OrbForms Designer

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OrbForms Designer is the most advanced development tool from OrbWorks, designed for creating powerful Palm OS applications very quickly. It integrates the ease of a intelligent visual design environment with the simplicity and power of a C-like language and an object-based API.


  • Rapid application development
  • "What you see is what you get" form designer
  • Automatic form resize on compatible devices
  • Powerful, familiar C-like language
  • Full support for objects, inheritance, and interfaces
  • Language translation support
  • Debug language features (logging, asserts, debug-only code)
  • Rich object-based APIs
  • Code completion and calltips
  • Support for native add-ins (custom functions and objects)
  • Automatic upload to emulator for testing


The OrbForms Designer development environment provides you the tools you need to create a robust Palm application quickly:
  • Visual form designer
  • Project browser
  • Property viewer
  • Source code editor
  • Source code browser
  • Code completion and calltips

For complete details, see the Development Environment page.

Runtime Environment

OrbForms Designer creates Palm applications either as standalone applications, or as smaller applications that require the OrbC runtime. Which way you distribute your application is up to you.

The OrbC runtime environment provides access to the Palm OS and the hardware through functions and objects. Currently, there is full support for databases, memo pad entries, string manipulation, user interface objects (forms, menu, controls, images), data structures (string lists, and string dictionaries), saved preferences, math functions, sound, dates, and color drawing with off-screen buffering.

System Requirements

  • Windows 98/Me or Windows 2000/XP
  • Internet Explorer 4 (for help system)
  • Palm OS 3.0 or higher

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