Most happy Pocket PC owners use their handheld device as a reading tool, but not every PDA user is lucky enough to find a decent program to read electronic books, articles, and documents. Haali Reader is a free application that will suit advanced Pocket PC users looking for a good reading tool for their PDA. The application includes lots of features, but it works with a limited number of formats only. If you plan to open XML, plain text, or PRC/PDB document for reading, Haali Reader is one of the best programs available. It is stable, fully functional, and convenient. In short, this seems to be a must have tool on every Windows PDA.
The main window consists of the text pane, the progress bar and the menu/toolbar. Drag the stylus over the text pane to select text, use Tools->Copy to copy the selected text to the clipboard. Tap text to perform dictionary lookup (if "use dictionary" is selected in general options). While in dictionary mode you can enter words directly into the main window to perform word lookup. Double tap any white space to toggle full screen mode. Tap on the progress bar moves the current position in the document. Tap on the small arrows at the ends of the progress bar moves current position to the next/previous contents item. Toolbar buttons provide shortcut access to the following menu items in order from left to right: back, forward, contents, add bookmark, find, find next, copy.
Main features: Last viewed position in file is saved on exit; ClearType support; Any font/size can be selected; Fullscreen and landscape mode; Colors can be adjusted; Text search; Dictionary support. tapping a word opens a translation window; Table of contents and bookmarks; Multiple columns support (1-4); PRC/PDB files support (plain text and XML only, HTML is not supported); Built-in ZIP archives support; Autoscroll (controlled from keyboard/buttons only, settings are in Options->Buttons).
After buying my ppc I was looking for a good reader and finally opted for Haali Reader. This reader has all functions and settings for that type of program. Great view controls, support of many formats, possibility to attach dictionaries, handy bookmarks, button attachment, searcher - all those functions make Haali Reader the best reader to use. After all it is completely free.
I wanted to transfer pdb files to my new Windows 2003 handheld. This was the only software I located after a long search on Google. It does the job perfectly, and many other conversions as well. Congratulations Mike from Russia!