BlackBerry Forums Support Community               

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-11-2009, 07:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
New Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Model: 8330
PIN: N/A
Carrier: Verizon
Posts: 1
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default BlackBerries, and Address Book Management....

Please Login to Remove!

What a joke.

While I LOOOVE my new BlackBerry, RIM's Desktop Management software is THE biggest joke I've ever seen. I'm a software developer that's been writing code professionally since 1986, and this piece of crap software is a joke.

You mean I HAVE to sync with either Outlook or Yahoo to get my contacts in there? No. I have tons of Outlook contacts that are "email only", that I have no desire to have in my BB. Same thing even with Yahoo.

For my BB, I have a SELECT "set" of contacts I want stored in there. So you're (RIM) going to make me sync a bunch of contacts I have NO desire to be in there, in order to get the ones I *do* want in there? No thank you, RIM.

With my Palm, I could fire up my Desktop Manager and easily just edit the contacts and then sync it back up... no sweat.

What I ended up doing, is creating a new YAHOO account JUST for creating/syncing contacts with my BB. Works just fine, but there's no way I should have to do that.


And no, the ASCII Importer/Exporter isn't really an option either. I tried doing that, and editing the file with Excel. When I saved the file back, it didn't "keep" the double quotation marks around the fields that the BB had put in (you have to select that option in the "Choose the character that marks the beginning and the end of a field value", dialog box).

Even then... you can't select the "two way sync" option, you have to set it up the first time with the "one way FROM device", then change it back to "one way TO device"... what a pain.

No... RIM sucks when it comes to a Desktop Manager. Can't believe they are as "big" as they are, and don't have a PC-based application available that serves as the sync source in the event you don't want to use Outlook/Yahoo as your sync source.

</rant off>
Offline  
Old 08-11-2009, 08:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
BlackBerry Extraordinaire
 
whsbuss's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: SE PA.
Model: 9800
OS: 4.6.0.304
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 2,791
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Well you could use Google sync for contacts. Only the 'my contacts' gets sync'd to the BB and its wireless.
Offline  
Old 08-11-2009, 10:49 AM   #3 (permalink)
BlackBerry Master
 
Trimix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: smelLA, caLAMEfornia
Model: 8320
OS: 4.5.0.182
PIN: infarina
Carrier: of alotta bacteria
Posts: 4,932
Post Thanks: 1
Thanked 6 Times in 6 Posts
Default

Wirelessly posted (Tmo's cheapest BB customer)

I do agree with you about Palm though. I had that before my BB and I loved it. Their software was easy and intuitive to use. It was a slight adjustment to change over to Outlook. Too bad it was proprietary. Would have loved to continue using that.

Last edited by Trimix : 08-11-2009 at 10:55 AM.
Offline  
Old 08-11-2009, 11:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
New Member
 
crbowers's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Dallas, TX
Model: 9000
OS: 4.6.0.282
PIN: 24A032E6
Carrier: AT&T
Posts: 5
Post Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

I guess it's just a matter of preference. I love the fact that my BlackBerry syncs seamlessly and completely with my outlook contacts, but that just fits how I use my contact database. I wonder if there is a way to create a second contacts database or group in outlook that wouldn't sync to you BlackBerry.

The other side of the argument is that RIM decided to use a fairly widespread, and powerful existing PIM application instead of forcing you into a proprietary application. (even though Outlook IS proprietary to Microsoft, it is one of the most used PIM applications on the planet, expecially in businesses)

Again, I guess it just boils down to how you use you PIM info.
Offline  
Old 08-11-2009, 11:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
BBF Spam Killer Moderator
 
daphne's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: on a sunny beach
Model: Z30
OS: 10.2.1.12
PIN: X1ZPY34K
Carrier: VZW
Posts: 9,169
Post Thanks: 122
Thanked 146 Times in 116 Posts
Default

Moved to Rants and Raves
__________________
Report spam text messages to 7726
#BlackBerry by choice #BlacBerry 10 is here!
Offline  
Old 12-27-2009, 11:54 AM   #6 (permalink)
Talking BlackBerry Encyclopedia
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: East of Cleveland, OH
Model: Q10
OS: 10.2.1.23
PIN: N/A
Carrier: Verizon
Posts: 209
Post Thanks: 7
Thanked 8 Times in 7 Posts
Default

That's the one thing I miss about using my Centro, was the desktop manager with a built-in calendar & contact list that I could edit to my heart's content, with multiple color-coded calendar entries that didn't require a different email for each color, and a contact list that I didn't have to set up a separate folder in outlook for so my personal contacts wouldn't get merged with the 200+ people listed in my work computer's Outlook folder....

OTOH, it didn't prevent run-on sentences :(
Offline  
Closed Thread


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On





Copyright 2004-2014 BlackBerryForums.com.
The names RIM and BlackBerry are registered Trademarks of BlackBerry Inc.