Various workarounds are available to print from the
handheld to printers that do not support infra-red
printing, either in serial mode via the hot-synch serial
port or in parallel mode via parallel to infra-red
converters. Try the following links for more information:
Software or Palm
For printing from a desktop, one can use Palmcricket
viewer, a free supplement to Palmcricket that works
within Windows operating systems.
Each time one executes a hotsynch procedure,
archived score-sheets on the handheld will be
transferred to a folder on the desktop, from
where they can be viewed or printed using the viewer. The steps
to achieve this are as follows:
The notes above are recommended guidelines only. One can, of course, tailor the procedures
to fit one's own style and level of computer literacy. For example, it is possible to run
the P-Viewer software directly from a Palmcricket CD and then from within P-Viewer, navigate one's way through to the Palm backup
folder to view, print or export score sheets, without all the copying and pasting rigmarole explained above.
Make sure the Palm Desktop software is installed on a Windows-based desktop,
laptop or notebook computer. If not, install the software using
the CD that came with the handheld. After the first hotsynch operation
with the handheld, the Palm Desktop would have registered the
Palm User Name of one's choice on the handheld and on the desktop.
All data transfers during hotsynchs are done by Palm User Name.
The Palm Desktop software creates a folder for each Palm User
Name that it recognises and backs up handheld files to this
folder during hotsynch operations. This can be found under:
C:\Palm\XXX\Backup on older Palm models.
C:\Program Files\PalmOne\XXX\Backup on more recent (eg Tungsten E2) models.
(XXX is an abbreviated form of the Palm User Name, for example,
if the Palm User Name is Joe Soap, then the folder will be
called C:\Program Files\Palm\SoapJoe\Backup)
Download and install P-viewer software (or
copy and paste P-Viewer.exe from the Palmcricket CD) to a suitable folder on the C drive.
Call this folder C:\CricketResults, say.
Use the Windows Explorer (or navigate via My Computer) to
look in the folder created by the Palm desktop software, i.e.
One should now be able to recognise all the archived palmcricket score sheets.
For example, the 2003 world cup final will show as 2003_World_Cup_Final.PDB
Copy and paste these score-sheets to the same folder where
P-Viewer was installed, i.e. C:\CricketResults. There may already
be a copy of the sample match in the folder,
but new matches scored should all have different names, as allocated during
archiving on the handheld.
Navigate to the folder where P-Viewer was installed.
Double click on the Palmcricket viewer software P-viewer.exe (recognised
by an icon with three green stumps and a red ball).
Then open one of the score-sheets, for viewing or printing, as explained
in the P-Viewer on-line manual.
Every time a match is scored on the handheld, it must be transferred
to the desktop via the hotsynch. One can then copy it from the Palm backup
folder to the CricketResults folder, for viewing, printing or exporting.
Unfortunately the P-Viewer software does not work
on other operating systems such as Linux, AppleMac etc., so these notes refer
only to operation on Windows-based desktop computers. P-Viewer seems to work
to a degree on Linux under Wine, but one would need to install the right fonts,
and use other tricks. There may be Windows emulators available for running
under AppleMac. Definitely some research required here, any volunteers out there?