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Old 08-04-2005, 08:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have always been a fan of the PDA. When I first got my BB 7290 I was so excited when Fed-Ex dropped it off. I could not wait to get home. I installed the software (Desktop Manager) and was very bummed out. I know I am going to get BASHED for this but I expected a PALM stye software with the Calendar Etc. I know the BB is designed for the Business Side users and being able to Sync with Outlook is important. I guess I expected the software to be more like the PALM.

Anyway, I would like to see RIM come out with a software that the everyday user can use based on the PALM software. This could be a software for the HOME STYLE user. What do you think?
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Default Just got my 1st BB on Mon 8/1/05

Just got my 1st BB on Mon 8/1/05, was using a Treo 650. I had the same reaction, the excitment of a new device so talked about, then the confusion of a complete different style of desktop, sync w/ Outlook, etc. Let me tell you, once you figure it all out, the push e-mail pays off big. I am very new to BB and Im not a tech wiz. I feel once I learn the device, it will be well worth the switch, just have to get used to everything. Gave my wife the 650 so she will have fun.

By the way, any of you BB experts recommend ways to really command the BB. Also, any good software downloads to reccomend. All help is appreciated.
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There should be a Killer BlackBerry Software thread stickied in one of the forums; that would be a great place to start.
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I do not have a problem with the BB at all. I am a pretty decent user with the BB and enjoy it very much. I just wanted something with a interface like PALM has for the Home Style user. I am not saying to kill off the current set up, but to have a choice in software. Anyway, I just want to know what other users think.
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If you were on BES you would definately see a different side of the BB. Using your Outloook calander and having it wirelessly sync to your BB is a dream for a busy person.
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Yeah, I am not on a BES and have never seen that side. I am sure it would be different. This idea for an easy user friendly software with a nice GUI would be great for the new user and the non-business user.
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I use outlook at home as well so no difference for me at all. When i used palm i didnt use the desktop I still used outlook
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I too was a bit disapointed. I still have the Palm software installed on my PC, after I sold my Sony Clie (shh don't tell any one!) - It would have been nice even to sync to that!

I think Rim should licence an old version of Lotus Organiser. Or eve that nice "Time & Chaos".
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BadWolf,

I used to do all the support for our company on our Treo 650's so I also have the PALM software on my machine also. I still use outlook myself but I do not sync my mail with my BB at this point. Anyway, I want some new software...
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Lightbulb Time & Chaos support for BlackBerry now available

Just wanted to follow up on this thread and mention that if you are looking for Desktop software to sync the address book, calendar and tasks with, a new tool has recently been released for Time & Chaos users to do this.

Time & Chaos 6 runs on Win98/Me/2000/XP machines and the add-on tool (called ChaosSync for BlackBerry) does not install anything on the BB itself but instead syncs with the built-in databases.

You can find out more about Time & Chaos at ChaosSoftware.com

To use this tool, however, your BlackBerry must be running version 4.0.2.xx or newer of the BlackBerry Handheld software. That might be a short-term problem since some of the phone carriers are slow to release this update to their users. There is another good thread here at BlackBerryForums that discusses the availability of this OS update, btw. [click here for the thread]
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Although I'm a Mac user, I have iCal, Address Book among other software to use to update my Blackberry via PocketMac, if they were to come out with a Mac version of their software, I'd like to see a more complete and less 3rd party software dependent desktop manager. The one that I use on my old PC is okay but doesn't do much. I do, however, love the install/uninstall feature that is SO far superior to Palm's.
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Wirelessly posted (BlackBerry 7520: BlackBerry7520/4.0.2 Profile/MIDP-2.0 Configuration/CLDC-1.1)

Does the chaos software require install of desktop manager? I am still trying to get something that would wor for linux. Have tried crossover office with rim desktop mgr but it doesn't even pretend to work. I'd like to try to use the chaos program and see how far I get.
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one of my coworkers uses linux redhat with the DM
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:-O. would you mind asking them how they did it? Are they using crossover office?
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i cant remember the program he uses to get windows programs to open
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Time & Chaos is a Windows program, so it wouldn't help if your desktop is Linux. As for requiring the BlackBerry Desktop software, it does need it and it should be version 4.0.1.xx or newer (which would also be Service Pack 1)
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i switched to a bb from the palm m100. (old model) and i used outlook with that. so no difference here.
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Just wanted to follow up on this thread and mention that if you are looking for Desktop software to sync the address book, calendar and tasks with, a new tool has recently been released for Time & Chaos users to do this....To use this tool, however, your BlackBerry must be running version 4.0.2.xx or newer of the BlackBerry Handheld software....
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Time & Chaos is a Windows program, so it wouldn't help if your desktop is Linux. As for requiring the BlackBerry Desktop software, it does need it and it should be version 4.0.1.xx or newer (which would also be Service Pack 1)
New user here

I have a Blackberry 6230.

I have the latest software upgrades from the T-mobile website which they detail as:

Desktop Manager Software (4.0.0.30)
Handheld Software bundle Version (4.0.0.185)

I purchased the app to synchronize Time and Chaos with the Blackberry.

But when I run that synch app, I get the message:

"Your Blackberry software needs to be updated:

1. Blackberry desktop ver. 4.0.1.0 or higher
2. Blackberry handheld ver. 4.0.2.0 or higher"


Is there any way to get a higher verson software for my Blackberry so that the Time and Chaos synch program will work?

Or am I just OOL.....

Thanks!

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I must admit, It would be nice to see the desktop software allow you to upload ringtones/images (yes I know images can be emailed). The reason being while my BB receives email ok the browser has vanished and no ammount of calling tech support can seem to get it working, so I am unable to download new ringtones! :(
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