Last week I was in complaint-mode because I learned AVANTO was going dark. Long before web-enabled phones were the norm, AvantGo provided PDAs and certain smart-phones the ability to update content - not unlike a feed reader - whenever the device was docked (or if you did happen to have a data plan). For years, my smart-phone (and Pocket PC before it) provided me reading material for idle times -- waiting on a meeting to begin, watching data compile, etc.
But as of 30 June, AvantGo will be no more. Actually, it is a good as dead now, since most of the content providers I subscribed to have already abandoned the platform. So I've been in search of a suitable substitute.
Most of what I found out there require a data plan for updates. That's just not in my budget, especially now (although I've never found justification for one previously). Mobipocket, however, does provide updates via ActiveSync, which means whenever I sync my Outlook contacts and appointments, my reading material gets updated, too. So far, the actual reading panes are not quite as nice as AvantGo's offerings, but I am getting used to them. I am looking into using Mobipocket's Creator tool to convert PDFs into readable files on my phone, too.
Check it out: Mobipocket.com
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