How to synchronize unlimited Ecco Notepad
items to your Android device
To support the EccoPro community over the
last 17 years, we were always faced with adjusting our
beloved software to new operating systems and with changes
to all kind of handheld devices, necessary to take our
information on the road. It started with the original Palm
Pilot when Palm continued with webOS and the Palm Pre.
With the appearance of iPhones and
Androids, HP, which just had purchased Palm decided to
curtail webOS developers and the Palm Pre ended up in the
junkyard of recyclers. HP’s webOS began with a fanfare but
folded. The convenience of carrying our Ecco data was lost
until last year when we with the help of our members
published the Ecco Edition of MyPhoneExplorer.
Without the Ecco Source Code the
development was not an easy task. An Ecco type application
for Android or the iPhone was out of the question. We were
guided by the original Ecco synchronization of the Palm
Desktop which sadly had built-in limitations by displaying
only a limited amount of Ecco Subitems on Palm Devices.
We knew native Android applications are
not designed with Ecco's Subitem structure in mind. Ecco's
most favorite feature "Outlining" could not be displayed.
We had to stick with the original four Palm
Synchronization Modules Phonebook (Contacts), Calendar,
Tasks and Memos (Notes). To get more use of Memos or Notes
I will show you here how to overcome TLI (Top Level Item)
and Subitem limitations.
Open the Ecco "Folder Window". The
original Palm Synchronization created three new folders
under "New Columns", "Pilot Archive" (Folder Type:
CheckMark), "Pilot No Notes" (Folder Type: CheckMark) and
"Pilot Memos" (Folder Type: Pop-Up List). Let us change
the name of the "Call Status" Folder (Folder Type:
CheckMark, Picture 3) to "Action" and move/create three
new folders with the names above and the same properties
as Sub folders into the "Action" folder (see
In my example I changed the original
"date" folders under "Action" -> "Call Back", "Left
Msg" and "Last Call" to "Calls", "Re-call", "Reminders"
and "Follow-ups". If you have not done so, I prefer the
Tickler section on top, click Calendar -> Show Tickler
Section on Top. If Columns don't show click on Column
-> Show Columns.
Now click on Column -> Insert Column
-> "Existing Column or Folder" and scroll down to click
the "Action" folder (see Picture 5). Right-click the
"Action" Column header -> Properties and choose "For
each Item, cell displays: Sub Folders of "Action" that
contain Item". In the Folder Window right-click "Pilot
Memos" -> Properties and add "Pop-up values" like
Business, Personal, Private or any of your choice. In
MyPhoneExplorer on your Desktop click on File ->
Settings -> Sync -> Notes (Sync with "Ecco") ->
Advanced and under your Ecco Database choose the Folder
"Pilot Memos" (see Picture 6).
Your Android phone's client of
MyPhoneExplorer offers you two beautiful Widgets, MPE
Tasks and MPE Notes (see Picture 1). If you click the
"Action" column next to any entry in Ecco's Calendar or in
any Notepad and choose "Pilot Memos" (plus a choice of
Pop-Up Value) you have a simple way to move TLIs and
Subitems to your Android device. If used the next
MyPhoneExplorer synchronization will transfer an unlimited
amount of your TLIs and Subitems to MPE Notes. Tap the MPE
Notes Widget and it will show you all Notes with the
latest Note on top (see Picture 2).
You might also add the column "Pilot
Memos" to the folder "Pilot Memos" (see Picture 7). It
will show all your Pop-Up Values related to separate
entries (see picture 7). Additionally, you might sort the
column "Pilot Memos" to accommodate different projects.
Picture 7 - Pilot
Memos Notepad View
Here is a Calendar view with the "Action"
column at the right and the Folder Window to the left
(Picture 8). To bypass the synchronization to your Android
device you might archive your Pilot Memos by just clicking
"Pilot Archive" in the "Action" column related to your
Calendar entry. Do not forget to adjust your
MyPhoneExplorer sync accordingly, don't use "Sync both"
choose "Force Ecco -> phone" or the Android item will
be synced back to Ecco's folder "Pilot Memos".
Picture 8 -
- Adressbook - with direct sync to Ecco,
Outlook, GMail, Windows contacts, Thunderbird, Lotus
- Calendar - with direct sync to Ecco,
Outlook, Google, Thunderbird, Windows Calendar, Lotus
Notes, and net shared calendars (WebDAV, FTP, local)
- Synchronize Ecco Tasks and Ecco
Notes with MPE Tasks and MPE
- SMS Messages - Send, Archive, Export, Import Messages
of any length
- Android File Browser with Cache System to minimize
Data Transfer, Automatic Photo Synchronization
- Full backup of your Android device, including Files
- and much more. i.e.: Call Lists, Edit Profiles,
Control Phone, Memory Status, Phone Monitor
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