you have many scraps of paper scattered around in various places
recording interesting facts or important pieces of information?
you like to use your Palm Powered™
device to keep track of
all this data, but find
that the built-in Memos application (or Memo Pad on older devices)
doesn't let you organize your notes as you would like to or make it
easy enough to find a particular note when you need it?
With a fixed limit of only 15 categories (and no sub-categories), and
no way to search other than by using the Global Find facility, Memos
isn't really equipped to provide convenient access to your notes when
the total number of notes gets large.
is a note-taking application, featuring enhanced organizational and
search capabilities that help you manage a large collection of
also supports encryption, which provides much better security than is
'private' records in Memos.
You can organize your notes using nested folders (as many as you need,
nested as deeply as you need), as well as
standard Palm OS "categories". Also, you can assign a list of
keywords to a note, and find notes by searching for one or more
keywords. A combination of the nested folders and keyword
features is also available which provides a "virtual folder"
capability, in which notes are associated with virtual folders
dynamically (based on a correspondence between the words used in a
virtual folder's path and the keywords assigned to the associated
ScrapBook can search its database for multiple words at
once (or, optionally, even multiple strings at once), searching
keywords, titles, and (optionally) full
message texts. This includes the ability to search the
text of encrypted notes (in which case, ScrapBook will decrypt notes on
the fly during the search, prompting for passwords as needed, but only
when necessary). Search results are
sorted so that the best matches are presented first.
can exchange notes, in both directions, with the
Memos or Memo Pad application. This also provides a path for
exchanging ScrapBook notes and text files on the PC.
ScrapBook is shareware with a 30-day free trial period; it becomes
fully functional when registered.
If you would like to try ScrapBook, but have questions about how to
install it on your Palm PDA, feel free to read
guide, or download
the installation guide as a
Windows-compatible e-book (in case the
PC used for HotSync'ing doesn't have internet access).
was designed as a
general purpose tool, so that its capabilities can easily be applied in
a variety of situations. Some examples of ways to use
management of passwords, PINs, and other secret data
a private daily journal or diary
safe notebook for personal information
purpose knowledge base with high speed search
long lists (given support for large notes and
forward & backward searching within a note)
ways to use
data on the spur of the moment - you can organize it
the spur of the moment, all you
need to write down is the note's text and a working title.
folder assignment, keyword list, and proper title can all be
specified later. When you have a chance to organize recent
just sort all notes by creation time, and the notes needing attention
will be at the top of the list. Even if some notes are never
'organized', they can still be retrieved when needed by searching for
particular words used in the note's title/keywords/text.
separate collections of encrypted notes, and search
a given collection efficiently.
ability to restrict a
search to selected folders (and, optionally, to the full hierarchy
of subfolders below) is especially useful when searching through the
content of encrypted notes - because decrypting notes on the fly during
the search requires a lot of computation, and limiting the search to
only the notes that need to be searched can speed up the search
significantly, especially if large amounts of encrypted data are stored
in other folders that you don't need to search at the moment.
runs on Palm OS version
3.5 or higher
Requires 138kb of RAM for the program + additional RAM for user data
dollars) Once purchased, all future updates to
are offered to you free of charge.
Here for a more detailed
description of ScrapBook's main features.
create and manage folders, and notes within those
- edit a note's message and its title/keywords, and select
whether or not to encrypt the note
- compose a list of keywords or strings that you want to
- view the notes (one at a time) that matched the most
- view a list of the titles of the notes that matched
the most recent search (then tap on a title to edit the note)
- list all notes in a particular Palm OS® category (or
in all categories)
- exchange notes with the built-in "Memos" or "Memo
(click on any image for an
download file includes a complete
user manual, which includes installation instructions.
In addition, installation instructions are available here,
downloadable as a Windows-compatible e-book.
... is the best PDA
application I have used in the past 12 months, and I have tried a
lot! It is simple, quick and unbelievably effective."
"I can get a lot of Memo
replacements, from freeware to the Palm version of InfoSelect for
$69.95 ... Of all those I have tried, I
combination of power and flexibility that ScrapBook offers
may not be pretty, but it is good. In the right hands, this
true powerhouse program!"
big fan of ScrapBook, Stephen.
Reminds me of the days when I used InfoSelect on my DOS box
extensively. Thanks for making it available. Its memo search module is
... "I tried very hard to keep track of this information but needed
something more than the standard memo app. This brings me to
first application I use on a regular basis: Scrapbook." ...
on steroids! This product delivers a powerful and flexible information
storage utility, with secure encryption, at a bargain price.
Thanks to a powerful search engine and a familiar convenient
hierarchical file storage scheme, the information storage and retrieval
uses are limited only by your imagination. Protected diary, password
storage, personal journal, financial records, patient notes, and much
much more. Wish I'd found this years ago...."
Lewis, Sr Technical Writer,
"After a few tests, I could
not resist to buy ScrapBook. It is a
real joy to use."
use scrapbook a lot and I enjoy
Hon Wah, Hong Kong
... <several suggested
enhancements> ... "Only a
wishlist; it is still a great app providing the functionality I was
looking for for years now; I tried with a few databases but they never
provided this functionality at this ease of use and great search
capability. Thanks for that."
... has become my most
used application over the past month. After many years, I have finally
found my perfect PDA information storage program."
an experienced Palm user I can
say this is a fine piece of software that's good to use.
... One of the things I particularly like is that the
integrates so well with the Palm Memo application, which has always
been easy and convenient to use, and builds on its strengths by giving
a means to classify and file the notes under relevant subject headings."
Donaldson, United Kingdom
"ScrapBook for Palm looks
very good and has just been
"If your looking for a great Palm OS note taking program then take a
look at ScrapBook."
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(Note: ReleaseNotes.txt (contained in the download) includes more
details than the summary below)
19-Jun-10 Added a tutorial. Also a couple minor
changes to the program: after decrypting a note in the Edit form, check
whether the expanded view is preferred; also make the List form's New
button initialize the new note with the List form's current category.
4-Oct-08 Added underlining (optional) within text
the Edit and Browse forms. Also made a few changes to improve
appearance and ease of use.
26-Jul-08 In Edit form, set focus to
field if expand button is tapped (fixes problem of vertical page
scrolling not working after expanding the message field (if the keyword
list previously had focus)).
26-Jun-08 Improved handling of 5-Way Navigator
the Edit and Search Keywords forms.
17-Apr-08 Added support for the 5-Way
control (for Palm
Palm, Inc.). This enables efficient one-handed navigation
nested folders (for example). The user manual has been updated to
details of this feature.
30-Dec-07 Provides a fix for a bug (an old bug,
associated with deleting a folder that still has more than one note
linked to it. The fix also performs a scan to repair any
in the database which the bug may have caused.
26-Dec-07 Added support for "virtual
appears as the "V" button on the Folders form. When tapped, the
elements of the current folder's path are interpreted as keywords to be
searched for; the search is launched, and then the results of the
search can be viewed using the usual browsing forms. With
folders, the association of notes with a virtual folder is implied by
coordinating the keywords assigned to the notes with the names used in
the folder's path.
Added the ability to search just the notes found by the previous search
(menu Options / Search Last Search Results, on the Search form). This
provides a way to refine (and narrow down) the results of a search.
The Search form (in Strings mode) now provides better control over
which parts of a note get searched (you can specify searching the
titles & keyword lists and/or the message texts).
8-Dec-07 Fixed problem encountered when importing
larger than 4k bytes from Memos (so import and export now both support
large notes). Added menu option "Add Search Results" to the
Folders form - to add notes found by the most recent search to the
12-Sep-07 Added ability to limit a "Strings" search
particular category or to the notes and/or folders selected in the
Folders form, and the ability to import/export notes directly to/from
folders. Added menus (with shortcuts) to the Edit form for
"Insert Date" and "Insert Time", as a convenience for keeping a journal.
Added ability to search message text of encrypted notes, ability to
search for exact phrases as well as individual words. Edit
can prefer expanded view when loading large existing notes. Enhanced
password memory to keep track of all passwords used in current session
(not just the most recent one).
1-Sep-05 Fixed a bug that caused an error on a Treo
when leaving ScrapBook.
a bug related to releasing memory when ScrapBook data is deleted.
2-Aug-05 Added color support for folder, padlock,
capitalization check that can occur during import is now optional.
1.1 25-Apr-05 Added
Folders. Speed improvement, and minor UI layout changes.
1.01 17-Feb-05 Bug fix to
when viewing encrypted note.
release - enhanced note-taking for Palm OS.
to download or purchase ScrapBook
is shareware, with a
30-day free trial period. During the trial period, ScrapBook
operates with functionality that is restricted but sufficient for
ScrapBook becomes fully functional when registered. A
registration key is delivered to you when you purchase
To purchase ScrapBook, following an initial (free) evaluation period,
please follow the instructions on ScrapBook's "Register" screen (which
can be accessed from the "Help" menu).
After you have purchased and registered ScrapBook, all future updates
to ScrapBook are offered to you free of charge.
is distributed as a .zip format compressed
archive, containing ScrapBook.prc
see ScrapBook's FAQ