Vade Mecum (pronounced "VAY-dee MEE-cum", which is Latin for "go with me") is the first-ever Plucker document viewer for the Pocket PC. It is a complete redesign and rewrite of the original PalmOS version of the viewer, and includes many features that do not exist in the PalmOS version. This document explains some of the basics of using Vade Mecum.Downloads
Vade Mecum is available for download here
at the project page at sourceforge.net. Please be aware that Vade
Mecum is in alpha release. There may still be bugs, and
it may cause problems with your
handheld device. However, many
people have used it successfully without any (major) problems.
There are two packages 1) a stable release 2) an
release. The stable release has features that have been well
tested. Most people will want to download the most recent stable
version, 0.6.3 . The experimental release has new features that
in development. Choose the stable release if you don't want to
software. Choose the experimental release if you enjoy pushing
the limits and are
willing to do some testing of new features.
Copy the .cab file to your handheld device. You can do this by
exploring the device with Activesync. Then run the .cab file with
the File Explorer on the handheld.
Be aware that some other programs use the same libraries as Vade Mecum. These programs may not install correctly while it is running. If problems occur, exit Vade Mecum and try again.
There are hundreds of books available in the Plucker format. One place to download them is http://www.memoware.com/ .Converting Files / Websites / Books / Documents into Plucker Format
You can also create your own documents from text files, RDF, RSS, PDFs, or html. Several solutions exist for converting WWW documents to Plucker databases:
The free distiller from the Plucker project— PyPlucker— is available either as a command-line tool, or with the friendly GUI frontend—Plucker desktop. They're all wtitten in Python and thus are cross-platform.
If you're using Linux or *BSD, check your distro first, if there's no prepackaged Plucker distiller, go to the download site.
If you're a Windows or Mac OS X user, proceed to the download site mentioned above and grab the appropriate package for your system.
The help provided with the Plucker desktop will explain how to create these documents.
A word of warning: SunriseXP has known problems with support for charsets other than Latin-1, so if you are planning to convert non-Latin-1 HTML pages, better try Python Plucker distiller.Adding Documents to Vade Mecum
Alternately, you can tap and hold on the document title and select "Read". The document will open to place you were last at. To read through the document, you can drag the bar on the side or use your jog dial, or use your up or down button. You can also use autoscroll described below.
To return to the library, select the icon that looks like a file folder.Autoscroll
Autoscroll moves the text on the screen at predefined rate. This allows you to read a document without needing to push page down.
Tap the screen or push any button to end the scrolling.Basic Bookmarking
A bookmark marks a place in a document you want to return
to. To set a bookmark:
Copying text allows you to take a passage from a document and copy
to the clipboard to be pasted in a different application. To copy
text, select the text you are interested in. Select "Copy" from
the pop up menu. The text is now copied to the clipboard.
Alternately, select the text you want to highlight. Select "Quick Highlight" from the pop up menu. It will highlight the passage in whatever highlighting color was selected last.Annotating
Annotating allows you to make a comment or note about a passage in the document.
To view an annotation, tap and hold on the highlighted text. Select "Edit Annotation" from the menu. The "Edit Annotation" box will appear and you can read or change the annotation as desired.Find
To find a phrase in a document, select the icon that looks like a magnifying glass. Enter the text in the "Search:" box and select "Go". The results will appear in the box below. To go to one of the results, select the result; then select "ok".Changing Font Size
From inside a document, select the down arrow on the tool bar. Then follow steps 2 - 4 above.