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Do I need HoHo?

Why?

What?

How?

Other:
Where can I buy the full version of HoHo?RNS:: logo
To obtain the full version, order it directly at our web site (recommended): or visit one of the following Electronic Sales Distributors:
What can I do with HoHo on my Palm OS handheld? (all handhelds)RNS:: logo
The answer to this question is available in a separate document:

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What can I do with HoHo on my Palm OS smartphone? (Treo and Tungsten W devices only)RNS:: logo
Generally, you may do all the things you can do on all other Palm OS devices:

In addition, however, you may work with your smartphone's ringtones:
Why can I install only two Plug-ins at once? (trial version)RNS:: logo
If you want to have the possibility of installing any number of Plug-ins, please buy the full version of HoHo.

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Why can't I enter ringtones longer than 128 characters? (trial version)RNS:: logo
If you want to have the possibility of entering over 1000 characters, please buy the full version of HoHo.

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Why are there so many independent volume settings?RNS:: logo
There are two volume controls in two HoHo's Keyboards:
  • The slider below the Simple Keyboard - controls the general HoHo's playback and conversion (to MIDI files, to HoHo Format, and while importing a MIDI file) volume. It also controls the recording volume for Keyboards that do not have their own volume setting (currently only the Piano Keyboard has).
  • The field above the Piano Keyboard - controls the recording volume for the Piano Keyboard only. The playback and conversion volume is still controlled by the slider below the Simple Keyboard.

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Why are there silent notes in my ringtone?RNS:: logo
Many handhelds do not play sounds below the volume of 3. Perform one of the following actions:
  • If you encounter silent notes while playing a ringtone in the HoHo Format, try setting the volume slider (the one above the Simple Keyboard) to a higher level or even to the maximum (127).
  • If it happens with all other formats, just move the volume slider over the value of 2 (or even more for some handhelds).

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Why can't I print my ringtones?RNS:: logo
In order to print your ringtones through the infrared (IR) port, follow these steps:
  • Install the Ringtone Editor Plug-in.
  • Install one of the following IR printing managers: IrPrint, PalmPrint.
  • Create a ringtone, call the "Ringtone => Print" menu command, and choose a printing manager.

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What is meant by "ringtone"?RNS:: logo
Ringtone is a piece of music written as text in such a way that after copying it to a cell phone it is capable of being played. HoHo operates on ringtones in its main screen. "Ringtones" should not be confused with "smartphone ringtones" (e.g. Treo ringtones) that are usually stored as MIDI files.

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What is meant by "MIDI", "SMF0", "MIDI file", "MIDI Alarm", or "MIDI Ringtone"?RNS:: logo
"MIDI", "SMF0", "MIDI file", "MIDI Alarm", and "MIDI Ringtone" generally mean the same (they differ from the "ringtones", though). MIDI (file) is a piece of music written as binary data. SMF0 is a subformat of MIDI - the only one that can be played by all Palm OS devices - it contains one single track (thus it mustn't be polyphonic, etc.). Handhelds use MIDI files in at least 2 ways:
  • MIDI Alarms - stored in the "System MIDI Sounds" database, are used as alarms by various applications (like "Date Book" or "Note Pad").
  • MIDI Ringtones - used as ringing tones for incoming calls or messages by cell-phone handhelds: Treo 180, 180g, 270 ("System Ring Tones"), Treo 300, 600, 650, 680, 700p, 755p, Palm Centro ("MIDI Ring Tones"), Palm Tungsten W ("MobileRingToneDB"), and others...

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What are Formats?RNS:: logo
Formats are different methods of writing music as text. Each cell phone manufacturer has its own format for storing and editing ringtones. HoHo uses Plug-ins that extend its support of specified cell phones' formats. Each Format Plug-in contains the support of one or more cell phones' formats. After installing a Format Plug-in you can use it in the following ways:
  • Create ringtones with a HoHo's Keyboard (impossible with progressive Formats, e.g. in the "Nokia KPSF" Format).
  • Play ringtones.
  • Convert (export) ringtones to MIDI files.
  • Convert ringtones to other formats.
  • Import MIDI files to HoHo as a ringtones.

To get help on the format's structure (notes encoding/storing method), call the "Help => Current Format" menu command.

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What are Plug-ins and where can I get them?RNS:: logo
HoHo's functionality can be greatly extended by installing plug-ins. If you don't install them, only the core HoHo functions will work. Some features will not be available, and a few other will ask for a plug-in. If you want to save memory in your device, your best choice is to install only those plug-ins that you really need. All plug-ins are free and can be downloaded directly from the following web site:

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What are HoHo's Keyboards?RNS:: logo
These are main features of HoHo's Keyboards:
  • Currently there are 3 Keyboards available: Simple Keyboard, Piano Keyboard, and Staff Keyboard.
  • All Keyboards but the Simple Keyboard require the installation of a separate Plug-in.
  • Keyboards are used to create and edit ringtones. Tapping on each Keyboard usually adds one note to a ringtone.
  • Each Keyboard has its own tips. To display them, call the "Help => Current Keyboard" menu command.

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How to install polyphonic ringtones from my PC to my Treo smartphone?RNS:: logo
We have created a separate utility for that. It is called TopRingtoneInstaller. After installing it on your desktop computer, its usage is as simple as it can be. Please follow these steps while using TopRingtoneInstaller:
  • Right-click on a *.mid file to pop-up its context menu.
  • Pick the "Install to Treo" command.
  • Synchronize your Treo device using HotSync.
  • The ringtone becomes immediately available for picking as the active ringtone.

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How to install MIDI files from my PC (*.mid) to my handheld?RNS:: logo
We have created a separate utility for that. It is called Mider for HoHo 2 and it is free. Its main function is to collect all *.mid files from a given directory into one *.pdb file which may be installed on your handheld. Please follow these steps while using Mider for HoHo 2:
  • Note that most Palm OS devices can play SMF0 MIDI files only.
  • Pay special attention to giving your MIDI database a unique name. Installing a database with the same name as the name of a database already existing on your device will overwrite the old database. All the previous contents will be lost and replaced with the new one.
  • After synchronizing your handheld, use HoHo's MIDI Manager to browse your new database and to play its MIDI files.
  • Using the MIDI Manager you may also move some or all MIDI files to other databases, so that they may be used as smartphone ringtones or alarms.

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How to install MIDI files from an expansion card (*.mid) to my handheld?RNS:: logo
Simply use the MIDI Card Plug-in. It will let you import all MIDI files from a specified directory on an expansion card to an active MIDI database. You may also use the Plug-in to export all MIDI files from an active MIDI database to a specified directory an expansion card. The MIDI Card Plug-in is accessible via the appropriate menu commands in the MIDI Manager.
  • Note that most Palm OS devices can play SMF0 MIDI files only.
  • Using the MIDI Manager you may move the imported MIDI files to any databases, so that they may be used as smartphone ringtones or alarms.

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How to convert any MIDI file to the SMF0 format?RNS:: logo
Because many Palm OS handhelds supports the SMF0 format only, you usually have to make sure all MIDI files you install from your PC are saved in this very format. If they are not, they can be easily converted. Use the MIDI File Format Conversion utility that can process single files or entire directories. It's lightening fast and completely free.

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How to create a ringtone?RNS:: logo
You can do it in at least 4 ways:
  • Use any of HoHo's Keyboards (available as Plug-ins).
  • Type the ringtone's text.
  • Copy the ringtone's text from the Internet (www.ranosoft.net/hoho - hundreds of ready-made free ringtones) and paste it in HoHo.
  • Import a MIDI file.

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How to edit a ringtone?RNS:: logo
When the ringtone's text is loaded into HoHo, you can edit it in at least 3 ways:
  • Edit the ringtone's text.
  • Use any of HoHo's Keyboards (available as Plug-ins) to add new notes.
  • Use the HoHo's built-in Replace tool ("Edit => Replace").

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How to edit a MIDI?RNS:: logo
You can use HoHo's MIDI Editor (available as a Plug-in):
  • Install both: MIDI Editor and MIDI Manager Plug-ins.
  • From the menu choose "Options => MIDI Manager" command.
  • Choose a MIDI file to edit.
  • Press the "More..." button and choose the "Edit..." command.
  • Edit the MIDI note-by-note or use the "MIDI" menu commands to operate on the whole file.
  • Don't forget to save your MIDI file!
  • Note: MIDI Editor supports SMF0 MIDI files only. Editing and saving other MIDI formats may reduce their quality.

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How to convert (import) a MIDI file into a ringtone?RNS:: logo
You are going to "import" a MIDI file to HoHo. Please follow these easy steps:
  • Install both: MIDI Import and MIDI Manager Plug-ins.
  • From the menu choose "Options => MIDI Manager" command.
  • Choose a MIDI file to import.
  • Press the "More..." button and choose the "Import..." command.
  • First import the MIDI with the default settings. If you are not satisfied with the results, you can adjust some of the import settings.
  • Note: MIDI Import Plug-in supports SMF0 MIDI files only. Importing other MIDI formats may be inaccurate.

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How to convert (export) a ringtone into a MIDI file?RNS:: logo
Please follow these easy steps:
  • Install the MIDI Export Plug-in.
  • Go to HoHo Preferences ("Options => HoHo Preferences"), choose a MIDI database to which new MIDI files will be exported, and press the "OK" button.
  • From the menu choose the "Ringtone => Export To MIDI" command.
  • Give your MIDI file a name.
  • Note: HoHo creates SMF0 MIDI files only.

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How to create/edit Alarms?RNS:: logo
Alarms (e.g. for "Date Book" or "Note Pad" applications) are stored as MIDI files in the "System MIDI Sounds" database. To browse MIDI files in this database use HoHo's MIDI Manager, and to edit them use HoHo's MIDI Editor. To add new MIDI files, do one of the following:
  • Copy MIDI files from other MIDI databases.
  • Export ringtones from HoHo.

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How to create/edit ringtones for Treo smartphones?RNS:: logo
Ringtones for the Treo smartphones are stored as MIDI files in the following databases:
  • "System Ring Tones" (Treo 180, 180g, 270)
  • "MIDI Ring Tones" (Treo 300, 600, 650, 680, 700p, 755p, Palm Centro)

To browse MIDI files in these databases use HoHo's MIDI Manager, and to edit them use HoHo's MIDI Editor. To add new MIDI files to these databases, do one of the following:
  • Copy MIDI files from other MIDI databases.
  • Export ringtones from HoHo.

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How to create/edit ringtones for Palm Tungsten W devices?RNS:: logo
Ringtones for the Tungsten W smartphones are stored as MIDI files in the "MobileRingToneDB" database. To browse MIDI files in this database use HoHo's MIDI Manager, and to edit them use HoHo's MIDI Editor. To add new MIDI files to this database, do one of the following:
  • Copy MIDI files from other MIDI databases.
  • Export ringtones from HoHo.

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How to set volumes for each note separately?RNS:: logo
Please do the following:
  • Switch to "HoHo" Format.
  • Refer to the Format's Tips ("Help => Current Format") for information on how to encode (write) the volume values.
  • Toggle HoHo's Keyboards (you'll need to install Keyboard Plug-ins for additional Keyboards) and get familiar with their tips ("Help => Current Keyboard") for information on how to create notes with different volume values.

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How to create/edit/play/import/export ringtones in my cell phone's format?RNS:: logo
You'll need to install the appropriate Format Plug-in for your cell phone.
Click here to see the list of all available Format Plug-ins.

If your cell phone's format in not listed, please report it on the HoHo Forum. We may create a new plug-in then.

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How to use MIDI Manager?RNS:: logo
HoHo's MIDI Manager can browse all MIDI databases installed on your handheld. It offers you buttons and menu commands. The buttons affect a selected MIDI file only, while the menu commands operate on a whole database. The title bar always displays selected MIDI database and its size. To toggle a MIDI database, either use HoHo Preferences ("Options => HoHo Preferences" in the main HoHo's view) or the drop-down list in MIDI Manager. MIDI Manager's buttons:
  • The check box - toggles the display of MIDI files' sizes in the list.
  • The up and down buttons - move a MIDI file within a database.
  • "Play MIDI" - plays a MIDI file.
  • "Rename" - lets you enter a new name for a MIDI file.
  • "Copy to..." - copy a MIDI file to another MIDI database or duplicate it (i.e. copy it to the same database).
  • "Beam" - beams a MIDI file either to another handheld or to other MIDI-accepting devices (like some cell phones).
  • "Delete" - deletes a MIDI file.
  • "More..." - contains "Edit..." and "Import..." (conversion to a ringtone) commands.
  • "Done" - closes the MIDI Manager and returns to HoHo's main view.

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How to loop a ringtone?RNS:: logo
To loop the ringtone, simply append a letter "L" in its end.
My question is not listed in this FAQ!RNS:: logo
Use HoHo Forum - a message board - the preferred way to ask your questions. Everyone can benefit from the questions and answers posted there...
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