Watchmaker manual

Installation or Update

Installation or Update to version 2.0

Hotsync the file Watchmaker-Lite-2.0.prc to the internal memory (not card) of your handheld. If you have currently Watchmaker a version 1.5.x on your handheld, your alarm settings and most of your skin settings will be preserved. In all other cases you get the default settings.


The panel
Watchmaker starts with the panel. Tap the center of the clock to toggle the integrated skins. Most analog clocks have a Flash alarm: You tap one of the numbers on the clockface and an arc will come up. With "+" or "-" you can increment/decrement the alarm time, and with "o" you can do a cancel. Alternatively you can just tap repeatedly one and the same number on the clockface.

Standard alarms
Tap a time-box at the bottom of the panel, or a time-box in Menu/Alarms. There are 2 forms: Time and Misc. In the Time form, select clockface setting or number block setting with the rotation button at the right bottom. Tap the numbers on the clockface to set the alarm time. If you like clock-hands here, set it in Menu/Preferences/alarms. You can also edit the text of the alarm at the top. If the alarm goes off, this text will appear in the reminder pop-up. In the Misc form choose one of the alarm types: daily/weekly, one time alarm, count up, count dowm. Count up/dowm work like timers; with number block setting (Preferences) you can also set seconds. Pop-up should normally be selected. If you disable this, you get no reminder pop-up if the alarm goes off, and you cannot interrupt the sound. (use short sounds, if you like to use this) With "Play" you repeat a sound: If the chosen lap is shorter than the length of the sound, sounds are chained together. With a longer lap, there is silent in between, so you can make your own snooze. Tap the large area on the reminder pop-up, to interrupt the current sound. ( If you tap the Snooze button, you are using the 5 min. system snooze. ) Crescendo: Escalate the volume for a wake up call. Example: Take system sound "Alert" and Play 8x with lap of 3 sec. In Prefs/Alarms you can set the start level of the volume.

Menu - Alarms
Here you get an overview of all alarms. The first two alarms are the same as you can reached from the panel. You can toggle between names, sounds and days. Volume: Set an independent volume, or set "System Prefs" if Watchmaker must follow the system preferences in "Sounds & Alerts".

Menu - Layout
Pick a skin, and compose your panel-screen. A skin checked as "Favorite" will come up, if you tap the centre of the panel-clock in sequence. The idea is, to have just a few favorites, so you can toggle between them, without leaving the panel. In some skins you can check "Batt." for a battery indicator. It is normally not a good idea to remove your device from the cradle after it just reached the level of 100%. So, it also shows the time in minutes after this 100% was reached. (Worst-case scenario)

Menu - Colors
For most skins, you have system colors and custom colors. System colors depends on the color themes in your system preferences and fits nicely together with your buttons. Custom colors can be edited by tapping a color-field and picking a new color. If a color-field have no label, it is not used for the skin your working on. The copy function makes it easy to eliminate objects, by giving objects the same color as their surrounding: Tap "Copy", source field and destination field.

Menu - Preferences - Clock
For the options Share and Auto-off, WatchM must be on one of the 4 hardware buttons. (Go to your System Preferences / Buttons) Share a HW-button with any Palm application: If you put Watchmaker on one of the hardware buttons (System - Preferences / Buttons) the button will toggle between Watchmaker and the selected Palm application. Auto-off after 3 seconds: If your handheld is off, press the button once to take a glance at the clock. Your handheld will be on for only 3 seconds. If you press twice within this time frame, your handheld stays on. To test this feature, you must first take your Palm from the cradle, and press power off. If you check both "Auto-off" and "Share", there will be a switch to your Palm application on the second tap. Anti flicker: Use this if you have scintillations on the screen. Do not use this option if you do not need it, there is some delay at start.

Menu - Preferences - Alarms
Alarm setting with clock-hands can be confusing. Just try. Select a sound library if you have more than one. (e.g. Ringtones on a Treo)

Menu - Set Time
Set the system time by tapping the numbers on the clockface and adjust with + and -.
System-clock correction (drift): Use a positive value if the system clock is losing time, a negative value if it is gaining too much time.
How is it working? Normally you would do a wireless sync or take the system time from your PC. In contrast, this is an offline correction: Every night at 3:14:15 am, the system clock will be corrected as closely as possible to the nearest full second. Tenths of seconds are accomplished over a period of 10 days.


Q: My daily/weekly alarm is not working.
A: Check: - On the panel-screen or alarm-screen "ON" must be on. - In the alarm form "Misc", the day of the week must be on. - Go to the Menu/Alarms and check "Volume".

Q: I installed the library "Geeksounds" but I still have only 7 system alarms. I am using a non-English language on my handheld:
A: Geeksounds (and also Emerald Sounds) replaces the system file System_MIDI_Sounds on your handheld. Unfortunately, if you use an other language than English, this file has the foreign-language name. The solution is to delete the foreign-language file. To do this you need a file utility, such as FileZ. (freeware) Before deleting, backup your handheld to be sure! Palm applications work fine afterwards, so does Watchmaker, but applications specially written for your language could make troubles. FileZ help: Go to "Edit files". Filter "Type", beginning with "smfr". Check the foreign-language name, go to "Details", check the size is 7 records, and delete.


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