(Originally written for Solsie.com on November 16, 2006. *click*)
Until recently, I was keeping various lists of my ‘private’ information. For my PPC software registration info I was keeping a list in ListPro on my PPC, in a Word file on my desktop pc, and I also saved all emails from the stores and developers containing important information. In addition to that I have an e-mail with internet site usernames/passwords that I keep updates so I can access it from every PC if needed. And so on, and so on…
Time to do something about that! Since I already owned NewsBreak and ListPro, SolSie suggested that I’d try eWallet. So here’s the review! Again, with quite some pictures. Pictures can say more than 1000 words sometimes.
I’m writing this as I try eWallet for the first time, so don’t expect an in-depth comparison of features written by an experienced power user. But if you’re searching for software like this and want to know what to expect from eWallet in general, read on!
Basic screen structure
After installation, you get into the basic screen on starting the program. It shows you the structure of how things are dealt with. “My Wallet” is the name of the file (My Wallet.wlt) for when you want to move, copy or delete it in your file explorer. “Get Started”, “Sample Cards” and “Samples: More” are the categories. According to your needs, you could create different categories for “Website un/pw’s”, creditcards, important phone numbers, etc. You can even create subcategories: categories inside categories.
Items like “1 – What You See” are the actual cards containing information. The “Get Started” cards are extremely helpful, they let you know how to get started in an interactive way.
Below you see the “What you see” card, followed by two examples of a Visa card and a VoiceMail card from the “Sample Cards” and “Samples: More” categories.
If you press “Show” on the Visa card example, it will replace the PIN box with the actual PIN, so you can look up your account info without immediately revealing your PIN (in case someone is watching your screen with you).
Another example is displayed below. If you press one of the fields in the card, the editor is opened (it’s also available from the “Menu” soft key). The editor is displayed below, too. The available field vary, depending on the type of card you’re editing. You can also change the name of the field by tap-and-hold, and select “Rename Field”.
The “Fields” and “Settings” tabs are displayed, the contents speak for themself I think. In the “Sounds” tab you can include sounds for when the card is opened, the “Graphic” card lets you change the background image of the card (the lighter blue image), and the “Notes” tab lets you enter a note that will be displayed below the card.
Also from the basic screen, you can see that the left soft key function is called “Lock”. This is usefull since you might want to protect the content of your wallet. You can lock the wallet as a whole (meaning you have to enter the password upon opening eWallet), or you can set the password for specific categories. If you do that, the font of the protected categories and cards inside will turn from blue (in the first screenshot) to black, indicating their special status. Then, after you press the “Lock” button, these categories will be protected and only available if you enter the password. This way you can protect passwords and PIN’s, while leaving phone numbers available for easy access. You can also set additional settings, such as “Lock after … minutes of inactivity”, and “Prompt for password when wallet is opened”. I did the latter, so that if someone gets it’s hands on my device, all my info remains safe. One downside on the Password screen is that it doesn’t have a “Back/undo” button, so you need to open the default SIP from the bottom of the screen if you enter a wrong number on the on-screen input panel.
Intermezzo / Menu options
As said, I’m writing this review while I’m using eWallet for the first time. The part above was all done and discovered before I started creating a new card. I now think I have seen the most important contents and features of the program, so I’m going to create a new item next. Just for your information: If you want to see more examples of Cards, just give the trial a try.
Regarding the Menu’s, available from the right soft key… They contain the options you can expect with a professionally designed application. From the Menu you can create a new item, there is a “search” option, and you can change to Icon view (which will change the Tree view in the basic screen to a view like the Start menu of WM 5. You only have the icons that represent a category, and when you tap on them, the “category” is opened, and the cards are displayed in icons too. Of course, you can change all the icons).
You can also change the security settings from inside the menu, export a category or card to another eWallet file, or open the Properties screen for the currently selected card, which will take you to the editor. Ok, let’s create a new item!
Creating a new item and the Password Builder
When you tap the Menu from the basic screen, the top submenu is “New”. From there, you can choose to create a new Card, Category, Sub Category, or Wallet. Picking one of the top 3 items, you will enter a screen where you can choose what kind of card/(sub)category you want to create (first screenshot below).
After selecting which card to create, you enter the Card Editor displayed above. I chose to create a Software Serial Number. Some of the fields of the editor are displayed below. After filling those out and customizing the colors, The final card is show right next to it, so you can see that when you don’t enter information in certain fields, they just show up blank on the card. The password is hidden, and is revealed when you tap the “Password” link.
Inside the Menu of the editor, you can tap “Build Password”. This opens another screen, where you can create a unique password, fitting your needs as you can specify the requirements for the password before creating it. The selected drop-down menu has the following three choices: Random, Mnemonic Sentence, and Pronouncable.
With a length of 8 characters and no punctuation included, these are some examples of created passwords:
Random: Ck1v2QW8 * J53l9kdD * 60E495p7
Mnemonic Sentence: VyI946pc (Victor yoked Iggy’s 946 proper capes) * DrxhJ286 (”Dan roped xylophones”, harped Jill. 286)
Pronouncable: NutJim44 * 5feg7dus * 0WrynHi1
One last remark in this section. As I said before, you can change the name of the fields by tap-and-hold on the field name. If you did that for one card, but require that same lay out for other cards, you can store the card as a Template. All the field name will be saved, but the actual fields will be empty so you can enter the desired information quickly. If you create a template, it will show up in the “Select Card Type” list seen above. You can remove a template by opening template.wlt from the eWallet installation folder, tap-and-hold the template, and select Delete from the drop down menu.
When you also have the Professional Edition, you can also manage your lists from the desktop. Typing on a desktop PC is faster than typing on a PPC (for most people, that is). And especially when you need to enter/edit a lot of information it’s easier to do it on a big screen.
By default there is no synchronisation, but you can easily set it up in two ways: synchronization through File Transfer (ActiveSync) or Ilium’s own SyncPro which will just sync the info inside the cards instead of the wallet as a whole.
If you only need to have your personal information on the road, the device-only eWallet might be enough for you.
- Lots of templates (cards) to choose from, with the ability to create your own.
- Highly customizable cards (you can add logo’s, change colors, borders, add a sound, etc.).
- You can set your passwords to “hidden” so you can view a card without immediately having your passwords visible.
- “Search” function, very convenient for when you have many cards.
- Included “Password builder”, nice addition.
- I haven’t found a way to add/remove fields, or change an existing field in order to “Hide” it’s content (e.g. a password). A “template creator” where you can create templates from scratch would be great.
- No ability to change templates (Card Types).
- No “backspace” button on the on-screen password screen.
eWallet is available from the Ilium Software website; $ 19.95 for the device-only version, and $ 29.95 for the Professional Edition which also includes the desktop application. At the moment of this review, the version of eWallet was v. 220.127.116.1121.