Posts Tagged ‘keyboard’

BlackBerry Smartphone shortcuts

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011


In today’s article, I am going to go through five BlackBerry smartphone shortcuts, which will help you be more efficient with your BlackBerry smartphone. Some of you might already be using some of these shortcuts already, but for those of you don’t know about them, here they are:

  1. Use shortcuts in Messages to view folders quickly

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New BlackBerry Torch 9860 video shows off typing on the virtual keyboard

Thursday, July 28th, 2011


If you are a huge fan of the BlackBerry Torch 9860 and is anticipating its release, you are going to love this video. This video shows off the different features with the smartphone. What’s most interesting about this video is it demonstrates the use of the virtual keyboard. With the sleek design and one of BlackBerry’s first touch screen devices, this baby is one of my top picks. What’s your top pick on new BlackBerry devices rolling out next month?

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BlackBerry PlayBook Fighting Crime!

Monday, July 11th, 2011

The BlackBerry PlayBook has been classified as the professional tablet, but professional doesn’t have to be those in suits, they can be law enforcers too. The Toronto Police Department has integrated the BlackBerry PlayBook in their police vehicles to make their fighting crime missions more effective.

The video shows off how the Toronto crime fighters are going to use the PlayBook and the bluetooth BlackBerry Keyboard they have onboard. Check it out!

Five Tips for BlackBerry Smartphone Power Users

Monday, May 30th, 2011


BlackBerryInsight has published a number of articles abouts tips and applications on how to save power on your BlackBerry device. I’ve listed a few below.

Ty.W from Inside BlackBerry has also published an article about Five Tips for BlackBerry Smartphone Power Users, which I think would be helpful to you guys and is worth sharing.

Tip 1 – Navigate menus quickly using your BlackBerry smartphone keyboard

This is a really handy tip that applies to BlackBerry smartphones that include a physical keyboard. Whenever you are presented with a menu, you can use your keyboard to quickly cycle through the various menu options by tapping the first letter of any option listed in the menu.

For example, in the screenshot at the top of this post, you’ll notice the menu that appears if you press the Menu key while using the Pictures application on your BlackBerry. If you want to select the “Set as Contact Picture” option, depending on which BlackBerry smartphone you are using, you can scroll up using the trackpad, or simply touch the screen.

My preferred method however is to hit ‘S’ on the BlackBerry smartphone keyboard, as this will start cycling through the Menu and land on anything that starts with an ‘S’. So the first time I hit ‘S’, the option of “Set as Wallpaper” will be highlighted. Hitting ‘S’ again will then highlight the “Set As Contact Picture” option, which is what I was looking for.

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How To: bring up the keyboard on your BlackBerry PlayBook at any time

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Previously I showed you an additional swipe control of the BlackBerry PlayBook that allows you to bring up the system controls when running any application. Now I found another such “hidden” standard swipe:

  • Swipe bottom/left – up/right: brings up the system keyboard

This is how it looks like:

Developer Howto: Prevent the compatibility mode / virtual keyboard on BlackBerry Storm for your Applications

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008


In our article “How to get rid of the Virtual Keyboard in 3rd Party Applications on the BlackBerry Storm” I described this from the end-user point of view. While that is using for users it is still cumbersome and inconvenient for them. Moreover, as a developer you might not want to get that much negative feedback and support inquiries about your third party application which starts up with a virtual keyboard that cannot be hidden whatsoever.

What is the problem?
Your customer just received his new BlackBerry Storm and installed the old thrid party application from you on it. If I start the application the Storm’s virtual KEYBOARD comes up and it DOES NOT GO AWAY!

You can see an example on the right. The blue frame indicates the application is running in compatibility mode. The keyboard is activated by default and cannot be hidden.

This is bad!
Very bad, because first of all your application has less space due to the blue frame. Then the keyboard takes up a lot of space which also takes lots of space. Especially applications or games which require a lot of space for showing graphics or data (like the used TaskMaster™ task management app) are not usable like this. Obviously this should be fixed to provide your users a high quality application!

You need to get rid of the compatibility mode and tell the BlackBerry Storm not to use it. The solution for developers is:

  1. Build your application with BlackBerry JDE 4.7.
  2. Add the following lines to your applications JAD file for OTA downloads:
    RIM-TouchCompatibilityMode: false
    RIM-TouchCompatibilityMode-UserChangeable: true

Once you have done this you can be 100% sure that your application will never run in “Compatibility Mode” again.

The official explanation by a RIM Moderator on the BlackBerry support forums can be found here.

P.S.: From the developer point of view I cannot understand why RIM introduced this. Yes, Mike wrote about this and also stated some reasons in the support forums article (link above). However, developers should have a more abstract thinging of input devices / methods. For me it just doesn’t matter where the input comes from (keyboard, trackwheel, trackball, touchscreen). RIM’s internal software design just needs to be done good and more abstract to add new input devices easily without (kind of) making already functioning applications useless. Well, it works as described above but to summarize my feelings about this: I am a bit disappointed by RIM for their “solution”. :(

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How to get rid of the Virtual Keyboard in 3rd Party Applications on the BlackBerry Storm

Monday, December 8th, 2008


This is was a VERY annoying issue on the Storm for me and for many other users who wanted to get their 3rd party applications working on the BlackBerry Storm! While the Storm still has some more or less serious bugs this behavior seems to be forced by RIM. I don’t really get the sense here as it is terribly solved. Anyway, so:

What is the problem? I just got my new BlackBerry Storm and installed my old thrid party application TaskMaster™ on it. If I start the application the Storm’s virtual KEYBOARD comes up and it DOES NOT GO AWAY!

You can see an example on the right.

Why?
Just to bring some light into the dark here I would like to explain what happens. As the BlackBerry Storm is quite different in its user interaction – meaning: it has touch screen – RIM introduced a so called “Compatibility Mode” for 3rd party apps. All applications that have not been built specifically for the BlackBerry (more specific for BlackBerry OS 4.7) will run in this compatibility mode.

This compatibility mode forces the virtual keyboard to appear and never hide itself. The screen size is even smaller in case of our example you see a blue frame around the program which indicates that it is running in compatibility mode.

Solution – Get rid of the keyboard!
Disable the compatibility mode for the application. Here is a guide how you can do this:

  • Go to your BlackBerry’s Options » Advanced Options » Applications.
  • Select the application you want to disable the compatibility mode at:
  • Hit the BlackBerry Menu Key and select Disable Compatibility Mode:
  • Go back to your desktop and start the applicaton again. It will start up without the virtual keyboard and without the blue frame. This means the program is not running in compatibility mode anymore. It might then look like this:

Here is the complete gallery of screen shots I took for this:

I hope this helps you as well. It helped me to solve this issue and get all of my favorite 3rd party apps back running in my BlackBerry.

The official explanation by a RIM Moderator on the BlackBerry support forums can be found here.

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