What's New In Version 6.1a (Maintenance Release)

New features in V-6.1a (Free upgrade for registered 6.0 Users)

New Utility Just Posted:

Pimlico Software has just released a new utility, DbFixIt, which can scan any Palm OS database for various kinds of errors and then repair them without losing any valid data. Information on this new and useful utility is available from the DbFixIt web page: http://www.PimlicoSoftware.com/dbfixit.htm. If you are encountering problems such as an application crashing when it tries to read a certain record, or the conduit hangs and won't finish, or an application is unexpectedly retrieving the wrong record, this could well be due to a corrupt database and DbFixIt is the only program that can correct these kinds of problems. There is also a known bug in the Palm Contacts application which can cause the contacts database to balloon to extraordinary sizes with junk data (one user's contacts database was 45Mb in size(!), but DbFixIt quickly removed all the junk, reducing the file size down to about 700k, thereby freeing up over 44mb of storage, and without losing any of the contact information).

Important Note:

Note that DateBk6 now requires two prc files to be installed. Due to size limitations in the Palm OS development tools, the program had to be split up into two separate modules. DateBk6 has a new registration system. Registration codes from DateBk3 or Datebk4/5 will not work with Datebk6. The upgrade to DateBk6 from DateBk5 may be free to users who purchased DateBk5 or a Datebk5 upgrade on or after January 1, 2005 (but they do have to be able to use the automated upgrade system for which no assistance is given).


DateBk6 now handles BLOBs in the newer PIM databases. Because of this, you may see all kinds of BLOB errors that you never saw in 6.0 - this is not a bug in V-6.1, but rather an indication of some corruption (often benign) that should be cleaned up. Either do a hotsync with the desktop overwriting the handheld for the calendar database, or use the new copy of dbScan (or better - use DbFixIt) in the AdvancedStuff.zip file, launch it, tap on Other button, and select Calendar DB BLOB Check from the Options menu. This feature will remove all improperly formatted BLOBs from the calendar database. This is done automatically by DateBk6 when upgrading from 6.0 or any earlier version of DateBk, but if an older version of 6.1 had ever been installed for testing purposes, this automatic cleanup might not have been invoked.

Downgrading back to DateBk5:

If you decided you want to downgrade to DateBk5 either temporarily or permanently, be sure that you do not have the startup view set to the Today View as that did not exist in DateBk5 and can under some circumstances cause a reset if DateBk5 is reading DateBk6's preferences. Either restore your original DateBk5DB preferences or delete the DateBk6DB preference database if you encounter any problems downgrading. Note that there is also a feature in DateBk6 to remove all the special tags that it has placed in the note field of appointments (Remove All Tags - in the Options menu of the main preference panel). Do not invoke this feature unless you are definitely removing DateBk6 as otherwise, you will lose all the special attributes that you assigned to events with Datebk6. Note that use of this feature is only to address a cosmetic issue - the tags in the note field have no affect on any other program.

C. E. Steuart Dewar (aka CESD), Pimlico Software, Inc.