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PalmVDT Documentation

Written by Mike Andrew on 17-December-2002.

PalmVDT is a Visual Design Tool (VDT) for the Palm Pilot and equivalents.

It has been developed on, and for, the Linux OS, and uses the FLTK (fulltick) C++ widget set. Because of fltk, it can be readily ported to any OS that supports FLTK: Windows, Mac and OS/2 are examples. All development work however has been targeted to Linux and equivalents.

For further info on Fltk visit

The primary goal of PalmVDT is to provide an intuitive, quick and easy tool for designing palm dialogs and other visual 'objects'. Ie, the resource compiler side of any Palm application.  The widgets created are displayed on a mock up lcd of a given palm skin. The popular M100 eg. Where possible, the widget (field, button, slider etc), behaves interactively with you as it would on a real palm device. Every effort has been made to faithfully generate the exact shape and pixel sizes as they would appear on the real thing.

PalmVDT is not an IDE, it does not assist to any great degree in the programming of the Palm, that is left to the developer.

Required Supporting applications:

PalmVDT relies on:
These are the standard tools required for any Palm OS development and are all freely available from their respective sites. contains detailed information on how to obtain and deploy the above tools. PalmVDT is an added extra which must be downloaded here.

In addition to above, you will need a useable text editor, and, separately, some means of editing icons and images. PalmVDT has default settings for both of these, but allows you to choose your own.

Kaveats, Kautions and Koronaries.
PalmVDT is a work in progress, and Beta. It is not bug free, but is probably crashfree at this progressed stage of it's development. No serious attempt has been made to 'pretty up' the image and icon buttons of PalmVDT. This comes later.


1) Move the into it's own directory and type
This will expand all necessary source files and folders.
In addition to the source files, two extra zip files are extracted.
This contains a collection of primitive Icons for your use. They are not part of the compilation, simply the beginnings of your own library of images for any buttons (eg) you choose to create for the Palm application itself. Unzip this file into a suitable $HOME directory for future use.

This file contains images which PalmVDT requires during it's compile.
These files must be place in /usr/share
2) As root, move the zip file into /usr/share and type
unzip PalmImages
This will create and expand into a /usr/share/PalmVDT tree

3) Compile

PalmVDT consists of it's own library of widgets, and separately, the gui wysiwig. As such, two Makefiles are involved. As a mere mortal enter the directory you expanded PalmVDT into and type

at the end of the process, you will have a PalmVDT binary for your enjoyment. It is not necessary to install this binary as a super user, unless you intend others on your computer to make use of it

4) Make sure you read the README file for any tips n tricks required for your system.