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iSilo coming to webOS, eventually 30

by Derek Kessler Thu, 17 Jun 2010 10:31 am EDT

iSilo Are you ready for a blast from the past? I doubt it, but here it goes anyway: iSilo is being developed for webOS. Yeah, that just happened. The classic iSilo eBook/document reader from way back in the glory days of Palm OS is currently being worked on for webOS deep inside iSilo headquarters, and according to a posting on the iSilo message boards, is still a few months out from a release date announcement.

For the uninitiated, iSilo’s reader software is able to read PDB files (another blast from the past there), plain text TXT, iSilo-formatted files (full of images and hyperlinks), and can take just about any file stored on the device and display the text within. The highly-customizable interface had found its way onto more than a dozen platforms, with webOS as the only major mobile operating system left untouched at this point.

We’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for future updates from the iSilo front, though we fear the next few months while we await a release announcement are going to be straight up torture.

Source: iSilo Forum

Thanks to vicjorgee for the tip!

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I'm looking forward to iSilo for webOS. Currently I use pReader on my Palm Pre for my pdb-files back from good old Palm OS times ...

I see no need for iSilo, since pReader is EXCELLENT and FREE!

iSilo has the one advantage of creating your own documents (rich txt, tables, pics, hyperlinks, etc.) for personal use or publication. Entire websites can be saved for offline reading. Additionally, many of us already have hundreds of iSilo files archived; this ensures we wont have to re-encode or go searching for new copies.

alot of things are EVENTUALLY coming to webOS. For example adobe flash, that other document reader, and much more.

I'm hoping Duke Nukem Forever will show up too...

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I'm also looking forward to iSilo. I have many older iSilo documents from my PalmOS days. The more alternatives the better...typically.

Same here. I have all my old law school outlines in iSilo format, and have lost all other formats in various drives crashes and such over the years.

nice to see some of the stalwart developers of old returning their attention to Palm. I hope its a harbinger of the return of other old standards such as Agendus, and soon.

Agendus was amazing. I've replaced it on WebOS by using GTD methodology using Toodledo.com and Done! Works great and the developer is actively updating the Beta if you want more features on the cutting edge.

Agendus would be a much welcomed relief, as would the entire suite from SplashData (just about) and some dictionaries (BDicty?).

Why is everything coming to webos but not already here yet!!

Because "We're working on it..." is what you say when you're not really NOT working on it but you don't want people to get upset because of it. They'd rather hear that you are working on it.

I think we all know why... Do to lack of sales, some developers lost interest. Now with HP and extra money on the road map for Palm and WebOS, there will be renewed interest. It is all pretty simple. Now when Palm/HP finish the buyout process and they show some of their cards, there will hopefully be even more interest by developers. Thats what it is all about folks. Now regrettably we all need to show a bit more patience and less negativity.... We all know the position Palm is in and that if all things work out it will take time. Short of that you must leave WebOS to go to a different device.

I don't know how much I'd use iSilo. I guess with certain reference documents. I used iSilo to read web pages, because the browser and data on my Treo wasn't great. The browser on the Pre is awesome and the RSS news readers replace most of my iSilo uses.

i hate anything that starts with "i" before the product name. they should change there name.. or go back to the commie phone system and stay there. we dont need any icrap product. just like all those iphone themes.. its a webOS phone if you wanted an iphone you should have got one.

iSilo on WebOS????!!! That's like having a horse drawn Z06. What is REALLY going on here?

I think you guys are missing the point, iSilo was not only a good reader, but they had the best "companion" software going that easily converted files in any format to a format perfectly suited to be read on a handheld device. I still have numerous files formatted by iSilo that I can't wait to get iSilo on my Pre.

this is fantastic news! but i am sorry to say if you don't have the proper screen to read your favorite book, you will be upping your prescription on or to get glasses. we need a 3.5 - 3.8 screen to read everything properly. I can't till it arrives on new hardware and build.

EXACTLY... and WebOS or not... who would want to perform any video conferencing on a credit card sized phone? Gimme a new phone please

I've always used iSilo - wonderful way of compressing websites/eBooks in compressed form. THough with 24/7 internet access I've wondered how useful it would continue to be...

YET I have so many documents in .PDB format, it's nice to know I can take them with me.

It should be noted that iSilo existed long before there was such thing as an "iPhone". Just their bad luck that Apple would come along with i-stuff.

I used iSilo and its desktop companion iSiloX as an offline reader back when I had a Sony Clie that had no web connection. Maybe some of you remember Avantgo (does that still exist?). It was an offline reader that was all the rage until they ran off most of their providers.

Then along came iSilo and iSiloX which did basically the same as Avantgo but to just about any web page and was totally user controlled.

When I jumped into a Treo, iSilo, great as a product as it was, became obsolete for me. But then I never used the eReader feature.

It's still a great product and should be welcomed into the WebOS fold.

BORING...

Next we'll be talking about how there is a DOS app...

This is FANTASTIC news! I still use iSilo on my old Palm TX. Have it ported to Palm Pre Plus via Classic emulator. But it is tough to read on the reduced screen of Classic. Bring it, iSilo!

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If Isilo release in WEBOS i must buy one

I love that app so much

Yea, I must admit that if I could find another app, like pReader, that could properly view iSilo files, I would pounce on it. Unfortunately, both my work life and my spiritual life have me packing around literal volumes and volumes of reference material, and it is ALL only available in iSilo format. So definitely OLD school software, but, until they start cranking out the updates in a different format, this was great news for me. Especially considering Classic continually crashes and burns when I start digging deep into an iSilo doc...

Yea, I must admit that if I could find another app, like pReader, that could properly view iSilo files, I would pounce on it. Unfortunately, both my work life and my spiritual life have me packing around literal volumes and volumes of reference material, and it is ALL only available in iSilo format. So definitely OLD school software, but, until they start cranking out the updates in a different format, this was great news for me. Especially considering Classic continually crashes and burns when I start digging deep into an iSilo doc...

I must admit that if I could find another app, like pReader, that could properly view iSilo files, I would pounce on it. Unfortunately, both my work life and my spiritual life have me packing around literal volumes and volumes of reference material, and it is ALL only available in iSilo format. too and http://www.fashioniphone.com/

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