Capture Life with vPost for BlackBerry

By Ryan Blundell on 12 May 2009 12:46 pm EDT
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vPost for BlackBerry

It's good to be a BlackBerry abuser. The connectivity I hold in my hands (or belt clip) never ceases to amaze me. You can be on vacation, out on the town or at a job site capturing video, pictures and audio. It's always nice to share - you might send it off for others to enjoy. Even the more advanced users know that this isn't instantaneous, especially if (for whatever reason) you want to include your current co-ordinates. You might get dizzy with all of the back and forth navigation.

Vayyoo's vPost takes on the task of helping you share your life with the world, in style. A couple of months ago, Bla1ze understandably, and passionately, announced its official unleashing upon the world. With vPost, you can easily handle multiple media files, your GPS location, and email them off, all without leaving the application. More recently, Vayyoo accounted that they are also offering a FREE version of vPost through the BlackBerry App World. I thought it would be fun to check out vPost, seeing how you can't say no to free, I dare you. Let's get to it shall we?

About vPost

Vayyoo's Premium edition of vPost is currently in 2.1.0.85 and their free edition is version 2.0.0.79. vPost requires you to be running an OS of 4.5 or higher and (as they state) virtually all BlackBerrys running said OS will be supported. For this review, I'm using my trusty Bold and the Premium edition of vPost.

vPost
the vPost equation

You may wonder why one would need such an application. Advancements have allowed us to increasingly stay connected to everyone without being stuck in front of our desks. It's only natural to want to share our experiences, while on the move. The benefits are seen on a personal or professional level. Sending "play by play" images of your child's hockey game to your family and friends, updating your blog about an event you're covering or even capturing images of a potential building site; there are numerous ways to apply vPost's features.

vPost
the main menu

vPost
the main menu...CrackBerry style!

Before you get started, vPost will display a list of quick tips you can use to enhance your application usage. This new version of vPost sports a new, sleek interface, which can be effortlessly navigated with your trackball. Its background can also be swapped out for any wallpaper/image found on your device or media card. The interface is broken up into three sections:

The top section displays the media files you have chosen to attach to your message. Multiple images will appear side by side and can be scrolled through. Clicking on an image, will let you view it in full screen mode. The application has an attachment limit of 15 (originally 5); still a huge enough number to make sure that all of your pics of the latest BlackBerry will be sent out.

The middle section allows you to enter in notes.

The bottom section maintains your control panel; where you can attach media, launch the voice notes recorder, camera or video applications, or send the email off. The control panel also has 2 ‘favourite" widgets, where you can have a one click access to your main point-of-contacts. The free version has 1 favourite widget. Within each widget, you can identify which email account you want to email from, the recipient/CC/BCC, a signature, whether to add BBMaps and/or Google Maps to the email, and more. A recent update allows you to enter multiple email addresses in each widget by putting a comma between address. This is an excellent way to manage group emails.

vPost
your files are easily viewed and managed

vPost
setting up your favourite widget

vPost
the recipient will be able to see your location

The application allows you to manage the file size limit you want to work with. Initially it's set for 1500kb and vPost does make note that, for optimal performance, the total files shouldn't exceed 1000kb. vPost will sound a warning when the total size of your media exceeds 1.5MB. The lower the total file size, the greater success rate of uploading your files. It should be noted that the file size limit of the free version is 1MB.

vPost
the limit is up to you

On the online community side of things, vPost can be used to upload your media via email to several sites (as long as you have an account with the sites). Some sites, including Flickr, Blogger, Skout and CNN IReport can be easily accessed. Other sites, such as Twitter, Facebook and Xanga, require you to utilize the services found at Posterous to update. For more information, head over to Posterous.com. vPost has included Hot Keys to allow you to post even faster, these include:

The Call Button. It doubles as the send key, enabling you to open up the native BB email composer.

The left Convenience Key opens the Voice Record application.

The right Convenience Key launches the camera.

I, M, and S grant access to Add Image, Show Map and Settings (respectively).

The Settings menu helps you configure GPS Settings, Voice Record Settings, Favourite Widgets, and General settings. You can also reassign the send button and convenience keys.

While I did find the application quick to master and beautifully laid out, I did have a couple of issues to tackle. Although I can turn the GPS on, I had to access the native GPS menu and update my location. Without doing so, my coordinates would not appear in my outgoing email. Also, when selecting pictures, I had to scroll through file names, not thumbnails as you can with the BlackBerry media folder. This does force me to rename the files to something more recognizable. This is counteracted by being able to easily remove attached files.

Conclusion

Overall, I was impressed with what vPost offers. I found that the application did save me some time when it came to emailing/uploading media. It makes Facebook updates and Twitter much easier. As I stated earlier, vPost can be used for various purposes (hopefully for the side of good). Adding GPS into the mix expands this even further. The Premium Edition of vPost is available through CrackBerry for $9.99, to try before you buy, a free trial is available. There isn't a link to the free version through CB, but let me tell you something. Vayyoo says that, after the trial period, the Premium version will downgrade to the free version. That's easy enough. So give vPost a whirl and get posting! For more info, a free trial, or to purchase vPost, click here.

Pros

  • easily attach up to 15 media files
  • handy Hot keys
  • utilize GPS to email your location

Cons

  • some may find the file size too small
  • cannot scan through thumbnails

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14 comments

Kylo

1) You can include any sized media into a vPost in the premium version. The 1500kb limit is default but configurable (i have sent 2-3mb video's in posts before) ...in the free version there is a 1MB limit.
2)When attaching media on the device you can select 'view thumbnails' as a menu option.
3)GPS, by default it is disabled within the App (the GPS symbol should be grey with an X through it, when you click it, it will enable GPS and start looking for a signal...it goes green when a signal is found...that being said i still sometimes go to MAPs->Start GPS navgtn -> to get a fix.
4)Posterous.com is a great piping and email blogging site...other similar services include pixelpipe.com, ping.fm, & utterli

I hope you enjoy vPost like I do,

Kylo

gbsesquire

I realize that this app has many uses, some of which aren't necessarily tainted by the sickening "me me me me me! Look at me"-ness of current twitter and facebook culture. But I've got to say, if someone sent me play-by-play clips of their child at a soccer game, I would find an app that could create a real-life floating hand and slap them upside the head.
It's like that current phone commercial where the family can post their vacation videos right as things happen! No more waiting til you get home to bore your friends and relatives to death! They can hate you for your self-absorbed shallowness several days sooner!
I love technology, but this incessant need to share what you are doing seems epidemic of a vast psychological emptiness that people try to fill by broadcasting their banal existence to anyone who will watch without vomiting.

kneeman

The hand comment made me laugh!

RodneyJ

YUP! I would love to see a "Cyber B!tch Slap" application!

This application (whose free version I will definitely try out) has a lot of great uses, such as sharing cutting edge news in places around the world, and yes, even blogging at important events. But things such as "I'm trying Durian!" videos and pics of my face cringing from its horrible taste (I'm now in Indonesia hahaha) are just too much.

Kylo

vPost is a value adding media composer that replaces the need to ever launch the native camera, video and audio applications. It makes sending more than one file a simple vs. cumbersome...plus you can optionally add GPS location to it...all.

I suggest setting it as the right hotkey for easy multimedia capture access.

trojandrew#CB

sort of like thinking people want to read your condescending psychobabble on crackberry?

roninksb

Now that was funny.

Although I have to concede that a "bitch slap" app would be far more useful than the fart apps out there.

GadgetMomma

So,can I use vpost to upload a video directly to facebook? I saw where it said I needed to use posterous, but when I tried to do that, it just changed my status and put a link to the video on the posterous website. I want to put a video directly onto my feed so people can watch it directly from there, without having to follow a link and go to a totally different website. Will vpost allow me to do this? If not, is there a program where I can do this? Facebook puts a limit on the size of the video to upload directly from your phone, but I'm constantly shooting quick little videos of my kids on my blackberry! Thanks

grog40a

I am 57 years old and amazed at the changes that have occurred since I started much less the last twenty years. Communication and technology is evolving at the speed of light!