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Conversion Tools: PDAs, Handhelds


p2z is a Perl tool that converts Palm Memo, ToDo, Adressbook and Datebook data to the SHARP Zaurus Linux PDA builtin applications. platform: Linux, Perl


LDAP2Zaurus is a simple PHP script for exporting addresses from an LDAP directory to the XML format used by the Zaurus' address book. On the home page you may also try an online version. platform: PHP


strip2zsafe converts Strip account information from a Palm PDA to a ZSafe compatible textfile, for use with the Zaurus and other Linux PDAs. platform: Linux, Perl


oz2remind is a tool to convert OpenZaurus Opie calendar XML files to Remind format.
license: GNU General Public License (GPL)


Psiconv is a file conversion utility that converts between Psion 5 files and more commonly used Linux file formats. At this moment, only Psion Word to HTML is implemented, but more will follow. Included is full documentation on several Psion 5 file formats. This information is not available from Psion 5, and has been reverse-engineered from Psion files.
platform: Linux
license: GPL


NewsPilot is a news converter for Palm* platforms, which uses the multi-page feature of iSilo.
platform: Linux


sitescooper automatically retrieves the stories from several news websites, trims off extraneous HTML, and converts them into iSilo or Palm DOC format for later reading on-the-move. It maintains a cache, and will avoid stories you've already read. It can handle 1-page sites, 1-page with diffing, 2- and 3-level sites, and My-Netscape-style RSS sites, and it's very easy to add a new site to its list. Even if you don't have a PalmPilot, it's still handy for simple website-to-text conversion. Site files are included for many popular news sites including Slashdot, LWN, and Linux Today.


imgvtopgm [archived link] is a PNM to Palm Pilot Image Viewer converter. platform: Linux


PalmImage is a Java GUI/CLI application to convert Viewer III, GIF, and JPEG files to Viewer III PDBs for installation on Palm devices.
platform: Linux,
license: GPL


Web2Doc is a Windows program that download HTML pages and convert them to DOC file format that can be viewed on a PalmPilot. This program can only convert text - there is no graphic support. There is no frame support in the current version. The HTML pages converted will save to the local hard disk ready for HotSync to PalmPilot. You will need a DOC reader to read the .prc file.
platform: Microsoft-Windows


LinPQA is a freeware compiler and decompiler for 3COM's Palm VII Palm Query Apps (PQAs), and converts simple HTML to/from PalmVII PQA.
platform: Linux
license: GPL


SMSync converts SMS messages from Handspring devices to standard mailbox format. The program is tested with the Treo 270 communicator, but it should work with other Treos and Handspring Visorphone devices.
license: GNU General Public License (GPL)


PalmFontConv is a collection of command-line utilities to manipulate Palm fonts in both v1 and v2 formats. Currently, there is a converter that converts between afnx, nfnt (low, high, or both densities), NFNT, and text editable formats.
license: GNU General Public License (GPL)

Zaurus Synchronization Reverse Engineering

ZSREP is a project for reverse engineering the Zaurus SL-5600's synchronization protocol, as well as developing a counterpart to the Zaurus SL-5600 for the Linux desktop for synchronization. It includes a number of tools written to assist in the reverse engineering, as well as documentation of the reverse engineering process. The Zaurus 5500's latest ROMs also have the synchronization protocol changed, so this applies to Zaurus 5500 users as well.
license: GNU General Public License (GPL)


txt2pdbdoc is a program that converts text files to Doc files (and vice versa). Doc is the defacto standard file format for text documents for PalmOS document reader applications.
license: GNU General Public License (GPL)


Pilot-QOF is an application interface between pilot-link and QOF (Query Object Framework). It supports writing Palm data to QSF XML offline storage and running SQL-type queries on the live data or XML file. QSF XML can be imported into other QOF applications.
license: GNU General Public License (GPL)

PDA : Data Conversion

Moving from one type of PDA to another can be a painful experience. Just how do you convert your contacts from the Psion database format over to an IPAQ Pocket PC's Contacts? Or how do you get your Palm V Calendar entries onto a Nokia 7650 mobile phone? This page is intended to provide information for PDA and Smartphone users wishing to convert their data to another format.


lotus2z is a perl script that works in a LINUX environment to import Lotus Organizer 6.0 contact data into qtopia 1.5.5 (for Sharp Zaurus ROM V3.1). It gets all the contact data to the Zaurus. This script is not intended to do any synchronizing!


pilot2kabc is a combination of a shell- and an awk-script to convert the address database (Address.pdb) from a Palm Pilot into a format that kabc (kaddressbook) can handle. It is one way i.e. you can only convert the Palm database into the kabc format but you cannot merge back changes made in kabc.


This script [archived link] will convert tkcmemo entries into a valid gjots file.
platform: Linux
license: MIT


PBM2Palm is a utility for converting black and white PBM files into Java classes. These can be used to display the image on a Palm, using the KVM.
license: GNU General Public License (GPL)


gPalmDoc [archived link] is a GNOME/Applications GUI web page to AportisDoc converter.
platform: Linux
license: GNU General Public License (GPL)

DTM to Opie Converter

dtmconv is used to convert from Sharp's proprietary Zaurus PIM e.g. addressbook storage format used on its newer ROMs to the XML format used by Opie. It is useful whenever you are migrating from a Sharp ROM to something such as OpenZaurus on your device.


webcal2pdb is a perl script that exports calendar events from a WebCalendar PostgreSQL database and creates a Palm DatebookDB.pdb file that can be uploaded to a Palm Pilot.


palm-as-disc [archived link] is a tool to convert a file to and from pdb-format for installing on a Palm Pilot.
license: GNU General Public License (GPL)


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