Add some style to your Active Frames with VitalSigns for BlackBerry 10

By DJ Reyes on 9 Jun 2013 03:37 pm EDT
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We know that there is no ability for apps to run 'headless' right now on BlackBerry 10, meaning you need to keep apps running as an Active Frame to get certain features to work. Developers have then used this as a means to show important or relevant information on the Active Frame for you to see at a glance. This isn't always a pretty sight though. That's where an app like VitalSigns aims to be different.

VitalSigns allows you to customize your Active Frame. The data that you can see in your Active Frame for VitalSigns are your battery percentage and free memory but you can customize how this looks, even giving you the ability to use your own image in the Active Frame.

There are a few color image backgrounds provided with the app and you also have the choice to use a solid color too. For the battery image, there are three different default images to choose from and these can be resized as you see fit. Along with the battery image you have the text of the actual battery percentage. You can change the font color of this as well as resize it too. As far as the memory icon and text goes, you can't resize the image but the text color can be changed. All three items, memory icon, battery and text, can be rotated too, just to make things every more interesting.

You can make as many presets as you like too. So, you can create many different versions for your different moods. Or maybe one for each day of the week. I've been enjoying VitalSigns very much, mostly because you can stick your own image in there. It makes the Active Frame stand out a bit more and you can adjust all areas just the way you want it.

VitalSigns is available in BlackBerry World today and costs $0.99/£0.75. It's a pretty neat app for a buck. It's available for both the Z10 and Q10. Get it today.

For more infomation/purchase VitalSigns from BlackBerry World

Reader comments

Add some style to your Active Frames with VitalSigns for BlackBerry 10

44 Comments

Sounds good, I like it! I do hope headless definitely shows up in 10.2. (Whenever that will show up here in the US on Verizon...)

Sorry but even with the opening help screens with instructions, it is not intuitive. How the hell do I remove the memory icon??? I tried all the options and can't find it. This Def needs improvement to the UI!

Posted via Crackberry on my Z10!

Developer here... currently there isn't a feature to remove parts of the display, but I will add it into the next release. Thanks for the input.

Posted via CB10

No worries. I found that I could just move the memory meter all the way to the right and it goes off the screen so it doesn't show.

Posted via Crackberry on my Z10!

Thanks guys for supporting the blackberry Dev community this way our blackberry platform will be the most profitable to produce apps for. Now let's hope that the company ceo and executive are not greedy like before to suck away the profits in big chucks.

Posted via White BlackBerry Z10 baby

Yup agreed. I've purchased quite a few apps that I don't really use like games just to support the devs. Especially the devs who make the "made for BlackBerry " apps.

Posted via Crackberry on my Z10!

Yes keep supporting them. Please buy an app every other day. It would definitely help.

Posted via CB10 (BB Z10 : BLK : OS 10.0)

It would be nice to add a memory optimization feature (defrag) to your app along the lines of MemoryUp Personal. I have it for my legacy 7.1 Curve and it makes it run like a swiss watch.

Posted via CB10

I'm not sure this is possible with BlackBerry 10 at the moment, but I will research. Are you talking about memory as in RAM or as in storage space?

Posted via CB10

Bought it, don't know why I assumed you could customise active frames displays for other apps. I would love to be able to change what my BBM displays in active frames...nice app all the same.

Posted via CB10

First thing I did when playing with a Z10 in Best Buy was downloading the Dalek app and hitting it repeatedly..."You will be EXTERMINATED!" :)

Just bought for my Q10. Great app and will only improve over time (ability to remove memory icon - dev already said it's coming).

Posted via CB10

Not usually dumping on Blackberry, tried the rest and will be with BB as long as possible...but how hard is battery percentage? Battery percentage display should be a standard choice in any OS.

I would LOVE the ability to pin apps. I always end up closing all my Active Frames without thinking even if I want to keep one up.

Posted via CB10

While you are goose stepping around the grammar Nazi halls, you also missed "The data that you can see in your Active Frame for VitalSigns is your battery percentage and free memory," where it should say, "The data that you can see in your Active Frame for VitalSigns ARE your battery percentage and free memory."
Sieg Heil!

i wish you could add battery percentage under the battery sign on the left top bar thanks

This is on active frame, so it will eat the battery.. battery percentage should be shown on top near the battery icon. I think 90% bbry user will agree with this. Simple feature that bbry always miss somehow.

Posted via CB10

VitalSigns was coded to tie in with system generated battery events, in other words, it remains dormant until BlackBerry 10 wakes it up to tell it that something has changed with regard to the battery. It also has a system controlled timer for updating the memory percentage.

Running VitalSigns will consume additional battery compared to not running the app at all, but it will be a minimal amount. Battery consumption will always be a high priority for me as I develop this app further.

Posted via CB10

Agreed on the persistent battery percentage part. This is something iOS got right from the beginning, and something Android only recently started adding (but only via OEM's customization). BB should make it a simple update and be done (optional setting of course).

Damn....another great app and review! Will be getting this and that web shortcut icon creator when i get my Q10!

EVERY SINGLE BlackBerry 10 app should have this feature! Especially whatsapp and other good apps

Posted via CB10 Z10 STL 100-01

Honestly...this "workround" is a joke...we need headless apps asap...there are so many Apps with soooooooo much potential...and the devs put in soooooooo much work!!!! I'm of the opinion that we need to give the developers what they need to make these great apps work...not BS workarounds.

Posted via CB10