Between 1999 and 2004 I developed a few shareware apps for the Palm OS platform, the first true mobile computing architecture to gain a world wide audience. At the time, smartphones (and "palm" computing") were rather limited both in easiness of programming and graphic capabilities, as you can see in the following screen captures. I was at my second entrepreneurial experience (all the following texts come from 2001 websites versions):
TobelStudio is one of the most active companies in Italy developing applications for Palm OS devices and the first in Italy to release Palm OS shareware apps, all of which have proved to be very popular.
TobelStudio is the publisher of ItaPUG, the Italian Palm User Group website.
In 2001 I was even featured on an Italian Tech&Lifestyle magazine, (Jack, issue n. 5 - February 2001) with an article that explained my pioneering activities in mobile app development.
My main shareware title was TS Noter, a music editor.
The professional musical editor for Palm
TS Noter is a program for musicians and music learners based on the Palm Computing® Platform. It provides a highly-efficient and professional musical editor which allows you to note down your music wherever you might be.
Here is one of the many reviews that were published during those years:
[...] TS Noter is an intuitive and straightforward program with a variety of useful features. In TS Noter's Edit View, you enter notes on a two-staff score by selecting anote value from a palette. The palette includes values from a wholenote to a 64th note and also provides triplets, rests, flats, sharps,natural signs, and an Eraser tool. Once a note is entered, you can select one of the note values and tap on the note head to change it. You can drag the note up or down to change the pitch, and you can tie or slur notes together. Bar lines are entered in the same way: by tapping on an icon and then placing the bar line in the score. Although you can't specify a time signature, you can set the tempo in the metronome screen.
Additionally, the palette includes an arrow that allows you to insert numbered markers. You can later access those reference points with the Go To tool. Items in the File menu let you beam songs to another Palm and export files as alarms to be used in other applications. (Alarms are audio or visual alerts that you can set to occur at specific times within other programs.)
The Edit menu provides the usual cut and paste functions and allows as many as ten undo levels. You can transpose all or part of a song up or down by as much as an octave. A toolbar across the top of the window offers quick access to the tempo setting (using the metronome);playback, MIDI, and recording preferences; Play and Stop buttons; the Score view; and the List view. The Piano view has the same basic menus and toolbar and permits real-time recording of a melody on a keyboard.You can scroll to view and play almost four octaves. In the MIDIPreferences screen, you can choose the Palm's speaker or a MIDI interface for output. If you select General MIDI (GM), the program provides a list of patch names.
You can send files to your desktop computer with the optional PalMusic Desktop application for Windows. Just open PalMusic, hit the Start button, put the Palm in its cradle, select Send to Desktop from the File menu, and then select Transmit. Adialog box asks where you want to save your MIDI file. [...]
A few other Apps I developed:
The definitive metronome for your music
TS Tempo is a program for musicians based on the Palm Computing® Platform. It provides a highly-efficient digital electronic metronome.
Test your Esp
TS EspMeter is a simple application to test your Extra Sensorial Perceptions. In order to measure your Esp level, simply draw a card and try to guess it by tapping on one of the five figures at the bottom of the screen.
EspMeter calculates your score by performing some statistical processing on your guesses.
The midi tune and alarm manager for Palm
MyAlarms is a tiny utility which allows you to fully manage system alarm sounds. You can easily play, rename, delete each single tune or restore, directly on Palm, the original sounds. Plus, MyAlarms gives you the opportunity to create many different archives in order to build your own collections and to carry with you thousands of alarm tunes.
And in Italian only:
Generatore di codice fiscale per Palm
TS CodiceF è un'applicazione per Palm che permette la generazione del codice fiscale a partire dai dati anagrafici della persona.
Client FTP grafico per Palm
TS FTP è il primo client FTP grafico sviluppato per la piattaforma Palm Computing con funzionalità interne per l'editing testuale, indirizzato in modo particolare a Webmaster e amministratori di sistema. TS FTP consente di scaricare editare e aggiornare file in formato testo. TS FTP permette la conversione automatica di fileASCII da e verso Palm e offre pieno supporto allo standard DOC. L'applicazione sarà in distribuzione entro la fine dell'anno tramite i normali canali shareware e presso questo sito.
TS FTP è stato presentato in anteprima a Smau 2000.
WCA per la lettura di testi elettronici
TS Reader è una Web Clipping application basata sulla tecnologia TS WCBook, una innovativa tecnologia client/server per la gestione degli E-book via Internet verso dispositivi palmari.
TS Reader è stato presentato in anteprima a Smau 2000.