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3.4
08 June 2006

Convert text documents to Palm .pdb files.

Aikousha
14 August 2008

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Crashes instantly at the point of conversion. I gave it more than 20 .pdb files, all of which should have only plain ASCII (although if there is any formatting, I can't tell, because I can't open these files with anything other than plain text readers, which supply the title at the file start, but everything else is random text (assuming a compression scheme here). This makes it pretty useless. It does the same thing on "View." It does the same exact thing whether dragged to the icon, to the dock, or using the open menu command or cmd-O. Once you click "select" it instantly and quietly dies. Even tried file and extension variations based on other comments... this is apparently not the cause. However, capitalizing PDB somehow makes it think the file is a text file, so it attempts to convert it INTO a pdb file, which does successfully create a file, but that's kind of useless, as the content looks even more trashed than the original, and since it warned me that there were illegal characters that would be skipped, I'm guessing a very large amount of "dead" was put into the newly created file, which cannot be read by anything available to me anyway for investigating... Also note! It has a major HIG error... once launched, if you accidentally gave it a wrong file, hitting "cancel" does not get you out of the program... or the routine. You must either give it a destination, or cmd-opt-esc FORCE QUIT. Hitting cancel just re-opens the file save dialog box instantly... ad infinitum. At one point it even had two "Select Destination..." dialog boxes open at the same time... Wow! Sad to give it a 1 in "value" but it doesn't work, so it has no value. I was so hoping to get something to open or translate these latest middle-finger salutes to the Mac community. Using OSX 10.4.11 G4 1.2Ghz, 1.5GB, and more than 250GB of hard disc space... It's definitely not wanting for speed or space. Please fix this, I would love to see it work, especially if it is unicode compliant, as well.
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Version 3.4

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Aikousha
14 August 2008
Crashes instantly at the point of conversion. I gave it more than 20 .pdb files, all of which should have only plain ASCII (although if there is any formatting, I can't tell, because I can't open these files with anything other than plain text readers, which supply the title at the file start, but everything else is random text (assuming a compression scheme here). This makes it pretty useless. It does the same thing on "View." It does the same exact thing whether dragged to the icon, to the dock, or using the open menu command or cmd-O. Once you click "select" it instantly and quietly dies. Even tried file and extension variations based on other comments... this is apparently not the cause. However, capitalizing PDB somehow makes it think the file is a text file, so it attempts to convert it INTO a pdb file, which does successfully create a file, but that's kind of useless, as the content looks even more trashed than the original, and since it warned me that there were illegal characters that would be skipped, I'm guessing a very large amount of "dead" was put into the newly created file, which cannot be read by anything available to me anyway for investigating... Also note! It has a major HIG error... once launched, if you accidentally gave it a wrong file, hitting "cancel" does not get you out of the program... or the routine. You must either give it a destination, or cmd-opt-esc FORCE QUIT. Hitting cancel just re-opens the file save dialog box instantly... ad infinitum. At one point it even had two "Select Destination..." dialog boxes open at the same time... Wow! Sad to give it a 1 in "value" but it doesn't work, so it has no value. I was so hoping to get something to open or translate these latest middle-finger salutes to the Mac community. Using OSX 10.4.11 G4 1.2Ghz, 1.5GB, and more than 250GB of hard disc space... It's definitely not wanting for speed or space. Please fix this, I would love to see it work, especially if it is unicode compliant, as well.
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Version 3.4
68kmla
18 January 2006
Using this to convert text files for reading on my first Palm, a Z22. Works beautifully, I usually leave it open in the background with an alias in DragThing and FinderPop for quick conversions. My machine's a dual 450 G4 running 10.4.4. I've converted RTFs and text files with no issues, haven't had a need to try HTML as of yet. Would like it to convert PDFs and recover and convert the text from Safari .webarchive files. Freeware rocks. Thanks for sharing.
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Version 3.2
Hank2
22 October 2005
OK, I found v3.1 on a backup, and it still works fine. Maybe it's a problem with having a G3, or having OSX 10.3.9. I found an old email for the developers I'll try.
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Version 3.2
Hank2
21 October 2005
Current 3.2 started crashing today. I can't find any contact info for the developer (maybe it's in the 'About' box but the app won't open! a new icon for it flickers in the dock then disappears) ********** Host Name: Hank.local Date/Time: 2005-10-21 15:24:40 -0700 OS Version: 10.3.9 (Build 7W98) Report Version: 2 Command: PorDiBle Path: /Users/hank/Applications/PorDiBle 3.2/PorDiBle.app/Contents/MacOS/PorDiBle Version: ??? (???) PID: 589 Thread: Unknown Link (dyld) error: dyld: /Users/hank/Applications/PorDiBle 3.2/PorDiBle.app/Contents/MacOS/PorDiBle can't open library: /System/Library/Frameworks/QuartzCore.framework/Versions/A/QuartzCore (No such file or directory, errno = 2) ********** Please post contact info for the developer if someone has it. It's an indispensable app for me -- if anyone has a link to the previous version, please post too.
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Version 3.2
Hank2
17 October 2005
Argh! I love the app and use it daily but -- please, please -- I want the inverse of "ignore errors" -- it's not annoying, it's just ineptly helpful. Let it be more helpful, not ignored. I want a list of what characters generate errors, so I can do back into the source doc and replace them! Please, give us something that helps us identify what the problem characters are! -- flags the unrecognized characters in a file? -- lists them in a popup? -- ideally, give us a column listing each unrecognized character and let us type in next to it a substitute and choose to make that permanent (and email it to you so you can build it into the next release) Finding the danged problem characters is tedious. TextSoap doesn't do this either. You all should talk, either of you might implement this. The only darned reason I wish I owned Microsoft Word is to be able to use its not-too-bad implementation of grep to find all non-ASCII characters for example.
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Version 3.2
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Anonymous
17 October 2005
Doubled. I did some messing around with the source for this, and found that it's assuming all source files are the same encoding. It really needs to have a pulldown that lets you select the encoding of the file (UTF-8, MacRoman, etc) and maybe even present the unknown characters and let you select what they shjould be changed to (endash to "-", emdash to "--", etc...). Doing that right would have envolved more time than I was willing to spend on the work.
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Version 3.2
Anonymous
17 February 2005
Mm. I'm using OS 10.3.7 and I can't get it to do anything but quit on me when I drop a .pdb on it, even after I change the preferences. Too bad... sounds like exactly the app I need...
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Version 3.1
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Hank2
Hank2
22 May 2005
It's been working fine for me through several versions and for several years; currently on a Pismo G3 with OSX 10.3.9. I always -- start with a text file -- right-click, choose to Open With -- choose PorDiBle -- remember to name the destination file It works. Preferences include where to save the output, something to do with drag'n'drop and whether to delete the original. Try it again. Remember to do the regular OSX utilities often, if things aren't launching.
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Version 3.1
Anonymous
21 October 2004
I wish there were a window at all times so I could just drag and drop more than one file. I LOVE this app, and so far it works flawlessly for me on Mac OS 10.2.8. I can't find a good Windows ap to do this job at all. All either cost too much for my needs or don't install or work properly. I use the Windows machine at work and the Mac at home, so really - happy on the Mac anyway.
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Version 3.1
Anonymous
03 June 2004
This app does the job nicely! (Although there isn't a lot of competition) The drag-n-drop ability is a real timesaver.
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Version 3.1
Raghost
07 May 2004
this new version is worse than before!! html conversion removed somehow.., and no longer support asia language!! useless for me now...
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Version 3.1
Anonymous
27 January 2004
I concur with Ryan. I can't get it to convert a .pdb to text. It quits on me.
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Version 3.1
Anonymous
14 October 2003
nice thanks. been looking for exactly this tool. thanks a lot dear developer!
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Version 3.1
Anonymous
04 October 2003
Does what it sets out to do, and does it very well. Highly recommend it. Hope they add a feature to change files the other way, too, though.
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Version 3.1
Anonymous
11 September 2003
I was able to get it to convert from a pdb file to a text file by changing the filename of the pdb from filename.PDB to filename.pdb -- that is, making the extension lower-case. However, it failed to properly convert curly apostrophes, replacing them all with question marks (?).
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Version 3.1
Ryan
31 August 2003
It crashes the second I try to open a pdb file. The only reason I downloaded the application was to convert pdb to a text file and it can't do that. It's worthless and there appears to be no way to email the person who made it for help. Two thumbs DOWN.
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Version 3.1
Anonymous
08 July 2003
An update: Only crashes when I try to convert a .pdb to text. Works fine the other way.
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Version 3.1
ME
20 June 2003
I've been using this since v 2.1.1 and it's been an excellent solution since I upgraded to OSX (been using MacPalmDoc for OS9). One problem I've had though is that I was never able to convert .pdb files to .txt files. I always got errors. This was mostly with files I converted to .pdb with MacPalmDoc. Maybe the files are incompatibe? Still, very useful if not indispensible.
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Version 3.0