Birthday and anniversary dates, theme screen, visual map selection and more comes to Power Tools v4.1

By Alicia Erlich on 28 Aug 2014 06:42 am EDT

The popular all-in-one utility application Power Tools received another update this week. This latest version brings with it new features, enhancements, improvements, as well as capabilities for OS 10.3 such as call blocking and a theme screen.

You can read through the entire change log below which describes all of the fixes, changes, and additions included in v4.1.

Change log

  • Added visual map selection for Geofencing. This uses BlackBerry map to let you select the location on the map. You can still manually enter the GPS co-ordinates
  • Added: What to do when the screen is on and when you get a new message for notification. You can either set to Normal to blink and play the ringtone, blink led, ringtone only or Do not disturb. This is a handy little feature to save battery and if you do not want to be distracted when working.
  • Added: Override VIP in the Sound Notification screen. If this is enabled and you get a new message the led and ringtone will be disabled for all VIPs for the sound profile. This is useful when you are at the office and you set the sound notification to Silent or Vibrate VIP contacts will be disabled.
  • Added: Do not vibrate for new messages when on the phone in the Phone Connect screen. If this is enabled Vibrate will be disabled for all new messages when you are on a call.
  • Added: Birthday and Anniversary dates to the phone call screen when you set up a LED for Message or Phone call. When you do a lookup Power Tools will get the dates from the Contact. You can then select the PhotoID button to add a new photoID picture to the Contacts database. The PhotoID button will only be visible if the Contact has a Birthday or Anniversary date.
  • Added Localization for: French and Italian
  • Updated: When saving a blocked email the message is now in plaintext where before it contains html code
  • Updated: Wallpaper for passslock now has a preview thumbnail
  • Updated: If you have a password create for Encryption you will now need to authenticate when you open the Message Blocker and Block Calls screens. If you just want to protect Message Blocker and Block Calls then just assign a password in the Encryption screen.

New Features for OS 10.3

  • Added call blocking. You can now block individual callers. When you blocked a call you can optionally send a sms to the caller, blink the LED and show a message in the Hub.
  • Added Wildcard call blocking. You can now block callers using the wildcard. For example: 1800* to block all calls starting with 1800 or *1234 block all calls ending in 1234
  • Added Theme screen. You can set a different color for Power Tools
  • Added Phone LED color in the LED setup screen. You can now set a different LED color for individual incoming call

This feature rich productivity application supports BlackBerry 10 for $3.99.

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Reader comments

Birthday and anniversary dates, theme screen, visual map selection and more comes to Power Tools v4.1


I've checked just now and the update is not there for me in blackberry world.

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No free copies to test it out?

Love my Z10 looking for its successor or go for Z30 when the price is right for me

Lol we started with the flurry of promotional codes just recently and we're starting to expect them now.
Next thing you know, we'll start complaining about the lack of them ahahaha

Frosty White Q10/

Wow, the Dev. added a feature I had requested via e-mail.

"Added: Do not vibrate for new messages when on the phone in the Phone Connect screen. If this is enabled Vibrate will be disabled for all new messages when you are on a call."

Prem....where did you get the BlackBerry logo for your signature? thanks

Founding Member of "Club Z30 "..... the most exclusive club in mobile

Copy and paste from a comment / forum post.

Then save it in Remember or even better - if you have - the amazingly useful ClipMan app...

(worth every cent, go and get it if you don't have it yet. "Diodon" on Ubuntu Linux does the same... )

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Tap & Hold my comment and press "Share via email" in CB10 app, that would be the easiest way, then copy and paste anywhere...

Have fun... :-)

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I remember buying this app when she first reviewed it. Since then I've deleted it and when ever I read an update I re-download to see if it's going to work but then I usually delete it again. I think it's maybe cause I'm on the Q10 that it doesn't work correctly or its that I'm just don't understand stand it. But here I go again I'm going to download it again today. My main gripe was the led I would set for some contacts but then all the other calls text and emails wouldn't light up. But if I'm reading correctly that's has changed so here I go 3rd time or maybe 4th not sure!! Wish me luck

Lmao...same here man!

I'm not so sure I will try it again though, I think the headless feature is having issues on BlackBerries end because I've purchased all led apps and none of the work that well. Jaredco has one but it has its own issues.

No More Music!!!!! No More Videos!!!

^^ This. Way too little documentation, or it's just too complicated (or both). And doesn't seem to work consistently in headless form.

Dear dev, my blue led blinks when I reply my friends on a bbm multi chat but no new messages

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Maybe contact him directly through BBW.

Better chance of getting an answer... !

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I reported a similar issue to the developer last week in the Apps forum thread where he announced this update. I've not had any response.

I have always found them to be quite responsive when I emailed directly to the developers. The last time was only a few days ago.They also have a BBM channel.

Wish these features were baked into the core OS. Hate it when you need an app to realize the full potential of something.

I bought thís app but honestly, I dont like it one bit. Tons of modification on the notification and other gimmicks just to make the app over conplicated for any human being to keep up with. Too much but too little. I deleted this app from my phone long time ago.

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All of which is fantastic but unless it gets message management features like Hub++ then its a no go.

Yes but only on OS10.3. You can block any number or private/unknown number.

You can also setup custom LED color for incoming individual caller on OS10.3

Thank you Alicia!
PowerTools is probably my favorite third-party apps for BlackBerry 10!
And since I upgraded to OS 10.3, it has been so much better!

I too checked again on my software update is showing...still using software version. :(

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Wow, just found out I need 10.3. Can't wait for the call blocking. Can it block anonymous callers?

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I hope you guys fixed the glitch in where you restart your phone and then power tools just plays the different sounds and led colors of your customized contacts. The worst part is.... your contacts aren't even messaging you- power tools just plays the sounds and leds for no reason.

Last thing, can we please have a feature that just overrides systems notifications.
Like for example- you get a BBM message from a customized contact.
The power tools led and sound notify go off, then the sound gets interrupted by the system notifications default sound. Then on top of the the led continues to blink red, AND it's not even the power tools setting!

All in all the encryption provided in this app is great made me throw away that garbage of Hub++

Power Tools Devs should buy out Hub++ and then consolidate their assets to push marketing efforts up.

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