If you like tinkering around with your BlackBerry PlayBook to get the maximum potential out of it you're no doubt aware that installation files for the BlackBerry PlayBook come as a .BAR file. When packaged up, those .BAR files are what make up an application on the BlackBerry PlayBook.

If you're tried the Android App Player these .BAR files are nothing new but, now -- how you go about installing them just got a lot easier. As we know it, .BAR files either have to be downloaded through BlackBerry App World or pushed to your PlayBook using your PC or Mac. This differs of course from say a BlackBerry smartphone were you can just download a .jad file as an OTA and install it directly. So what if you could do the same with .BAR files? There is a lot of links out there now to .BAR files that people have converted for use with the Android App Player so being able to install those OTA would be great right?

Well -- now you can in a roundabout way. CrackBerry forums member tinyhack has created LocalBar - an application that will allow you to install .BAR files directly onto your PlayBook from your PlayBook. Now if you download a .BAR file from a site, you no longer need to connect to a PC / Mac to install it. Instead, you can just use LocalBar to load it onto your PlayBook where ever you are. Even if you have a bunch of .BAR files on your PlayBook -- you can now browse and install those files all rather easily.

Keep in mind, if you have no experience with loading .BAR files previously this likely isn't going to help you out very much as you need to first off know how to install .BAR files in order to even load LocalBar. You can head on into the CrackBerry Forums for more info on how to get started, set things up and find previously converted files.

More info available in the CrackBerry Forums