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Old 01-31-2007, 12:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Have anyone tried successfully?

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I installed the program and it failed to launch. I just uninstalled it. :(
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Old 01-31-2007, 12:19 PM   #2 (permalink)
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gonna try it, downloading it now
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it would be nice to print straight from the berry
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Old 01-31-2007, 12:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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So far so good, I tested a PDF and XLS file for viewing, worked as described.

I like the ability to store the document on a server for later viewing or filing. Not sure about the secure nature of such.

XLS file was not editable, only allowed viewing.
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Old 02-07-2007, 07:08 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The file viewing of this program is incredible, and the ability to save is even better. You guys need to hop on this program quick, while it's still free.

If this program were to let you edit documents, that'd be amazing.
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I can't get it to work either. It won't connect to server.
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Old 02-07-2007, 08:43 AM   #7 (permalink)
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It works on both the BlackBerry 8700c (4.1.0.529) and 7290 (4.1.0.314) that I have here. It's slow to retrieve thumb nails views of some files from my BES.

Works nice. The only reservation I have is that the files pass unencrypted to the BeamBerry servers [unknown.ord.scnet.net 205.234.242.233]. but I understand this is a hosted solution and appears to use their hosted servers for document processing. Would be even nicer if I could install the server portion on my BES server and run it in-house, bypassing them completely.

Another feature that would be nice as an alternative to "print to bluetooth" would be "print to this fax number." Usually the end user will be on someone's site and have access to a fax machine. Using their solution we'd have to outfit everyone with Bluetooth-to-USB adapters. I'm not really looking forward to providing over the phone troubleshooting for bluetooth print servers.

Somehow I don't see the corporate market as the target audience for this. B ut it is a really nice app.

Agreed on the document editing. That would be a nice feature. Unclear how possible it would be given their architecture of converting the document to an image, then streaming it compressed to the handheld. That doesn't seem to lend itself to WYSIWYG editing.

Perhaps some sort of Citrix-like hosting where a super stripped down copy of MS Office runs on the server, and only screenupdates are sent to the handheld, thus making it a thin client. I'd like to see RIM go in that direction and make the devices more stateless with server-side processing like this. It helps keep the platform superstable, while allowing us to scale the solution up to meet many users with incurring rising support costs.

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is anybody else getting a "Can't Connect to Server" error?
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Never mind, works great now.
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Works nice. The only reservation I have is that the files pass unencrypted to the BeamBerry servers [unknown.ord.scnet.net 205.234.242.233]. but I understand this is a hosted solution and appears to use their hosted servers for document processing. Would be even nicer if I could install the server portion on my BES server and run it in-house, bypassing them completely.
Just saw this on their website (that was a concern of mine as well):
BeamBerry Enterprise
For businesses that would like to host and manage the BeamBerry server on their company network, we offer the BeamBerry Enterprise Solution. This solution makes sense for your organization if you are concerned about having your documents processed on third party servers due to the highly confidential nature of your documents. You may want to configure the service so that all document attachments are transferred over SSL. Additionally, if you have a large number of BeamBerry users in your organization you may also want to choose the BeamBerry Enterprise Solution, as this may be more cost effective for your organization and provide improved performance.
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Some please tell me what is so great about this program.

I am trying it right now and it took 2+ minutes to open an Excel SS that the BB viewer takes 5 seconds to display. Another PDF I tried to view its still doing something and its over 3 minutes now.

If I want to print or save the document I can save to my MicroSD card or forward by email to MY computer for storage or printing.

It also seems VERY unsafe for anything but the most casual of documents as it sends your file to some unknown place/people then it is sent back to you instead of simply being able to just view it on your BB like the built in viewer.

Now its 4 minutes its saying "retrieving document" and this is a simple 1-2 page file. First is Cancel, next is to delete this program.

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I have a communication error as well , can't register. using pearl with latest OS.

as rkkeller stated this would be a concern of mine to and there should be some very easy to read and find warnings before downloading or using it that the company takes no responsibility of document security (unless you use the enterprise version)



****spoke to soon, I tried registering a few more times in a row and it did go through,

I can view .doc no problem, but some pdf just come up blank

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Mine suddenly stopped working, won't connect to the server anymore
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I can store documents that I cannot attach to other e-mails, coupled by the fact that I have to use their server, HMMMMMMMM. I am NOT impressed.
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I'm interested if hosting this on the same server as my BES will provide faster file conversions to WYSIWYG. I can see this as being value-add for our people in the field. Will see what pricing is like ...
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Received response from BeamBerry. Doesn't look like it's ready for primetime. In closing thoughts I'd rather see RIM improve the attachment server conversion on the BES product than resort to 3rd party anyway.

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Hi Aaron,

Thank you for your interest in BeamBerry. BeamBerry Enterprise
solution is currently in development and we do not expect to have it
available until later in the year, roughly Q3 timeframe. We will
notify you as soon as it is released. We look forward to serving the
needs of your organization.

Sincerely,

BeamBerry Sales Team
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I tried Beamberry on my Pearl over the weekend. This program is apparently STILL not ready for the primetime. I cannot get it to register and it constantly cannot connect to server. I followed the firewall instructions on Beamberry's website but it still doesn't work.

I emailed Beamberry support, but no reply as of yet.

I suspect Documents to Go will be the program to beat after its released in a few months.
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I haven't had any glitches thus far with BeamBerry, works well.
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Anyone with a Pearl having issues using Beamberry if the Pearl Firewall is enabled? I can't get Beamberry to communicate at all unless I disable the Firewall completely.

I've tried allowing the connection to the Beamberry server but that doesn't work. I've even tried setting all Firewall permissions for beamberry to ALLOW. Still doesn't work.

Any ideas? So far the support staff at Beamberry doesn't know either.

I think its a bug in their software.
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Old 05-13-2007, 03:57 PM   #20 (permalink)
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What are the features added in new version?

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