Today I heard from a customer who asked “How do I put the stuff I want to use with Kinoma Player on an SD card?”
If you’re an experienced user, this probably sounds like a simple question with a simple answer. But the more I thought about it, the more I remembered interesting details that I thought would be useful to compile. Here’s a summary that I hope is useful for almost everybody.
There are three way to get your media files onto your SD card:
- Use the Palm Install Tool
- Use an SD card reader/writer
- Use Softick Card Export II
Use the Palm Install Tool
To use the Palm Install Tool, right-click on the HotSync icon in my Windows Notification Area and choose Install. You can also launch it from your Windows Start menu.
To choose the content you want to “install”, you can either click the Add button to add items from a standard Open dialog, or you can just drag-and-drop them directly from Windows Explorer or applications like iTunes into the list area.
Once you’re done, you’ll need to do a HotSync before the media actually transferred to your SD card.
The Palm Install Tool is okay for adding a few items at a time. Also, you have to remember to do a HotSync. If you want to add a whole bunch of items, I’d recommend one of the other two methods.
Use an SD card reader/writer
With an SD card reader/writer, you can drag-and-drop files directly to your SD card. Most of them support multiple memory card formats, and connect to your computer via USB.
This method may seem a bit intimating at first since you see the normally-hidden files and folders on your SD card, but it’s easy since Kinoma Player scans the folders on your SD card automatically.
I put music and podcasts in the AUDIO folder, my pictures in the DCIM (“Digital Camera Images”) folder, and my video and movies in the PALM > PROGRAMS > KINOMA folder.
Note: When you buy an SD card reader/writer, be sure that it supports SDHC (also called SD Card 2.0). If it doesn’t support SDHC, you won’t be able to use it with SD cards over 2 GB.
Use Softick Card Export II
This method is almost exactly the same as the previous method, only your Treo is your SD card reader. You connect your Palm via USB as if you were going to HotSync it, and then Softick Card Export II makes Windows believe that your Treo’s SD card is a flash drive.
Softick Card Export II is $14.95.
The Palm Install Tool is a good way to start, since it doesn’t require that you buy an SD card reader or additional software.
However, I recommend either an SD card reader/writer or Softick Card Export II as a longer-term solution. Both are ultimately faster and easier, and you can use them with media synchronization solutions that I’ll be describing in future posts.