Category Archives: Software

NextAction! – Productivity made with GTD methods – but won’t start!?

NextAction!Some time ago we were talking about “Implementing Getting Things Done with your Blackberry” and presented the market leading productivity tools.

Because I tested the programs and reviewed them I had them for free. Just a day ago I have purchased the license of NextAction! for myself. Why? Because we have received this special offer I have already posted to you :)
Because I was using a friend’s BlackBerry with BlackBerry OS 4.1 in the first review everything worked fine. However, I started the program on my private BlackBerry and had to see that it hangs. Directly at the start! Sometimes it stays in the BlackBerry desktop and sometimes there comes a black or white screen up and nothing happens anymore. Of course, I got some kind of angry and wrote after some tries and wrote to the customer support.

Once more, it was my mistake. I did not read the product page exactly where it is written: “NextAction! needs BlackBerry OS 4.1 or higher.”. What the hack?!? I thought and checked the BlackBerry OS version. It was really an old one and so I used the information from our article “How to upgrade your BlackBerry to OS 4.1″ (thanks god that we have such informative ones) and upgraded to BlackBerry OS 4.1. Suddenly – it worked like a charm!

So please keep in your mind to read the product description as good as you can. Not only at this specific product, I mean at all products you consider to purchase. You only want to buy that software that you have use for and you only want software, that is completely compatible with the latest BlackBerry hardware.

RIM announces Multimedia BlackBerry

Research in Motion
According to many rumors in some forums, serious and nonserious blogs RIM has now, more or less, official announces the next generation of BlackBerry devices featuring more multimedia features and more memory in a “thinner and lighter design”. We knew it!

Executives told shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting last night that expanding into these two markets with new products is a key goal of the next 12 months.

Next generation BlackBerrys will have improved radio performance, multimedia features, expandable memory and will boast a thinner and lighter design, said Mike Lazaridis, the president and co-chief executive.

Jim Balsillie, chairman and co-CEO, suggested that the new devices could appear as early as October.

Source: RIM announces next-gen BlackBerry

Update: New article “Aircharge introduces credit card payments processing for Blackberry”

Hosted BlackBerry Enterprise Server

For companies with a low IT budget who are in need of a BlackBerry Enterpise Server – this might be the solution: RIM introduces Hosted BlackBerry Enterprise Servers offered through third-party service providers. David Wilmering, product marketing director for Research In Motion: “This way there’s no up-front costs and smaller enterprises can pay as they grow.â€? For more information click here.

BlackBerry EBooks – Special Offer until 2006-07-31

Because of our last article “Reading E-Books on your Blackberry” we have just received an email from BlackBerryBooks‘ content distributor MobileSoftMarket.

They say:

“We are very pleased to see the innovative mobile content in our shop to be brought to the audience of the country wide company leaders. […] So we would like to give BlackBerryInsight the exclusive right to publish a special BlackBerryInsight discount of 10% on all products […]”

WOW! Of course we do! I guess our readers like to get good products, save money and have fun. Here is a complete summary of the discount:

  • Discount Code: HPZ94N
  • Discount: 10%
  • End Date: 2006-07-31
  • Maximum Number of Discount uses: 100
  • Minimum Amount of Purchase: $10

Reading E-Books on your Blackberry

There are many E-Book Readers and ebooks for Palm and PocketPC PDAs but for a long time BlackBerry users were neglected. There are however some good solutions on the market:

  1. PDF based Ebooks
    There are a couple of programs for the Blackberry to view PDF documents. As there are many PDB-based ebooks on the market, this seems to be the obvious solution. There is one problem however. PDF documents are allways trageted to a specific size i.e. letter or A4. That means that in most PDF documents you will not have a line break at the right end of the displayed text and need to scroll the ebook horizontal AND vertical, which is quite inconvinient.
  2. Blackberry Ebooks which include a reader application has a selection of ebooks and ebook packages which include a Blackberry Ebook Reader. The included Ebook Reader allows comfortable reading supporting the Thumbwheel, different fonts and font sizes.
  3. Build your own Blackberry ebook with free software
    for all the hackers, here is a solution on how to build your own Blackberry ebook:
    – get the TequilaCat BookReader and Shell
    – split your ebooks in text files less than 64kb
    – covert th txt file to jad/jar using the Shell
    – generate a cod/alx file from jad/jar using the free BlackBerry JDE
    – use the BlackBerry Desktop to install the ebook

BlackBerry PDF Viewers

There are quite a few appilcations to view PDF files on your BlackBerry. Although you get basic PDF support included with the native Blackberry applications, you might need a program with better support for image-rich PDFs and other special features. This should give you an overview about third party PDF viewers:

  • DocHawk Platinum
    This is the bestselling Handango application to view file attachments inlcuding
    Adobe PDF, Word, WordPerfect, XLS, PPT, eFax.
  • RepliGo
    Document viewer for PDF, Excel, PowerPoint, Word, WordPerfect, faxes & photos which supports almost every feature of a desktop viewer-application
  • eOffice
    eOffice is not only a document viewer but a whole office suite for your BlackBerry. Besides the PDF support you can view Power Point presentations and create/edit word & exel documents.

Skype Powered VoIP calls with your BlackBerry

8701_tm.jpgThe MobileMag just published an article on using Skype on mobile devices. This includes BlackBerry devices!

As of the fact that the most BlackBerry users have a data flatrate this might be a good oportunity to make cheap calls with the commonly known good quality of Skype connections. There is a free version with basic features and a commercial one ($3.95 / month) with more advanced features like 4 – way call conferencing and an higher amount of contacts.

Download the client for your BlackBerry here.

I would be not surprised if there is someday a BlackBerry client available which comes with video chat / conferencing features.


Wallpapers – The other way to increase productivity

After 2 months I got bored of the default 7290 vodafone wallpaper and wanted to change something. Some nice beaches or my favorite sports team might be a good a idea but it was some kind of hard to figure out how to get this updated. However, I wanted to change something, to change the feeling while using my BlackBerry and to get a bit more unique. So a new wallpaper would be a good start, I thought.

But if you are not in the mood to create your own wallpapers you might invest $2 to $4 into some device-ready wallpapers.

Below are listed some nice topic grouped wallpaper packs optimized for the BlackBerry 71xx, 72xx, 77xx, 75xx and 87xx.

  1. Beach Dream Wallpaper Pack
  2. Dallas Mavericks 2006 Wallpaper Pack
  3. Beer Wallpaper Pack
  4. Worldcup 2006 Wallpaper Pack for Blackberry