Registering Bonsai 5 for Desktop Only use.

It’s been quite a while since we’ve updated our products (but that’s another story). We realize that there are still many users of our products out there, especially Bonsai. Many of you initially purchased Bonsai for use with either Palm or Windows Mobile handhelds but no longer use those outdated devices. Eventually you may find yourself wanting to re-install Bonsai on a system that you don’t have or want to install Palm HotSync or WMDC. Here’s how you can do it.

This is meant for those that have a license for “Bonsai 5 desktop for Palm” or “Bonsai 5 desktop for Windows Mobile”. Those registration codes require that you have HotSync or MWDC installed and an old Palm or WM device to sync with.

  1. Install Bonsai 5 Desktop
  2. Run Bonsai 5 and select the “Help->Register” menu.
  3. In the “Step 2” dropdown, select “<Desktop Only Registration>”
  4. In “Step 3” where it asks you to “Enter the email used when registering below.”, instead enter either your HotSync User name or Windows Mobile Owner Name that is listed on your registration notification you received.
  5. Enter the same registration code you got from us.

That’s it. Simply put, just register Bonsai 5 as a Desktop only setup and instead of your email address, enter your device user name. Bingo. Done.

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Independence Day Sale (40% off)

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To help celebrate the 4th of July weekend (Independence Day here in the United States), Natara is offering a 40% discount on all purchases made from now until the end of the day Tuesday (July 8th). Just enter coupon code 4JULY2010 when checking out from the Natara store.

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Natara’s Twitter Accounts

image In case some of you didn’t know and might be interested, Natara currently has 3 Twitter accounts you can follow. For most company news and updates you can follow @Natara. We also have more application specific twitter accounts for Bonsai and DayNotez ( @BonsaiOutliner and @DayNotez ). Use those if you don’t want all updates that come through the @Natara account. We just added the Bonsai and DayNotez accounts not to long ago, so their history is fairly short at the moment. We hope to post more in the future of course.

(Of course, if you want to follow my personal twitter postings (which are far less “Natara” related), I’m @Javadog.)

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DayNotez Desktop File Locator available

Given the “end of life” to Palm OS devices, I’ve been getting a fair number of users requesting a way to continue using DayNotez Desktop data files on newer computer systems that they no longer have access to (or want to install) the Palm Desktop and HotSync. In the past I had given instructions on how to manually move your existing data files to the new system and modify the registry with Regedit in order to “trick” DayNotez Desktop into thinking it has a valid installed user. Over the past couple of days however, I put together a simple tool that helps in this process until the time comes that we maybe have a DayNotez Desktop standalone application.

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So, how does this work?

1) If you don’t already have DayNotez Desktop installed on your system (or can’t due to the installation requirements that either HotSync/Palm or ActiveSync/PPC being installed on your system), then download the latest 1.7 beta files from our site and unzip them into a folder such as “C:Program FilesNataraDayNotez” or “C:Program Files (x86)NataraDayNotez” on a 64 bit system.

2) Copy your existing 2 DayNotez Desktop data files (both the .dnz and .mdw files) to a folder on your new system. You could create a DayNotez folder in your “Documents” directory and place them there if you like. If you need help finding those files please refer the documentation section on “How Do I… Backup my data files”. Remember where you place them since you’ll need to locate them with the tool.

3) Download the “DayNotez Data File Locator” zip file and unzip the “DDFL.exe” file. Run that file. Now just use the “Browse” button to locate the data file pair. Once the tool verifies the data files you can select the “CREATE” button and it will create the necessary registry entries in order to DayNotez Desktop to work.

A couple of quick notes:

1) This tool will NOT create new data files. It is intended to be used by existing DayNotez Desktop customers who have already used the product with a handheld device and hence already have a set of data files. Data files are currently ONLY created at the time of a sync with a handheld device.

2) You can run this tool on an existing system in order to add outside existing data files. Keep in mind if you should only add uniquely named data files (the part of the name before the “DayNotez.dnz” part). Adding a set of data files that has the same name as an existing user will overwrite the location of the existing users data files. It will not, however, overwrite one set of data files with another. It simply redirects where the data files are opened from.

3) In regards to #2 above, the DayNotez “user” that is created or modified is based off the prefix or the data file set you point to. So, a set of data files named “Mr Fox DayNotez.XXX” will use the data files and setup or use an existing “Mr Fox” user. The “DayNotez.XXX” part of the file name is a requirement, so don’t try to do without it. Most users won’t have to worry about that anyway.

4) The tool works with either Palm or Windows Mobile data file types.

5) ALWAYS KEEP BACKUP COPIES OF ANY DATA! YOU CAN’T RESTORE WHAT YOU HAVEN’T BACKED UP.

Hope this tool is of some use to some of you!

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40% Off Valentine Special

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We love our customers, so to help celebrate Valentines this year we wanted to give them something special. From now through Tuesday (Feb 16th) you can get 40% off any orders placed through the Natara online store. No minimum purchase. Just use the coupon code VAL2010 at checkout.

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Bonsai Desktop v5.0.3 has been released

A minor maintenance update of Bonsai Desktop v5.0.3 has been released. This is a free update for all 5.x users (paid upgrade for users of Bonsai v4 for Palm OS Desktop Edition, Bonsai v4 Desktop Edition or earlier versions). This update only contains changes made to the Bonsai Desktop (PC application).

Download the update from the Natara web site.

Changes in this update include:

  • While in the outline view, changed the “Select All” (keyboard shortcut Ctrl-A) so if any outline rows are selected or if the entire text of the current outline item is selected then the entire outline is selected. Otherwise Ctrl-A will select the entire text of the current item. If you wish to select the entire outline, use “Select All” twice (i.e. press Ctrl-A twice).
  • Fixed issues with exporting outlines to a Bonsai Palm PDB format.

See the readme file for a complete list of changes in this version.

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Bonsai Desktop v5.0.1 has been released

A new major update of Bonsai Desktop v5.0.1 has been released. This is a paid upgrade for Bonsai for Palm OS Desktop Edition and Bonsai Desktop Edition users. The new version targets the desktop application; no changes have been made to the Bonsai for Palm OS application.

Download the 30 day trial version or purchase a license. Existing users can obtain an upgrade from the Natara customer portal. The upgrade is free if you purchased a full license on or after April 1st, 2009 or $12 for Bonsai 4 Desktop Edition users.

Changes in this update include:

  • Bonsai Desktop support of outline to outline file synchronization. Can be used by Bonsai USB users wishing to keep their outlines in sync between their local desktop and corresponding outlines on their USB drive. This feature can also be used to share an outline among multiple users.
  • Support for syncing outlines to Palm Pre devices for use with Bonsai for Palm OS software ***VIA*** the Classic emulator by MotionApps. Bonsai for Palm is certified for the Classic emulator and Bonsai Desktop can sync your desktop outlines with the Pre when it is connected as a USB mass storage device.
  • Improvements to the Find/Replace operations.
  • New Quick Filter feature.
  • Ability to duplicate outline filters and views.
  • Optimized Bonsai background processing, particularly improving CPU usage when the Bonsai application is placed into the background.
  • Support for importing and exporting of Bonsai outlines files in a Bonsai Palm (.pdb) format.
  • Added Alt+’0’ desktop shortcut to mirror the Shift+ Keypad ‘+’ shortcut for expanding the entire outline. This complements the Alt+’1′ … Alt+’4′ shortcuts for expanding the outline to level ‘n’.
  • The “Edit/Insert File Link” menu now allows multiple file links to be inserted.

See the readme file for a complete list of changes in this version.

While Bonsai v5 is compatible with the current release of the Bonsai Palm product, this is probably the last major release that we will try to maintain compatibility with Palm OS. Future releases (Bonsai v6 and beyond) may have data formatting changes that will no longer support Bonsai for Palm OS.

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Bonsai Desktop beta v5.0.1 build 3158 is available

A new major update of Bonsai Desktop v5.0.1 beta has been released. The install is for Bonsai desktop-only and Palm OS Desktop Edition users. User of Bonsai for Windows Mobile will be getting a new build with this update soon. This is a paid upgrade release for Bonsai Palm/Desktop Only v4 users. The new features target the desktop application; No changes have been made to the Palm OS app. More details including the download link can be found in the forum.

Changes in this beta update include:

  • Bonsai Desktop support of outline to outline file sync. Can be used by Bonsai USB users wishing to keep their outlines in sync between their local desktop and corresponding outlines on their USB drive.
  • Support for syncing outlines to Palm Pre devices for use with Bonsai for Palm OS software ***VIA*** the Classic emulator by MotionApps. Bonsai for Palm is certified for the Classic emulator and Bonsai Desktop can sync your desktop outlines with the Pre when it is connected as a USB mass storage device.
  • Improvements to the Find/Replace operations.
  • New Quick Filter feature.
  • Optimized Bonsai background processing, particularly improving CPU usage when the Bonsai app is placed into the background.
  • Support for importing and exporting of Bonsai outlines files in a Bonsai Palm (.pdb) format.
  • Added Alt+’0’ desktop shortcut to mirror the Shift+ Keypad ‘+’ shortcut for expanding the entire outline. This shortcut is easier to access on laptop PCs verses the keypad version and complements the Alt+’1′ … Alt+’4′ shortcuts for expanding the outline to level ‘n’.
  • The “Edit/Insert File Link” menu now allows multiple file links to be inserted.
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Fathers Day Weekend Sale Starts now!

thumbnail.aspxFathers Day is coming up this weekend, but you don’t have to be a dad in order to take advantage of our sale. When purchasing Natara products through our web site, you can take 15% off any order that is under $20. Double that offer (30%) if your order is $20 or more.

 

 

  • DayNotez 3 Palm Desktop Edition: Normally $34.95, just $24.47 with the discount.
  • Bonsai 4 Palm Desktop Edition: Normally $37.95, just $26.57.

Save up to 30% depending on how much you spend. Any of our products, any upgrade!

For purchases of $20 (USD) or less, take 15% off use Coupon Code: fdsale1509

For purchases of $20 (USD) or greater, take 30% off use Coupon Code: fdsale3009

(And with the money you save, you can still afford to get dad the tie he deserves! )

[offer expires June 22nd, 2009]

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Bonsai, DayNotez, and Project@Hand Classic Certified

For those of you who have “scored” a Palm Pre and want to run some of our apps under the MotionApps Classic emulator, we have gotten certification for Bonsai, DayNotez, and Project@Hand.

So, what does certification get you? From the MotionApps web site:

The Classic Certified Logo will help you easily identify Palm OS applications that are fully compatible with Classic and run well on a new powerful Palm Pre. Those apps will perform well and provide a familiar user experience. Even better, you can expect to see a significant improvement in the performance as Classic will be faster and more responsive then Treos and Centros were with Palm OS apps.

Keep in mind that Classic still does not support hotsync back to a desktop application, so running our apps on the Classic emulator means running them as “device only” apps. Quanto (one of our few apps that currently has no desktop counterpart anyway) was also tested on Classic (and works fine) but was not made into a certified signed application since there was a limit of 3 apps per developer at the time we submitted our products. Also, although Comet may work in Classic on the Pre, I doubt it would be very useful since the Pre’s call history log is not accessible from the Classic emulator.

The signed (Certified) Palm version of of Bonsai, DayNotez, and Project@hand can be download from the appropriate download pages on our site.

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