Power Tools updated with support for Blaq, BBM, WhatsApp and more

By Alicia Erlich on 5 Mar 2014 09:35 am EST
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The developer behind Power Tools has been busy working on the latest update to his all-in-one utility application. In addition to improvements and bug fixes, this release adds support for most third party applications including Blaq, BBM, WhatsApp, and Facebook.

Now packed with even more capabilities it is a great productivity tool to have under your belt. The list below shows everything included with this new version that is already available to download in BlackBerry World.  

Power Tools v3 Change log 

  • Added 3rd party account support for incoming messages - You can now set LED, Vibrate and Ringtone for most of the 3rd party apps Apps have been tested so for are but not limited to:
    • BBM
    • WhatsApp
    • Social apps: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn
    • Blaq
    • Missed Call
  • When Power Tools detect a new Account you will see a new Notification message in the Hub. Open it and follow the instructions on how to set up the LED for this account
  • Added Account screen to the Custom LED screen - You can only rename the Account and can not delete it
  • Added repeat LED - You can repeat from 5 mins to 30mins until you read, delete or Power Tools stop the LED. The reminder will have the LED color WHITE. The ringtone and vibrate will still be the original from the LED filter
  • Added Smart wallpaper - The annoying Toast message is no longer visible. Power Tools will not change wallpaper if you are using your device.  It will delay the wallpaper change when the screen goes off. At odd times you will still see the annoying message when you turn on the device but only odd times
  • Added Flip Hush - When you flip your BB over on the table or flat surface Power Tools will set the device to Silent. You can still set the LED on or OFF. When you flip it back Power Tools will set the sound profile to the last state. To turn on Flip Hush to the Application menu in Power Tools and select Settings
  • Added "The Wave" - When the LED flashing you can just wave at the top of the BlackBerry to stop the blinking LED and Ringtone.  This only works if Power Tools started the LED and Ringtone. There is no need to even touch your BlackBerry. Just wave at it.  This is another cool feature only possible with Power Tools
  • Added additional 17 3-color combo for LED
  • Added turn on WiFi in the Scheduler - You can set a schedule when to turn ON Wifi. Turning OFF is not possible because BlackBerry does not allow developers to do so yet
  • Fixed the backup and restore bug. There were 3 backups files incorrectly backed up.  I would highly recommend you to do a backup after installing this update
  • Note: Highly recommend that you reset your BlackBerry after you update the app since new features are added. if you do not and Power Tools is not working correctly then that is why

This latest release shows that it is a must have application for your BlackBerry 10 device and worth the $3.99 price tag. However, please note that certain features require OS 10.2 and higher. This update requires OS 10.2.1.

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86 comments

arthursim

Huge update wow.

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Munich669

Awesomeness.....great...fantastic

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alpinechem

$4.00 for what? Useless app and what freaking wrong this ass developer? Trying to make a fortune on a stolen code! Don't buy it.

Smiley88

Get your facts straight before you make an ASS out of yourself.

alpinechem

No you're an Ass. Your app is full of bugs, fix it and you copy someone's else code and modified it. I can prove it?

Smiley88

Please prove it how I stole the code. I would really like to know.

iwasspartacus

This is better than a Quicksikver 'First' hate-a-thon ...

.. I'm comfortably seated. Please continue...

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Smiley88

There is a bug in the Wave. You will need to turn on both the Flip Hush and THE Wave in the application menu settings screen.

The Wave allow you to turn off the led and ring tone by just waving at the BlackBerry.

If you can not get the wave to work just reset your BlackBerry. A fix will be released this week.

alpinechem

First you poked our money for a half baked app and you'll release a fix later? What a joke ? Why don't you fix your app first? Why BlackBerry is allowing these con developers to get away with murder ? I wonder why the platform is falling apart.

--TommesJay--

Sorry? Care to elaborate?

Smiley88

Seriously there is something wrong with this guy. I have no clue what he is complaining about. Power tools by far the most complete and comprehensive utility application for the BlackBerry 10.

ahelluvabruva

Sorry that you're receiving this kind of treatment. I believe I speak for the rest of us when I say we support you and appreciate your app. Keep up the good work!

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alpinechem

You're naive and dumb. We support developers that are : hard working, créatives and making great apps. Most importantly are willing to fix any issue with the app, not this guy. He is a dick and not admitting the app is buggy. We're paying for the app and we expect a complete app.

the_igg

Man... You really hate Smiley88 aka Avatar Aang?? Why is that so?

alpinechem

Hate is a strong word and I never use that word. He is probably a nice dude but his business skills and attitude sucks. Always listen to your customers and don't try to argue with them. Make them feel like you care and you're going to rectify the issue. Clear out any misunderstanding and apologize even when you know you're right. Your objective is to keep that customer and make him or her happy. I am cool and all I want is to get the value of my money.

Tigershark24

Why does it take so long to download attachments and open them on my Z10? I have a fast connection but when a press to open the attachment nothing happens for quite a while. Anyone else have this issue?

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alpinechem

He cannot answer because he is waiting on someone's else to help him fix the issue. I am having the same issue on Z30 with 10.2.1.

Smiley88

What is your problem and what does attachment have to do with Power Tools??

bfunkera

Smiley88, Question for you regarding Power Tools... I've been a bit confused since the headless version came out, so maybe you can clear this up for me. the app description lists two different descriptions for the respective versions. Does this mean that in the headless version that things like encryption do not work? I would love to be able to use the app again but I need to know if everything is available in the headless version and maybe a link to a tutorial would be great.

Thanks and keep up the great work.

The BlackBerry Z30 Everybody!

Smiley88

In the BB world description it is limited to 4000 chars so I can't put everything there.
All the features in the Active Frame version are included in the Headless minus the datetime and battery info in the Wallpaper and of course no active frame display in the Headless. So encryption works in the Headless and integrates better to the OS in the Headless version.

bfunkera

Thanks Smiley. Just set everything back up and looking forward to using it plenty.

The BlackBerry Z30 Everybody!

bfunkera

Another quick one...since you have the geolocation built in have you thought about adding more functionality to it? there's a few decent geo apps out there but all they do is change profiles, BT, wifi and one sends a message to your contacts of choosing, but what I and many other fine BlackBerry abusers are looking for is an app that will prompt you with a reminder (task, grocery list, etc) when we reach a certain destination. This was a big hit with BHIVE tasks for BB OS but it doesn't look like he is going to update his app for BB10. This little additional functionality would go a long way. Thanks

The BlackBerry Z30 Everybody!

bfunkera

Funny, cuz I have a Z30 on 10.2.1 and my attachments work just fine. Try the forums for bitching moaning and complaining, not the comments. For the gentleman above with the true attachments concern, please do a hard reset of your device (hold both volume keys or volume up and power key on top, until the BlackBerry blue logo comes up). If that doesn't work then please post your question in the appropriate forum.

The BlackBerry Z30 Everybody!

Brad Baxter

Awesome update, exactly what I've been hoping for.....
Thank you Toysoft, keep up the good work.

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MeerMusik

WTF? Resetting my Device? You mean a complete Wipe?? Because a App is buggy? No way I will ever Test a App with dumb bugs like that. Seriously: Where are the good Dev's? Oh yeah feeding the Android and iCensorYou Platform. We need good Apps ASAP or BBW will not survive any longer.

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alpinechem

Agreed with you man ! Why spend for $4 on buggy app?

the_igg

Hahahahaha!!! You're everywhere in this comments page!

jordan559

Wow!! You already made your point, you don't like this app or developer. Just don't buy his app and move on. No need to trash a developer that has and will continue to support BlackBerry devices.

zhulk

Who ya...! that's right my military bro...! let's blackball his ass...

From my Z30

LatinoLoco24

As in restart your BlackBerry. Don't be obtuse.

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M_Portiss

I've got Hub++ right now. Any benefit in switching over?

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bfunkera

File encryption

The BlackBerry Z30 Everybody!

calivol

Does anyone know if you have to turn off the normal notification profile like some of the other apps? I have thousands of contacts and can't manually add them all.

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Smiley88

You still need to turn off the LED and/or Sound for email accounts, text messages, facebook, etc.. apps that you want Power Tools to control the Led and Ringtone.

the_igg

I believe he was asking if the app will take over the global notifications just like how BeBuzz does it. Result is, the end user does not need to consciously do it himself as the app does it for him

calivol

Exactly

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Komet86

I was having issues with this and the geofencing tool. I set up two profile locations but when outside those locations I wouldn't get any sound notifications.

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Fatz_z

Will the new LED related features be coming to ColorLED? (new colors, BBM etc.)

MisterShark

Not too long ago if I recall correctly there was no way to assign specific LED colors for people in BBM via a headless app.

Has that all changed now?
As I impatiently wait for Verizon to release 10.2.1 for we the forgotten Z30 & Q10 owners I'm trying to sift through the apps that will enable LED color BBM customization for once I finally receive my update to 10.2.1 and am wondering if Power Tools is one of the few that can do this for BBM or if most of the LED customization apps (Hub++, Color LED, BeBuzz, etc..) currently do the same.

I have to say though that even if I receive reply that many or all of the LED color customization apps available work with BBM: Power Tools is looking like a front runner at this point with all the other included functions.

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EauRouge

I was about to bug before I read this... if bbm colour changing isn't headless I think I'm going to hold off

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wincyUt

Lol!! This thread is not off to a good start. I think I will wait for a while to buy this app.

rockivy

I installed this b update as I use the wallpaper changer and a few of the sound controls from this app,unfortunately it wreaked my hub++ functionality and the only way I could get Mt hun++ working again was to completely delete this app from my phone

From my Zed 30 running 10.2.1.1925(10.2.1.537)

Mattnat2

Does the LED blink the same frequency as stock now? I.e. It used to blink 3 times in succession to notify you rather than the 1.

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Smiley88

You can set the blink duration from 100ms to 5 seconds long in between message blinks. for color combo eg: blue, white, white it will blink quick like 1 second for the 3 blinks.

FishTire

Can you add a delay?

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Sachin Rathee

Just downloaded it..its cool... m not able to set alarms though

mwsmith916

Between this app and the other two highly downloaded led notification apps (no names but you know which ones I'm talking about) power tools is the best, most reliable one yet. Very little bugs, and the dev is very responsive in fixing any that come up if possible. I've had nowhere near as many issues with power tools compared to the other apps for notifications, and all the extra features are just a bonus. $4 well spent.

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Ak.B

What an awesome app! Thanks Toysoft, It's exactly what I've been looking for. Lives up to its name, have deleted all other apps including hub++ and bebuzz. Only bugs I've come across is
1) A switch between white and yellow LED (name:color)
2) App crashes during setup (Sometimes)
3) LED doesn't go off with a wave unless the message that promoted it is opened (noticed with Whatsapp)

Would be glad if wifi could be turned on via geofencing if not off

Also completely agree with bfunkeras comments above.

Keep up the excellent work!

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Smiley88

The White and Yellow LED are reversed. This was due to the new led sorting and new combo colors. It has been fixed already.

The WAVE you need both Flip Hush and Wave enabled in the Settings. The Wave will only work if the LED is started by Power Tools.

I can add wifi on to the geofencing. Have a new awesome feature to add first :)

Komet86

Being able to change radio technology with geofencing would be Awsome too for us Z10 users having battery issues still.

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Ak.B

Excellent thanks! Looking forward to it!!

I love the geofencing feature, only thing is the gps really sucks on the battery.

Well done, this app is worth every penny

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Jasa311

It's a good update. My issue is when BBM LED settings are activated. I had my phone in Bedside Mode last night and the LED and tone came through my "Phone Only in Bedside Mode" setting.
One other thing. Custom settings for BBMers' would be a huge asset update. Currently one LED setting for BBM in latest Power Tools update.
Overall, impressed. It's improved.

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Smiley88

did you turn on bedside mode in the Settings in Power Tools?
New version is in the works.

Naeg1995

For me really it's the best headless app on my Phone
I have tried the other ones also but they have a few bugs .
Dev keep going and thanks for supporting blackberry
We need more devs like you
Thanks

From My Sexy Blackberry Z10

sin-co

I must say this is one of the best Native BB apps I use. The developer responds quickly, I appreciate that.
One question, I do not see LED modification for emails, was it removed?
Thanks Toysoft!

Prem WatsApp

Will bookmark. Still on 10.2 on Telstra

iPhone for me? Scr... ahem Q that! (posted from the latter)

tambaz

I downloaded power tools its not working porperly on my Q10, only the Led signals is working, all other features are not saving changes

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Alicia Erlich

Have you tried restarting (pressing down on top lock button and choosing restart) or a battery pull after installing?

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bitflipper

I installed the app and I am not seeing my work (BES10) email. Does this app not support this feature? I am also not seeing Blaq, Facebook, and Whatsapp in the list of accounts for setting the LED settings.

sin-co

Once you receive a message from one of those accounts, a notification will appear and you will be able to modify that account with PowerTools.

bitflipper

Thanks for the reply sin-co. What about work email? I sent an email to my work email address and didn't receive a notification (and still don't see it as an account).

Smiley88

You can't access workspace from your personal workspace. That is the security restriction.

bitflipper

I installed the app and I am not seeing my work (BES10) email. Does this app not support this feature? I am also not seeing Blaq, Facebook, and Whatsapp in the list of accounts for setting the LED settings.

Smiley88

Email should show up when you configure the LED. For social accounts you will get a new notification message in the HUB when you receive a new message eg: facebook, whatsapp.

make sure you allow all the permissions for power tools otherwise it will not be able to read the email accounts. If you still have problems then reset your BB. This will force Power Tools to run in the background.

bitflipper

I have tried resetting my q10. I have tried deleting anything under device-personal\misc\PowerTools and then re-install the app. I have made sure that the app has all permissions set to on in the applications settings. I also can't add a new account under LED setup (not sure I am using that properly). I click on the note card and a new Account shows up. I name it and then that is it. I have to click on the LED icon to the left of the + sign (which is greyed out) to get back to the LED settings screen. I am on 10.2.1.2141.

Smiley88

You can't add accounts from the accounts screen. It is read only. The accounts are added when you get a new message from Hub. You will then be notified of the new Account.

bitflipper

Ok, must be something going on with my phone since I am not seeing new accounts show up. I just had my wife send me a BBM and nothing showed up to add BBM. Strange.

bitflipper

Ok, not to beat a dead horse or anything, but I decided to do a wipe of my phone and start over with the .1925 build. I set up my q10 with my work email (again BES10 work email). The first app I installed was Power Tools. I could not get it to recognize my work email account no matter what settings I applied. I then wiped the phone and installed 2141 again (using the autoloader both times). Again after setting up my work email and then installing PowerTools it doesn't "see" my work email profile. It did recognize a new account "PIN", so it is recognizing new apps.
Interesting enough, HUB++ doesn't see my work email profile either. BeBuzz does correctly see my work email however.

toc610

Have had an bricked phone issue whenever I try to install some app and have other headless applications running (I had two running) and do a restart. I'm on a Q10.
Now I make sure to close off any headless before restart.
Same above thing happpend for install and restart w Power Tools. But now after some restore work I reinstalled PT and everything works nicely so far.
Wave is working for me in a real life situation where the phone is flat on the table :)
Only gripe: active frame is not showing anything other than the minimised app.
But LIS, so far so good, let's see how it goes.

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Smiley88

With the Headless version there is no need for Active Frame. You do not need to have Power Tools running in Active Frame.

toc610

Yes, I know, but sometimes I like to have a frame with battery info :) No biggie.

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thanhvx

Planned to buy this but still want to test it first. Any plan to release limited version, say only allow to add notifications for one account only?

Thanks

It's not a phone, it's a 

Enrico2828

I wonder if it will be possible to set profiles based on cell connection, not GPS. Isn't profile changer from the same author? That is what I'm currently using together with Hubb++. I think I could replace both tools with Power Tools if I had the possibiliy to change profile / set LED based on cell location.

Also, LED lights I want to comply with what I set in BB settings menu. If I set a profile with no vibration / LED I also want it to suppress any LED / vibration from 3rd party headless tool. Not sure if PowerTools is doing this, Hub++ isn't. Thanks!!

Smiley88

Correct. Profile changer is the app that have bluetooth, wifi, cell tower and geofencing for changing system sound profiles. Might integrate cell tower in power tools in future releases.

thoand

Is it true, that the profile switch when holstered does only work in active frame mode?

Smiley88

NO. It works in the background for headless. if you have pre os10.2.1 then it will run in active frame.

FishTire

I'm a huge hub++ fan, but this app is intriguing. Has anyone happily switched?

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Itstakenovermylife

This is hands-down the best app on my Z30 (and previously my Z10). Works like a charm, and I've never had any issues or problems with it. Love the geofencing, the customized sounds (I have the Xbox 360 theme as my start-up sound!!) and the wallpaper changer... not to mention the customer LED's.

The dev is super-responsive, and I just hope he doesn't let the one-off haters out there with an agenda get to him. Thank God we have devoted BB developers like Toysoft to keep the platform alive and viable. Keep up the great work!!!

christoph77

Fantastic update!!

C0038297E Quote of the Day (BBM Channel)

Ak.B

@smiley88

A reset to original in the settings tab would be a great help wouldn't you agree?

Really looking forward to wifi and cell tower control via geofencing in the next update!

This is a 5 star app!

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MacMorri

Well, I did like this app for some of its goodies. Unfortunately it muted my Hub++ with changing any of the sound mechanism. Whatever. Had to delete PowerTools completely to make Hub++ work again. Too bad.

Enrico2828

I have hub++ running next to profile changer perfectly. Maybe that could suit ur needs.

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MacMorri

Ah okay. Think I'll give it a try. Thank you.

PNX81

Works great

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