How to use MPE Notes with Ecco most efficiently

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To support the EccoPro community over the last 17 years, we were always faced with adjusting our beloved software to new operating systems and with changes to all kind of handheld devices, necessary to take our information on the road. It started with the original Palm Pilot when Palm continued with webOS and the Palm Pre.

With the appearance of iPhones and Androids, HP, which just had purchased Palm decided to curtail webOS developers and the Palm Pre ended up in the junkyard of recyclers. HP’s webOS began with a fanfare but folded. The convenience of carrying our Ecco data was lost until last year when we with the help of our members published the Ecco Edition of MyPhoneExplorer.

Without the lost original Ecco Source Code the development was not an easy task. An Ecco type application for Android or the iPhone was out of the question. We were guided by the original Ecco synchronization of the Palm Desktop which sadly had built-in limitations by displaying only a limited amount of Ecco Subitems on Palm Devices.

We knew native Android applications are not designed with Ecco's Subitem structure in mind. To bring Ecco's most favorite feature "Outlining" to an all-in-one software synchronization solution like MyPhoneExplorer we updated MPE to the new Version 1.8.7 and the Android Client side of MPE Notes. To get more use of Memos or Notepads with Outlines, I will show you here how to overcome TLI (Top Level Item) and Subitem limitations.

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Open the Ecco "Folder Window". The original Palm Synchronization created three new folders under "New Columns", "Pilot Archive" (Folder Type: CheckMark), "Pilot No Notes" (Folder Type: CheckMark) and "Pilot Memos" (Folder Type: Pop-Up List). Let us change the name of the "Call Status" Folder (Folder Type: CheckMark, Picture 3) to "Action" and move/create three new folders with the names above and the same properties as Sub folders into the "Action" folder (see Picture 4). Instead of using the former Pilot Folders you might choose to create brand-new Ecco folders for your Android synchronization.

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In my example I changed the original "date" folders under "Action" -> "Call Back", "Left Msg" and "Last Call" to "Calls", "Re-call", "Reminders" and "Follow-ups". If you have not done so, I prefer the Tickler section on top, click Calendar -> Show Tickler Section on Top. If Columns don't show click on Column -> Show Columns.

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Now click on Column -> Insert Column -> "Existing Column or Folder" and scroll down to click the "Action" folder (see Picture 5). Right-click the "Action" Column header -> Properties and choose "For each Item, cell displays: Sub Folders of "Action" that contain Item". In the Folder Window right-click "Pilot Memos" -> Properties and add "Pop-up values" like Business, Personal, Private or any of your choice. In MyPhoneExplorer on your Desktop click on File -> Settings -> Sync -> Notes (Sync with "Ecco") -> Advanced and under your Ecco Database choose the Folder "Pilot Memos" (see Picture 6). MPE does support EccoPro Outlines, TLI's and related sub-items for the MPE Notes synchronization. Handling of Subitems is optional, you have to activate it in the sync settings for the Notes-Sync under the "Advanced" options button.

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Your Android phone's client of MyPhoneExplorer  offers you two beautiful Widgets, MPE Tasks and MPE Notes (see Picture 1). If you click the "Action" column next to any entry in Ecco's Phonebook, Calendar or in any Notepad and choose "Pilot Memos" (plus a choice of Pop-Up Value) you have a simple way to move TLIs and Subitems to your Android phone or tablet. The next MyPhoneExplorer synchronization will transfer an unlimited amount of your TLIs and Subitems to MPE Notes. Tap the MPE Notes Widget and it will show you all Notes with the latest Note on top (Picture 2).

MyPhoneExplorer will use three space characters plus the "-" sign plus one space character for tabbing. MPE is able to split up the text on any synchronization from the Phone back to Ecco.

You might also add the column "Pilot Memos" to the folder "Pilot Memos" (see Picture 7). It will show all your Pop-Up Values (see picture 7). Additionally, you might sort the column "Pilot Memos" to accommodate different projects.

Picture 7 - Pilot Memos Notepad View

Here is a Calendar view with the "Action" column at the right and the Folder Window to the left (Picture 8). To bypass the synchronization to your Android device you might archive your Pilot Memos by just clicking "Pilot Archive" in the "Action" column related to your Calendar entry. Do not forget to adjust your MyPhoneExplorer sync accordingly, don't use "Sync both" choose "Force Ecco -> phone" or the Android item will be synced back to Ecco's folder "Pilot Memos".

Picture 8 - Calendar View

MyPhoneExplorer Features:

  • Adressbook - with direct sync to Ecco, Outlook, GMail, Windows contacts, Thunderbird, Lotus Notes
  • Calendar - with direct sync to Ecco, Outlook, Google, Thunderbird, Windows Calendar, Lotus Notes, and net shared calendars (WebDAV, FTP, local)
  • Synchronize Ecco Tasks and Ecco Notes with MPE Tasks and MPE Notes
  • Support for Ecco Outlines, TLI’s and unlimited related sub-items for MPE Notes.
  • SMS Messages - Send, Archive, Export, Import Messages of any length from your Desktop
  • Android File Browser with Cache System to minimize Data Transfer, Automatic Photo Synchronization
  • Full backup of your Android device, including Files and Applications
  • and much more. i.e.: Call Lists, Edit Profiles, Control your Phone, Memory Status and Phone Monitor

  • To order the Ecco Edition of MyPhoneExplorer just click here.