Originally Posted by troutab81
I don't see what the big fuss is all about. After all, what is wrong with using the Custom Auto Text feature that comes with all Blackberries? If you use that particular phrase often, jusdt go into the options and create a Auto Text like "SMS1" which would the be replaced by whatever you desire.
I use it to insert a selective signature and frequently typed in response. Works quick and easy.
I dont understand why people will pay for a feature like this
I can speak to this. First, i have a Pearl so its input system is different than all of the other BB models. I have assigned some autotext entries. They need to be obscure combinations that don't generate a common word with the SureType keyboard. For example, I have "lll" (L's) assigned to "Call me on my cell when you have a chance." It's tough to assign memorable labels. I can only remember about four of them (maybe I just have a bad memory).
I do have an idea that I am going to try though. It's actually similar to what you said. I am going to do things like "Call1" and "Home1" ... it takes two keystrokes to add numbers on the Pearl so it may work and not cause SureType conflicts. However, I still have to remember the trigger word.
A simple example of where it could get sticky with a lot of text templates... I want to send "Call home now." Errr, was that "Home1" or "Call1" ?
One of the programs I used in the past was pretty good, I hit a key and a list of responses popped up which I could pick from. I was able to have about 20 responses ready. I am trying out this Quickresponse program now.
A lot of these software add-ons aren't always necessary but they make certain tasks easier. It just depends on your needs. If you only need a few auto-responses and/or can keep a set of trigger words in your head, you're set. If not, these things might help.