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105. Graphical content in documents for the Pocket PC

Many of the Pocket PC documents I see so far have been excellent for text, and they are often a bit limited in the presentation of graphics. Thus it is sometimes important to add graphics to your material, so that it mirrors the environment that a book would create. In essay on the right-hand side I've included some screen shots to explain so of the concepts of different generations of WWW pages. You can see that this adds some interest to the page. If you want to see the essay on your PDA, I've made it avialable in various formats:

[Adobe PDF]
[Microsoft Reader]

The strengths and weaknesses of each are:

Microsoft Reader. Good support for highlights and annotations. Also good for text-to-speech. No e-News, and the layout lacks any configurablity (you can't put the text into landscape, for example). The font display is also a bit mixed, as italic font is often difficult to read.
Acrobat. Good for convert most types of documents, as the developer can save as a standard PDF, and the system annotates it for the mobile device. Not so good for speed of display, and for annotating and highlighting. No e-News.
Mobipocket. A first class reader, that beats the others hands-down. It presents text and graphics in an easy-to-view format, and even has automated scrolling text. It has excellent support for e-News, and you can get updated versions of Fox News, and the Register, automatically to your mobile device. You can also easily put the display into different view-points (landscape/portrait). The only two faults I can find are: the cost of purchasing the Mobipocket writer; and that there is not so many e-books around for this format (probably due to the cost of the writer).


If you want to download the Microsoft Reader [click here], or the Abobe Reader [click here], or the Mobipocket Reader [Mobipocket].