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Power Tools for BlackBerry 10 upgraded to version 2.0 and goes headless

By Alicia Erlich on 9 Jan 2014 10:10 am EST
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For those of you who have downloaded the leak of OS 10.2.1 you can add another headless app to your arsenal. Power Tools, the all-in-one active frame and headless productivity tool, has now received it's headless approval and is available for download in BlackBerry World for compatible devices. For certain features you will no longer have to leave open as an active frame on your homescreen in order for it to work properly.

If you're not familiar with this application, you can head on over and check out the original review to see it in action. The developer has compiled an extensive list of features for you to review at your leisure. Please note version 2.0 is the version compatible with OS 10.2.1 and is headless. Version 1.0 is for all devices on OS 10.0 to 10.2 and requires an active frame.

Version 2.0 Features

Version 2.0 is Headless. It means the application does not have to be running in an Active Frame. Version 2 includes all the features in version 1 except for Alarms. Alarms do not work in Headless because Headless applications cannot display User Interface.

  • Holster - Change system sound profile when holstered and unholstered. The only application that works correctly with the sound profiles.
  • System Event Sounds - This is similar to Lock Screen sounds in version 1 but with more features. Play a sound for system events such as lock and unlock screen, battery charging, discharging and system reset. The only application that plays predefined or custom sound whenever you restart the BlackBerry. You can select your own sound and use it.
  • Block Email from Hub - Press and hold the email from the Hub and then select Share and select Power Tools.  This will open the Message Filter screen and allow you to block this sender. Easy and simple.
  • System Card - Version 2 now integrated with the system card. When you Share or Open In Power Tools will act as system Card - You can still Resize and Shred the file. Making it easier.
  • Scheduler - The Scheduler allows you to schedule a time to turn on or off Bluetooth and Block incoming calls.  Future version will include will schedulers. You add the same schedule many times.
  • Cell Signal Strength - Worry about losing cell signal? There is no need. Just select a Led color for Have signal and No Signal. The Led light will continue to blink to notify you with good or no signal.

Version 1.0 Features

Version 1 is for BBO10.0 to OS10.2 and requires the application to run in Active Frame.

  • Encryption - Use BlackBerry's FIPS certified powerful AES encryption library to secure your files.  The only application that offers this kind of security integrated with the BlackBerry operating system.
  • Message Blocker - The best and complete message blocker for BB10. Block Text and Email.  Detail log file to keep track of blocked messages. You can view and delete the log file. Even block email messages base on Language of the message.  No need to purchase another SMS or Email blocker.  It is included with Power Tools.
  • Active Frame - Display Battery and Memory info in Active Frame. Also shows Battery Charging information like time to fully charged.
  • Alarm - Create custom Alarms for Daily, Weekdays and Weekly. Create multiple alarms.  Snooze option.  Option to select a random ringtone from your favorite sound folder as a ringtone.
  • Bluetooth - Control when to turn on and off Bluetooth Daily, Weekdays and Weekly.  Schedule multiple Bluetooth
  • LED Color - Add color LED to incoming Text, Email, Facebook LinkedIn, Twitter or Accounts. Customize LED for Contacts with Vibrate and Ringtone. Over 25 different color combinations to use. Set contact or Account to VIP status so that you will never miss their text or email. VIP will blink and play the ringtone regardless what the system Notification is set to. Sorry BBM and WhatsUp are not supported yet.
  • Screen Lock - Add custom sounds when screen is locked, unlocked and password locked. Have a custom password lock wallpaper.
  • Phone Call - Add custom LED color for all incoming calls, vibrate on call connect and disconnect
  • Sound Profile - Schedule and Manage system Sound Profiles. Turn system sound to Vibrate or Silent at nights, Normal in the morning, set Vibrate at the Office, Silent at Church on Sundays, Alert Offs for weekly Staff meeting etc...  Sound Profile switching is automated. You just have to set the start and end times and leave it to Power Tools. Sound Profile is only available on OS10.2 and higher.
  • Wallpaper - Set custom wallpaper on every minute, 5 minutes up to 8 hours, set time to change only Daily, Weekdays or Weekly. Chose a picture folder to randomly or sequentially change pictures. You can optionally add the Battery percentage and current date to the wallpaper. Note: Due to OS10.2 changes when changing wallpapers a Toast message is displayed.
  • Picture Resize - Resize a single picture from the Pictures, File Manager or any apps that has Share or Open In feature.  When resizing you can select many different sizes to resize the picture like Screen Size, percentage and predefined sizes.
  • File Shredder - The ultimate personal security. When you delete a file from the Pictures or File Manager app the content is not erased therefore it is possible to recover the deleted file and view the content.  By shredding the file it would make it impossible to recover the content. File Shredder will write to the physical location of the files with random data many files over so the content can not be recovered.
  • Battery Information - Gives you detail information on the current Battery status such as percentage, usage before empty, charging information such as time to fully charged and more.

Power Tools is a great multifunction application and you get all of these useful features for $3.99. Please note that certain capabilities such as the notification sound profile, new notification and block all calls feature requires OS 10.2. It is certainly one to check out so if you haven't be sure to do so and follow the link below.

More information/Purchase Power Tools

81 comments

christoph77

Great to see ;-)

C0038297E Quote of the Day (BBM Channel)

Playbook007

The email filter running headless is what I have been waiting for. Now just need the OS update from Rogers

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LostOnThePianoRoll

That headless thing actually sounds pretty cool...
I'm no developer but is it allowed in BlackBerry 10 to add items to the overflow menu? Like bbos?
I mean instead of sharing the file to the app, is it possible to have the commands straight in the menu?

Posted via CB10 on my Z10STL100-1/10.2.1.1055

Yasin Essa

Does anyone know when the official blackberry 10.2.1 software releasing?

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Prem WatsApp

No, also depends on your country. Australia and many others already have 10.2, the US is still waiting for it.

"Coming soon", I hope you know that one. ;-)

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

RandomSkratch

This is bull****. These features should be included in the stock OS, not through some third party app. Wake up BlackBerry! Something as simple as different profiles based on holstered or not was in the old archaic OS. *facepalm*

dierre

It really should

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CDM76

They aren't on any other OS. Regardless, they are not available natively so quit crying about it and move on. Merci.

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dierre

I don't think so well in the states anyway. BB10 is nearly non existent

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BerryRipe

BlackBerry please bring in the BBOS functions in a future update. I've missed calls because I forget the notifications are off.

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

rifka_f

Hi all,

I'm waiting for the official 10.2.1 OS here in the US. I'm so glad to see the developmet of headless apps. Eventually I will be able to use them. I just want to point out that IT'S should be ITS - "...Power Tools, the all-in-one active frame and headless productivity tool, has now received IT'S headless approval and is available for download in BlackBerry World for compatible devices." This drives me nuts. IT'S means "it is". ITS is the possessive of IT. Picky, I know. But it's correct... Thanks, all.

dmlis

ITS...

http://youtu.be/N4vf8N6GpdM

Sorry. You are right, off course, but I couldn't resist. Could not resist. Can not... ah well.
:-)

Nharzhool

"of course", you mean. Anyway, there was nothing to correct in his comment...

Well apart from the typo in "development".

Mmm...CB10! Just the tip though...

dmlis

Of course. Don't. Kill me. Please.

His or her? (Alicia) ;-)

Drmoe

Nothing better going on then worrying about spelling mistakes? Maybe the dev did it so people will talk more about it... pretty smart huh! lol

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Nharzhool

It bugs me too, mate. :)

However, not all developers are primarily English-speaking. If one comes across typos or grammatical errors in an app, they should just pop an email to the developer so that it can be corrected.

Mmm...CB10! Just the tip though...

HotFix

What is the "system card" that's discussed in the post?

Posted via CB10 on a Z10STL100-3/10.2.1.1925

Smiley88

BlackBerry Doc "A card allows an application to export its application screen to another application. Unlike an application, which may offer a full and rich set of features, a card typically provides the ability to perform specific tasks such as picking a contact, composing an email or previewing an image"

So in PowerTools the Card allows you to Shred a file and Resize pictures.

07thking

Sounds like a handy tool to have.

Photos captured using BlackBerry devices - C00016D81

Naeg1995

Headless headless headless
Go blackberry go
This is all what we need on our beautiful devices
Thanks dev keep going

From My Sexy Q10...

Itstakenovermylife

This app is terrific! While you can't argue that a lot of the features should be baked-in to BB10, the fact of the matter is they're not. Power Tools fills the gap, and IMO it's well worth the $$. And for those of you that aren't familiar with Toysoft, they're an amazing BB10 developer with five-star service. Super responsive and always receptive to feedback and suggestions. GREAT JOB GUYS!!! Yay for headless!!!

camera531

BlackBerry needs to seriously figure out how to push 10.2 to the masses. This should be a MAJOR PRIORITY. I'm using an UNLOCKED Q10 direct from BB and I'm still stuck on 10.1. I have no interest in installing leaked builds.

Tater Tots

You're not stuck, you chose to no install a leak.

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Nharzhool

Now, now...there really should have been a deployment by the carriers in the USA. This stuff should be official.

raino

If one's a T-Mobile customer, then yes one is stuck. The leaks don't bring WiFi calling with them.

Northern gulf

Stuck waiting on the AT&T update too......

camera531

So am I. And I have an unlocked device (not AT&T's). I guess it's all about what sim card is installed...

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masque2

I feel your pain, but I honestly believe that >90% of BlackBerry 10 users already have 10.2. It's only the US that is the outlier, which has a tiny user base.

camera531

Yeah, it can be tough being a US BlackBerry user. And that can cause users to look elsewhere. I'm actually fine with 10.1, but feel like I'm now excluded from headless apps.

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Tater Tots

I don't think it's worth $3.99. $1.99 probably but unfortunately the price is a deal breaker.

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Smiley88

would you rather pay $2.99 for just a sms blocker, $1.99 for just to block incoming calls, $0.99 cent for simple wallpaper, $1.99 for file shredder and others. These 4 apps alone are already $8.

You get all those and more in Power Tools.

Nharzhool

+1. People shouldn't complain about such things...

Itstakenovermylife

+1 Exactly. Power Tools wraps up multiple apps all in one package. Well worth the cost.

Nharzhool

I certainly spend a lot more than that on crap that I would use far fewer times (Just look at my Steam library)...complaining about the price of this is ridiculous. You've probably spent more on coffee today than this app costs. Do you expect him to not make a profit? I think $4 is a fair price...just fork it out and stop whining.

ewalker53

I paid $3.99 for Swiftkey (keyboard app for Android) which absolutely sucks compared to the BB10 keyboard and I saw no one complaining about that. By the way, I dumped my Nexus 5 and returned to my Z10 when I realized how much better BB10 is.

Quit complaining about paying $4 for an app. More than that probably fell out of your pocket in the last week.

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Prem WatsApp

Welcome back!

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

Prem WatsApp

On a side note, the more apps we buy in BBW, the more attractive BB10 will become to developers and we strengthen the platform and ensure its survival. BB users generally have more disposable income, and will pay more for quality apps. Apps won't come, if it's not rewarding for devs. That means either a large user base (no tick) or well-paying customers (tick, I hope).

I know for a fact that Android users are so cheap, want everything free, will download just about anything as long as it is free, give any app permissions and wonder why their platform is the most malware-plagued.

(That is just a generalisation, so please don't be offended if you are an Android user)

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

mikesz10

Where is 10.2.1????????
Geeeez release it already!!!!

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Graheem

It's on my Z10. Where is 10.2.2 or 10.3? That is the question.

BerryRipe

Besides by purchasing apps we are supporting BlackBerry and the developers!

I purchased Effetica a photo editor app when I had already bought the extra filters from FilterMama. That right there was $6.00+ but I really like to edit photos so it was all well worth it.

Keep The Faith  BlackBerry Q10 

Prem WatsApp

Great. Let devs know BB users are not tight and will pay well for good apps.

Zzzzwiped from a Zedevice....

bfunkera

An I reading this right, that many features are absent from the headless version, like encryption and others I can't recall at the moment?

Single-finger-flickin-fun from the BEST damn virtual keyboard in existence...The BlackBerry Z30 Everybody! Running 10.2.1.1925

Smiley88

NO. Encryption is in the headless version. Just like the Active Frame version you still need to run the actually app to encrypt files. Once the file is encrypted you can use the Shared or Open In to decrypt file in apps like Pictures, File Manager and others.

The only features not in the Headless are:

* Alarms since Headless can't display UI
* Encrypting the secure folder when the device turns off the LCD or password protect. Will try to get this working in the future release.

camera531

How do you reply to comments from the CrackBerry app (on a Q10)? Is it even possible?

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Qurve

Press and hold on the comment you want to reply to

Q1o

camera531

Awesome, thanks!

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Wayne_Enterprises

Why in god's name should I pay for an app that enables a feature (Holster profiles) that every Blackberry, going back to my first 7290 has. F*ing RIM, get it together.

You too Crackberry. You should spend less time promoting apps like this, and more time making a case to Blackberry that their "new, innovating, and game changing OS" lacks seriously functionality when compared to simple things like this, which BBOS ALWAYS had.

Yourick

Mhh!...I think that these features should be included in the BB OS 10
so...by the way, where is the 10.2.1?

nt300

10.2.1 has been released to developers which is good news. And its been said that it should be released sometime in late Jan 2014.

Yourick

nice...good to hear about this...

nt300

This is great. And multiple Alarms? Yes, Nice,

Naeg1995

Please if someone knows
Can we set battery percentage and date to appear on status bar ?
I don't want to swipe and watch battery percentage
Thank you all

From My Sexy Q10...

Smiley88

In the Active Frame version for OS10.0 to OS10.2 you can add Battery % and Date on the Wallpaper. Since 10.2.1 already have the battery % this was left out in the Headless version. If there is enough request I can add this to the wallpaper tool.

Naeg1995

Thank you very much
Please add, it would be perfect
Swiping to see the battery percentage is so silly for me.
I just want to see the percentage in the status bar without swiping ....just as all the rest phones have .
Please crackberry community request it from the developer
Thank you

From My Sexy Q10...

Kym Clarke

will you be added lock screen wallpaper in future updates

Javid Gozalov

Why isn't the update pushed out yet?

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flacrack

First, please support App Developers. Without them, there can be no popular acceptance of BB10.
Second, developers improve BB10 experience, when the OS doesn't have certain features. Applaud the developer, don't bad mouth BB for not having the feature. Think of Apple, the company that converts developer apps to OS apps. Now that's not playing nicely!
(no contractions were hurt in the posting of this here message!)

fast666

Coool

ChannelX C000D3759 We promote channels

Zenwork21

Sorry for the duplicated message on the biard

Zenwork21

It doesn't work for me. I was looking at this application mainly as a spam filter. Doesn't filter anything and the "Share and select powertool option doesn't even appear on the hub. Really disappointing money wasted. Sorry if this message is duplicated. Regards

Smiley88

Which OS version do you have? the Spam blocking from the HUB is for the the Headless version. When you select the message hold it down and then select Share.

Did you set all the permissions for Power Tools? Spam blocker works great for me. Are you blocking email by sender or subject? Please send me email at support@toysoft.ca and I will help you.

Zenwork21

Thank you for your excellent support, I will apply what suggested and I will let you know . My bad I did miss the key info from the article
IF you have - leak of OS 10.2.1

Regards

Zenwork21

Hi Smiley88 thank you very much for your incredible quick feedback and support
Blackberry Z10
IOS 10.2.0.1791
I am contacting you at the email mentioned
All permission are on and I am blocking email, at least I am trying, by domain, subject, but I was also expecting to work by body content. Am I mistaken?
Regards

TechieAttorney

How can the article above say this is "The only application that works correctly with the sound profiles." Watcher, updated just yesterday to .17, works perfectly at 25% the cost of this app. Bad advertising.

Stomps01

Just bought this. I don't have the leak so I have to leave it open in active frames. Very easy to set up what you want it to do. Can't wait for the next OS update so I can go headless. This app is the cats meow if you ask me.

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slagman5

Let me ask you since you have it, how does holster profiles work? Does it just switch between the profiles the phone has? Or can you customize it further? Because I would like to not just be limited to normal and vibrate only, I want it to vibrate and have the sound while in holster and only sound without vibrate while out of holster, unless I set it on vibrate only then I want it to vibrate at all times, is this possible?

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

Stomps01

The main reason I got this was for the vibration during call connect and disconnect.

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huungryshark

Multiple Timers would be awesome,too

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Smiley88

In the Active Frame version you have multiple Alarms with custom ringtones. Will work on the Headless version for the Alarms.

Bacon Munchers

I can't wit for BlackBerry to add these features to the future baked-in OS.

Still missin' some of the legacy BBOS features....

chrisjsandlin

This looks nice have it all in one headless application.

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mnc76

I don't get it. I am running Sayit headless right now and I'm on official 10.2, NOT 10.2.1.

Even BlackBerry's dev site said that they were postponing headless apps til 10.2.1, but I downloaded Sayit straight from BlackBerry World and it's (confirmed) running headless with no problem.

What's the deal here? It clearly appears that headless is supported in 10.2 and you do NOT need to wait for 10.2.1 to run headless apps.

CB10 : Z10 STL100-3 10.2.0.1803

Smiley88

That is because BlackBerry World admin has not look thru all the apps submitted that is Headless and set to run on OS10.2. Any Headless apps they found that supports OS10.2 will be denied. I guess SayIt developer have selected OS10.2 and not OS10.2.1 which he suppose to do.

El Yass

I definitely happy to be blackberry user. I have had for over months and I was thinking wtf why I left my nexus 5 for this z10 but after I really looked around and get the new os 10.2. I was really pleased the app I miss out on android device. Now it's etc pick up what I needed from Google app store. And for the price I got the phone for. Top quality for 150 €. Definitely I'm going for the z30. Thanks. For those who have made this great transformation. I hope blackberry will do better for the next level. Thank you crack berry team

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El Yass

Ps. Sorry 10.2.1.537. I just downloaded the os extract switching off the phone in view minutes it was finished.

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raguram88

Nice and the company is now offering its Z10 smartphone with a price cut (for details http://www.gadgetride.com/news/blackberry-device-received-price-cut-in-u...)

kwak11

What bugs me about this is that I have to buy and app to do things I COULD DO with my last BlackBerry!!! I'm still not completely sold on BlackBerry 10. My 2012 Torch 9810 can run circles around this new BlackBerry 10.

kwak11

huungryshark

This app has a lot a features the stock OS should have.

I'm running 10.2.1.1925 but come on is this all?

Hope 10.3 coming soon :)

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nza20

I want a confirm about the release of the new software update v.2.1

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