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Old 01-10-2006, 06:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default REQUEST: Utility to add simple "C"ompose shortcut to 8700 [Free IM+ reg for help]

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As many of you know, keyboard shortcuts can easily be enabled for icons on the main screen of all BlackBerries (Phone -> Options -> General Options -> Dial From Home Screen -> Off).

PROBLEM:
The 8700 series no longer has a Compose icon like older blackberries.

REASON OF SIGNIFICANCE:
In the past, older BlackBerries had a "C" shortcut for the Compose icon for composing a new email message. This brings up the addressbook equivalently to pressing the "A" key or selecting the Addressbook icon, except that selecting a name automatically brings up a blank email editor, instead of viewing details. The side effect is that someone can avoid using the trackwheel to compose an email, which speeds things up a bit for some people (much like eliminating moving between a keyboard and a mouse - for people who likes keyboard shortcuts). On the 6XXX and 7XXX series full-QWERTY-keyboard BlackBerries, you could type C<name><enter> to start composing to a person. The name was able to be a substring of either the first or last name. That means typing Crej<enter> on these older QWERTY BlackBerry models, automatically composes an email to the first person with a "rej" in name -- in this case "Mark Rejhon". That means I could type just 5 keypresses to compose an email to a frequent contact, without even touching the thumbwheel! (This is a BerryFAQ.com tip, no longer valid for BlackBerry model 8700).

POSSIBLE REASON OF REMOVAL:
RIM may have understadnably deemed this icon somewhat superfluous as the Addressbook icon ("A" key) and the convenience keys (which can go straight to Messages), replaces most of this functionality. Unfortunately, a side effect for keypress-shortcut enthusiasts, is that you either now need to use the thumbwheel to compose an email (if using the Addressbook icon or "A" key), or now need to hit more keypresses such as MT<enter>rej<enter> (87XX) from the main screen instead of just Crej<enter> (72XX) from the main screen. (assuming your "Dial from Home Screen" feature is disabled, so that main screen keypress shortcuts are enabled.)


DEVELOPER REQUEST:
Create a simple application that simply launches RIM's email composer. This would be the same thing as selecting Messages -> Compose Email. This icon should have a keypress shortcut.

This would seem to be an extremely tiny application. A free registration code for IM+ will be provided with either of the following:

(1) Create this mini utility that works as described. Give me a free copy (and to all BlackBerryForums moderators). Do whatever you wish with this software (open source, proprietary, etc)

OR

(2) Help me write the software. I've got the ability to develop software, but don't have much time to research for obscure API's (which can much longer than the time I took to wrote this email message). Need perfectly clear answers to all three questions below:
(a) Is there a way to launch RIM's email composer with a blank To: field? Which API?
(b) Is there a way to program a main-screen keypress shortcut to a user application icon? Which API?
(c) Can this be done without needing to purchase a Signing Key from RIM?
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More information about the rationale of this...
This would actually make it superior to the old Compose method, because for memorized name substrings, the new OS 4.1 compose email with blank editable To:/Cc: fields is much more convenient and more powerful. Type MT<enter> from the 8700 main screen, versus typing MC, compare the two, and you will clearly see why it's useful to have a single keypress shortcut for the MT<enter> sequence of keypresses. Doing MT<enter> via keyboard from main screen (with Dial From Home Screen disabled), does the same thing as Messages -> Compose New Email. I know other third party applications such as PocketDay provides easy workarounds, but what I want is easy one-keypress access to RIM's improved blank email composer (convenient new BlackBerryOS 4.1 feature of editable To: / Cc: fields without needing to click thumbwheel) because it autosearches the best matching name, AND allows you to type memorized email addresses, conveniently, with a minimum of fuss. Some of us just wish we had a keypress shortcut for this convenient feature, moreso now that RIM has removed the Compose-email-from-main-screen keypress shortcut. A minor nuisance that not many of us complain about these little "step-backs" on the BlackBerry, but developers like some of us, know that it could probably easily be done -- and thus this is why I am posting this message. However, the information for the API's are not easily found in a quick search and I'd rather give a free copy of IM+ Blackberry chat software to help make this a reality...
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This appears to be a problem among BlackBerryOS 4.1, not just model 8700's. So that means 7290's upgraded to OS 4.1 will benefit from such a utility as this.
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