Change notification profiles by location or calendar event with Profiler

By Alicia Erlich on 13 Aug 2014 10:32 am EDT
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As someone in the corporate world who spends the day either at their desk, on a conference call, or in a meeting, I cannot stress enough the importance of switching your sound profile. From that awkward ring to the ding of an email those situations are best to be avoided.

Now if you are not already aware, there are quite a few applications to help manage your notifications. One I recently came across is Profiler, a long running and headless app that allows users to create a scheduled profile and change notification modes based on your calendar events or Geo location.

Upon first glance, the layout is plain and simple with all the features accessible at the menu at the bottom of the screen. The icons do not exactly follow the standard BlackBerry 10 buttons seen in the past but I do like them. Usability and functionality have always been first and foremost what makes an application stand out for me. That is exactly what you have here.

All of the profiles created are listed in the main screen, with each one denoted by the color assigned to it on the left side. For example, purple for silent, blue for vibrate only, or green for normal. These are your base profiles through which you will create your own customized profiles. When you create a new profile by tapping on the "new" button on the profile tab, users may input a new name, adjust the volume, and use the sliders to turn on or off the sound, vibrate, LED, or preview functions. Once that is complete, just tap save and it does the rest. Being able to create events, schedules, and locations follow suit and are also easy to establish.

What I do like is how, when you connect to your calendar, you can choose which profile you want for Free, Tentative, Busy, and Out of Office times. Please note though that I do not have my work calendar on my BlackBerry so I have created duplicate entries on my personal one when using this application.

If you swipe down and tap on settings, not only are you presented with all of the different modifiable functions but they also presented in a clean and easy to read way. From here you can toggle between the dark and bright theme, change which tab appears on startup, backup / restore your settings, and turn on or off the scheduled, calendar, or location profiles.

Features

  • Scheduled profiles: You can create a scheduled profiles to change your device global notification mode (Silent, Vibrate Only, Normal, Phone Calls Only, All Alerts Off). This feature is time based, as well as you can set a recurrence.
  • Calendar events: Calendar based profiles works just like scheduled profiles, with only difference, that they are based on your calendar events. You can set a custom profile for all events 'Busy statuses' - Free, Busy, Tentative, Out Of Office, and per calendar in your device.
  • Geo profiles: You can save your current location and bind a custom profile to it. The profile will be triggered, when you enter a saved location.

For me, Profiler offers a convenient way to manage your profiles based on your schedule. For instance, I can schedule for it to remain on vibrate during the day but using my calendar, have it switch to silent for when I in meetings.

If you are concerned about application permissions, the developer included a list of all that are required and an explanation in the BlackBerry World description. Profiler is $1.99 to purchase for BlackBerry 10 but there is also a full-featured, though non-headless and lacks geo support, free version available as well.

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Change notification profiles by location or calendar event with Profiler

18 Comments

It's like a more customized version of something like HUB++ or Bebuzz as this handles the sounds. This is something I could use

thanks

I kinda like Power Tools.. they do most of this plus a few other things.

Just trying to limit the number of Headless apps running in the background. Really wish BlackBerry would "build in" some of these features to help their OS seem a little more mature and feature rich.

I was thinking the same thing...I really don't like 3rd party apps....we need more and more features built in bit of course it will take time and we will see them in updates :).

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The FIRST company who brought this great feature was Nokia.

I remember I bought the last great device ever came out of Nokia: The Nokia N9.

Check out engadget. They made a great review. Unfortunately Microsoft brought them, and the N9 was CRUSHED and not allowed to sell. The MeeGo OS was great, and I used this feature very often.

When I was at work, the profile changed in "vibration". Great feature.

Should have been standard in BlackBerry!

i know you are tempting fate and watching and waiting for Bla1ze to delete your post.... stop being annoying and pathetic... As was said in the editorial, it's annoying, and while not annoying for me because you are below on the totem pole, it's annoying that you are trying to push the buttons of the CB staff....

When they block your sorry a$$ then you are gonna realise sand games ain't for this place

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When CB blocks him or her for a FIRST post like that, CB would have lost their capacity for different voices. It would be worse than any dictatorship we have seen or read.

Yeah rules are rules, some rules are worse than others.

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Unfortunately for you this is not a democracy either. If everyone wants to say whatever comes to their minds and diluting the fabric of constructive dialogue then we will end up with chaos here!

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Have the mods change your username. Postmaster you can be.

It sounds just too tempting for you obviously, and too close to the forbidden word ...

Or you might get, ahem.... firsted :-)

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I find Profile Changer to be incosistent--it can work great for days, then flake out. For example, I have a really obnoxiously loud ringer I use for after work and weekends to make sure I actually hear it. Yesterday, for no apparent reason, it went off during a business meeting--I nearly had a cardiac event. Other times it goes to silent and I miss calls. If this is more reliable, I'm ready to switch. (It also sounds like the Calendar function may be more intuitive to use.)

BTW, I have the same problem with PowerTools--some days it turns Bluetooth on/off when I want, other days it doesn't. For some reason, I get the impression that the headless function just turns off. Coincidence that both are developed by ToySoft?

I asked the OnLocation dev to add calendar watching like Profiler does.

I guess he has twice the reason to implement now...

Hello Alicia,

Thank you for the review. Would it be possible for you to show the app in action please? Particularly I don't understand how it works with the calendar once you have done all the setup.

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