Examples of popular commercial apps with b4ppc

Discussion in 'Share Your Creations' started by RGS, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. RGS

    RGS Member Licensed User

    I think most Windows Mobile applications are probably written in C++C# but
    are there examples of succesfull commercial applications written with Basic4PPC?
  2. Ariel_Z

    Ariel_Z Active Member Licensed User

  3. FURY

    FURY Member Licensed User

    I've released a couple of card games. The latest one is Royal 21. I have it listed at several mobile gaming websites, and it's done pretty well at a couple of those sites.

  4. RichardW

    RichardW Member Licensed User

    The Roman Empire strategy game is now on sale thru my e-commerce provider. You can get more info and download a demo from this link:
    The Roman Empire

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  5. glook

    glook Member Licensed User

    I'm not sure I would go as far as to say "popular", but I have an application for gardeners that has been available for about a year now. It has a number of active users, mostly in the UK and Canada.

    It is quite ordinary to look at - only standard controls, though it's a substantial program at about 3,000 lines of B4ppc code. It has a supplied database of over 10,000 records and 5,000 pictures and provides similar functions to a mature VB6 desktop app. More info at Plant Base Mobile or this mobile friendly page.
  6. SarahWard

    SarahWard Banned

    I have released a number of apps for ppc with b4ppc under the banner Aviasoft Pocketware.

    Pocket Minerals Lite
    Pocket Minerals Pro
    Pocket Gems (in Farsi/Persian only) Iran only
    Pocket Prescription Drugs (in Farsi/Persian only)
    Pocket Birds Europe
    Pocket Butterflies Europe
    Pocket Fungi Europe
    Pocket Herbs Europe
    Pocket Wild Flowers Europe
    Pocket Trees Europe

    They are all written to commercial standard and released as freeware.

    They can be found on several freeware sites but the latest versions are always found at ppcwarez.org.

    I believe the Pocket Minerals Professional is used by 'rock doctors' around the world and it is the only program of this type on the ppc device.

    I am happy to give download links to these softwares on this site if anyone is interested.

    I am even happy to share the source code for these programs on this website. I write for relaxation and to keep my mind active so I am happy to share these programs freely.

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    Last edited: Mar 14, 2010
  7. mjcoon

    mjcoon Well-Known Member Licensed User

    Hi Sarah, I'm "into" natural history and bought RSPB Birds for PC/PDA very soon after getting my PDA.

    I've just tried to download your Butterflies program and found it frustrating after going through the download shananigans to get told by WinZip that it is an invalid RAR archive.

    So I would welcome any more direct links to these programs (also trees).

    BTW Where did you get your raw data?

    Regards, Mike.
  8. klaus

    klaus Expert Licensed User

    Hi Mike,

    I use 7z.exe to unzip files. It works also for Sarah's zip files.
    It's an OpenSource program : Download

    Best regards.
  9. klaus

    klaus Expert Licensed User

    Hi Sarah,

    I had a look at your program list and downloaded 3 of them Birds, Flowers and Butterflies (to test the unzip for Mike).

    Unfortunately there were some trouble:
    - at PPCWarez in the Bird thread, all 'rapidshare.de/files....' links point to an upload window and not to a download window ?
    - in the Butterflies thread there is no Data folder only an update.
    - in Wildflowers there is no data folder

    I looked at the Bird program, very nice !
    On my htc Touch HD, when displaying the big image, it is not alighend on top, needs to be moved upwards.
    When displaying a big image an clicking on the next button the single image of the same bird is displayed. Clicking once again on the next butoon nothing change any more. One must go back to either the single bird or habitat image to see the next birds.
    On the WVGA screen the buttons are not at the bottom. One suggestion, move the buttons on top of the screen, then all the space below is available for the pictures.

    I have the same question as Mike, where do you get all the datat from ?

    I'm shure that there will be quite some users interested in the source codes too.

    Best regards.

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  10. mjcoon

    mjcoon Well-Known Member Licensed User

    @Klaus: thank you for that un-zipper; I look forward to learning all its features!

    @Sarah: I now am installing Pocket Butterflies and note that there is a minor copy-and-paste problem: it is suggesting that I need the "Pocket-Birds data folder 'PBEdata'"... easily ignored!

  11. SarahWard

    SarahWard Banned

    Hi guys.

    There is a CAB and a data folder that you will need for each program. The CAB can install the program into internal or SD-CARD memory but the data folder should be placed into the root of your SD-CARD.

    I used WinRAR for making the rar zips. I didn't realise winZIP was still around. I agree it is a shame that rapidshare.de is gone. All my links from that site are also gone although many people have put up other mirror links. I am going to refresh all the old links soon.

    The Birds program is about to have a new update with about 750 birds. And I have used Chan's excellent Google Earth POI library to save birds using gps in that format. One thing, Chan... You got the latitude and longitude coords back to front. It should be LONG and then LAT in the Google Earth POI file.. But it works fine. :)

    I will put a set of working links together and post them here. The latest CABs are posted on PPCWAREZ. I know it has a lot of commercial software on that forum which is 'cracked' for free but I find it an excellent forum for feedback and to release freeware. (I found the main freeware websites too restrictive for being able to post things as I wish.)
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2010
  12. SarahWard

    SarahWard Banned

    Hi Klaus

    The big pics did originally centre but other people added birds and their big pics were not standard sizes. I have been looking for code or a library that will tell me the size of a jpeg when I load it. I can then centre each big pic. I tried the code here that reads jpeg exif data but that only works with camera originated images. There is so much about programming I don't yet know. :)
  13. klaus

    klaus Expert Licensed User

    How do you load the images, depending on what control you load them you can get the width and height as parameters.

    Did you have a look at agraham's Jpeg library.

    Best regards.
  14. SarahWard

    SarahWard Banned

    Hi Klaus

    I use the standard image control. I did look at Agraham's library but I didn't notice width/height reporting. It seemed to be more to do with manipulating jpeg files. I will look again at jpeg 1.1.

    I am just now sorting out the direct links for these programs (as requested) and fixing the duff links too. I will post them when ready. I will also post a folder with the source code and support files to run the SBPs, in case anyone is interested.

    Compared to many of you guys I certainly have nothing clever to offer code-wise but maybe it might be interesting for beginners to see how we do all the file handling, sound, text display and graphics. And splash screens etc.

  15. SarahWard

    SarahWard Banned

    Oh forgot, I use sources from many places. Fortunately this sort of data is standard. The minerals program database comes from a university project in L.A. Additional birds, fungi, etc are sourced by other users who have added greatly to some of the programs with their hard work and expertise. I am not an expert in any of these areas, but an interested beginner. I originally wrote the nature programs for walking in the countryside.
  16. klaus

    klaus Expert Licensed User

    Hi Sarah,​

    Attached a small sample program showing 2 means of getting the size of images.
    One with the Jpeg library and a Jpeg object.
    The other one with the ImageLibEx and a BitmapEx object.​

    Please don't worry, it is always interesting for any user to see other source codes as inspiration. And sometimes more skilled users could also give advices.​

    Best regards.​

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  17. SarahWard

    SarahWard Banned

    This is very kind Klaus. Thanks for going to the trouble for me.

  18. mjcoon

    mjcoon Well-Known Member Licensed User

    Hello Sarah and Klaus, I thought that I had been diligently monitoring this forum but had missed your useful contributions. (Then lost my reply somehow.)

    I got the Butterflies zip OK on second go and it now works for me.

    But trees came with only a CAB file and no data so it installed OK but cannot run. I'll have a 2nd go when Sarah posts some verified links.

    The butterflies seem to have no search function and no list of common names unless I know the family. So I cannot look up, for example, Speckled Wood, easily. (Choosing that one because it was the £1M answer on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire" a few years ago!). Otherwise it is a useful addition to my collection of science and nature pocket databases.

    Thanks to both.

  19. SarahWard

    SarahWard Banned

    Hi Mike

    The reason I made CAB only links with the data folders a separate link was two-fold. firstly, there were cabs for qvga, vga/wvga, and HTC-vga. second reason was when I made a point release (which happens often as bug feedback and new options feedback come in) people would not have to download the whole package every time they updated their cab program.

    I am working on making a verified links list for the programs right now. It is taking a bit longer than I had expected. :) But it will be here soon. ;)

    The nature programs started out without a search function. The idea was a simple, 'I see it, what is it' program where users would find an item by colour, shape, etc. The search function became part of the birds program after experts got involved in it. Maybe I should add search to the other programs.
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2010
  20. SarahWard

    SarahWard Banned

    Here are working links to the programs...
    Each program usually has a CAB and a DATA FOLDER,
    Choose either QVGA, VGA(WVGA) or HTC VGA(WVGA)
    Source downloads coming next ;)

    Pocket Birds Europe 4.3.2

    Pocket Birds SOURCE folder:
    RAR Password: aviasoft

    The Source Requires Basic4ppc 6.90

    ALL PDA Program CABs 4.3.2(WM5/WM6):

    DESKTOP PC Program Version 4.3.1 (VGA folder required):


    http://www.filefactory.com/file/b0ee98f/n/PBEdata_folder_for_4.3_VGA145.rar 145mb

    User Manual 4.3:

    Languages Pack [UPDATE #6] (1mb):

    Download Instructions:
    - Download the CAB for your PPC and also download a Data Folder - choose VGA(WVGA) or QVGA.
    - If you wish to use non-English bird names download the Languages Pack.

    Pocket Butterflies Europe 2.0.6

    download and info page:
    PPCWarez • View topic - Pocket Butterflies Europe V2.0.6

    Download links:

    QVGA VERSION 2.0.4
    MEGAUPLOAD - The leading online storage and file delivery service

    MEGAUPLOAD - The leading online storage and file delivery service

    MEGAUPLOAD - The leading online storage and file delivery service

    PC UPDATE 2.0.3 (0.3mb)
    RapidShare: 1-CLICK Web hosting - Easy Filehosting

    Pocket Wild Flowers 2.0.2

    download and info page:
    PPCWarez • View topic - Aviasoft Pocket Wild Flowers v2.0.2

    QVGA VERSION (3.2mb)
    RapidShare: 1-CLICK Web hosting - Easy Filehosting

    Updated QVGA CAB
    MEGAUPLOAD - The leading online storage and file delivery service

    VGA and PC VERSION (5.8mb)
    RapidShare: 1-CLICK Web hosting - Easy Filehosting

    Updated VGA/WVGA CAB
    MEGAUPLOAD - The leading online storage and file delivery service

    Pocket Herbs 2.0

    PPCWarez • View topic - Aviasoft Pocket Herbs Europe 2.0

    Deposit Files

    Deposit Files

    Pocket Trees 2.1

    download and info page:


    QVGA VERSION 2.0.7


    VGA CAB (version 2.0.7)

    VGA HTC & Clones CAB (version 2.1.2)


    http://rapidshare.com/files/298812259/PocketTrees_v2_for_the_PC_update_1.rar.html (0.8mb)

    Pocket Fungi 3.4.1

    (QVGA CAB not upated to latest as yet)

    QVGA CAB 3.2.13
    Pocket_Fungi_3213_QVGA_CAB.rar - download now for free. File sharing. Software file sharing. Free file hosting. File upload. FileFactory.com

    QVGA DATA FOLDER (3.2 version data - no photos)
    PFdata_Folder_QVGA_ENG.rar - download now for free. File sharing. Software file sharing. Free file hosting. File upload. FileFactory.com

    VGA-HTC CAB 3.4.1
    Pocket_Fungi_341_HTC_VGA.ARM.CAB.rar - download now for free. File sharing. Software file sharing. Free file hosting. File upload. FileFactory.com

    VGA-NON-HTC CAB 3.4.1
    Pocket_Fungi_341_VGA.ARM.CAB.rar - download now for free. File sharing. Software file sharing. Free file hosting. File upload. FileFactory.com

    PFdata_Folder_VGA_ENG.rar - download now for free. File sharing. Software file sharing. Free file hosting. File upload. FileFactory.com

    Pocket Minerals 1.1

    Source Folder for FULL and LITE versions

    PPM-LITE CAB-PACK (3.0mb)

    PM-PRO CAB-PACK (3.8mb)

    QVGA PHOTO-PACK (25mb)

    SVGA PHOTO-PACK (124MB in 4 parts)
    Part 1
    Part 2
    Part 3
    Part 4
    Last edited: May 2, 2010
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