Tuesday, August 19, 2003


I have been using Tomeraider for more than 5 years now. It was initially an EPOC product, then there was a Windows version, and now there is Palm and PPC. The main virtues of Tomeraider are that it has a very good cmpression algorithm and an incredibly fast search routine which allows me to home in on an entry in an 17mb database as quickly as I can enter the subject line.

Now one of the things which made the original Palms such a success as organizers has also made them less good as pocketable computers - they do not have a proper file system, in fact they do not really have files at all, only databases constructed to a fairly rigid format. This means that files need to be converted to Palm databases before they can be read on the Palm (there are some apps out there which can read unconverted files stored on an SD card, but the principle remains that there is a standard 'Palm format'), and Tomeraider files are no exception.

The conversion functionality is built into the Windows version of Tomeraider (and does not need registration), but that leaves us Mac users feel rather unloved. I have to do the conversions on a borrowed windows PC and install them direct to my SD card with a USB card reader. But there is good news on the horizon, for today I had an e-mail from Proporta saying:

We are actually close to getting a Mac version [of Tomeraider] done, which we have commissioned from a 3rd party. They have had some setbacks but it should be out in 8 weeks.

I will let you know as soon as I get hold of a copy.