Epocware Handy File v1.0
Reviewed on 11 November 2002
$9.95 (trial available)
Available from: http://nokia-7650-software.epocware.com/Handy_File.html
Version reviewed: v1.0
Currently supported languages: English, German, Italian, Russian
Not everyone needs to get nitty-gritty with their 7650. But there are some of us who want more than just the iconic menus and simple features that get us around on a daily basis.
The next application for the 7650 that I am going to investigate is one to do with file management. Information on smartphone devices are similar to our PCs, where they have a place to store any information being sorted according to a system or structure. For the normal person, it is not necessary to immerse yourself in knowing what information goes where.
Epocware’s Handy File application is like your PC’s file manager software. It does virtually anything that a typical file management utility can, but on the 7650 instead.
Handy File basics
The Handy File application is pretty basic to use - as you are only given one screen to work with, which is the directory window. Navigation is all done via the 5-way joystick - where up/down moves the currently selected item, and left/right moving in/out of drives and folders. Depressing on the joystick will either go into a drive/folder, or brings up the list of options available for the currently selected file.
A vertical line on the Handy File screen segments the file name and its icon, which can be useful in identifying a particular file type without having to look at its entire file name and extension. For examples - drives, folders and applications have their own unique icons. Certain application data files may possess their parent application’s icon if available, which makes identification of the file easier.
When the “options” soft button is pressed, a list of Handy File functions are brought up. Most of the listed functions are specific operations that can be performed on the currently selected file. I will go through a brief explanation of these.
“File” menu listCut - places the currently selected file onto the clipboard, while removing the original.
Open - loads the currently selected file with the appropriate application (or runs it if the selected file is a program). For example, if it’s an image file, the Image application will be used to display the picture. Compatible music files, when opened, will be played out by Handy File instead of opening the Recorder application.
Rename - changes the name of the currently selected file or folder.
Delete - deletes the currently selected file/folder (be careful with this function, as there is no un-erase function available.
Properties - shows details of the currently selected file/folder (name, path, size, free space, date, time).
“Edit” menu list
Copy - copies the currently selected file onto the clipboard.
Paste (only available when a cut/copy operation has been done) - places the file(s) in the clipboard into the currently displayed folder.
“Send” menu list
This allows the selected file(s) to be sent to another compatible device via any of the four options listed here - through MMS, email, Bluetooth or infrared. MMS and email would be appropriate when the receiving device is not in close vicinity. Alternatively, Bluetooth or infrared are probably better methods when you have the other device handy.
“Mark\Unmark” menu list
You can select a list of files that you want a specific operation performed by marking them. For example, once you have chosen the files or directories deleted, simply choose the “delete” function and you will be asked to confirm the multiple deletion. It saves from having to operate on each file individually.
Handy File can go look for files on your device through a search via the provided wildcard mask. Say you’re trying to look for all the MIDI files on your 7650. Knowing that MIDI files have a “MID” extension, plugging in “*.MID” (without the quotation marks) as the search string will then have Handy File list all the MIDI files. Nifty feature if you just can’t seem to find what you need!
You can set a shortcut button (keys “0” thru “9”) where you can be at a specific folder with a single touch of the respective button. To do this, go to the folder you want to set a shortcut for, press the “options” soft key and choose “set shortcut”. Enter the number you want to use and it will be remembered by Handy File on subsequent use.
This will enable the infrared device on your 7650 (convenient when you want to receive files from another compatible device). Saves having to go back out to the 7650’s menu and having to activate it from there!
Brings up the customisable settings for Handy File - including the possibility of changing how files are sorted by, ascending/descending sorting order, and the option of having Handy File starting up where you left off the last time using it.
The only complaint that I have is the inability to remove the shortcut sequence that I had set for a specific folder. Once you have programmed a numeric key as a shortcut, there is no way you can remove this.
So what’s the verdict?
Handy File is an extremely easy application to use. It’s definitely not a problem for those people who play around with file management utilities on their PCs (for example, Windows Explorer). Probably the most-used features of Handy File is its browsing and file sending capabilities, which is not available as standard on the 7650.
For those people who do not have much experience in managing files and folders, here’s a word of caution when using Handy File. Before using functions such as “delete”, “cut”, and “rename”, make sure you understand the consequences of performing such operations - as it can lead to problems if you happen to rename or delete
file(s) imperative to the basic workings of the 7650 and its related applications.