document list view
The document list view shows files on your device.
document list layout
The document list has the following components:
Along the top is the view tab bar, one tab for each of the
views. The current view shows visually as the
highlighted tab. Tap a tab to go to the corresponding view.
Immediately below the view tab bar is the path bar,
which shows the folder path leading to the currently listed contents.
The button on the left is the Up button
. The Up button is enabled if
it is possible in the current view to navigate up one level in the file
list hierarchy. An example of such a scenario is if you are viewing a
list of files in a subfolder. The Up button will be enabled for you
to move up to see the list of files in the subfolder's parent folder.
If it is not possible to navigate any further up the list hierarchy,
then the Up button will be disabled.
The document list or file list occupies the space
below the path bar.
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.
- 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 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
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 open a file, tap its file name. Likewise, to enter a folder,
tap its name.
To return to the previous list or to go back up one folder
level, tap the Up button.
Use the Sort By command in the List sub-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, select it from the view tab bar at the
top of the document list view.
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 Settings 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
creating a new category
To create a top-level category, navigate up until the path bar
shows [Categories], then tap the Add Category line at the
end of the list.
In the Add Category dialog, enter into the text field the
name of the new category, then tap Add.
To create a sub-category, enter the category in which you
want to create the sub-category, then tap the Add Category
line at the end of the list.
In the Add Category dialog, enter into the text field the
name of the new category, then tap 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, hold down on the category's name until the context
menu appears, then tap Rename Category to get the Rename
Category dialog. Edit the name, then tap Rename to accept
the change or tap Cancel to not rename the category.
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, swipe the category row either from right
to left or from left to right. You can then confirm that you want
to delete the category by tapping Remove Category or you can
tap Cancel to not delete the category.
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 the deleted category or its sub-categories..
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
iSilo to the
To add a favorite folder to the list, press and hold down on the
folder until you get the context menu 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 folder aliases, navigate
back up in the Favorite Folders view until the path bar shows
[Favorite Folders]. Swipe from either end to the other end
on a favorite folder entry to remove the corresponding favorite
folder alias. To rename a favorite folder alias or to determine
the path to which it is associated, hold down on its entry and
in the context menu that appears, tap Favorite Folder Alias.
Favorite folder aliases are always sorted lexicographically
in the list.
The Device view provides a way to browse
through all files of all folders on your device. This view
is initialized to show the
folder of the device.
To open a file, tap the file's name.
To delete a file, swipe from left to right or from right to left and
then tap Delete to confirm deletion of the file or tap Cancel
to not delete the file.
To access additional file operations, press and hold on the file's name
to activate the context menu. The context menu has the following commands
The Open command in the File context menu opens the document
The Categories command in the File context menu presents the
Categories dialog, which you can use to categorize the
file into one or more categories. Use the
Categorized view to create,
rename, and delete categories.
Tap Done to accept changes you have made
to the categorization of the file and to return to the
document list view.
To place the file in a category, mark the checkbox to the
left of the category.
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.
Use the Rename command in the File context 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 context 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 file type and file size fields.
Use the Copy command in the File context 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, tap the folder's name.
For the Favorite Folders view
and the Device
view, you can create an alias to a folder by pressing and holding
down on the folder's name to get the context menu. In the context
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 path of the folder shows below the text field.
You can not edit the path shown. It is only present to show you
the path for the alias. In the text field, modify
the alias to your liking, then tap 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 sub-menus:
Use the Options command in the Edit sub-menu to activate the
to set options for the following:
Use the List options to specify settings
that affect the document list view display. Here, you can
set the following options:
- Extension: Show or hide the extension.
By default, each item in the
document list shows 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 hide the file extension.
- Date: Uncheck this option to hide the date.
By default, each item shows a second line displaying the
date and size of the item.
- Size: Uncheck this option to hide the size.
Note that even if you hide the date or size fields,
you can still sort by date and size.
- Automatic Refresh: With this option selected,
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
List sub-menu of the menu.
- Auto-Categorization: With this option selected,
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:
- Unread/Uncategorized: 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 device
for each document's local settings for which it saves. By default,
saves the local settings for a document when you close the document.
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 1000KB, 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 Limit field.
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 1000KB should allow for at least the saving of the
local settings for the last 1000 documents you have viewed.
For the Recent File List field, specify how many files
you want the Recently Opened view
Use Delete All on the Edit sub-menu to delete all files
in the currently listed folder.
Use Delete Special on the Edit 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, you will be prompted to close the application,
after which you can then restart it.
This command may be useful in the case where the settings have
Use the Sort By command on the List sub-menu to select
a sort order.
Use the Show command on the List sub-menu to select
what files to display in the document list:
Select Refresh on the List 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.
- 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 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 About iSilo on the Tools sub-menu
to see the iSilo™ About dialog.
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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