Making life easier - access information from within any app with Amplify

Making life easier - access information from within any app with Amplify
By James Richardson on 21 Jun 2012 03:15 pm EDT

Let's face it. Chances are if you use a BlackBerry it is because you want to get stuff done in the quickest time possible and with little hassle, right? What about if some things just got a little but easier? That is where Amplify comes in. The app is all about efficiency. Imagine being in your email, Twitter or Facebook app but suddenly want to check your calendar for example. Amplify will allow that with a quick press of one of your hardware keys. Simple. Keep reading to see what Amplify has to offer.

Getting started using Amplify is a piece of cake. There is a tour which can be taken which will explain how the app works and the options available to you.

It is then a case of getting set up and making the tweaks that you desire.

The most important option here is setting up your Hot Key. This is the hardware key you use to launch Amplify with a simple short press. You have the option to choose from your volume up, volume down, mute and the right convenience key.

Clearly depending what BlackBerry you are using will affect the options available to you. For example an older BlackBerry such as the Bold 9780 will have two convenience keys.  

I mentioned on the video that the status bar can be customized. You can select from a HUGE range of colors for both the font color and background.

Color 1
Color 2
Color Options

Again these color options also apply to the ‘Notes' option within the app. In addition you have option to enable/disable both the notification icon and widget.

Notes Color

The user interface of the app is pretty basic but this helps simplify things. Everything is set out on a nice light blue background with simple options for you to select.

Menu 1

Using the ‘Shortcuts' and ‘Hot Keys' can be particularly useful. This will allow you from within any application on your BlackBerry access other apps/features using Amplify.

The shortcuts option will let you start typing a pre-saved word from within Amplify. You would have seen in the video how I chose that when I type CrackBerry and press enter, it automatically opens the CrackBerry web page. A handy feature. because remember that you will be doing this while working in another app, which is the whole point of Amplify.


The same applies for Hot Keys. Once set up and you have the Amplify status bar open you can hold down the alt key on your keyboard, press the letter key you have chosen and that will create a shortcut. On the video you would have seen I chose the letter C to open up further calendar entries. A nifty feature.

Hot keys
Calendar 2

When it comes to the weather options there are a few choices to be made. You have the option to choose the units, your city/zip code, temperature icon and most importantly the frequency that the app updates the weather. I decided to go for 60 minutes, as having this option refreshing every few minutes will have an impact on battery life.



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Reader comments

Making life easier - access information from within any app with Amplify


always wanted to do that... lol. now anyways for ppl like me who use sixtools is there any interaction/conflict etc. ?

You download the free version and it is an in app purchase if you would like to continue to use the advanced features past the free trial. Note that you can continue to use the banner and see time/date after the free trial expires.

Thanks guys, already purchased the full version, very handy app and totally worth the money! ;)

Also does anybody know what is the background color on the very first image? I like that old monochromatic LCD look.

I had this on my phone and I was the first to write a review on it in App World. My I.d is mattlove2110 check out my review. If your too lazy then I'll try to reiterate what I thought about this decent app. I really like the function and customization. It does seem to be handy but I'm pretty fast on my phone regardless whether I use this app or another app or no apps at all. I purchased the app when it was on sale for $0.99 and I could figure out how to get out of the trial. I tried everything even swapped emails with the dev and he/she updated the version and still no wayno ( that's spanish for not ok). I may try to reinstall it since it's been a while and maybe it's been updated again. All in all if it still has a trial I recommend trying it. One last thing remember you can choose any color, it doesn't have to be yellow-orange or baby blue haha Europeans!

Is there any way to get rid of that annoying screen flash that occurs whenever you bring the banner up/down?

Otherwise, truly unbelievable app.

Highly recommend it.

You should only see the screen flash when you are on the Home screen and open the Amplify banner. This doesn't happen when you are open Amplify from any other app. We have yet to figure out how to stop this as it the system doing the screen animation that opens when you open an app from the home screen.

I love this apps however there is some flaw
If i define new shortcut for ex. finance which execute url
then in command line when key in $ and press ALT-SPACE,
it doesn't give me any toggle selection for finance
All selection are pre-define such as yahoo, normal, vibrate, off
Maybe I'm missing something how-to?

When you create new shortcuts you have to restart Amplify for them to appear as a suggested command (i.e. use ALT-SPACE). You can type the full shortcut and execute it without restarting, but the suggested framework is only refreshed when Amplify starts. We plan to improve this in a future version.

Hi James,
Where can I download that RIMPIRE strikes back GIF file. I would love to have it as a screen saver or live wallpaper on 9900 and Playbook. Or even on my BBM profile pic. Can you email it to me @ ?
Also are those let's Rock and roll this badges up for sale on CB website? Want One ;)