You wouldn’t think that the PalmPilot could be capable of showing the graphics from the web pages you visit; after all, its screen is supposedly black-and-white. But if you’ve read Chapter 11, you already know about the PalmPilot’s secret grayscale feature, which does a reasonable job of displaying color images using only 4 or 16 different shades of gray. ProxiWeb uses that secret feature to good advantage, actually showing you web pages with mixed graphics and text (see Figure 14.3).
ProxiWeb can even download Palm
) applications and install them onto your
palmtop (even if they’re compressed as
.zip files!). The program is so fast,
attractive, and powerful, you’ll be astounded that it’s
For the first year of its existence, ProxiWeb was known as Top Gun Wingman. Written by a bunch of guys at UC Berkeley, Top Gun Wingman swept the Palm community like a hurricane, amazing everyone who downloaded it.
In 1998, the programmers formed a new company called ProxiWeb, upgraded the program, and renamed it. Top Gun Wingman is still floating around— on the Web, for example, and even on this book’s CD-ROM—but its development life is over. ProxiWeb, its noble descendant, is the one you want.
Figure 14-3. ProxiWeb can show graphics side-by-side with text—with very little speed penalty (top). Bottom: the toolbar demystified.