Friday, June 23, 2006
A Quick Look At ThumbMagic
Posted by Jon Westfall in "SOFTWARE" @ 04:00 AM
Figure 1: The ThumbMagic Main Screen
Launching the application takes you to the main screen, which gives you the option to add contacts, messages, appointments, and tasks. The point of ThumbMagic isn't to be a PIM replacement, or even a PIM manager - it's simply to let you add new PIM entries without having to go through Pocket Outlook or your PIM of choice. Most of the time I need to enter an appointment quickly (Say a meeting on a date I know I have free), I wrestle firing up Pocket Informant, finding the date, and going through menus that, while chalk full of features, are overkill just to put down "Lunch with Maria" or "Call Steve". ThumbMagic, however, is simple and to the point. To Enter an appointment on June 28th at noon, I simply go to the main screen, choose "Appointment" and I'm off. Check out the figures below to see the steps. All buttons are large enough to tap with your thumb.
Figure 2: The ThumbMagic Appointments Screen
Figure 3: The ThumbMagic Calendar Screen
Figure 4: The ThumbMagic Appointment Subject Screen
Figure 5: The ThumbMagic Text Entry Screen, used for any point in the software where text needs to be entered. Unfortunately, a SIP cannot be used.
In addition to PIM entering, the software also has a built-in calculator for quick calculations, and a device stats feature and appointment radar.
Figure 6: The calculator
There are a few additions that I'd like to see made to ThumbMagic. Notably, the lack of SIP support, D-Pad usage, and screen re-draws can be a bit annoying, but for a fast PIM entering, ThumbMagic has been a nice addition to my arsenal.
Try out the software, see if you like it, and if you do, you can purchase a license over at Handango for $15.