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Sunday, July 03, 2005

FlashDash -- A Better PDA Interface

FlashDash Tabbed Interface
FlashDash Tabbed Interface

By: The Editor
Are your looking for a more efficient and streamlined way to work with your Pocket PC? Looking for a way to brighten-up and personalize the look of your today screen?

If so, look no further.

FlashDashâ„¢ by Gigabyte Solutions Ltd. is a dazzling new Today Screen replacement system for Pocket PC 2002 and Windows Mobile 2003 devices. It integrates the most popular Today screen features into the desktop of tomorrow, today.

I've been using FlashDash on my Pocket PC for over 4 months now and I can't figure out how I ever got along without it. It's simply a better way to work. Here's why. (continued...)

It gives you a tabbed interface that allows you to switch effortlessly between the PDA desktop, program launcher and your running apps. This eliminates the drill-down steps normally associated with launching and switching between applications making it faster and easier.

If you like themes, you'll love the themes manager. It allows you to preview all your themes before loading them and it also makes it possible to store your themes anywhere on your device. This means that you can use your storage card instead of your device memory, something usually not possible. This in turn will speed up your pocket pc somewhat.

FlashDash Themes Manager
FlashDash Themes Manager

In my opinion, these 2 features alone justify the $19.95 price tag but there's a whole lot more included for the money.

FlashDash includes these additional features:-

* Full-Screen Theme and Animated Theme display
* Date / Time applet
* Owner Information applet
* Appointments applet with 14 day look ahead
* Tasks applet with 14 day look ahead
* Battery, Memory and Storage displays
* Large analogue clock display
* FlashDash mini-plugin support
* Hires and Landscape support on WM2003SE devices
* Universal theme viewer. Displays theme in any orientation or resolution on any device

FlashDash also includes:-

* 14 professionally designed themes
* 10 fantastic full-screen FlashDash themes
* 3 FlashDash mini-plugins

FlashDash is fully internationalised into English, French, German, Italiain, Spanish, Dutch, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

There are hundreds of professionally designed themes available specifically designed for FlashDash including the ones shown at the beginning of this blog.

You will be able to play any static themes found on the net but animated and full-screen animated themes are restricted to products published specifically for "FlashDash" or "Animated Today" (another GigaByte Solutions product). So be carefull when buying your themes to look for these words in the description to avoid any disappointment.

In conclusion, FlashDash is a terrific product that will greatly enhance the usefulness and efficiency of your Pocket PC/Windows Mobile device by making it faster and easier to use. It's simply one of the best products I've ever owned.

If you have not tried it out yet, I advise you to get more details and download the 14 day Free trial available here.

Once you've tried it, I doubt you'll ever want to go back to any other way of using your device.

PDA and Mobile Today Reviewer's Rating *****
(5 out of 5 Stars -- 5 stars is best)

FlashDash requires the (Free) Macromedia Flash for Pocket PC Player and a Pocket PC 2002 or 2003 device.