New apps to try this week - Color Pencil Transcriber, Zoom for BlackBerry, Jelly Bean lock and Blips

Apps to Try
By Adam Zeis on 10 Sep 2012 10:32 am EDT

Another new week, some more new apps. I've scoured over the latest apps once again and I'm happy to report I have a few good ones that look to be worth checking out. There is quite a mix in App World these days and getting through all of the e-books and flashlight apps can be a chore, but I did find some winners. Keep reading and take a look at some great news apps to try this week. If you have any suggestions for great new apps, be sure to let us know in the comments.

Zoom for BlackBerry

Zoom for BlackBerry 

This is a fun little app that puts a magnifying glass on your screen and lets you zoom in on your display. It's fun to just mess around but it comes in handy when you want to zoom in on images or web pages. Zoom for BlackBerry works best on older devices where you have no pinch-to-zoom functions, and best of all it's free! 

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Jelly Bean lock -AppsLock 

Jelly Bean Lock 

This one looks pretty cool. I'm a big fan of trying different lock screens, and Jelly Bean lock has some neat features. Not only does it lock your screen, but you can set up to three apps to go to on unlock. So instead of just hitting the home screen, you can go straight to your phone or camera for example. It has a customizable background as well. For $0.99 it's worth trying out.

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This one is just pure fun. Blips puts some old school onomatopoeia on your BlackBerry. You may remember the "zip", "boom" and "pow" from the old Batman TV show? Now you can play around with your own comic book sound effects wherever you are. There are a few settings to customize things and Blips is just a blast. Grab it for $0.99. 

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Color Pencil Transcriber HD  

Color Pencil Transcriber 

If you're artsy at all this one will be a great find. Color Pencil Transcriber HD is a fun little app for your PlayBook that turns your photos into colored pencil sketches. You can easily get carried away snapping photos of everything around you and converting them into cool sketches. After you're done, you can post them up to Facebook ot Twitter and share your creations with the world. $0.99 in App World.

More information/Download Color Pencil Transcriber HD 

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New apps to try this week - Color Pencil Transcriber, Zoom for BlackBerry, Jelly Bean lock and Blips


I'll politely disagree. There are two that I think are worth checking out - which I'll do tonight. I'll also pass along some advice I've found useful - although I admit it shows my age. It goes something like this "If you don't have something nice to say, it's better to say nothing at all." Most married and attached men will tell you this is a good bit of advice to apply in relationships as well.

Constructive critisism is also good. This is where you highlight how you feel something could be improved upon. It's best to begin those sentences with "I think...." so people know it's your specific opinion. Good luck!

For PlayBook - MeetingGrabber.

Haven't had much chance to use yet, but looks to be very well made, very professional UI. very simple to use. Will be using it for biz meetings, but maybe even more for personal/church meetings - for example my men's Bible Study - record speaker, snap shot of a quote on the screen, take notes, use video feature to capture a video projected on screen during meeting.

i think Jelly Bean lock -AppsLock is a pretty cool app. i just downloaded the free version, not sure exactly what is different in the paid. I like how you can customize the app to open up with unlock. i made one open the camera app for easy access.

I just downloaded Meeting Grabber, can't believe it hasn't been reviewed or mentioned on crackberry before. I tried several of the features and they all work well. The one review mentions not being able to delete, so I tried using files and folders, navigated to the meeting grabber directory and all the different files were there with normal extensions so you can edit/view afterwards with appropriate apps for the text/picture/video files. I deleted all the files containing my meeting name using files and folders and then opened up meeting grabber and no errors, and the meeting had gone as expected.


I might just get the lock screen. Then I could have quick access to Phone, Messages and Video Camera, those being the most used ones, aside from ubersocial and browser for

Which models is the color pencil transcriber available for? App World doesn't say, simply that its unavailable for my 9800.

I find that color pencil transcribed crashes a lot. There was an update recently that's helped with the library loading issues, but I find that it still crashes quite a bit during rendering. I like it when it works, but if I could refund it, I would. Hopefully there will be another update that will make it more stable soon and I can revise my opinion.