New PDA! Time For A Custom App!

My New iPaq 211What a lucky day!  Yesterday, three good friends of mine came to Japan from Vancouver for my wedding, and tomorrow another will arrive from Norway.  It's always good to share one of the happiest days of our lives with close friends, and I'm really glad that these four could make the trek from such a long distance.

On top of these good times, though, I had a new HP iPaq 211 delivered to me all the way from Canada!

I love this little device!  It has everything I could ever hope for in a PDA.  From WiFi, to decent internal storage, to a nice happy battery, to a screen that actually accepts the characters that I write on it.  This little tool is going to save me an awful lot of time in the near future as I start writing more posts, and uploading them throughout the day (on various sites, of course).

That said … I'm in need of a good application that will let me write blog posts and upload them to a WordPress-based site.  There are quite a few out there, and I've talked about them in the past, but none of them give me the full range of features that I'm looking for.  What I would really like is an application that does all of the following:

  • stores every post I've ever written, published and draft (offline editing and creation is a must)

  • integrates easily with some of the plugins that I use regularily, like the All-in-One SEO tool

  • allows me to schedule posts

  • allows me to download updated information from FireStats

  • allows me to quickly search and link past articles

  • allows me easy drag and drop image handling functionality

  • uses a miniscule amount of resources (however, the database might require a few megabytes of storage space)

  • allows non-Roman characters, such as Hirigana, Katakana, Kanji, Hebrew or whatever other language people might use

  • is easily translated for non-English users (localization gone wild, so to speak)

  • handles PDAs with QVGA and VGA resolutions … maybe even SVGA for people using larger devices

  • integrated spell check and, potentially, an open-source grammar check tool

There might be a few other functions that I'm forgetting about … but these are just some of the things I'm considering.  Because the iPaq 210-series PDAs all run Windows Mobile 6, I already know what software tools I can use to code up an application to suit my needs.  I've also done a bit of ground-work on writing applications that can upload to a WordPress-based site, which doesn't seem to be too difficult at all.  So that leaves me with just one last question: what would other people want to see in an application like this.

I know that there are a few other software tools out there that will let people write and upload content to their sites from a PDA, and I also understand that PDAs are not too popular (which means that I should probably get a Nokia phone and write something that would work on Symbian), but I'll still ask for a little input from you about what features you would want to see in an application like this before using it yourself.

I'll be sure to let you know in the next few days how the upgrade from a 5 year-old iPaq 2210 to a sleek new iPaq 210-series PDA has worked out for me.  The two will be compared in a side-by-side, and will be written from a usability standpoint, rather than a technical one.  Anyone can throw around specs and shoulda-coulda-woulda's, but is it worth the upgrade?

I'll be sure to let you know.

Feel free to comment or send me an email about what features you'd like to see in a mobile WordPress-based blog editor.