document list view
The document list view shows files on your device.
document list layout
The document list has two components:
Immmediately below the title bar of the document list view are the
view tabs, one tab for each of the five views:
Use Left and Right on the directional control to move to the next
and previous view tab, respectively.
The document list or file list occupies the space
below the view tabs.
It lists the files and folders within the
current folder. Folders always appear before files.
For each file and folder, the list by default shows four pieces
of information for each item, described here:
For the following, the list only shows the icon and name.
- Icon: The icon provides a quick visual indicator
of whether the item is a folder ()
or a file ().
Categories also use the folder icon. The icon for the internal volume
uses a device icon and the icon for a storage card volume
(either built-in or external) uses a storage card icon.
- If the file is on a storage card, the card mini-icon
appears in the file icon's lower right
- If the file has neither been viewed nor categorized, the
new mini-icon that looks like an asterisk appears in the
file icon's upper right ().
- If the file belongs to one or more categories, the
categorized mini-icon that looks like a filing cabinet
appears in the file icon's upper right
- Name: The name is the name of the file or folder.
- Date: For files, the date column shows the last
modification date of the file. For folders, the date column will
likely show the creation date of the folder, unless the underlying
file system supports updating of the last modification date
for folders, in which case, the last modification date shows.
Since categories have no associated dates stored and the
Favorite Folders view shows
the union of content for all mounted storage cards, only
the Device & Storage Cards
view shows dates for folders.
- Size: The size column applies only to files
and shows the size as a rounded value of up to four digits
with a magnitude of bytes, kilobytes, megabytes, or gigabytes,
indicated with 'B', 'K', 'M', or 'G', respectively.
- The Categorized list showing the top-level categories
- The Favorite Folders list showing the aliases
- The Device & Storage Cards list showing the
internal and external volumes
For each item, the name shows on one line and the date and size
show together on a second line. You can optionally hide the date
and size line through the
to allow more items to fit on the screen.
To open a file, move the selection highlight to the file's name,
then click. To enter a folder,
move the selection highlight to the folder's name, then click.
To return to the previous list or to go back up one folder
level, press the Escape key.
Use the Sort By sub-menu in the menu
to select a sort order for items in the list. You can sort the
current list by any of name, date, or size in either ascending
or descending order. The initial sort order is by name in ascending
order. To reverse the sort order from ascending to descending or
from descending to ascending, select the same sort option again.
Regardless of whether the sort order is ascending or descending,
folders in the list always appear before files.
The document list view provides five different views of documents you
have installed on your device.
To access a given view, use Left and Right on the directional control
to move to the desired view tab.
The Recently Opened view lists the documents you have opened
recently, ordered from most recently opened at the top to least
recently opened at the bottom. By default, the list shows only the
ten most recently opened documents. To change the number of documents
listed, modify the List options.
The Updated view lists documents you have previously opened that
have been updated since the last time you opened them.
The Categorized view lists documents you have placed into one
or more categories. iSilo™ initially creates
two top-level categories named Business and Personal.
In addition to being able to select a specific category from the
category list, you can also select the [All] listing or the
[Uncategorized] listing from the top-level category list.
With [All], you get a listing of all categorized documents
located anywhere and all uncategorized documents located immediately
within any of the favorite folders.
With [Uncategorized], you get a listing of all uncategorized documents
located immediately within any of the
The Favorite Folders view provides an easy way to quickly jump
to a list of documents in any folder to which you have assigned
an alias. iSilo™ initially creates a favorite folder
with the alias
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Some devices have the capability to have two or more storage cards
mounted simultaneously. Viewing the contents of a favorite folder
provides a unified view of the same folder across all mounted
To add a favorite folder to the list, select the folder
and then select the
Favorite Folder Alias
command in the menu. This command appears in the menu only
if a folder is currently selected.
To determine the path of the folder associated with each alias,
or to rename and delete favorite folders aliases, use the
Edit Favorite Folders
command in the Tools sub-menu of the menu.
Favorite folder aliases are always sorted lexicographically
in the list and
in the Edit Favorite Folders
The Device & Storage Cards view provides a way to browse
through all files of all folders on your device. This view
is initialized to show the storage volumes available on your
To list documents installed in the internal storage memory
of the device, select the volume named "Device Memory".
In the volume list, internal storage volumes have the device icon
() to the left of them.
To list the contents of a folder located on a mounted external
storage card, select the card volume (possibly named "SDCard")
from the volume list and navigate to the desired folder.
In the volume list, external storage volumes have the card icon
() to the left of them.
To open a file, move the selection highlight to the file's name,
To access additional file operations, press the Menu key
to activate the menu. In the menu, select the
File sub-menu to get the following commands for files:
The Categories command in the File sub-menu presents the
Categories dialog, which you can use to categorize the
file into one or more categories. You use the Categories
dialog to also create, rename, and delete categories.
Press the Escape key to accept changes you have made
to the categorization of the file.
To place the file in a category, mark the checkbox to the
left of the category by moving the selection highlight to the
desired category and then clicking.
You can place a file into any number of categories.
In the Categorized
view, the file shows in the list only when you go to a
category to which the file belongs.
To remove the file from a given category, unmark the checkbox
to the left of the category.
creating a new category
To create a top-level category, first select any top-level category,
then in the menu, select New. In the New Category
dialog, enter into the Name field the name of the new category,
then click Add.
To create a sub-category, first select the category into which
you want the sub-category created, then in the menu, select New.
In the New Category dialog, enter into the Name field
the name of the new category, mark the Sub-Category checkbox,
then click Add.
To create a category at the same level as another category,
select an existing category at the same level, then in the
menu, select New. In the New Category dialog,
enter into the Name field the name of the new category,
then click Add.
Following are some additional notes about categories:
- Category names can be up to 29 characters long.
- Categories are always sorted lexicographically in the list.
- You can create sub-categories up to ten levels deep.
- If you attempt to create a new category with the same name
as another category at the same level, you get a message
saying that the category already exists.
- You can have up to approximately 5,000 categories.
- The combined size of the names from all categories
can be up to approximately 50,000 characters.
renaming a category
To rename a category, first select the category to rename,
then in the menu, select Rename. Enter the new name
into the Name field, then click Rename.
You can not rename a category to that of an existing category
at the same level. If you attempt to do so, you get a message
informing you that the category already exists.
deleting a category
To delete a category, first select the category to delete,
then in the menu, select Delete. You get a message asking
you to confirm that you want to delete the selected category
and any sub-categories it contains. Select Yes
to proceed with deleting the category. Select No
to cancel deletion.
If the category has sub-categories, all the sub-categories
are also deleted. Any files in the deleted categories
are removed from the deleted categories.
Note that deleting a category does not delete the
files belonging to those categories.
Use the Delete command in the File sub-menu to delete the file.
iSilo™ asks for confirmation before deleting
Use the Rename command in the File sub-menu to rename the file.
When you do so, iSilo™ presents the Rename File
dialog so that you can enter a new name for the file.
Use the Information command in the File sub-menu to view
information about the file in the Information
dialog that iSilo™ presents. The dialog
shows the file name and folder location at the top. Below those
fields are the last modification date and time of the file.
Next come the Size and Type fields which show
the file size and type, respectively.
Use the Copy command in the File sub-menu to copy or move the file
to any favorite folder.
In the Copy File dialog, mark the Copy Settings/Categories
checkbox to also copy the document settings and categorizations
of the document. Mark the Delete Original After Copy
checkbox if you want to perform the equivalent of moving the file
to the new location.
If you need more flexibility in copying files, you can use a
third-party file manager.
To enter a folder, move the selection highlight to the folder's name,
Use the Filter command to select
what files to display in the document list:
For the Favorite Folders view
and the Device & Storage Cards
view, you can create an alias to a folder by first selecting the folder,
then in the menu, select Favorite Folder Alias.
If the folder already has an alias, use the command to edit
Invoking the command shows the Favorite Folder Alias dialog.
The Folder Path field shows the path of the folder.
You can not edit the path shown. It is only present to show you
the path for the alias. In the Alias field, modify
the alias to your liking, then select OK to add the alias.
In the Favorite Folders view, the
alias should appear in the list when you enter the view.
The document list view menu has the following items:
The File sub-menu appears only when the selection highlight is
on a file and has commands for file operations.
Favorite Folder Alias
The Favorite Folder Alias command appears only when the selection
highlight is on a folder.
Select the command to add or modify a
favorite folder alias.
Use the Sort By command to select
a sort order.
Select Refresh on the Tools sub-menu to force the document list
to rescan for files and update the document list. By default,
the document list automatically updates itself when it detects
new or deleted files and folders. However, there are situations
where this may not happen.
Use the Options command to activate the
to set options for the following:
- All Files (*.*):
Show files with any extension.
- iSilo/Palm Files (*.pdb,*.prc): Show files with
either the extension .pdb or the extension .prc.
The .pdb extension usually denotes files
in the Palm database format. Files in iSilo™ format
utilizes the Palm database format as the top-level storage
format, so usually a file in iSilo™ format will
have an extension of .pdb. Files in Palm Doc format also
usually have an extension of .pdb since they also utilize
the Palm database format as the top-level storage format.
Sometimes Palm Doc files may also have the extension .prc,
though that extension is usually used for Palm application files.
- Text Files (*.txt): Show files with the extension
.txt. Usually files with an extension of .txt are in a plain
Use the List options to specify settings
that affect the document list view display. Here, you can
set the following options:
- Icon: Show or Hide the icon.
By default, each item in the document
list shows an icon to provide a visual cue as
to what the item represents (i.e., file, folder, etc.).
- Title: By default, each item in the
document list has its name or title displayed in bold.
Change the setting to Plain Text to have the item display
with a non-bold font. Note that the date and size always
display with a non-bold font.
- Extension: Show or Hide the extension.
By default, each item in the
document list does not show its file extension,
which is the part of the file name consisting
of a period and up to four characters at the end of the
name. Uncheck this option to show the file extension.
- Date and Size: Show or Hide the date and size.
By default, each item shows
a second line displaying the date and size of the item.
Change the setting to Hide to not display this line, thus only
showing the item name line. Note that even if you hide
the date and size line, you can still sort by date and size.
- Font Size: Select the font size to use
for displaying the item name, date, and size.
- Refresh: With a setting of Automatic,
the document list view automatically updates itself when
it detects a change to the top-level folder's files,
immediate subfolders, and files within those subfolders.
Uncheck the option to prevent the document list from
automatically updating itself. In this case, you can
manually tell the document list to update itself
by using the Refresh command in the menu.
- Auto-Categorize: With a setting of Enable,
categorizes documents located in the
which have specified default categories and have never been opened.
Use the Icons options to specify settings
to select which mini-icons to show.
The following list describes the mini-icons:
- Storage Card: If the file is on a storage card, the
card mini-icon appears in the file icon's lower right
- New: If the file has neither been
viewed nor categorized, the new mini-icon that looks like
an asterisk appears in the file icon's upper right
- Categorized: If the file belongs to one or more categories,
the categorized mini-icon that looks like a filing cabinet
appears in the file icon's upper right
Use the Settings options to specify settings
that affect the saving of a document's local settings
and the Recently Opened view.
A document's local settings include the following items:
iSilo™ creates an individual file in the
"/Documents/iSilo/Settings" folder of the inserted memory card
for each document's local settings for which it saves. By default,
saves the local settings for a document when you close the document.
You can change this behavior by changing the Local Settings
field. The three possible choices are the following:
Each local settings file takes up storage space. Over time, if you
have viewed many documents, the cumulative space occupied by the
local settings files can add up. So by default,
when the amount of space used reaches 250KB, iSilo™
deletes the oldest settings files (e.g., based on when the local
settings were last written) until the space used goes down to about
90% of the limit. You can increase or decrease this limit by
changing the Space to Use field.
- Automatically Save: Automatically save the local settings
of a document without asking when you close it.
- Ask Before Saving: Ask you whether you want to save
the local settings when you close a document.
- Do Not Save: Do not save the local settings when you
close a document.
If you tend to keep a lot of documents around, you may want
to increase the limit. If you are low on space and do not care
so much about the local settings of documents you have not viewed
recently, then you may want to decrease the limit. The actual
size of a local settings file currently depends mostly on how many
local bookmarks you
have created for the document. However, a rough estimate
of the size of a typical local settings file might be anywhere
from half a kilobyte to one kilobyte. Using this rough estimate,
a limit of 250KB should allow for at least the saving of the
local settings for the last 250 documents you have viewed.
For the Recent File List field, specify how many files
you want the Recently Opened view
Use the Mode options to specify
trial and free mode settings.
While in trial or registered mode,
you can change the Free Mode option
to Enable and Disable to turn
on and off, respectively, to see what that mode is like.
During the 30-day trial period, you can change the Trial
Reminder option to Enable or Disable the
messages that let you know how many days you have left
in your trial period.
Use Edit Favorite Folders on the Tools sub-menu
to activate the Edit Favorite Folders dialog to rename
and delete favorite folder aliases.
To rename a favorite folder alias, move the selection cursor
to the alias, then select Rename in the menu. This presents the
Favorite Folder Alias dialog.
The Folder Path field shows the path of the folder
associated with the alias. You can not edit the path shown.
It is only present to show you the path for the alias.
In the Alias field, modify the alias to your liking,
then click OK to rename the alias.
To delete a favorite folder alias, move the selection cursor
to the alias, then select Delete in the menu.
Note that iSilo™
deletes the alias immediately without asking for confirmation.
Press the Escape key to exit the Edit Favorite Folders dialog.
Use System Information on the Tools sub-menu
to activate the System Information dialog so that you can
determine the user ID you need to provide in order to obtain
a registration code for a document that requires a registration
code. The user ID is provided in the User ID field.
Use Delete Special on the Tools sub-menu
to access the following commands:
- Clear Recent List: Clears the recently
opened list by deleting the saved information that indicates
the order of recently opened files.
- Delete Settings: Deletes all settings, including global
settings and document settings that contains individual document
settings, categories, favorite folders, etc. After deleting the
settings, the program exits. You can then restart.
This command may be useful in the case where the settings have
Use About iSilo on the menu
to see the iSilo™ About dialog.
If the button at the bottom of the dialog
says Register, click it to enter your license registration code.
Select Close on the menu to quit the application.
iSilo™ provides direct support for a set of standard
document types and a catchall for textually viewing the content of any
other document type, useful for viewing plain text files.
standard document types
- iSilo™ 3.x/4.x: The iSilo™ 3.x/4.x format,
newly supported by iSilo™ 3.0, adds color, table,
and other advanced capabilities to documents.
- iSilo™ 1.x/2.x: The iSilo™ 2.x format
added image, hyperlinking, and formatted text capabilities to the
high compression capabilities provided by the iSilo™ 1.x
- Palm Doc: A popular compressed plain text format supported
by most document readers.
catchall document type
You can use iSilo™ to open any other type of file
for viewing in text mode. This is generally only useful
for files in a plain text format as iSilo presents the
content as is. If the format of the content is binary
or a mix of text and binary, then you may see gibberish.
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