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Recorder Digits for Palm

Latest Version: 1.10

(A complete description of the program follows the information about the latest versions.)

What's New In Version 1.10

  • Similar to the change made in the Windows Version 2.40, the Palm program now uses "smart" text that takes into account the type of recorder being displayed - i.e. alto or soprano.

    This affects information displayed by Info buttons. In the prior version, notes were always mentioned using their alto name. For example, on the Info button for an Octave 2 fingering, the prior version displayed (regardless of the recorder type):
            "Norm A>G tr..."

    Version 1.10 displays (when the recorder type is alto):
            "Standard A to G trill..."
    or (when the recorder type is soprano):
            "Standard E to D trill..."

    The wording has also been expanded to be less cryptic.

  • The memory requirement has expanded from 15K to 16K. This is not because the wording for Info buttons was expanded (with the new substitution technique, the text contained in the program actually requires less memory), but because of the additional coding logic required to implement smart text.

  • To conserve memory, the Palm version does not use enharmonic names in the text displayed by Info buttons, or on the note's name on the title bar (it doesn't say "G#/Ab" like the Windows version, but just "Ab"). Prior to version 1.10, it always used the "flat" name. With version 1.10, for some notes it uses the sharp name, for some the flat name. For example, it uses the terms "F#" and "C#," but also "Ab" and "Bb." I tried to pick the most common way a note appears in music (e.g. you more often see a C# than a Db). I think this works pretty well, although some unfortunate wording does occur (for example "Standard Eb to C# trill"; "Standard Ab to F# trill").

What Was New In Version 1.02

  • Reduced program memory requirement to 15K by using line drawing instead of bitmaps in some areas.

  • Fixed bug - Octave buttons not being updated if sharp or flat button caused crossing of octave boundary.

What Was New In Version 1.01

This was the first distributed release.

Program Description

Recorder Digits for Palm is a Palm version of the PC program of the same name. It displays both standard and alternate fingerings for alto and soprano/tenor recorders.

Recorder Digits for Palm is freeware, meaning that you can download it and use it for free.

Here is an annotated snapshot of the Recorder Digits for Palm screen:

RCD for Palm Screen Display

By selecting 1) the Recorder type (via a Menu item), 2) the octave, and 3) the note (via a Menu item), you will get a display of the standard and alternate fingerings for that note. If a particular alternate fingering is usually used for a trill, the trilling fingers are shown as checkered holes.

Up to 8 fingerings are given for a note (via a second screen for fingerings 5-8), which means that this Palm version contains essentially the same number of fingerings as its Windows counterpart.

Here are snapshots showing the Menu items for selecting Alto notes and Soprano notes.

Fnotes     Cnotes

Trills Checkbox
You can turn the checkered finger hole (for trills) display off completely by using the Trills Checkbox. This allows you to view pure alternate fingerings, without the distraction of the trill fingers.

An individual fingering looks like the bottom 2 sections of a small recorder, as shown below (in a hypothetical fingering):


Trill Position Indicator
This indicator works as follows: when it points up ("^"), this means that the requested note is obtained when the trilling fingers are up; when the indicator points down ("v"), this means that the note is obtained when the fingers are down.

Info Buttons
The "Info" button means that there is additional information concerning a particular fingering. Tapping the button will display the information in an Alert box.

System Requirements

  • Any Palm-compatible device with PalmOS 2.0 or greater

  • Memory usage - 16K

Download and Installation Instructions

Although this is a Palm program, you download the installation file to a PC, and do the installation from there. This is a standard Palm installation technique.

You can download the installation file either as a Zip archive file, or, for those who do not have an unzip utility, as a self-extracting executable.

Download - Zip File

Click here to download the zip archive rcdpalm.zip (35K)

Download - Self-Extracting Executable

Click here to download the self-extracting executable rcdpextr.exe (96K)


Note that if you already have the PC version of Recorder Digits on your system, you can safely install the Palm version into the same directory, since none of the file names are in conflict.

Or you can use an entirely different directory.

To install the zip file, unzip the rcdpalm.zip archive into any directory you want. If you installed an earlier version before, just unzip the new version into the old directory, which will replace the old version with the new.

To install using the self-extracting file:

  • doubleclick on the rcdpextr.exe file you downloaded. A WinZip window will pop up, ready to decompress the archive and copy it to any directory (folder) you specify (the c:\Program Files\rcdpalm directory is pre-filled in here). If this is the first time you have installed, specify any directory you like (if the directory does not exist, it will be created). If you installed an earlier version before, specify the same directory you used last time.
  • Click the Unzip button. The archive will be unzipped and copied to the specified directory.
  • Click the Close button to get out.
  • You can now delete the executable file you downloaded.

One of the files created by the above installation is rcdigits.prc. This is the program that needs to be installed onto the Palm device. To do so, follow instructions in your Palm handbook in the section "Installing Add-on Applications." Uninstall instructions can also be found there. Both operations are very simple.

To uninstall Recorder Digits for Palm from your PC, just delete all the files. Recorder Digits consists of nothing but the files contained in the archive, does not install anything into any other directories, and makes no registry entries.

Additional information can be found in the readpalm.txt file, and also the Windows help file that is supplied with it.