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Old 02-15-2008, 10:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys,
The update to Convenience Software's FindIt is now available. FindIt helps you find your lost BlackBerry no matter what the conditions, all through email. It works through a series of user-customizable trigger tags that when sent in the subject line of an email to your BlackBerry make it do specific things. Here are some of FindIt's Features:

* FindIt now incorporates a loud and customizable tone that is set through your profile settings, so you can use any ring you want.
* FindIt also displays a user customizable pop-up message (set through the body of the activating email) that the person who picks it up can read.
* If this pop-up message is closed, FindIt will email you letting you know.
* FindIt also has an auto-callback feature. When activated, FindIt will wait until your lost BlackBerry's backlight turns on, and then will call any number you choose (set through the body of the activating email), so that you can talk directly to whoever picks it up.
* FindIt now also incorporates GPS, and your lost BlackBerry will send you an email containing its coordinates along with a link to Yahoo! Maps.
* FindIt now has a stolen alarm as well. When activated, the stolen alarm yells "This BlackBerry is stolen! This BlackBerry is stolen!" and can only be silenced through a battery pull, so any would-be thieves will drop it immediately.

FindIt is $4.99 and comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.
A 3 day demo, along with more information is available here.
For previous customers, an email containing your free upgrade will be sent some time this weekend. If you do not receive your upgrade email by Tuesday please contact us at:
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Old 02-15-2008, 10:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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As a FindIt v1.x user, I had to opportunity to preview and give feedback on v2.0 of FindIt. I think it has the right mix of features and simplicity that make this application invaluable, yet also be a "set it and forget it" kind of program.

The author has added some nice touches, which although he has mentioned them above, I may reiterate and expand on why I like them.

First and foremost, while having GPS hardware and software capability on your phone is cool and all that, usually it is "too late" once you've lost your phone, since it is unlikely that the GPS tracking software was running at the time of the loss. GPS web tracking applications are all big battery drainers so most of us have it off. Well, FindIt has the ability to TURN ON the GPS and if it finds the coordinates, it will email them back to you. Of course, if the phone is in a desk drawer in an office building, it won't be able to detect the coordinates but if it's in a car or outside, it can.

Secondly, I like the fact that it uses the BB Profiles to set your alert. On some phones, a built in tone might be adequately loud, while on others, it might be too quiet. By being able to set your own tones within each profile, (e.g. a loud alarm tone within your Vibrate or Quiet profile), you can be assured what is being played and at what volume. It also means that the tone won't keep playing forever until the battery is dead.

A nice touch is the confirmation email sent back to you when someone has clicked the "OK" button to acknowledge the alarm. That tells you that a human being is physically holding the phone and has shut the alert off and likely has read your message dialog box. It tells you that the phone is not in a desk drawer and no one can hear it playing it's alert tones. You can now then call the phone yourself, or have the phone initiate a call to you, whichever you choose; knowing that someone is there to possibly answer it.

The Stolen tag is a last resort. If you've tried to call the phone, have the finder call you, etc., but are getting no response, then you can trigger the Stolen function; which, as mentioned above will result in a loud voice announcement and siren noises that will hopefully change a potential thief's mind.

Basically, you can test all the functions of the application, and then what I do is Hide the application icon so that it's not visible on the desktop. The icon also does not appear in the switch ribbon, so a finder of your phone can't change the settings on you to disable your trigger phrases.

I recommend this application for what MIGHT happen. Hopefully, you'll never need to use it.
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The message refers to a 3-day demo "here" ("A 3 day demo, along with more information is available here.), but there's no here, here (to paraphrase).

Where is the demo?
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Convenience Software: Home of FindIt, find your lost Blackberry even if it's on silent.
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Thanks...it asks for the "primary" email address in the setup. Do I have to use my default email address (as setup in Options>Advanced Options>Default services, or can I use any email address I have setup on my Blackberry?
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Thanks...it asks for the "primary" email address in the setup. Do I have to use my default email address (as setup in Options>Advanced Options>Default services, or can I use any email address I have setup on my Blackberry?
What every email that you put into the program will be the email address that all notification will go to when you execute some of the tags.

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You do not need to put the same email as your default on the BB.
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Excellent...thanks!
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downloaded the 3 day demo, gonna test it out and buy it if i like it. I'm happy to find this app, i just wish i would have had it when i lost my 8130 in a cab. Thank god for the honest citizens in Toronto that got it back to me... still, the GPS is key!
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The icon also does not appear in the switch ribbon, so a finder of your phone can't change the settings on you to disable your trigger phrases.
I too was involved in the beta testing of this product, and feel that it is worth every penny the developer is asking. However, FindIt does appear in my switch ribbon, and I expressed this concern during testing. I was told that it had to remain running so it could "listen" for trigger tag Emails. Is it not showing up in your ribbon? Is there some setting that I am not aware of that might hide this application from the running apps menu?
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Bought it...pretty cool, and for an absent-minded person like me, a nice "safety" backup in case my phone is on vibrate. I've spent up to an hour looking for my phone in the past...
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just wondering if anyone can explain to me the "auto callback" feature, and how its supposed to work. I had a friend on another BB email the callback feature and nothing worked. I listened in on the call sent out from my BB, and it said "call cannot be completed as dialed." what is supposed to be happening here?

Also the ring doesnt work, it only puts up a popup window. Is there something more i need to configure>

This is using the demo, but that shouldn't make a difference, right?
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oO, usefull application.. i'll consider getting it
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just wondering if anyone can explain to me the "auto callback" feature, and how its supposed to work. I had a friend on another BB email the callback feature and nothing worked. I listened in on the call sent out from my BB, and it said "call cannot be completed as dialed." what is supposed to be happening here?

Also the ring doesnt work, it only puts up a popup window. Is there something more i need to configure>

This is using the demo, but that shouldn't make a difference, right?
Auto callback should do exactly that - after the phone receives an Email with your trigger tag in the subject line, and someone pushes any button - it should call the number you put in the body of the Email. Make sure the phone number does not have any dashes in it (1112223344), and you set ring preferences for FindIt in the profile your using.
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However, FindIt does appear in my switch ribbon, and I expressed this concern during testing. I was told that it had to remain running so it could "listen" for trigger tag Emails. Is it not showing up in your ribbon? Is there some setting that I am not aware of that might hide this application from the running apps menu?
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Hmmm... you are right. I saw it the other day after installing the release version, but either didn't see it when testing or am seeing things (or not). I specifically looked for it at the time, I guess I missed it. Or thought it was the calculator icon... not that I ever use the calculator, hehe.
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just wondering if anyone can explain to me the "auto callback" feature, and how its supposed to work. I had a friend on another BB email the callback feature and nothing worked. I listened in on the call sent out from my BB, and it said "call cannot be completed as dialed." what is supposed to be happening here?

Also the ring doesnt work, it only puts up a popup window. Is there something more i need to configure>

This is using the demo, but that shouldn't make a difference, right?
As DonB mentioned, the email body should contain the phone number [as you would dial it from the phone]. The first time I'd tested this without the instructions, it tried to dial my email signature. That is, it converted my signature into a looooooooooong string of numbers and tried to dial it.

Once I knew that the body of the email should only contain the telephone number that you want the phone to dial (and nothing else), it worked fine.
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Hmmm... you are right. I saw it the other day after installing the release version, but either didn't see it when testing or am seeing things (or not). I specifically looked for it at the time, I guess I missed it. Or thought it was the calculator icon... not that I ever use the calculator, hehe.
However - I guess it is not really a big deal, because when I select FindIt from the ribbon, it freezes my phone. The only thing I can find that will restore the phone is a battery pull. If this is by design - great job! The program can continue running looking for "tagged" messages, and someone can not change the options of the program via the application ribbon!
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thanks for the answers guys, i figured everything out. I definitely need to purchase this... i only wish they had more support on their website.
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I tested it for three days. I decided I didn't like it and uninstalled it. During the next couple of hours, my Berry seemed strangely quiet. Then I caught it blinking but not chiming the hour. What the hell? To my horror, I discovered that all my ringer profiles had been reset!!! They were all set to "mute" and the ringtones had been reset to fatory settings! Bad, bad program!
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Yeah - when I installed the final release, it also reset my profiles the same way! I have to admit, I wasn't very happy but after putting them back the way I like them, the program still works as advertised. I will be hesitant though to install any updates - it's a lot of hassles re-entering all of your profiles!
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