File Manager Pro for BlackBerry Smartphones

By Ryan Blundell on 24 Mar 2009 09:31 am EDT
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File Manager Pro for BlackBerry Smartphones

Like many of you, my Blackberry is literally my mobile office. Nearly every day, I manage various types of media, files and documents on top of my daily conversations. With that said, you would think that I would try to stay as organized as humanly possible. Oh no, not always. From time to time, I have to stop and go through everything on my BlackBerry and sort through the accumulated mess. It's a shame that the beauty of my Bold is so burdened and bogged down.

Now that I have a file and zip archive manager such as File Manager Pro , it definitely helps me manage and share these files. The application goes above and beyond the current capabilities of the BlackBerry. With File Manager Pro, you can control where your files go and how you want to view them. It's a very powerful tool indeed and its benefits will become quickly apparent. As I dig through file after file, let's have a look at the features of File Manager Pro shall we?

About File Manager Pro

File Manager Pro is brought to you by the good people at Terra Mobility. The application supports BlackBerrys with an OS of 4.2.1 or higher. Those with and OS of 4.5 and up (not to mention having Docs-To-Go) will benefit from its ability to unzip downloaded attachments. After downloading the application, make sure you set its permissions correctly. Click on Settings > Options > Advanced Options > Applications > File Manager Pro and then the menu key and Edit Permissions. Under Interactions, make sure Cross Application Communication and Media are set to allow. All selections under User Data should be set to allow as well. Now that the permissions have been set, let's get into it.

The main menu is broken up into two sections; the top displays a directory where you can access your device memory, the system (sample) files or, if present, your memory card. Below the top node of the filing system is the favourites section. When browsing through folders and files, you can add them to your favourites folder. Now, frequently accessed files and folders will be right at hand, rather than having to rummage through your memory. The items listed in your favourites section won't be as easily managed as the rest of the items. Personally, I would use this section for folders, as you can still manage the items within them.

File Manager Pro
the main menu, view your favourites

File Manager Pro offers a straight forward navigation system; you'll find it almost impossible to get lost. All of your files, including images, will be displayed in a list view. If you can't determine what the file types are, the application includes icons that automatically display to left of the file name. I found that most of the files opened up quickly, with just a click of the button. The only issues I found lay with video files. Selecting a video to play, I waited and waited and waited. Fifteen minutes went by and the video still wouldn't load. I tried numerous videos and experienced the same problem. Going to the videos through the native media application, they played perfectly. Now for the management portion of the application - Using File Manager Pro, you have complete control over files and folders. New folders can be created; files and folders can be moved, renamed, copied, and deleted. All this can be accomplished from the applications menu. Doing so was very easy and I could see a light at the end of the tunnel. The mountain of clutter, which should have added fifty pounds of weight to my Bold, was disappearing before my eyes. Now, besides sorting and shuffling files like a deck of cards, I'm able to share them as well. From the application, you can attach the files to a blank email template. I'm really hoping that, in the future, I'll be able to send images and such through an MMS or to a Messenger Contact.

File Manager Pro
renaming files is one of the ways you can manage them

File Pro Document
works great with Docs-To-Go

By now, you hopefully have all of that information under your hat and you can see how File Manager Pro is a real time saver. Another huge bonus is the ability to select multiple files to manage and email. You utilize the shift button and trackball to select multiple entries as you normally would. What's different is, after you release the shift button, the selected items remain highlighted as you continue to scroll. If you hold down the shift button again, you can select another set of files, while the original files are still highlighted. If I were to choose to send them in an email, all selected images would be attached.

By far the most important feature of File Manager Pro is the ability to compress files into a Zip archive as well as extract files. So here I am, being able to save memory on my device or memory card by compressing files, as well as being able to create and add to a Zip archive in order to manage related files and images. I'm also able to download and extract zipped files which would be otherwise too big to do so. Couple File Manager Pro with Docs-To-Go and you have a very powerful office in your pocket. The application also includes a text file viewer with a find feature.

File Pro Manager
compressing files for more storage space, or to send in an email

What application is complete without options? To help personalize your management experience, you can choose what type of file information you want to view, how the files should be sorted, desired compression level and if you want to view hidden files. If I didn't have to edit my images and screenshots, I could handle all of my reviews and reports straight from my BlackBerry. I didn't think I would actually get excited over managing files.

File Pro Manager
Options

Conclusion

If you're looking for an intuitive file management application, then File Manager Pro is for you. Between sorting files and folders, zipping and extracting, you'll find yourself maintaining your mobility with increased ease. I was especially impressed with the might that it could muster, even as version 1.0.0.0! File Manager Pro, which has a free trial period, is available from the CrackBerry Store for $11.95. Now that I have a better handle on things, my pockets feel so much lighter!
Pick up your copy of File Manager Pro here.

Pros

  • Zip and extract files
  • Select multiple files at once
  • Send files as email attachments

Cons

  • Unable to view videos
  • Cannot send files as an mms or to a Messenger Contact

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19 comments

rh224

I liked File Manager Pro, but BB File Scout does the same stuff (and more, it seems), plus it's completely free.

That's not to say File Manager Pro is a bad program. It isn't. But there's really no reason to pay for this when you have BB File Scout as a free alternative, with a richer feature set. Can you change file associations with File Manager Pro? BB File Scout can...which is a major advantage, IMO.

magikweis

to be honest, thats a rip off ! 11 bucks while there are different apps with more fatures for free
Check "BBFileScout" @ http://bb.emacf1.com/

threedeckstew

bbscout is the same thing and its free!

are these blogs just blatantly used to promote stuff in the crackberry store!

Kevin Michaluk

Ryan's weekly more in-depth reviews and comparisons tend to cover a bit of everything and over time get to comparing all of the products within a vertical (ie. 3 mail pop up apps, different BlackBerry wallet type apps, free and paid apps, etc.). Re: BBScout - we ran a post about this on the blogs recently in case you missed it: http://crackberry.com/bbfilescout-awesome-blackberry-file-explorer-and-more

rh224

I've never heard the phrase "within a vertical" before...interesting.

Anyway, I think it's silly to suggest that this review is just "blatantly" promoting Crackberry Store apps. File Manager Pro IS a good program. The fact that there is a better program out there for free doesn't erase the fact that File Manager Pro actually is a good program on its own.

And, as Kevin pointed out, BB File Scout was advertised on the front page - that's how I found out about it.

jonp

I agree BBFileScout is the way to go!

jonp

...and I see now that BBFileScout has been updated to 0.5.9.1

anderl72

I had the beta and appreciate his work with USD 11, its almost not worth the paper it is printed on ;)

rdy78

i like bbfilescout as well but this still seems like it would be a good program

nyr2k2

I agree, BBFileScout is the way to go. Free and incredibly functional. One of the best apps out there for the BB.

http://bb.emacf1.com/bbfilescout.html

deloreancowboy

If the app let you make your own icons and delete the ones on your berry then it would be worth it to me. Until someone makes an app that lets you delete preinstalled pics and icons then I won't purchase it.

Aside from that, thank you guys for giving us one more option. Options are always nice free or paid.

CeeBee

My 2 cents - In my experience, BBFileScout also allows you to view videos directly. Which, appears to be problem for File Manager Pro. :-)

NeonLemmyKoopa

I've had file manager pro on my bold for about a week now. I like using it. I got it because I had trouble with Aerize Explorer (some jvm error) on my bold. I'm happy I got this app. I like the zip functionality, as well as being able to view notes (txt files) with it.

simoness

FileVista is a web file manager for storing, managing and sharing files online through your web browser. It is a web based software which you install on your web server to fulfill web file management requirements of your company or organization. This web file manager allows your users to upload, download and organize any type of file with an intuitive user interface.

web based file manager
http://www.gleamtech.com/products/filevista/web-file-manager

kfriedrich

Would you really want to load BBFileScout on your beloved BlackBerry when its About box states "Use it at your own risk!" (as of version 0.5.8)? And given the number of different BlackBerry models and OS variations, there's no way that program is being tested when their change log shows they release multiple builds in a single day.

digitalb0y

*cough* BBFileScout *cough*

Also, to the poster above me: BBFileScout is constantly being tested by MANY MANY users. It's not untested. The warning is there because the program contains a delete function. Just like on your computer, if you use the delete function to delete important files, your device might stop functioning correctly. The developer wants to make sure he's not held responsible for the actions of people like you, who read things only partially and make assumptions about the way they perform.

I have used both programs, and was actually all set to buy File Manager Pro before BBFileScout had ever come to my attention. Having them on my phone back-to-back, I can honestly say that BBFileScout blows this app out of the water in terms of features and functionality, its developer works with Crackberry members (and presumably other users as well) to constantly update his software, and he offers it for free... which is why I gladly kicked him a donation and recommend his software to everyone with a BlackBerry.

sjafri

But there is some little problem with bb scout, it can't block the files for moving etc like filemanager pro, so if you want to orginizing your files, you still need pc for doing that.

Joannah

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