2. What Exactly Does Sunrise XP Do?
Sunrise XP is a desktop PC-based program that downloads web content to your PC, either when you HotSync, and/or on a schedule you designate. By pre-fetching all the content, your viewing experience in the Plucker viewer on your Palm is fast, since thereís no active downloading taking place while you are reading the content. After Sunrise downloads the web content, it then parses out all the unnecessary HTML code to make the files smaller and also to improve the viewing experience on a small PDA screen. You have various ways to control what downloads you want, when you want them and how you want them formatted. You also can filter out unneeded content (more on that later). Sunrise then takes this modified HTML and puts it into a *.pdb (Palm database) file format.
Once the .pdb files are generated, they are waiting on your computer to get loaded onto your PDA, either in RAM or on the expansion card. For Palm users, the best way to get them to your PDA is to configure Sunrise to update as part of the HotSync process, through a HotSync conduit. (Donít worry about terminology, this will all be explained later). In this way, it functions very much like AvantGo, except there are no limitations on the amount of content you can download per day, there are no obtrusive ads, the content is more compact memory-wise and everythingís open-source!