ScrapBook's Features (in depth)
lets you organize your notes in a hierarchical collection of folders,
in which a folder can contain other folders, with no limit imposed on
the nesting depth. A simple "Folders" screen lets you
quickly through the hierarchy. You can
restructure the folders and move notes from one folder to another using
Cut and Paste operations.
You can continue to organize notes using "categories" (to carry over
the organization when notes are imported from Memos) even as the notes
folders (these two methods of organizing your notes can co-exist).
are a number of replacements available for the Palm OS Memos and Memo
offering enhanced capabilities compared to the built-in program,
however, ScrapBook offers exceptional search
capabilities. Taken as a set, several of ScrapBook's features
to make its search capability quite easy to use and very
efficient. "Keyword auto-completion" (described below) helps
minimize the time needed to enter the word or words you want to search
for. An internal cross-reference enables the actual search to
performed very quickly (without having to scan large amounts of
text). By sorting the search results to list the best matches
first, the note you're looking for will probably be at
or near the top of the list. After a search, you can browse
through multiple "hits" without needing to repeat the search.
Thus, when you know what you're looking for, a search may often be the
easiest way to go straight to the information that you're looking for.
primary search feature is
the multiple-keyword search. The word or words used in a
considered to be searchable keywords. Optionally, you can
additional keywords after the note's title (for example, the note's
topic or subject matter,
or synonyms for words used in the title).
keyword search can search for one or
more keywords. It is possible that several matching notes
found. The best matches are those notes which matched the
number of keywords, so these appear first in the screens that let you
browse through the results of a search.
An internal cross-reference (which cross-references known keywords with
the notes that use them) provides two kinds of speed improvement:
Autocompletion: when specifying a keyword you want to
search for, you only need to enter enough letters for ScrapBook to
recognize it correctly (ScrapBook fills in a guess for all the
remaining letters so you can see when the recognition is correct).
lookup of matching notes - without needing to take the
time to perform a text-based search! Keyword searches are
fast, even on older devices with slow processors.
search - similar to a keyword search, except that it also
searches the message text of the notes, and can search for an exact
phrase. Optionally, the message text of encrypted notes can
included in this kind of a search. (This
mode does not use the internal cross-reference.) This search
can (optionally) be restricted to search just a particular category, or
the notes and/or folders selected in the Folders form, or just the
notes found by the previous search.
Find - ScrapBook supports the Palm OS® Global Find
String - perform forward or backward searches to find
occurrences of a string within the text of the current note.
can use "virtual folders", which associate
notes with a given virtual folder by performing a keyword search for
the words used in the virtual folder's path. A virtual
contents appear immediately (as soon as the folder is created) -
provided that the pre-existing notes already have the needed keywords
assigned. Also, there can be multiple virtual folders that
a given note.
can choose which notes to encrypt (using
the DES encryption algorithm), and what password to use for each
passwords in use during the current session so
that decryption attempts often don't need to prompt for a password
(this memory is cleared as soon as you leave ScrapBook or power down
/ Export notes from (or to) the built-in "Memos" or "Memo
application (which provides a path for exchanging notes with the
PC). Notes can be imported/exported directly to/from folders.
data is automatically backed up to the PC during
HotSync to guard against data loss in case the handheld device is lost
or damaged or loses data due to low batteries, etc. The PC's
of the data can be used to restore ScrapBook data onto a handheld
device (the original handheld device or a replacement).
Palm OS® "categories"
- Supports the 5-Way Navigator control (on Palm
Powered™ devices made by Palm, Inc.)
list notes, sorting by:
of folders the note is linked to (0 or 1)
ordering, by ID number - optimizes lookup speed)