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Old 05-11-2006, 11:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone if there is a file manager application like a Windows Explorer available for a BlackBerry? I tried to use an app called eFile, but it ended up throwing a VM error 102 and I ended up reinstalling the OS. Just curious.
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Old 05-11-2006, 01:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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No such thing. BlackBerry is not a storage media like a flash drive, your emails go in one spot, calendar entries in another, memos in another, etc etc.

And before you ask (if you were going to), No, there is no way to transfer files to or from the BlackBerry using the USB cable.

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There should be a way to transfer files with the USB cable. I would love to see a file manager program for Blackberry. That is one of the very few problems I have with my Blackberry.
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There are some applications around that allow you to access the files on your network. search on Google.
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Desktop Manager 4.2 includes a media manager application that allows you to upload videos, mp3s etc...but given that BB was designed from the outset to allow you to read emails and not store stuff locally I think it'll be difficult for them to adopt. The BES itself just renders attachments to the device it doesn't actually 'deliver' them, so natively on the device there is no support for "opening" a local copy of an excel file or similar. There are certainly a few excel sheets I'd like to have locally with me but hey...
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eOffice is a program that offers some "File Manager" access. Keep in mind that this is not going to be as exstensive as a WM5 file manager.

This application also allows you to transfer files via USB.
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Yes, coreyg510 is correct. If you download eSpell from Dynoplex, it will provide you with eFile, which is a File Manager for your BB, and with it you can move files back and forth using your USB Cable. You can find eSpell here:

eSpell is an ultimate spell-checker for BlackBerry, DynoPlex Inc.
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No such thing. BlackBerry is not a storage media like a flash drive, your emails go in one spot, calendar entries in another, memos in another, etc etc.

And before you ask (if you were going to), No, there is no way to transfer files to or from the BlackBerry using the USB cable.

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Matters not. I used to be a Palm fanatic. Palms do not store anything in files either, because they are all databases with ID numbers. Though, there are SEVERAL file managers that read the databases and put everything in file/folder format. I don't know how I can use a palm without those ... because I could easily just move databases as files to memory stick for apps and such. VERY useful.

And since some people have said certain applications can transfer files to/from USB cable like eSpell ... there is absolutely no reason a file manager could not be created to do the exact same thing ... except with any file you want.
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Has anyone tried eSpell before? I'm looking for a spell checker type program.

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Matters not. I used to be a Palm fanatic. Palms do not store anything in files either, because they are all databases with ID numbers. Though, there are SEVERAL file managers that read the databases and put everything in file/folder format. I don't know how I can use a palm without those ... because I could easily just move databases as files to memory stick for apps and such. VERY useful.

And since some people have said certain applications can transfer files to/from USB cable like eSpell ... there is absolutely no reason a file manager could not be created to do the exact same thing ... except with any file you want.
Guys I agree that this seems to me, an admitted BB (non BES) newbie, that a file manager application that can allow you to see and organize the files, delete files that you no longer need is obviously needed. My last handset ran Symbian OS and the FExplorer was just the ticket. The need for this seems all the more obvious when you see that many of these handsets do not yet incorporate SD/miniSD slots. As such with fixed memory levels you have got to be able to add, delete, and organize JPG's, tones and apps etc. DM is fine to add and delete apps with the .ali extension but I can't get it to see and organize anything else. Does anyone else know of anything similar to FExplorer for BB , even in beta?
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Matters not.
Actually, it does matter if you consider the history of the Blackberry. Now, should modern Blackberries support this? I think they should. However, it's going to take some convincing for RIM (or a third party developer) to add this capability. RIM's still just getting into the consumer market and I think they're going to find a lot more demand for these type of features in their newer Blackberry handhelds.
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eFile is a free file manager for BlackBerry, available for download from our site - DynoPlex,Inc.
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Don't know if it helps anyone here but the 4.2 OS on the Pearl (soon on the 8700 as well) has a file manager of sorts. You can connect the device to the DM, move files over and view pics, ringtones, and .txt files with the media application by using the "Explore" feature. I can use my phone as a thumb drive of sorts, if you will (You can't see all the files from the phone but they're there.) It doesn't see any system files, however, but thought I'd just drop my $.02 in here....
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Maybe I haven't played with this enough, but it doesn't seem to allow you to do anything outside of the "user" area eFile has allocated. In other words, you can't use it to directly transfer ringtones, wallpapers, etc.
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We're working on the version supporting the native file system, including the SD card. Should be out soon.
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We're working on the version supporting the native file system, including the SD card. Should be out soon.
Very cool! I wonder how much functional crossover there will be in BB Desktop 4.2 when BB OS 4.2 is available for devices other than the Pearl.

And, of course, I also wonder whether providers will attempt to limit this functionality; Verizon's been notorious for limiting the ability to install for free stuff that they can somehow charge for . . . just as an example
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The question was to manage files in our phones memory card.
Not, "can we use your free file manager to move all our files in to your folder and have a bloated program with many options only waiting to be registered and used by paying outragious fees for each one!"
People beware, dynoplex may be good if you plan to buy software but for a file manager for what you have now it is a bad solution!
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Dude, chill and read the first question in the post and the post title - "Does anyone if there is a file manager application like a Windows Explorer available for a BlackBerry?". If you do not like the application it does not mean it is a bad solution. Plenty of people like it. BTW you can install eFile without any other apps.
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Hey Sergey,

Is there any chance your team is going to un-bundle the PDF viewer from eFile, and create a standalone PDF app? We really need one on this platform. I'm talking about your standard app with a File -> Open that can browse the memory card and display a PDF, nothing more.
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We have a PDF viewer as part of eFile now, so once we add SD card support in the next release, it should do what you need.
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