Softick Audio Gateway
User guide
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Table of Contents
1. Introduction...............................................................................................................3
1.1 Main features.......................................................................................................3
2. System Requirements and compatability..................................................................3
3. Installation and starting.............................................................................................5
3.1 Installation ..........................................................................................................5
3.3 First start..............................................................................................................9
4. Configuring..............................................................................................................10
5. Usage recomendations.............................................................................................14
5.1 Media player launch.........................................................................................14
5.2 Controlling Media player.................................................................................14
5.3 Desk Accessories...............................................................................................14
6. Purchasing and registration.....................................................................................15
6.1 Registration code entering................................................................................15
7. Technical support....................................................................................................15
7.1 Well-known problems and solutions...............................................................16
8. Legal information....................................................................................................17
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1. Introduction
Softick Audio Gateway is the first audio streaming solution for Palm OS
handhelds which allows to connect Palm OS handheld to the Bluetooth stereo
headphones and listen to digital audio played by any of Palm OS applications,
including multimedia players, audio book readers and games.
Softick Audio Gateway can operate with any Bluetooth ® audio device which
supports Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) designed to transfer a highquality stereo audiostream wirelessly.
Softick Audio Gateway captures digital audio from Palm OS audio subsystem
and redirects it to the Bluetooth A2DP device:
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Stereo headphones or stereo headsets;
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Desktop PC with A2DP drivers installed;
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A2DP Speakers.
You can make and receive calls via the Bluetooth headset. Softick Audio
Gateway automatically stops music and switches your headset to the phone call.
Music will be restored after your talk is finished.
1.1 Main features
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Advanced Audio Distribution Profile support (A2DP)
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Audio/Video Remote control Profile support (AVRCP)
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High quality stereo streaming, up to 360Kbps audio bitrate
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Wide-range players and audio software compatibility
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Easy setup and usage
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Support for Mono and Stereo sound stream
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Built-in audio post filter to improve low bitrate audio quality
2. System Requirements and compatability
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Palm OS 5.1 or higher handheld
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Built-in Bluetooth technology support
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200K of Storage Memory
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Bluetooth A2DP compatible headset, headphones or speakers.
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Tested devices:
Palm
Model
Processor type
Test results
Notes
Tungsten-T3
Intel PXA25x
Fully compatible
High quality mode is supported
TX
Intel PXA27x
Fully compatible
High quality mode is supported
Tungsten-T5
Intel PXA27x
Works fine
Medium quality mode is supported
Zire 72
Intel PXA27x
Works fine
Medium quality mode is supported
(high quality with TCPMP player)
Treo 700p
Intel PXA27x
Fully compatible
Version 1.08 or later is required
Treo 680
Intel PXA27x
Fully compatible
Version 1.10 or later is required
Treo 755P
Intel PXA27x
Fully compatible
Version 1.14 or later is required
Centro
Intel PXA27x
Fully compatible
Version 1.17 or later is required
Model
Processor type
Test results
Notes
Treo 650
Intel PXA27x
Fully compatible
High quality mode is supported
Tungsten E2
Intel PXA27x
Works fine
Only low quality mode is supported
Life Drive
Intel PXA27x
Works fine
Sound glitches during access to
HDD or SD card.
Processor type
Test results
Notes
CLIE PEG UX40 Sony CLX
Doesn't work
Not supported yet
CLIE PEG UX50 Sony CLX
Doesn't work
Not supported yet
CLIE PEG TH55 Sony CLX
Doesn't work
Not supported yet
PalmOne
Sony
Model
Tapwave
Model
Processor type
Test results
Notes
Zodiac
Motorola i.MX
Fully compatible
Version 1.05 or later is required
Zodiac 2
Motorola i.MX
Fully compatible
Version 1.05 or later is required
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Tested headsets:
Lubix UBHS-LC1
Lubix UBHS-NC1
Helium Digital Bluetooth Headphones HDBT-700
Motorola DC800 Stereo Transceiver
Motorola HT820
Motorola S9
Plantronics Pulsar 590A Headset
Bluetake i-Phone BT420EX Bluetooth Hi-Fi Sports Headphone
iPAQ Bluetooth Stereo Headphones (made by Logitech)
iMuffs Stereo Bluetooth Headphones for iPod
Samsung SBH-100
TEN naviPlay Bluetooth Stereo Kit for iPod
Sony Ericsson HBH-DS970
Jabra BT620S
Bluetake A2DP enable PC dongle
According to our customers feedback the following headsets should also be
compatible:
Qstik EVOQ BT stereo headset
Jabra BT8010
Blueant x5
Nextlink's Spider Bluetooth Stereo Headset
Logitech 'Music AnyWhere'
Scosche Car Bluetooth Receiver
motorola s805
Sony Xplod BT2500 car stereo
Plantronics pulsar 260
Samsung SBH170
Sony DR-BT50
Nokia CK-20W car audio
Logitec LBT-HS200C2 bluetooth headphone set
Creative CB2530
Motorola SoundPilot S705
iWing BES005
Sony DR-BT50
Beluga iVoyage BF 1-311 portable speaker
ILUV i903 Noise-Canceling Bluetooth Stereo Headphones
You can find any timely information about compatible devices on
http://www.softick.com/bluetooth-audio/
3. Installation and starting
3.1 Installation
To install this application, it is necessary to have HotSync application and USB
drivers for your handheld on your PC. You can find all this in the handheld delivery
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set.
Unpack archive to any temporary folder. Enter this folder and double-click the
mouse on the AudioGateway.prc. file.
If option Do not show this dialog again previously haven't been chosen, a
similar to this one window has to appear:
Click ОК.
Fig. 1: Hot Sync procedure, step 1
Following window will appear:
Fig. 2: Hot Sync procedure, step 2
Connect your handheld and PC, than tap the synchronization button. Soon both
computers will report that synchronization is complete. Now the application is
installed and ready to be used.
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3.2. Connection
Before using your Bluetooth headset or headphones, you need to establish
trusted relationship between your Palm powered device and the headset. To pair the
Bluetooth device, launch Prefs application (System category). Please note that the
following screenshot was taken on Palm Treo 650 and may vary from device to
device.
Choose Bluetooth.
Fig. 3: Pref configurator
Make sure that the Bluetooth module is
turned ON. Tap the Setup Devices
button.
Fig. 4: Bluetooth panel
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Tap the Trusted Devices button.
Note: If you are Treo user and want to
use your headset answering the phone
calls, you need to tap the Hands-free
Setup button instead.
Fig. 5: Setup Devices form
Trusted Devices form shows the list of
currently paired Bluetooth devices. You
need to put your Bluetooth headset or
headphones into discoverable mode and
tap the Add Device button.
Fig. 6: Tusted Devices form
Please refer to the headset User manual in
order to learn how to put your headset or
headphones into discoverable mode.
Select you device from the list and tap
the OK button. If your device cannot be
discovered, please check whether you put
it properly into discoverable mode.
Usually the LED of the headphones
blinks red and blue in the discoverable
mode.
Fig. 7: Device discovery
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During connection to your headset you
may be asked for PIN code (passkey).
Usually it is '0000', but please refer to
your headset/headphone User manual for
details.
Fig. 8: PIN code request
Now the pairing of your Bluetooth headset or the headphones is complete. It is
obligatory to reboot your handheld before launching Softick Audio Gateway.
3.3 First start
During the first launch a device setup
wizard will appear. If you have already
paired your A2DP device, press the Skip
button. If you want to set it up, press the
Start Pairing button to exit Audio
Gateway and launch Palm OS Bluetooth
pairing wizard.
Fig. 9: Setup Wizard Step 1.
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Select from the list your device, audio
settings Profile and press A2DP Device
button to establish connection to the
A2DP headset or the headphones, and
redirect sound stream to it.
Fig. 10: Softick Audio Gateway Main
Screen
If you want to stop such redirection and
disconnect from headphones, tap
Internal Speaker, and sound will be
routed to the internal speaker or to the
wired headset.
You can start a Media Player installed on
your handheld from the program main
screen. Or you can go to Bluetooth
system settings. To do it, press a
respective icon in a Quick Launch area.
4. Configuring
The application has wide possibilities in managing the Quality/ Performance
balance.
To enter Settings menu tap Audio
Profile.
Fig. 11: Application menu
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Choose one of the seven bitrate values to
achieve an optimal sound quality.
Smaller bitrate values can be applied in
sources with low bitrate, for example
when listening to an audiobook. The less
is the value, the less resources do
processor and radiomodul need. On some
handhelds with a slow processor
dropouts of sound fragments are possible
due to the lack of processor time.
Fig. 12: Configuration
Softick Audio Gateway built-in audio
filter activates automatically for
audiodata with low bitrate (e.g.
audiobooks). Disable Filter option
disables the operation of the filter.
Faster Analysis. This mode was used in
previous versions of Audio Gateway.
When the option is on, the subprogram of
stream processing is faster, but sound
quality is worse, especially for low-rate
sound.
Fig. 13: Quality adjustment
Simple Bits Allocation allows to install a
bit distribution using SNR method
instead of LOUDNESS. This method is
slower, but you can achieve higher
sound quality (the mode will be changed
only after the reconnection of headphones
is done). To learn more read A2DP
specification.
Use Generic Stereo Only disables
JOINT STEREO coding. You can switch
this option off in order to achieve a better
sound quality.
Disable Volume Control switches a
scaling subprogram in Audio Gateway
off. If this option is switched on,
programs won't be able to adjust the
sound volume, but the headphones will
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receive unmodified audiostream, more
natural than the scaled one. You can
adjust the volume directly on your
headset.
Audio settings are saved in user profiles.
There are 4 ready profiles, and user can
create his own profiles as well. All the
changes, made in Quality Tweaks and
Bitrate, are implemented to the current
profile that is set on the program main
screen.
Рис. 14: Profiles
There is a Troubleshooting menu in
order to eliminate problems with some
handhelds.
Fig. 15: Troubleshooting
Sometimes Treo700p loses connection
with a headset. Softick Audio Gateway
can permanently resume the connection,
just switch on the option Enable Treo
700p headset connection watchdog.
Though, switching this option may soon
drain your battery.
In case of spontaneous handheld
rebooting during the process of
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hybernation, or after Hot Sync while
using Softick Audio Gateway, switch
Enable extra program resources
protection option. Pay attention – while
this option is ON, you can't delete or
reinstall Softick Audio Gateway.
Disable extra buffering allows to
eliminate sound dropouts that are
possible in the headphones with a small
buffer. It happens, that such headphones
pass audiodata which was sent by Softick
Audio Gateway in order to fill its buffer.
Meanwhile, a big buffer allows to
eliminate radiotransmission problems in
the headphones which are able to
perform prebuffering and fill unexpected
stream pauses. The operation of this
option depends on the headset you use,
that's why it's up to you whether to
switch this option on.
Fig. 16: Troubleshooting Options
Force AVRCP connection defines what
will initiate AVRCP connection –
AudioGateway or a headset. If the
buttons of playback control stop working
after reconnection or the call ending, try
to change this option into reverse.
Be quied during phone calls
Works if you have installed a program
that plays MP3 ring tone through
speaker. If this option is switched off
while Audio Gateway is switched on, the
ring tone will be heard through speaker.
If this option is on, the ring tone is
blocked and you will hear only standard
call notification in headphones.
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5. Usage recomendations
5.1 Media player launch
After the connection to the Bluetooth headset is established, you can switch
back to the Launcher using the Home button (Softick Audio Gateway will keep
Bluetooth connection), launch your media player and enjoy music via Bluetooth!
Note: Make sure to disconnect the Bluetooth headset when you do not use it. Keeping
Bluetooth connection active can quickly drain your batteries.
5.2 Controlling Media player
You can control your active media player using buttons on the headset. Softick Audio
Gateway supports the following media players:
Media Player
Vendor
Notes
Pocket Tunes
Normsoft, Inc.
Full support.
AeroPlayer
Aerodrome Software
Full support
TCPMP
corecodec.org
Full support. Player
background mode.
RealPlayer
Real
Unable to
playback.
Audible Player
Audible, Inc
Full support. Version 3.01 of Audible Player
is required.
Kinoma Player
Kinoma
Full support. Version 4.2 is required.
mOcean
MotionApps
Full support
control
doesn't
during
support
background
Softick Audio Gateway supports the following commands via AVRCP (Audio/Video
Remote Profile): Next Track, Previous Track, Play, Pause and Stop.
5.3 Desk Accessories
Desk Accessory, or DA, is a small application that can be launched from the context
of any application without switching to the Launcher. Softick Audio Gateway is
shipped with three Desk Accessories, which allows to establish connection to the
A2DP headphones or disconnect from it quickly.
In order to use DA, you need to install the third party DA Launcher application.
There is at least one freeware program called “DA Launcher” and a few commercial
or shareware projects.
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6. Purchasing and registration
Softick Audio Gateway is distributed on the try-before-you-buy basis. The
application works as a full version within a period of 21day. When this period is over
you should buy the application or stop using it. You can buy Softick Audio Gateway
on http://www.softick.com/bluetooth-audio/
6.1 Registration code entering
After you have purchased our product, you will receive an unlock code. You
have to enter this code to the Audio Gateway. Do the following:
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Start Softick Audio Gateway
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Tap in the top of the screen on Softick Audio Gateway
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Choose Help, than Register
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The Registration form and display keyboard will appear.
Fig. 17: Registration Form
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Enter the code you have received and tap OK
In case you get an Error message, repeat the code entering more carefully. If
the problem remains, please turn to our support service:
http://softick.com/suprequest/index.php
Keep an unlock code you have received. However, if you've lost it, you can
receive it again on http://softick.com/support/serialrecover.php
7. Technical support
We provide technical support to our customers, so you are welcomed to our
web-page http://softick.com/support.html. You can contact us by e-mail:
support@softick.com
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Also you can visit our forum: http://www.softick-forum.com/
Before asking a question please read FAQ on our site
(http://www.softick.com/faq.php) and following section:
7.1 Well-known problems and solutions
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Mono Bluetooth headsets don't support stereo A2DP profile, necessary for
Audio Gateway. These headsets operate only in SCO mode. Currently this
profile isn't supported by our product.
Softick Audio Gateway supports AVRCP (Audio/Video Remote Control
Protocol) profile to control functions of player via the headset. But this profile
has to be supported by player as well. Currently AVRCP is supported for
pTunes, RealPlayer (in active mode), Aeroplayer (1.07+), Audible player,
mOcean player from MotionApps and TCPMP.
There is known incompatibility between Normsoft Pocket Tunes and Softick
Audio Gateway which prevent from playing DRM (Digital Rights
Management) protected audio files.
The DRM is used for some sources in Napster, Raphsody, Yahoo music
services.
If during the connection to the headset an Error message The remote device's
security architecture denied the connection appears, try to reboot your
handheld, switch off/switch on the headset and connect your devices in Prefs
panel. Than choose a headset in the Main window of Audio Gateway. Read
about headset connection in its documentation in details. Make sure that you've
entered the PIN-code correctly. When connecting your devices, try to use
Current discovery instead of Devices list.
Error message Unable to connect to the headset. The remote device is out of
resources reports that your headset have not been disconnected from another
Bluetooth device. Please turn off/turn on your headset.
If while watching video your handheld freezes, probably your avi's codec uses
too much CPU time and thus Audio Gateway does not have enough CPU time.
Please try to reduce video resolution and change video codec (with
PocketDVD for example). Also try to reduce output bitrate in Audio Gateway
preferences (Device->Configure).
While working on Life Drive you may hear choppy and slow sound, because
Palm OS reads from time to time the data from LD hard disk. That's why
Audio Gateway doesn't have enough time to send music data via Bluetooth.
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We can suggest you the following: a) Try to store your MP3s to SD card and
listen to music from this card. b) Do not exit from your media player during
music play. Also please read our forum http://www.softick-forum.com/
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Sometimes while listening to music sound some dropouts can happen, since
Audio Gateway sends too large data stream via Bluetooth. In case of a
transmission error, Palm Bluetooth library has no time for the second
transmission. The error can happen because you've moved away from your
handheld and signal strength has dropped. Moreover, too many people use
their Bluetooth devices all at once, and such devices influence your headset
and handheld. Radio interferences from cellular communication networks also
are possible.
If by using mOcean player the sound is too loud and distorted, switch on the
option "Disable volume control" in the section "Quality tweaks .
8. Legal information
All above-mentioned names and trademarks are the property of the respective
companies.
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