For years I’ve used Spybot – Search and Destroy on my laptop to check for nasty programs that try and sneak in usually via IE holes. It’s one of the many reasons I don’t use IE, but that’s another story. Anyway, it’s an easy to use program that lets me keep my system clean. At the very least I run it sometimes just for peace of mind.
For some time I have known about this company making a version for cell phones. So, When I got the 8525 I figured, what the heck! Let’s try it out!
It lets me open all or only some files and politely asks where I want opened files saved. There’s all sorts of settings including a list of compressions, viewing a file and it’s properties while still “inside” the zip file, examining comments, etc. All programs should be this nicely thought out.
It’s very frustrating not being able to copy a number from an email or some text from one App and paste it into a Contact, for example. After using the Blackberry Pearl which has a Universal Copy and Paste feature, I’ve frankly gotten spoiled. So when I found VitoCopyPaste for free I downloaded the zip file to microSD card, unzipped it in the phone, copied the exe file to the card and started it by clicking on it. Press and Hold the central joystick button where ever you have an edit box to bring up a Menu to make your coping and pasting. To disable VitoCopyPaste run VitoCopyPaste.exe again. While the program works, I wasn’t completely satisfied – I want to copy and paste EVERYTHING – and I continued my Quest.
I installed the English version file for 8525:
gspmagic.armE.CAB because I’d rather continue struggling with English than another language, but there’s plenty of choices for the rest of you.
GSPocketMagic++ v1.32.19 is a worthy alternative to WisBar. This utility replaces your Start menu – or rather I should say it supplements it because you can still keep your Start menu and just have it include features you prefer. That may sound redundant, but I love options. GSP has a Taskswitcher menu item which lets you cycle between opened Apps. It lets you jump to the Today page and close one or all applications.
Click the thumbnail and you will see from it’s menu and submenu one of my Very Needed Features. The fabulous Cut, Copy and Paste! Can I get an Amen? I, at long last have the opportunity to try this in almost every program. There’s no guarantee it will function in all Apps, but at least I can try and I know where to access the menu. (Just click on the GSP icon). Also note that there is also a Soft Reboot Feature. I’ve used this and it’s nice! I also can make my own icon in place of the default GSP icon. Cool Beans! I made a few and while it can use PNG’s, it can’t see the transparency in a PNG file.
What I LOVE about this utility – and there’s lots to love – is that it has a very configurable Close button feature. I can pick Which programs have the Complete X Closing. Click the thumbnail to see the list of programs which I have decided to Exclude from needing the X button. It’s generally because they already have an Exit button and I see no reason to add another, but also to just play around with the feature. Ya know?
I have to admit I’m VERY happy with this program.
This is a today plugin that provides more features to the built in calender and tasks. Look at the picture of my screen and you will see that Today Agenda begins right under my “No unread messages”. I can add horizontal and vertical lines which I changed to a kind of pinkish color. I also can change the text color of the different elements. The task listed is an aqua color. I left the “appointment” listing the default white, but I can change that as well. Feb 2 is my father’s birthday and I made that a different color. Notice the menu which you access by simply holding down the stylus in place over anywhere in the Today Agenda area. It’s nice to be able to add calendar and task items right there and access the settings. And the scroll buttons can also be altered to taste. I’m not even listing Everything you can do with this plugin. It is Quite feature filled. It didn’t come with documentation, but once I found the menu I figured it out.
This plugin also works very nicely with GSPocketMagic – there’s no conflict, no slowdown in everyday use. Today Agenda can be temporarily removed or turned off by checking it off in the main Today setting.
For those people that do much more typing than me PQzII v0.0.7b is a Keyboard Helper. It improves the convenience of the hardware keyboard and adds some shortcuts like CTRL/ALT plus some more options which are customizable. I don’t think I’ve installed this yet but I’m VERY busy with the tons of other utilities I have downloaded. It’s a wonder there’s any room left on my phone! I’m sure I’ll get around to it at some point.
For those people who like various profiles for their phones this may be the program to try out: PocketZenPhone costs a few bucks. Profiles tend to be a feature used by the businessman or “women on the go”, but as cell phones become The Most Important Device in your bag or pocket, being able to store and change various setting at once may be used by anyone.
Opera MIni on this 8525 installs as part of the Midlet Manager. It’s slightly annoying to have to go through several steps to get to Opera, but I love this browser so much it’s worth it. I’ve tested it on several phones at this point and it works fine on all of them. It behaves exactly the same on other devices. When OperaMini comes across, say, a PDF file which it can’t open, it will ask politely if it can call the default program to read the PDF. That generally means opening IE and then opening the PDF. Then, once I close the PDF, I am returned to Opera. The whole process works quite painlessly.
The only negative with OperaMini on the 8525 is not being able to copy or paste from the Opera url field. That includes GSPocketMagic and VitoCopyPaste. It’s just one of those things. I’m sure it’s related to it running from Midlet Manager.
Fortunately, whatever I can’t do in Opera Mini I can always jump back to IEmobile, which works well enough. It even lets me have bookmarks in folders. And I can add the folders within the IE settings. It’s not as fast as Opera Mini, but it works ok and is certainly better than those old WAP browsers.
on another system. Ah, windows. Insert Rolling Eyes. I looked around for a solution to this problem and most of them are programs that you must pay for. Which is fine and most are listed in that article I linked to. I did try to find some free apps.
NoteM v1.21 was the only one that looked promising. Voice Notes Recorder with MP3 encoding (NoteM) is several years old and no longer supported. It was created as an alternative to the build-in Notes application and saved in a format that could be used by all systems (which was my initial interest). It has a compression rate of 5.5 which is lower than the Notes default recording mode (8-bit 11.025kHz mono PCM) and it doesn’t work on my 8525. I can install it and start it up and it even plays my various other sound files. But it doesn’t record. I found that it made my system unstable and I decided to remove it entirely. Which is a shame. It looks like it could have been a nice program to use.
As I continued my quest I found PWI Embedded Sound Extractor. It can “extract” the embedded WAV files right from the Notes PWI files. It works fine saving a new wav file in the same directory as the original Note with a similar name. Which is nice and polite. Click on the thumb to see the program. The first screen (not shown because it’s “boring”) alerts you that you are about the Convert a file and after you click that button you are shown this list (my picture here) of PWI files on your phone. Pick one and watch it get instantly converted.
If you need more info about copying notes or recordings from a Pocket PC or a Smartphone – using Microsoft Office OneNote 2003 on your PC (which needs ActiveSync), click
While I’m sure that works fine, I’m sticking with the simple stuff. But that’s me. After doing all this looking the conclusion I came to is that if you want a Full featured program you will have to pay for it, which isn’t a problem as these programs are certainly not expensive and worth the money being asked for.
It may seem weird to think that you would use a phone to read from, but well, welcome to the 21st century. Aside from the Notes program which saves text either as type or as handwriting, here’s my investigations of other apps:
A friend emailed me a .DOC file and I put it on my phone to read in Word Mobile. The doc file included images which is what motivated me to try reading the file on my 8525. Looks good! I should try to save a Doc file in this program and email it out to be read by others. I’ve saved .RTF which is easily read by WordPad, so it satisfies my criteria for usefullness even with non-windows systems. No major complains at this time. But then, writing complex documents on a phone seems rather a exercise in frustration. It is good to know that if I needed to I could write the beginnings of article, say while on the subway, and when I get to a computer embellish it later. So, Word Mobile is useful. And that’s really the point of having all these Apps on a phone, is it not? As I said before, from within WordMobile I can not load in a file. I have to click on an existing doc file which automatically opens in Word. This is hardly the End of the World, but I hate not having the flexibility to open files within programs. It’s just one of those things that bother me.
Click on the thumb to see the PWI file I loaded up from within cke. Weird looking, ain’t it? This is something I CAN’T do in Word. There’s tons of features and menu items and this is one program that will take time to really get familiar with. For those that really need to work with several text files at once, this is the one to get. It also can save in various formats. It’s Nice for html, css, program files and other text files.
To Be Continued…….
Written by Cecilia