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AvantGo Review

on March 14, 1999 12:00 am

Program Requirements:
Device:
Pilot 5000, PalmPilot Personal, PalmPilot Professional, IBM
WorkPad, or Palm III
150 K free RAM

Desktop:
Windows 95 or NT 4.0 (NT 4.0 users require Service Pack 3)
Netscape Navigator 3.0 (or greater) OR
Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0 (or greater)
HotSync Manager 1.1 (or greater)
Microsoft Virtual Machine for Java
16 MB RAM
10 MB free disk space

AvantGo is a channel based information reader for
Palm OS. It comprises of a desktop and Palm OS program. The desktop program lets you
add/delete/modify channels and/or webpages.  It also lets you manually update the
channel or webpage content that will be hotsynced to your pilot. You have the ability to
set the channels to always be up to date which will make the updates occur everytime you
hotsync your Pilot to the desktop and you are online. You can turn on/off images, and
following of offsite links. You can also set a size limit. and link depth. AvantGo also
has the ability to work through a firewall with proxy settings.

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Via the AvantGo website, you can subscribe to various channels that deal with different
topics.  Each channel’s info will take up space in your PDA’s RAM.  See topic
list below.

Business & Finance
     Wall Street Journal
     C/net News.com
     Excite
     Fox Market Wire
     Mercury Center
     The Industry Standard
     Wired News
Health
     Fox News
International
     NewYork Times
Entertainment
     TVGen
PalmPilot Info
     MobileComputing
     Pen Computing
Regional
     Hoosier Online News To Go
     WHYY Philidelphia News
Science
     Wall Street Journal
     Fox News
Weather
     Weather 24
Computing & Internet
     C/net News.com
     Excite
     Wired News
     Mercury Center
     The Industry Standard
     Fox News
     InfoWorld
     MobileComputing
General News
     Excite
     Wired News
     Fox News
     Mercury Center
     NewYork Times
Market & Quotes
     Wall Street Journal
     Fox Market Wire
Politics
     Wired News
Religion
     Daily Wisdom
Sports
     Fox Sports
     Excite

There are also quite a few user submitted channels. For a full listing visit the
Avantgo subscription
pages
.

AvantGo does not have a way to schedule channel updates at a certain time. This is a
feature that it sorely needs. Otherwise, you’ll either have to make the updates manually
on your own and then sync. Or, you’ll have to let the program update the channel data
everytime you sync. The latter way can get very monotonous…..especially if you have a
slow internet connection or have subscribed to alot of channels. Sometimes I would think
it would never finish updating channels during a hotsync…

In addition to the various channels that you can subscribe to, you can also download
information from ANY webpage on the net or even on your harddrive. You can include images
and tables. AvantGo does a decent job rendering images from webpages as you can see below.

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AvantGo is a great way to download webpage content and news while you’re on the go. I
enjoyed subscribing to the TVGen and C/net news channels so I could read the content while
in boring meetings. :-)  Check this software out!

Price: Free for Individuals, $99.95 for Commercial users.

Pros:
It’s FREE!
Easy to use.
Cool way to carry news and website info with you where ever you go.

Cons:
No scheduling option for updating channels.
Updating channels during hotsync can be SLOW…

 

 

Product Information

Price:
Manufacturer:Avantgo

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