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Old 08-28-2006, 11:49 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I just saw a developer asking what kind of apps the other platforms have that the BB doesn't. I'm sure everyone has their own opinions, but here are the apps that are missing for the BB, that make it really hard for me to comit to the platform vs. Palm or Windows Mobile.

Unit conversion. I would really like to see an app like:

Convert-It :: The Premier Palm Unit Converter - Over 6800 Unit Conversions

There is a unit conversion program for the BB, but it doesn't have half the features, or a tenth the conversion units.



A video timecode calculator like:

Timecode calculator for Drop Frame conversion



A Depth of Field calculator like:

Hyperfocal Distance and Depth of Field Calculator - DOFMaster LE



Also, in the fantasy world where anything can be made, I would love to see a hardware/software combo like:

Test Bench: Play, Inc. Pocket Producer xxx8212; Videomaker Magazine

That would perhaps work through bluetooth to the device from a dongle you could hook up to your deck or slapboard, that would let you log shots, and then sync them wirelessly to a database.



I'm quite sure there are others, but I can't remember what they are right now.

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Old 08-28-2006, 12:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I just saw a developer asking what kind of apps the other platforms have that the BB doesn't. I'm sure everyone has their own opinions, but here are the apps that are missing for the BB, that make it really hard for me to comit to the platform vs. Palm or Windows Mobile.

Unit conversion. I would really like to see an app like:

Convert-It :: The Premier Palm Unit Converter - Over 6800 Unit Conversions

There is a unit conversion program for the BB, but it doesn't have half the features, or a tenth the conversion units.



A video timecode calculator like:

Timecode calculator for Drop Frame conversion



A Depth of Field calculator like:

Hyperfocal Distance and Depth of Field Calculator - DOFMaster LE



Also, in the fantasy world where anything can be made, I would love to see a hardware/software combo like:

Test Bench: Play, Inc. Pocket Producer Videomaker Magazine

That would perhaps work through bluetooth to the device from a dongle you could hook up to your deck or slapboard, that would let you log shots, and then sync them wirelessly to a database.



I'm quite sure there are others, but I can't remember what they are right now.
WOW! All I want is a syncable Quicken for BB product.
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Quicken and Handyshopper would do it for me.
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I want PocketBreeze for Blackberry's. Ha.

When I had a PPC, PocketBreeze was my saving grace. It put anything and everything I wanted on the today screen.
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what about a RADIO app for a blackberry? That would be terrific.
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I switched from a Treo 650 to a hp6515 and then to the 8700c..

The app I wished BB had was ChatterMail... Don't get me wrong.. the email client on the BB is ok... but ChatterMail was awesome...

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I want PocketBreeze for Blackberry's. Ha.

When I had a PPC, PocketBreeze was my saving grace. It put anything and everything I wanted on the today screen.
I will go along with that. PocketBreeze is a beautiful little Program, and I am hoping PocketDay will one day rise to the occasion. I would also like voice activated dialling, voice memos, List Pro, and SplashShopper. There are so many nice Programs out there for the Palm and PPC. Hopefully we can get some of the developers interested in coming up with Programs for the BB OS. I know SplashData have SplashID for the BB.
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I will go along with that. PocketBreeze is a beautiful little Program, and I am hoping PocketDay will one day rise to the occasion. I would also like voice activated dialling, voice memos, List Pro, and SplashShopper. There are so many nice Programs out there for the Palm and PPC. Hopefully we can get some of the developers interested in coming up with Programs for the BB OS. I know SplashData have SplashID for the BB.
I think a lot of those sound nice. However, I think you need to differentiate between features you would like to see on the BB, and programs you would like to see. The way the BB is designed, it isn't possible for a programmer to get full control of the hardware like it is on a Palm or Windows Mobile device. I suspect that the only way you could ever see a voice dialing or voice memo app, is if RIM decided to include them in the OS, because I don't think a third party developer could get enough control of the hardware to make that happen. That is like how I would really like to see HTML support in the email program. The problem is that there is no way a third party developer can just add HTML support to the existing mail client. You would have to completely replace the mail system with a whole new client which would then lose the benefit of all the BB push features, and have to just pull the mail, or have it's own server to push the mail.

I'm not talking about a wish list of features I'd like to see RIM add, I'm just talking about third-party software I'd like to see on the BB.
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