Software Carousel for the HP Palmtops

Software Carousel V. 7

One of the great features of the HP Palmtops is the ability to run DOS programs. However, only one program can be running at any time, and the system memory which is available for DOS programs is quite limited because System Manager is running in the background all the time.

These limitations can now be overcome by using Software Carousel.

Software Carousel lets you set up up to a dozen “work areas” and switch easily among them. Run System Manager and the built-in programs in one, and run full-size DOS programs in any of the other .work areas You can even run the built-in applications in two or more work areas for unlimited flexibility. You will never run out of memory again!

  • Add fast program switching to your Palmtop.
  • All programs can use the maximum amount of memory.
  • Run as many built-in programs at the same time as you like!
  • Run multiple System Manager sessions to use more built-in applications at the same time.
  • Run multiple DOS programs at the same time.
  • Assign system memory up to about 600k to each session individually.
  • Switch among up to 12 programs in a flash.
  • Define your own hotkeys.
  • Software Carousel recognizes special Palmtop keys for automatic program switching.
  • Alarms sound and are displayed no matter which program you are using.
  • Uses only a tiny amount of lower RAM; less than 30k.
  • Software Carousel supports EMS to store parts of itself in upper memory.

To operate, Software Carousel creates a memory pool on your RAM disk (A: or C: drive). The time for swapping a full sized task is usually between 1 second (speed-upgraded palmtop with the memory pool on the C: drive) and about 8 seconds (memory pool on the A: drive). If the memory pool is created on a stacked flash card, the swap time may even be a little bit longer.

Therefore, our TechRAM and TechSpeed upgrades are extremely useful for power users as they provide the shortest possible swap times.

The new version 7 of Software Carousel adds a couple of new features and bug fixes to the older versions. An upgrade path is available for owners of version 6.x, please send a proof of purchase if you wish to order the upgrade.

Software Carousel is shipped on a 3.5” disk with extensive documentation.

Super Software Carousel

Super Software Carousel is a tightly integrated and easy to install package which consists of Software Carousel V. 7 and about 40 of the best freeware and shareware programs which are available for the HP palmtops. The software collection contains utilities, tools, games and many more applications (list subject to change).


  • HV: HTML browser to view Web document
  • PE: A Memo-like editor including a spell checker
  • VR: Lets you read doc files and electronic books, vertically on the palmtop
  • DBV: Fast phone, appts and database file viewer
  • View: Lets you view files from a variety of word processing formats
  • Tune: Metronome and musical tuner
  • ZIP: Fast PC to palmtop file transfer
  • Paldraw: Palmtop drawing program
  • PC Outline: Enter thoughts, plan ideas, and organize them into a hierarchical structure
  • Stereo Shell: DOS file manager
  • Garlic: Fixes corrupt database files
  • Pkzip: File archiver/compressor
  • LHA: File archiver/compressor
  • Lxpic: Lets you view GIF, JPG, BMP, PCX graphic files
  • Andrew3: More readable palmtop font with bigger characters
  • CloseFlr: Close Filer to save memory
  • Buddy: Lots of utilities and enhancements to System Manager in one package
  • Fastdb: Speeds up database programs, like the Phone or Database application
  • MoreEXM: Breaks the system limit of 7 EXM programs
  • Typing Tutor: Type faster on the palmtop
  • Zoom: Enlarges any section of the display in built-in apps
  • Vclock: Full screen clock and timer


  • Dominoes
  • FreeCell
  • Yahtzee
  • 42LX
  • Cribbage
  • Tiles (Mah Jongg)
  • Klondike
  • Golf
  • Blackjack
  • Bridge
  • Hearts
  • Backgammon
  • Checkers
  • Tetris
  • Mastermind
  • Mine Sweep
  • Reversi (Othello)
  • Sokoban
  • Boggle
  • Chess
  • Go-Moku
  • Solitaire
  • 3-D Tic-Tac-Toe

... and many more.

Please note that the shareware programs need to be registered with the authors if they are used after an evaluation period.

An upgrade is available for owners of Software Carousel V. 6.x. Please send a proof of purchase if you wish to order the upgrade.

Super Software Carousel is shipped on a CD with extensive documentation.

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