PDAbs
PDAbs 3.0
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PDAbs helps organize fitness goals and results. Design your custom workout on your Palm OS PDA, bring your PDA with you to the gym, and simply check off the exercises as you complete them.

You can start using PDAbs immediately. The program has more than 150 workout routines and exercises pre-programmed, so setting up your exercise routine takes only a few minutes. With one tap of the stylus, you're ready to enter a workout, or plan future workout routines. It's easy to sort and view your workouts by person or client, by type, or by date.

In PDAbs' strength/resistance section,
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Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.2 or later






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Appearance Tech reviewed on 29 Jan 2008
Useless Charts, Ineffective Support, Inadequate Features in v20

First of all, do not believe the long bogus review by MUSCLE333 listed below. It is obviously written by someone that is either clueless as to the actual usability of this software or a Acrocat employee as half of the praise is for items that have never worked in the Macintosh version. I made the mistake of taking it for face value and am now out the price of this useless software.

The first major problem in v20 is that the charts are completely useless as they only track the first set of each exercise. That means if you bench-press 100 pounds in rep 1, 200 pounds in rep 2, and 300 pounds in rep three, the charts will only recognize and track only the first rep. However in the world can Acrocat state this will track your progress when it only tracks your first warm up set? To make matters worse, this MAJOR shortcoming was pointed out to Acrobat two years ago and the company has failed to address this. Read that again…this company has left its customers waiting for a fix for two years!

The ineffective support by Acrocat is not only limited to the charts. The forums are full of customers complaining about usability bugs that have not been addressed for years. Why would the support team of Acrobat promise fixes and yet never actually address issues such as the charts if they cared about their customer?

Another major shortcoming of PDABS is they forgot to include the ability to use fractional weights (.25, .5., .75 ). If you used say a 2.5 pound plate, you have to either round it up or down. This is critical for grip exercises and those that micro-load exercises. Again, this was pointed out to Acrocat nearly two years ago and nothing was ever addressed.

PDABS is really nothing more than an attractive spreadsheet…save your money or use Open Fitness.
[Version 3.0]


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Muscle333 reviewed on 02 Dec 2006
Rarely is there an application so professional and versatile with great, pain-staking attention to detail that is also amazingly user-friendly and extremely practical. PDAbs is the best and most complete workout-related application to date. There is nothing in the market that even comes close. With an intuitive interface and graphically understandable charts, this amazing application will remove the burden of note-taking during the workouts and make inputting your workout data fun and easy. I highly recommend this application for beginners who are just starting out or for the fitness professionals who keep track of not only their personal fitness but their clients' as well.

Over the years I have purchased several programs for my PDA's to help guide me through my workouts and to serve as a good log of my routines. None has come close to the practical and user-friendly functionality of the award-winning software, PDAbs. Acrocat's PDAbs is a fantastic way to keep track of your work outs and so much more at the gym or at home.

“We Don't Need No Stinkin' Note Pads and Pencils!” (With apologies to Cheech and Chong)

With PDAbs, you don't have to carry around a beat up note pad or cumbersome pencil or pen to keep tabs on your workouts. Moreover, the developers of the application have gone the extra length in making it as easy as possible for users to input the data pertinent to their exercise regimen's log. Once your workouts have been set up, you no longer have to waste needless strokes inputting your information. Writing on your PDA or note pads could take away precious time from your workout and slow it down considerably. With Acrocat's PDAbs, this is not the case. Each of the cells pertinent for your on-going workout have drop down menus when selected. You can easily choose the date of your workout, the number of sets you have chosen for the day and the number the repetitions. With the desktop application, you can even synch this data onto your computer's hard drive and have a detailed record on your desktop conduit.

Extremely detailed and User-Friendly

PDAbs allows users to construct tailor-made programs for themselves or several other users. This is a great option for those who work alone or for the fitness expert who needs to keep track of his clients' needs. PDAbs has the most complete selection of muscle groups and exercises that I've ever seen. There are several useful sections in PDAbs. The first one is: Strength/Resistance. Here users can identify the user for who the particular workout is for; the time period (today, yesterday, etc.) and the custom workout. If you've taken the time to pre-set your regimen, then all you have to do to keep track of your on-going workout is check the appropriate box that corresponds to your current exercise. If you want to change the exercise from say, “barbell curl” to “barbell, EZ Curl Bar”, you can easily tap the exercise and be taken to an edit page and make the necessary adjustments to the appropriate muscle group (biceps, in this case); type of exercise (barbell, EZ Curl Bar); the number of repetitions and weight.

The second helpful section is: Cardio/Aerobic. Here, you are given a great variety of options of exercises that qualify as aerobic or beneficial cardiovascular workouts. They can be as extreme as Whitewater rafting or cross country skiing or as mundane as walking or yoga…whatever your choice, PDAbs has covered an extensive and rather complete gamut. You can easily record the hour, minute and second taken during the workout. There is also an option to manage your courses (home, school track, etceteras). Moreover, PDAbs will do the work of calculating the number of calories burned and will keep track of your heart rate ranges.

The third section is Measurements. Here, users can log in their personal or clients' body measurements. Again, the developers of PDAbs have the user's needs in mind by providing drop down menus for measurements from head to toe (or, more specifically, neck to calves).

The fourth section, Health, keeps record of your health at the start of your routines and as you progress through them over the weeks and months. There are pertinent details that are recorded such as weight, blood pressure (mmHg), body fat percentage, BMI, Maximum Heart Rate; Resting Heart Rate and Cholesterol (LDL, HDL, total and VO2 Max).

There is a Notes and Routines section in the fifth and sixth sections, respectively. These were briefly addressed above so I won't go into further detail. I will mention, however, that the ability to take notes during your workouts is an ingenious option not often found in other workout-type applications for the PDA. This reflects Acrocat's commitment to providing as much detail as possible but presenting it in a user-friendly and easily accessible environment.

The final section is particularly useful for those who work in the fitness industry and need to keep tabs on their clients' payments.

One of my favorite features on PDAbs is the availability of easy-to-understand charts. The charts illustrate in a simple fashion each of the aforementioned sections details. Simply click the chart icon in the upper right hand corner and users are brought to the corresponding charts. Not only are they easily understandable…they are easily accessible, too.


Conclusion: No Other Application Even Comes Close
[Version 3.0]


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Downloads:2,136
Version Downloads:2,136
Type:Home Personal : Health and Fitness
License:Shareware
Date:03 Mar 2006
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price: $25.00
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PDAbs helps organize fitness goals and results. Design your custom workout on your Palm OS PDA, bring your PDA with you to the gym, and simply check off the exercises as you complete them.

You can start using PDAbs immediately. The program has more than 150 workout routines and exercises pre-programmed, so setting up your exercise routine takes only a few minutes. With one tap of the stylus, you're ready to enter a workout, or plan future workout routines. It's easy to sort and view your workouts by person or client, by type, or by date.

In PDAbs' strength/resistance section, you set up your strength workouts, and record seat position and sets. The cardio/aerobic section lets you track the category, time, distance, heart rate, and course that you run, bike, step, or walk. The measurements section allows you to measure your biceps, calves, waist, and other vital targets. The weight section tracks your body weight over time, as well as your blood pressure, cholesterol, maximum and resting heart rates, and more. There's even a payments section so personal trainers can set up client profiles and maintain their billing information.


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