Earlier this week I posted a brief overview of the 3 reading apps that you can find in the TouchPad AppCatalog. As the week passed I kept getting messages about how this or that feature could be improved if only I would install Preware and use one of its features.
I kept holding off on Preware becuase I had looked at the instructions and I found them intimating. They looked complicated, and given my (bad) luck with hacking I didn't want to risk it. But finally last night I did install Preware and the experience was much less painful than I had expected.
I thought it would be useful to write a brief post that explained some details and offered a simple set of instructions. I hope it will help someone get over being nervous about installing Preware on their TouchPad.
I'm going to be basing this post on the instructions I found here.
First and foremost: What is it? Preware is an app store. It serves much the same purpose as Amazon Appstore Android Market, iTunes, or any other.
Is it risky, or do I have to hack my TouchPad? Installing Preware on your TouchPad is no more risky than installing any other app. And no this isn't (quite) the same as hacking. It's much less risky and arguably it is authorized by HP (Preware can supply apps from the official Palm App Catalog).
So how do I install it? It's a little complicated, but it doesn't take that much work. There are a number of complicated ways to install it but I'm going to explain the easy way.
1. First, you'll need your TouchPad in front of you. Go to the home screen and click on the "Just type" bar. Use the onscreen keyboard to enter this code:
Press enter. You should see a menu option for " Developer Mode" with a switch. Switch it to on. After you switched it on you can go ahead and close this menu.
2. You're going to need to plug your touchPad into your computer for the rest of the steps. When you plug it in, don't put it into USB mode.
3. Now download webOSQuickInstall. This is a Java app and you will likely need the latest version of Java for this to work (that shouldn't be a problem). Run it. It might prompt you to install drivers for the TouchPad; let it install the drivers.
4. Installing the drivers might take a while.
5. Once they are installed, you will see a menu that looks something like this. Click on the globe button on the right.
7. Once this is done (assuming it didn't throw any errors), you should be able to find Preware listed as one of the apps on your TouchPad. Click on it to run it (just like any other app). Please run Preware once just to make sure it installed okay.
8. You can go ahead and close that menu on your computer and unplug the TouchPad now.
I hope the instructions above helped. If you have problems then I would recommend finding some help at www.precentral.net. That's where you'll find the experts; I'm just another TouchPad user.
At this point you should be ready