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by milominderbinde Tue, 19 Jan 2010 12:03 pm EST

Preware Default Menu for Palm webOS Pre and Pixi phones

Preware is a free Homebrew Installer from WebOS Internals for your Palm Pre or Pixi. Preware lets you download content directly to your phone. If you don't yet have Preware, you can be in on the fun in a matter of minutes with the Preware Getting Started Guide.

Preware now includes content from Palm as well as PreCentral, PreThemer, WebOS-Internals, and others. All that means that now Preware now displays over 2,500 packages, including Homebrew Apps, patches, themes, and now official Palm Apps for your webOS Pre or Pixi.

Meanwhile, Homebrew games are coming along. In Preware, just tap Available Applications then Games to see them all! You can download games like Quake, SuperTux, Classic Invaders, DOOM!, Presteroids, Topple Maze, and Preopoly for free.

While Preware does not offer the webOS "Type to Search" feature in the main menu like the Palm Catalog, Preware does offer a List of Everything that now really is a list of everything. The secret is to start typing in the List of Everything and the "Type to Search" will work there. This upgrade also sports a new Upgrade All feature and a number of new features under the hood. Plus many more features are planned. And Preware can even remove apps when you have no signal.

One last note: with so much new content, Preware can now now take over 70 seconds to load even on a fast WiFi connection. If you don't themes or Palm apps, click the Preware menu at the top-left then Manage Feeds. Then set the theme and Palm feeds to OFF. To see everything again, set all of the feeds back to ON. Make sure you are set to update feeds every launch.

So much has improved that the Preware Guide needed an update too, so be sure to check that out. Huge props to WebOS Internals for the massive update!

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36 Comments

Big Thumbs Up! Thank You for the great work... Sorli

The members of WebOS Internals never miss a beat. They always seem to amaze us. And to be recognised, accepted and promoted by Palm is a statement in itself for this group.

Great work WebOS Internals!!
Let's see some (all) of these patches available in Palm's next update!!

Thanks for the hard work WebOS Internals.

Quick question, I am on version 0.9.12. How do you get 0.9.16?

Preware can update itself.

Just click 'List of Everything' and then type 'preware'.

Thanks. I knew it had to be something that simple.

That used to work for me, but since the 1.3.5 update, I see Preware within Preware as an application and not as an update.

If Preware does not show an update to 0.9.18, then you need to use WebOS Quick Install 2.96 or later to reinstall the Package Manager Service 0.9.34

-- Rod

awesome - next week when i get my pre, I am on-board.

+1 Can't wait to get my pre plus from Verizon next week and start personalizing it with Preware. Great work WebOS Internals!!!

I can see the advantages of this for people in the U.S., but it was annoying for us Canadians to finally see in front of us all those apps that we can't install due to them requiring payment.

Anyways, I just turned off the feeds.

We're hoping that showing the full feeds in Preware will encourage developers who submit their apps to the app catalog to tick the boxes for all countries (they are not ticked by default), and encourage Palm to accelerate the deployment of paid apps in other countries.

As you said, we've added the options to allow people to turn the feeds off, or filter by feed in lists, or show Price and Feed on the second line in listings.

-- Rod

everytime I try to install something from app catalog...it comes up as a ipkg error. What's the point then

Run the EMH

-- Rod

My big question is can Preware update the apps from the App Catalog? And will they show up as App Updates?

Preware will recognize that these need to be updated, and launch the App Catalog so that you can update them.

Preware hands over to the app catalog client to perform any operations on the palm distribution feeds.

-- Rod

Has anyone notice preware applications (homebrew) showing up under my apps in the official app catalog (can they update from the official app catalog.... (Are they working with palm on this?) palm has been known to embrace the "homebrew" community

either way i see more pros than cons in this
thanks to palm and to webos internal..

i got my pre on june 6th and watch how it developed into what it is 2day and preware has been an important part of it. i remember looking at 30 apps in the catalog and always be sure that preware has something better to offer

thank to all that made this possible

Has anyone notice preware applications (homebrew) showing up under my apps in the official app catalog (can they update from the official app catalog.... (Are they working with palm on this?) palm has been known to embrace the "homebrew" community

either way i see more pros than cons in this
thanks to palm and to webos internal..

i got my pre on june 6th and watch how it developed into what it is 2day and preware has been an important part of it. i remember looking at 30 apps in the catalog and always be sure that preware has something better to offer

thank to all that made this possible

The really big question, when will preware find its way into the App catalog so that the masses can enjoy?

Brilliant question.

i second the metion =)

So that means that we can use Preware to update Preware via the App Catalog, right?

The Palm app submission content requirements simply do not allow the submission of an application which can install homebrew applications outside of the Palm distribution channels (catalog, web, beta). These content requirements apply to all submissions: app catalog, web channel and beta channel.

Whilst Palm are quite happy for Preware to exist outside of the app catalog, there is a clear line which submissions to Palm cannot cross. Preware necessarily is on the other side of that line.

-- Rod

Agreed. BIG thumbs up to WebOS Internals guys.

I liked it the other way while I think it's a cool idea it really confuses the point of homebrew ver the app catalog.how are we suppost to know now what's home brew and what's a paid app with out having to click on everything if they could somehow section off the app catalog then this would be great but to have everythimg mixed together is just pointless as the whole idea of preware was to distribute homebrew apps I already have an app catalog for everything eles

There are at least three ways to achieve your particular goal with Preware:

1) Disable the Palm feeds if you never want to see them again.
2) Filter by feed when listing applications.
3) Set the second line preference item to show Price and Feed.

-- Rod

all the patches available are amazing, there's really something for everything that's missing, and a lot of little customizations that really make the phone so much better. (blink notifications, 4x4 launcher, wifi/bluetooth/data connection/gps/airplane toggle on drop down menu, ringtone options, led flashlight :] and 40+ patches, along with the 300+ apps available (youmail app!), and my BUFF theme, all make precentral an essential part of my pre.

every time i try to install preware i get a erroe about the pakage manager...??? and it says i have no coneection? can any on please help am pissed about missing out????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You need to follow the instructions at:

http://install.preware.org/

Make sure you use WebOS Quick Install 2.96 or later to install it.

fileCoaster, palm-install, PreLoad, etc are not capable of installing Preware.

-- Rod

thanks ROD!!!!!!!! been tryin that for about two weeks now...finally got and loving it

why is so much stuff "US only"??? even lots of the free apps are...
come on guys thats very enoying, release apps to everyone!

I would like to see ringer profiles for webos. Being able to set my phone to ring only at night for work. Not to be bothered with text/emails. Anyone out there with the know how please develop a patch. Thx

love preware!! But I just tried to dowload load a couple of apps from prrware and it opens my app catalog and tells me that it's not an official webos app. I guess it's doing this with the homebre apps can anyone tell me what I should do. Thank you.

I have been waiting for ages for a program like this, and to find one that is free is fantastic. Before now I have struggled downloading applications for affiliate cpa network sites and tediously transferring them over to my pre which was a real drag.

can preware give your palm a virus? i ust got my phone in aug. an i had one an my phone started messing up. so i got a new plam pre plus. an i scard tp download it beause i dont wanna mess up this one again. ples. help. :)