Tuesday 12 November 2019
Saint Josaphat, Bishop, Martyr 
 on Tuesday of week 32 in Ordinary Time
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Latest update: 8-Aug-2011. Database version: 1257 8-Aug-2011.

Universalis on Palm OS

Note to Palm Pre users: see the next section for some suggestions for using Universalis with the Palm Pre.

Universalis is no longer supported on Palm OS. The final version is dated 8 August 2011 and it is available for download free of charge. No registration code is required.

New features will not be added, no bugs will be corrected, and any remaining misprints will not be corrected. No bugs have been reported for years.


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Translations: The readings are from the Jerusalem Bible. For the psalms, you have a choice between our own translation (as seen in Catholic Calendar and on the Web) and the Grail version, which is used in most of the English-speaking world.

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Translations: You have a choice between the Jerusalem Bible readings with the Grail psalms (used in most of the English-speaking world) and the New American Bible readings and psalms (used in the USA).

You need a computer running Palm OS version 3.5 upwards.  Most computers manufactured after early 2000 use a suitable version of Palm OS.

You need 5MB of free memory on your computer.

Universalis works with expansion memory cards (see below).

Palm Pre

The Palm Pre is not a Palm OS device and therefore won't run this download directly.

Palm do not allow third-party applications in standard programming languages to run in the Palm Pre's "WebOS", only what they call "web apps" — which Universalis isn't.

You can buy a product called MotionApps Classic, which allows you to run Palm OS programs on your Palm Pre. Some of our users have tried this and tell us that it works for them. We haven't tested it ourselves, and we can't support it - in the sense that if it works for you, that's good; but if it doesn't work, all we can give you is our sympathy. Since the Universalis download for Palm has a 1-month free trial period and MotionApps Classic has a 7-day free trial period, you should be able to try everything out before committing yourself to anything.

Alternatively, if you have an e-book reader on your Palm Pre, you can use the Universalis program for Windows or Mac to create Universalis e-books for use on your Palm Pre.


Download the following file: univpalm.zip.

Your browser may let you choose between opening the file and saving it. We usually prefer to save our downloaded files and open them separately later: if you do this, remember which folder (directory) your browser has saved the file into so that you can find it afterwards!


Windows XP and Vista

If you have Windows XP or Vista, you can install Universalis on your Palm OS computer as follows:

  1. Open univpalm.zip by double-clicking on it.
  2. A folder will open and you will see two files, universalis.prc and univ.pdb.
  3. Double-click on each of these files in turn. When you double-click, the Palm Install Tool window will open, and it will show that the file has been added to the list of files that will be installed on the next HotSync operation.
  4. Perform a HotSync. The total size of the Universalis files is about 5MB, so the HotSync that installs Universalis will be slow. On a Palm Vx it takes more than 5 minutes; more modern Palms that use USB for synchronization will be faster.

Once the installation has been completed, you can delete univpalm.zip.

Filenames: If your copy of Windows is set up to hide filetypes from you, univpalm.zip, universalis.prc and univ.pdb. may appear as simply univpalm, universalis and univ.

Access denied: If you get an "Access denied" message when double-clicking on the files in step 3, this is because your system is preventing you from opening .prc or .pdb files. You may have anti-virus software that is trying to "protect" you from what you want to do. In that case, use the method shown for "Other operating systems":

Other operating systems (including Mac OS)

  1. Open the downloaded file univpalm.zip. Recent versions of Mac OS and Windows can open Zip files directly if you double-click on them; otherwise you need to download a suitable utility.
  2. Extract universalis.prc and univ.pdb from univpalm.zip and put them somewhere obvious, such as the desktop. Normally, the easiest way of doing this is to highlight them inside univpalm.zip, copy them to the clipboard, go to the desktop, and paste; but simply highlighting them and dragging them to the desktop may work equally well.
  3. Open the Palm Install Tool. In Windows, the command is usually something like Start > Palm Desktop > Install Tool.
  4. The Palm Install Tool has a button marked "Add". Press this button, and in the "Open File" window that appears, navigate to the desktop and open universalis.prc. You should then find that universalis.prc has been added to the Install Tool's list of files that are going to be installed.
  5. Repeat the process for univ.pdb.
  6. Perform a HotSync.

Once the installation has been completed, you can delete univpalm.zip, and also the copies of universalis.prc and univ.pdb that you have put onto your desktop.

Universalis on expansion memory cards

Universalis works on expansion memory cards (SD cards, Memory Stick).  Universalis comes as two files: the program universalis.prc, which is small, and the data file univ.pdb, which is large. You have two choices:

  1. You can place both universalis.prc and univ.pdb on the memory card, and run Universalis from there. Your computer will copy universalis.prc temporarily to main memory before running it, but since this file is small it will not cause much of a delay.
  2. For more advanced users - you can leave universalis.prc in main memory, for speed, and move univ.pdb to the memory card.  In this case, you must copy universalis.prc to a particular location: on the versions of PalmOS we have tested, the name of the directory is /Palm/Launcher.  On some computers this directory will not already exist and you will have to create it.

Sometimes the Install Tool will allow you to install programs directly on your SD card. Otherwise, there will be an application available for copying files between main memory and the memory card. Its name varies from one PalmOS computer to another.  For example, on the Sony Clié it is called Clié Files.


See the separate instructions.