ScoutPalDB is presently in Beta. This means that
we are continually adding features to it.
We believe that we are on-track for a final product that meets everyone's expectations.
Alternatively, you can use the hardware that you may already have or plan to purchase somewhere else, as long your equipment meets the ScoutPalDB hardware compatibility requirements.
"Getting Started" instructions for PDA/scanner combinations:
b: I bought an Omni-II and Scanfob somewhere else. What's the best
way to set it up?
ScoutPal does not require that you use equipment purchased from us; but if you do, our package includes accessories and all required drivers licensed and installed, all setup for use with your ScoutPal subscription -- and we ship it for free. (Insured Priority, USA only.) If you bought Omnia-II package equipment somewhere else we recommend that you set it up the same way we do, you then can use and follow our "Getting Started .. Omnia-II" instructions above. ** Click this link to view and print the checklists we use when setting up our Omnia-II with Scanfob package. There's also a condensed command sheet for pairing a Scanfob with SerialMagic Pro (Windows Mobile devices) or with Serial Magic Gears (Androids.) **
Yes, if you are a new user, or you have upgraded your old
version to ScoutPalDB2
(and you no longer use the outmoded direct "dbb file" update procedure; soon to be removed!)
Yes, we can login to your computer and operate it by remote control to show you how to do basic computer and PDA operations like downloading and copying files. Please call us at
We also have a collection of YouTube videos (produced by ScoutPal and others) that demonstrate elementary computer and Pocket PC/SD card file operations. We understand that, although most procedures you will need to know are not hard to do, they certainly can be complicated by the unexpected. :)
Or, you can call ScoutPal for further instructions to mail your PDA system to us, and we will set it up for you for a flat fee which also covers expedited and insured return shipping back to you.
Yes, absolutely. You can use your Mac, you'll use it to download and put the unzipped download file into the PDA's SD card, in the prescribed manner.
A card reader is required. Some Mac's have an SD Card slot built into them; if yours does not, no worries: you can get readers at all computer and office stores as well as online, including Amazon and Radio Shack .
But, the built-in Mac zip file function does not compatibly (Mac vs. Windows) unzip the ScoutPalDB setup and update contents to SD cards. Mac users will need to click here and follow the Mac procedure carefully and exactly, so that their downloaded zip file can be downloaded directly to the card in a way that prevents the Mac from unzipping it first; instead letting the Windows Mobile device unzip it in its own compatible way once the card is put back in the PDA. (Sorry, but we cannot support Mac users who invent their own ways to do things.)
Scanners are input devices, just like a keyboard. They send bar code digits into your Pocket PC, just as if you had tapped them in from a keyboard. Scanner support is an issue that is not directly connected with ScoutPalDB. Your scanner needs to be setup so that it can send bar code digits into any program that is running on the Pocket PC. ScoutPalDB will recognize US EAN-13 digit sequences, and automatically transform them into the underlying ISBN. General guidelines for identifying and scanning book bar codes can be found at http://www.scoutpal.com/db/howtoscan
Please visit http://www.scoutpal.com/db/howtoscan/ to learn how to identify and scan book bar codes.
This information is available through the ScoutPal interactive web site lookup. If your PDA has wireless connectivity (Cellular data service, WiFi, bluetooth connection to a cell phone, etc., or if you have a Pocket PC/phone like a Treo 700w) you can add an optional "Fetch" button to the lookup display, and do an online lookup on the same screen with a single tap to fetch full ScoutPal real-time wireless lookup results, including Buyer Waiting, Edition Info, abebooks.com results, as well as "drill-down" for 3rd party offering details.
Visit the template center to learn how ScoutPalDB lookup results can be customized.
Some Windows Mobile devices (typically pda/phones) will only play audio files through a stereo Bluetooth headset. Phone calls may work with your mono headset just fine, but nothing is heard when a media file is played by ScoutPalDB or by the PDA's Media Center application. Some ScoutPals have told us that they were able to use this free utility to route stereo media playback to a mono Bluetooth headset. (Run it *after* you have paired the headset, not before.) Treo 750 users have reported success following this procedure. Disclaimer: These are not ScoutPal products, use them at your own risk.
Tap Start / Settings / System / Screen, then choose the orientation desired, then tap ok. Watch Video
You can disable whatever button may be currently setup to rotate the screen: Tap Start / Settings / Personal Buttons. Watch Video
Disclaimer: These are not ScoutPal products or procedures, use them at your own risk.
There are sounds and actions that occur after each scan, depending on the scan/lookup outcome and settings--Found, Not Found or Scan Error. This is the behavior for the default settings:
However, some users may prefer that they not have to do anything specific
on the PDA in order to continue scanning. To address this, there is an option
on the ScoutPalDB "settings" screen, under the Misc tab -- the option is
labeled: "Scan errors on screen"
If the “Scan errors on screen” option is selected, a checksum or other read error will no longer pop up an alert box. Instead the PDA will sound three distinctive but short clicks and display the error message directly on the lookup results screen. This provides an audible and visible signal to the operator that there was a problem with the bar code scan and a screen tap or interaction is not required in order to continue.
There is also a way to customize the sounds emitted after a scan or manual entry of an isbn/upc that is found, not found, or has a scan error. Each sound for each condition can be any sort of sound effect wav file compatible with your PDA and there are thousands of wav sound effects available on the internet; however, because of the way scanner drivers work, it is not possible for a PDA program to know that a scan effort has simply failed to capture any sort of bar code at all.
Enabling custom scan sounds is simple: The program looks for wav sound files in a folder named "beeps". This beeps folder needs to be in the same location as the database files. The sound effect file names are "found.wav", "notfound.wav", or "scanerror.wav". If an appropriate sound file exists in the SPDB2\beeps folder, then that sound will be played instead of the default click(s). A sample collection of sounds gets included within each SPDB2 update download. The file manager path to the sample sounds folder is: sd card\spdb2\cab\release notes\beeps
The sounds can be replaced with other sound effects, as long as the replacement file gets named on the card correctly (as appropriate to the function) and it is in a wav format compatible with the make/model of the PDA in use. For additional instructions and tips regarding sound file substitution procedures, refer to Section (C) in the SP Template Gallery web page: http://www.scoutpal.com/db/templatecenter/
As always, whenever changing ScoutPalDB configuration options (database updates, adding/altering files, etc.) you will need to tap Settings /OK after making changes, so the program gets notified of the change.
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