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Old 04-08-2009, 07:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am new to forums and Blackberry. I have used Windows Mobile devices for years but Blackberry seems to be getting popular in the UK so I am considering upgrading to a Blackberry Bold. Can someone help with some software issues I have? I currently use Listpro (Iliumsoft.com) for my book collection (those read those to read etc) and I also use Backup Buddy for back up my device. I also use Pocket Informant on my Windows device but assume BB comes with some form of calendar built in. Having combed through Handango & Pocketgear I can't seem to find similar software for the Blackberry (have found password manager & finance software). Can someone advise if there is similar software available? Also, at the risk of sounding really stupid could someone confirm that the BB will synchronise with Outlook 2003 ie contacts, tasks, appointments, notes etc??

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Blackberry Desktop manager backups your blackberry and syncs with outlook 2003 for calendar, contacts, tasks and memopad(notes).
There is a built in calendar.
But i havent heard of anything for the blackberry reading a book list.
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I'm not sure how fancy the application is you have for your books lists but it would be very simple to just create two notes in your memo pad. One for books read and one for books to read. This will also get backed up in your Outlook notes which would be a plus.
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I'm not sure how fancy the application is you have for your books lists but it would be very simple to just create two notes in your memo pad. One for books read and one for books to read. This will also get backed up in your Outlook notes which would be a plus.
Listpro is a fairly simple listing application but you can create your own fields and there are check boxes. There is also a desktop version for ease of entry. I don't think your note idea will work as I have hundreds of records and like to sort by different fields. I'm looking for a not so complicated version of HanDBase!!

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Check the third party application section, there are several applications for keeping lists. I use programs from rexwireless.com, but they're probably overkill for your needs.

I don't use memopad on the BB, as I recall from earlier versions, there was a limit on the text field. Backup is built in to the Desktop Manager (similar to ActiveSync) program that comes with the Blackberry.

For syncing calendar and contacts, google works much better as it is over the air if you have a gmail account. Tasks and memos still require a connection to your desktop.

I'm a fan of PocketInformant for Windows Mobile and used it since it was available for as long as I had a WM device, but I don't think it adds anything to the BB. You can do a search and get more information from others that have used it. I believe there is a trial on the webis.net site for it.

Good luck with the Bold. It is a nice device if you need a keypad, I find it to be the first BB that is better than my AT&T Tilt.

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You might want to try here: Mobility solutions for the individual, team, business and enterprise - Skysoft Systems and I believe there is also a BB version of HandDbase. I know you said you're looking for something less complicated but the world of BB apps aren't as pretty, cheap or vast as those for WM.

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