Power Tools adds multiple alarms, scheduled SMS and emails, geofencing and more in the latest update

By Alicia Erlich on 27 Jan 2014 05:08 am EST
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Power Tools for BlackBerry 10 has been a permanent fixture on my device since it first came out. The all-in-one application offers a variety of different features to help you throughout the day without having to spend on each function separately or use up memory with multiple applications. For me, having a developer continuously update their application and listen to their customers is a plus and Toysoft is committed to always bringing you a solid product. 

This latest release brings with it even more capabilities, making it an even better productivity tool for everyday use. The list below shows everything included with this new version that is already available to download in BlackBerry World.  

Version 2.1 Headless Change Log

  • Alarms - Add multiple Alarms for Timer from one minute to 8 hours, Daily, Weekdays and Weekly. Use default alarm ringtones or select your own ringtone and repeat sound.  Add an alarm note to display in Instant Preview. When you select the Instant Preview message the Alarms screen will be opened.
  • Geofencing - The ability to use Location Services to switch System Sound Profile or turn on and off Bluetooth when arriving or leaving a location. Geofencing uses GPS. Changing Sound Profile is done automatically without any intervention.
  • Schedule SMS and Email - Schedule a time to send SMS and Email Daily, Weekdays, Weekly, Monthly or Yearly. When sending email you can add an attachment. Optionally delete the sent message in the Inbox.
  • Bedside support - Turn off all alerts while in Bedside mode. Alarms will still sound.
  • Low Battery Sound - Use built-in or custom sound when battery level falls below the selected percentage. Alert will continue to notify only when there is a change in the battery level and will stop when charging.
  • Message Filter - Better keywords for spam filtering.
  • When in or out of Holster you can turn on and off Bluetooth.

Version 1 Active Frame Change Log

  • Bedside support - Turn off all alerts while in Bedside mode.   Alarms will still sound.
  • Message Filter - Better keywords for spam filtering.

As a multifunction tool it certainly gets the job done. Power Tools supports all BlackBerry 10 devices for $3.99. However, please note that certain features require OS 10.2 and higher. 

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Reader comments

Power Tools adds multiple alarms, scheduled SMS and emails, geofencing and more in the latest update

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Hey, since you have it, would you be able to report to us if geofencing drains battery?? That feature sounds interesting, but I'm worried about that.

Posted without the aid of AutoCorrect with my physical keyboard via CB10

A good level of dev commitment and support can always swing my view if I'm dithering (although at least so far, this app looks and sounds effing smart. ) Going to BlackBerry World to buy it directly after pressing 'post'.

Posted by the inimitable Z10 handheld system

I just purchased also! I know another CB editor reviewed this app but if Alicia likes it then I know it's good. Now I'm off to see how much I like it!

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

Now combine geo and messaging so it can automatically send an email when the device enters and leaves a geographic zone. Next, automatically backup all settings to a user selectable storage location when settings are modified.

Yes, Geo - tasks / reminders is what jmim really looking for in a headless app. Haven't found any yet.

On another note does v2.1 bring back encryption and file shredding whilst headless?

Posted via single-finger-flickin fun on the best damn virtual keyboard in existence....The BlackBerry Z30 Everybody!

encryption, file shredder and image resize are all there in the Headless version.
goto the overflow menu and select Batch.

for individual file you can select the file from any 3rd party app and then select Share or Open In and select Power Tools. You can then shred or resize the image.

Encryption is only available in batch process inside power tools.

ian8206 can correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm assuming he means that when he enters a geofenced area, a message (reminder) on his screen would display to prompt him to do something (ie. "feed fish" when he enters his home)

Personally, just the ability to turn wifi on and off with a geofence would make this app worthwhile for me, however i would find the reminders useful too.

Just remember that headless apps can not display any UI eg: dialogs. They can only display a Instant Preview message which is kinda useless if you do there to read it quickly but the message will remain in the Hub so you can read it.

Turning on and off wifi is not allowed until BB give us the sdk.

Just bought and seems to be very nice.

Does the battery monitor show on the home screen under the battery?

True to my word, I purchased it and it is indeed an excellent app.

However, there appears to be a little confusion as to the version number, and I guess by default, some of the advertised features.

This is version 1.1.5, according to a note at the very bottom of the 'help' section. However, the app is referenced in my device and appears in BlackBerry World as version 2.

This discrepancy could be down to an oversight on updating the 'help' section.

Having said that, nowhere in the version of the app I bought or the help section is there any reference to geofencing. Can't find any geofencing settings anywhere.

Before I shoot a message over to support, any one have any ideas?

Posted by the inimitable Z10 handheld system

OK I get. The reason why I am not seeing geofencing and headless for that matter is because I am not a using a 10.2.1 bb10 software version yet. Ah well. Something to look forward to. Still a great app for me, nonetheless.

Posted by the inimitable Z10 handheld system