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LexSpell spelling checker for Palm OS
Spell check Palm emails and documents - now with support for GoodLink!

 
Current release: 1.7 (See revision history)
Requirements: Palm OS 3.5 - 5.x
Known issues: See record
Supported devices: No limit
Required products: None
Downloads: See below
Related titles: N/A
Delivery: Electronic (instant download)

  Registered users

 
INTRODUCTIONQUICK STARTDOWNLOADORDERDEVELOPERS 

This is an illustrated quick start guide. It presumes you have already successfully installed the application into your handheld. Note all files must be installed in main memory (RAM) and not on a media card.
 


I. Configuring the resident invocation method (how to start proofing from other applications)
 

1. Launch LexSpell from the main application launcher 2. A registration reminder window will show. Tap "Later" or, better yet, purchase an unlocking key right away :-) 3. Tap the "Resident settings" tab from the main LexSpell window.

(if there is nothing in the field next to the "Lexicon >" label you need to install a word database lexicon first)

4. A default method for starting proofing in other applications will normally be selected by the program.
Devices with hardware keyboards would use Hotkeys, the rest would normally use Command Bar.
Tap OK and go back to main Launcher.


II.a: Start from another application with Hot key combination
/use when Hotkeys was selected in Resident settings/
 

1. Launch the email or text processing application you want to use. In our example this will be the Memo Pad.

When MemoPad starts tap New to start a new memo.
2. Enter some text. In this example, we are entering the word "dictionary" incorrectly.

Make sure the cursor is in the field which contents you want to proof!

3. Press and release the "Menu" button on the device's keyboard.

The application's menu appears.

Press and release the "." button, while the menu is still shown.

Note: the exact buttons to press are configured in the Resident Settings.

 
4. If everything is right you will see either this or the next form of LexSpell.

If nothing happens, you may give it another try or, alternatively, do a soft reset of the device once. See the FAQ section for more help.

5. The spelling correction window comes up to suggest correction of misspelled words.

It works much the same way as the spelling checker in desktop applications.

6. When ready, LexSpell will display a message informing you that the proofing session is complete.   


II.b: Start from another application with Command Bar
/use when Cmd Bar was selected in Resident settings/
 

1. Launch the email or text processing application you will want to use. In our example this will be the Memo Pad.

When MemoPad starts tap New to start a new memo.
2. Enter the text you normally would. In this example, we are entering the word "dictionary" incorrectly.

Make sure the cursor is in the field which contents you want to proof!

3. In the display area designed for entering Graffiti draw a short diagonal line from low-left to up-right as displayed in the image above.

This is a standard Palm OS command for invoking the command bar.

4. The command bar shows up, displaying the currently available command shortcuts.

To start proofing session tap the LexSpell icon (the one with ABC).

If the LexSpell icon is missing, refer to the FAQ section.

 
4. If everything is right you will see either this or the next form by LexSpell.

If nothing happens, you may give it another try or, alternatively, do a soft reset of the device once. See the FAQ section for more help.

5. The spelling correction window comes up to suggest correction of misspelled words.

It works much the same way as the spelling checker in desktop applications.

6. When ready, LexSpell will display a message informing you that the proofing session is complete.    

Spell checker for GoodLink !

Finally, a spelling checker working with the GoodLink email for Palm, right out of the box!

BEIKS is proud and happy to meet the demand of its numerous customers for a spell checker for GoodLink - with LexSpell version 1.7.

Test drive first

As much as we would like to, we can not promise LexSpell will proof just any text in your handheld. Why?

Some applications are less friendly sharing their information with others.

It is especially true for word processors and other more powerful text input or output applications, which add features not originally available in the OS.

LexSpell (or for that matter any other application) may not be able to take text out of these, or put it back after spell-checking.

Most email programs, however, use the standard OS data input and output controls and as such will work just great with LexSpell's resident instant spell-checking feature.

 

Optimized for Treo phones

LexSpell makes it easy to operate with one hand - from starting to completing a proofing session!

LexSpell uses special hot key combinations in order to initiate spell checking from within another application, such as VersaMail or GoodLink email.

Several different hot key options are available, so the users can pick the easiest for them to use. More combinations can be easily added to the application upon request
Do not hesitate to call us!

Note that some other BEIKS applications (such as BDicty Dictionary) may also be using resident hotkey invocation; the control hotkey combination assigned to each application must be unique across all BEIKS applications (and actually across all applications).
Also, the hotkey invocation mode is only guaranteed to work within versions 3.x - 5.x of Palm OS.

Open to developers

LexSpell is based on the LexLib spelling checker library. While LexLib is specifically targeted towards developers, LexSpell is actually meant for end users.

Still, LexSpell offers an extremely simple and straight-forward programming interface allowing developers to invoke it from within their programs to perform spell-checking for the user.

The difference between LexLib and LexSpell is that with the first the developer will have to take care of a lot of low-level details, which gives him more power, but also requires more work.

With LexSpell, developers can simply bypass the resident invocation mechanism of LexSpell and start spell checking over the contents of the currently active text field.
If interested, see the Developers section for details; it's as easy as copying and pasting the sample code!

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