Automatically perform tasks based on location with GeoToolBox

By Alicia Erlich on 25 May 2014 01:14 pm EDT
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Productivity is key in my day-to-day tasks and sometimes having an application that is flexible to your needs is necessary. Being able to perform certain tasks depending on your location is an interesting concept and one that I was willing to try out and see if it would make a difference. GeoToolBox is the latest utility application from Toysoft and operates in an easy to use manner. By using your location and GPS, it allows you to set various functions or actions when you enter or leave that location.

There is no steep learning curve on this one as all the controls are accessible with a few taps and swipes. Being able to send a text/email message, save a calendar event, change wallpaper, turn on/off WiFi or Bluetooth in the hub are just some of its many uses and capabilities. As it is headless, these functions can be set to automatically trigger when entering or leaving a designated area. Locations can be entered based on address, GPS coordinates, or by tapping on an area when accessing the map.

Functions List

  • Send a Text Message
  • Send an Email Message
  • Save an Calendar event to the Calendar app with location and duration time
  • Change Sound Notification
  • Change Wallpaper
  • Turn On or Off Bluetooth
  • Turn On Wifi
  • Notify to turn Off Wifi
  • Play a notification tone
  • Vibrate
  • Reminder note in the Hub

Using either the pre-configured templates or by going into the selected location each action as described above can be set. For example, if I wanted to create a protocol for turning on WiFi when I get to work and shutting off when I leave. I would add the location, tap on the actions icon, and select that particular function from the list.

From this screen it is not difficult to set an item to be performed by choosing from among four main categories: Enter Location actions, Leave location actions, Calendar, Reminder Note (in the Hub). For best results with Email, SMS, and Sound Notifications, you should setup the templates in order for it be accessible in the drop down boxes.

From setting a wallpaper to flashing a reminder in the hub I can see how this multi-purpose tool might be useful for business users and consumers alike. Nothing beats eliminating repetitive tasks throughout the day to save time and be more productive.

GeoToolBox requires low battery consumption, allows you to backup/restore preferences, and the option to add as many templates as you like. In terms of security there are several permissions it requires in order to function properly and these are fully outlined in the help menu. Available for BlackBerry 10 it will only set you back $1.99.

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Automatically perform tasks based on location with GeoToolBox

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I agree!

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing  )  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new  BlackBerry Z30 (STA100-5), son! The holy grail of phones! Once you go BlackBerry, everything else is wack-berry! LOL! #longestsignatureever

I really like their Power Tools App. Does some of these location based functions, and more.....with only one headless app running.

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The app doesn't use much battery. 48 hours about 0.05%. But location service will use battery since it access gps.

Your phone access this feature anyway every 15 min. Or so I assume

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Douken - I'm not so sure that is correct. Would like a more absolute answer, I'm sure you would too. My Q10 GPS indicator only comes on when I use a GPS app like Maps. Definitely kills the battery if you leave Maps on.

RE turning on the wifi, mine is on all the time with no ill effect on battery life. Still an interesting app.

What I don't understand is if you don't need accuracy to the yard/meter, why BB10 would not allow you to just use cellular* triangulation as a rough location input, instead of requiring the GPS receiver to be activated.

That would give huge battery savings, provide location service for things that require rough location, without tracking you like a private investigator.

(Same thing for apps that claim to only need location services to figure out what country you are in for licensing purposes - WTH do they need to know your location within inches???)

*(Or WiFi triangulation, like Google does. Though I have some privacy issues with that too, in some cases.)

I need an app to switch between 2g/3g and 2g only, based on location...but i believe the API does not allow this...i've found no app that hast this function...
and before someone mentiones the countless apps in appworld that provide a switch between those options...all that i've found were apps that provided a shortcut to the mobile options...no need for that, thanks to quick settings menu....

Oh yeah, this would be really really helpful to save battery, I have to do it manually every single day

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Profile Changer Pro also has a lot of these futures and some different ones. My needs are taken care of by that app, so no need for this one. But it sure sounds interesting.

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I'm throwing my 2 cents in here. I have the app but currently am not using it precisely because of the location services, gps. My gps was somehow on all the time (when set up for wifi) and smoking my battery. Battery life went from 14 hrs/day to 8. Still trying to get to the root of the problem as I had to wipe my phone to correct what was happening. If anyone has any ideas I'm all ears -:)

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I purchased this app after hearing about it not too long ago, I have uninstalled it but now I will give it a second try based on the great review!

Nice re

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This app truly turns a smartphone into a Smart phone. Can you imagine what this app could be like if it had parental controls-. A parent could truly control how a child uses a smartphone and not run up the phone tab at the same time.

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