrate a PalmPilot, or WorkPad or Palm III as the newer models are called, into your daily life." --Vicki Gervickas, ForeWard, August 1998

"If you want to use your Palm for email, paging, faxing, printing, Internet surfing, music composition and more, consult David Pogue's authoritative text, PalmPilot; The Ultimate Guide." --Paula Lovejoy, ZDNet Ultimate College Guide, Sept. 2000

Wow - I'm impressed. With my Pilot that is. I bought a Pilot 6 months ago so that I could carry my agenda (which I keep in MSOutlook on my desktop computer) to meetings with me. For six months I used it essentially as an electronic version of my filofax that I could also play backgammon or Sokoban on; and that was all. Then I read David Pogue's "well-written, nicely designed exploration of the Palm" (to quote Jeff Hawkins in the 'Forward').

Now I think of my pilot as a computer, one that will provide almost as much hackish enjoyment as my Linux box... as a matter of fact I'm now following the [4]microLinux project with great interest and wondering how long it will be before I can upgrade to a Palm/Handspring device that will run Linux, a POP3 client and support a wireless modem. In the preface, Pogue says "Taking your Palm further: that's what this book is about." He delivers on that one-hundred percent.

David Pogue's Palm Pilot:The Ultimate Guide is absolutely excellent. It did take forever to read, though, because I kept stopping every few pages to optimize my Pilot with the tricks I had just learned, or to turn an easter egg on (yes, the book tells you where all(?) of the easter eggs are). The book has everything from office productivity tips for suits (when transferring lots of data from the expense program to Excel, you can end up with multiple spreadsheets which you have to total seperately, p. 228) to great hackish tidbits for hardcore geeks (like how to turn on verbose hot-sync logging, p.142).

Like many people I completely ignored the manual that came in the box with my Pilot, so some of the stuff Pogue covers, like ferinstance the Ronomatic stroke, is probably actually in the manual (l've only ever looked at it once - to try to solve an installation failure problem. The manual was unhelpful, and I found the information I needed to solve the problem in the FAQs at [5] The problem and solution are on page 181.

What's good and/or my favorite bits: * the musical notation for the palm chimes on p.137 * the official solution vs. the better solution to upgrading * the way it explained why a backgammon game I had installed and then deleted kept 'coming back' every time I HotSynched * even though I will probably never surf the web on my pilot the explanation of how ProxiWeb works is mega cool.

What's bad: * didn't really need four pages on the various classic games that you can download from 3Com *doesn't mention quickwrite in the 'graffiti alternatives' section

CD-ROM A few notes about the CD-ROM that comes with the book: Though it was obviously outdated by the time the book went to press, it will save you hours of hunting for the best software and, depending on the speed of your modem of course, a significant amount of download time (for those of us unfortunate enough to live in corners of the world with metered phone calls, you will probably save yourself the price of the book within weeks). I've been working my way through a variety of 'world' clocks (ones that show multiple timezones), trying to find one that I like; because there are half-a-dozen on the CD, this is pretty painless. The Catalog software resident on the CD makes it easy to find what you are looking for, and in many instances, shows you what the program is going to look like. I've 'trialed' a lot more software on my PalmPilot than I would have ever been bothered to download.

And yes - I did write this review on my Pilot, mostly on trains & on the London Underground. Speaking of which: as soon as I get the time, I'm gonna figure out how to make ImageViewer docs, so that I can update the London Underground map for the Pilot - the one that's currently available still has Mornington Crescent crossed out! --Janice Wright,

"I'm so excited I can barely speak. So today I'm flipping through the mail, and I see the new O'Reilly Reseller. Cool! A nice break from the usual drudgery of my day. I start flipping through the pages when I see something catch my eye: A PalmPilot book!!!!!!

"I've been lusting over PalmPilots recently. Part of me thinks that I don't *really* need one, that it's just a glorified address book. But something keeps drawing me back to them--I think it's because they're really really cool--they're backlit, they run on cheap batteries, and there's a whole slew of grassroots developers creating clever little apps for it. And they're tiny little apps, so they only take a few seconds to download off the Internet. It's a PDA you can almost feel patriotic about.

"And if O'Reilly is publishing a book on the PalmPilot, well, now I just HAVE to go out and get one.

"And even better--this book is written by David Pogue! I *adore* David Pogue. David Pogue is one of my all-time favorite writers--he just happens to write computer books. He's mostly known for his Macintosh books, although he is a jack of all trades. I often read his huge 1500 page tome
Mac Secrets in bed at night--it's that good.

"O'Reilly, a PalmPilot book, and David Pogue. I want to weep. Thank you. Please pass my jubilance on to others." --Karen Reichstein, Buyer, Powell's Tech Books, Portland, Oregon

"Pogue's book is certainly the best available at the moment. Complete with a CD of 750 PalmPilot programs, there is little which a beginner would want to know that is not contained within its many pages. Indeed, with such a rare level of insight in so many of its chapters, there will be a number of veteran Piloteers who could benefit from a browse." --Piloteer Magazine

"David Pogue's The Ultimate Guide has... almost everything you want to know about your PalmPilot and the available applications can be found in this book explained in reader-friendly terms. In its 489 pages you will find information on how to fully utilize all the functions that your PalmPilot is capable of performing.

"The author takes a detailed look into all the basic applications of the PalmPilots while pointing out the hidden functions and shortcuts specific to each individual app. Furthermore, Pogue also lets on to tips that can enhance your applications - e.g. hacks to replace the original functions, or to enhance them.

"To increase time and cost effectiveness for many users, a CD-Rom included with the book lists, illustrates, describes, and provide actual software for over 900 programs which you can use on your PalmPilots. There are also lists and comments on cyber locations where you can find more PalmPilot such as newsgroups, newletters, sites, shopping sites, magazines, etc.

"Aside from the serious stuff, this book also lets you know where you can find the Easter Eggs buried in your PalmPilots. (Easter eggs are screen surprises which appear when you perform some incredibly improbable keystrokes). For example - did you know you can summon Shelldon, the palm tree mascot of Palm Computing, to dance for you with a few simple taps? This is only one example of the various surprises that you can look up.

"The content of the book is complete and concise and covers all three generations of Palm OS palmtops making the book just as useful if you own a Pilot 1000, Palm Personal, Palm III, or OEM models such as the WorkPad. Pogue takes effort to include useful information for each different platform that the reader might be using. The book is also written in such a way that the reader should have no problem understanding it even if he/she is not entirely literate in computing terms. Experienced users may find the rhetoric too simple at parts but this should be taken as a plus point for beginners. The CD-ROM is compatible with PC and MAC so should not be a barrier if you are indeed a MAC-user. Of course, the book will not include the latest news but with the library of sources listed in the book, you should have no trouble finding where you can stay updated.

"Order your copy from the O'Reilly homepage. You can also download and read Chap 1 of the book from the homepage. If you are a non-US Resident and are interested in obtaining this book, send us a note so that we can inform the publishers."