The concept with pages and slots
Advanced alarm tools
Detailed slot setting
5-Way navigation and keyboard
In the header you can select one of the 4 pages. With "Skinning" from the menu define what you like to see in the header like the time or the date. If you see a letter "S" in the header, there is a pending snooze you can cancel by tapping it.
Slot dialog: Here you can pick one of the tools. Remember, some tools need more than one slot, so you cannot asign them to some of the lower slots.
The most logical choice to begin would be your clock on page 1. Begin this by clicking on “Tool”, and choosing what type of clock you wish.
Digital clock: Tap on the digits to zoom in or out.
Needs 2 slots.
Analog clock with Flash: Tap on one of the digits of the clock face for an alarm within the next 60 minutes. Flash alarm means “one touch” setting and starting of an alarm! Fine tunning can be done with + and - and canceling with 0 or just toggle one and the same digit serial.
Needs 4 slots.
Daily alarm: Click on the first digit and you will see the touch pad pop-up. Select the times desired and press “OK” Choose a unique text for the alarm by clicking on the “alarm” text and writing your own. To activate an alarm merely click on the open circle to the left of the screen.
Single alarm: Same as the daily alarm but without repetition.
Weekly alarm: Tap on the days. If a letter is visible, the alarm is active for that day.
Simple timer: Tap on the numbers to set a time and start by pressing the circle on the left side.
Egg timer: Like with the “flash alarm” you need only one tap on one of the digits to set your alarm.
Needs 4 slots.
Event monitor: Shows the next BellTime alarm. Tap the middle of the slot to switch between date/time format and countdown format.
If you select External events after installation, it shows the first coming event of each app. Tap the upper line to zap all apps with events and tap the lower line to suppress particular apps. If you set slot locking you can only zap apps.
With this tool you can also set the brightness of your device by tapping the left and right side of the slot. (Set the minimal brightness in Menu > General Settings)
Big buttons Timer and Stopwatch: First set one of 3 modes: CU for count up, CD for count down, SW for stopwatch.
Set time & date: Set the time and tap “now!” to change the system time. Tap the day to change the date.
Time zone: Using this tool will display the time for any city you select from the World Clock. The time displayed at the left side, is the real time including Daylight Saving Time (DST) correction if appropriate. The number under the city name shows the real time difference in hours from your home location. On the left side of the display some symbols can appear; A “sun” means the city has DST active and “TM” means tomorrow.
Time zone setting: This tool uses the built in World Clock of the Palm OS. Simply tap the box with the city name and under the city name you should see G+ or G- (the difference with Greenwich Mean Time) and a number of arrows (left, right, and down). Left (west direction) and right (east direction), when pressed, will allow you to choose another time zone. The down arrow will let you choose a different city in this same time zone. You may add a city that isn’t on the list by going to Palms’ “World Clock” and clicking on the down arrow, going to the end of the list and choosing “Edit List”. There you may rename, add or even delete a city. The added city will show up in BellTime the next time you configure the selected Time Zone slot.
Advanced alarm tools:
Bi-weekly alarm: The 2-Weekly alarm work like the normal weekly alarm but now the repeating period is 2 weeks instead of one week. It would be easier to understand if it looked like this:
- M T W T F - - M T W T F - with just one time to set. But it can more. You can set one alarm time for the first week and another time for the second week. Lets take an example: In one week you have to get up on weekdays at 7:00, the next week at 9:00 and so on. Now, it is important to know in which week we live to day. That's why there is a square box on one of the days: It's TODAY. If you want the 7:00 am alert in the current week and the today box is in the lower line you enter everything as in the screenshot. Of course you can do also simpler things like one event occurring just one time every 2 weeks.
Needs 2 slots.
Period selected alarm: Toggle between "Alert only", "Supress" and "Regular". "Alert only from day A till day B" means, only in this period you get alerts on the days specified by S M T W T F S. Before and after the period you get no alerts at all. "Suppress from day A till day B" means, your weekly alarms works like normal but you will not get alerts in the period from A till B. You typically use this to set out your vacation etc. "Regular" works like a normal weekly alarm.
Needs 2 slots.
Interval timer: You have to set
1. An interval. (from one minute up)
2. The time of the day for the first alert.
3. The time the last alert may ring.
You can use this to take your meds every x hours and minutes. To make a chime use this tool together with "Action = Sound only" and pick a short Midi sound or short MP3 tune.
Needs 3 slots.
Back to the slot dialog:
The slot dialog is strictly hierarchical and subsequent drop downs will vary, so always start from the top of the screen and work down from there.
For any of the tools with alarm funtions you may select one of following “Actions” to do at alarm time:
- Circle pop-up with sound and variable snooze.
- OS pop-up with sound utilizing the Palm Attention Manager.
- Sound only.
- Launch an application. wich will lead you to another dialog box where you may choose one of the applications on your device.
Select the alarm sound you wish from the following drop down.
MIDI: The “Play” x times with a gap of x seconds allows you to make a repetition of a short midi sound. By setting Play = 4x or higher and a low starting volume and a higher ending volume you make in effect a crescendo.
MP3: If you have an MP3 player supporting volume setting on the fly, you can also make a crescendo here by setting “Swell” and “delay”. In the example the sound will reach it maximum volume in 16 seconds. If you use auto-snooze, subsequent alarms will sound constantly with the end volume.
For MP3 there is a fallback to the midi sound of the slot, in case your SD card is missing or the battery is low.
If you wish to have more slots with the same general configuration, click on “Copy” and proceed.
Menu > General settings
- 24h format. Changes the format from 12h am and pm.
- Show page 1 at start. Each time you launch BellTime it will open with page 1.
- If BellTime is on a hardware button… This is where you may select the application with which to share the button. To select the button, go to your system preferences and choose.
- Use auto off after 3 seconds. Checking this will allow your device to turn on briefly just to show the time and then power off. If you press twice within 3 seconds, your handheld stays on. This feature works only if your Palm is away from the cradle and is off before you press the button.
- On a Centro or a Treo BellTime has a launcher so you can call any other app by just pressing a letter on the keyboard. Setup: In the general settings a) press a letter key , b) select the app you want to launch with that key. You can now launch from the main screen. (Header must be selected)
- On TX/T5/T3 devices only: 320x320 Mode. It just limits the display to 5 slots per screen.
- Keep device on: As long as BellTime is on screen, your device stays ON while the battery is monitored and turns off automatically as soon as the charge is too low.
- 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 does it work? 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.
- Minimal brightness: On the Next Event bar and on the digital and analog clocks you can change the brightness of your device. Here, you set the minimal value. (nightclock)
- As soon as you are happy with all your slot settings, you can lock it and the squares on the panel disappear.
Menu > Alarm settings The choices:
These are pretty self explanatory.
- Auto snooze. If chosen, this will repeat the alarm until you dismiss the alarm circle.
- Midi Library. After changing the Midi Library, you must redefine the sound records for the alarms.
- Set the path for your MP3 songs on the SD card.
- On Treo/Centro set vibrate to never, if mute, if loud or always.
Menu > Skinning Just tap one of the red dots to change the underlying component. Use the two dots at the top to change the total appearence of the panel.
Menu > Colors Again, this screen is very self explanatory. Just tap the colored circles. Remember that the color choices will change depending upon which page you choose. It probably is best to completely configure BellTime before changing colors. This may help avoid rechanging them. Make sure to press “OK” after changing colors on each page. If you have chosen the analog clock and do not wish to show the battery graph, make it the same color as the background.
|Where at the panel||5-Way navigation or keyboard||Operation|
|header or slot||down||walk slots|
|slot||up||jump to header|
|key S||set up slot|
|alarm slot||center||on/off alarm|
|right||open touch-pad ..... select days of week|
|set time & day||center||set day|
|analog clock/egg timer||center||on/off alarm|
|right||increment 5 minutes|
|left||decrement 1 minute|
|big buttons timer stopw||right||enter value (if timer)|
|timezone||center||toggle edit mode|
|in edit mode||left/right||select timezone|
|in edit mode||down||select city in timezone|
|if touch-pad visible||left||cancel|
|keys 0 until 9||enter time (on Centro)|
|key A||am (on Centro)|
|key P||pm (on Centro)|
|The circle alert||5-Way Navigation||Operation|