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  1. Chiefmcfuz's Avatar
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    08-17-2010 02:50 AM
  2. ClassaN0va's Avatar
    the ability to automatically preview pictures and attachments in gmail automatically instead of having to download them. Preview should be standard.
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    08-17-2010 09:45 AM
  3. OldPalmUser's Avatar
    PIM - Personal Information Manager, what "smartphones" where soposed to be, what they used to be, what Android needs to become.

    As I have posted before, I CANNOT STRESS ENOUGH, the 3 most important features of any PIM device is:

    1. UNIVERSAL SEARCH
    Search of the entire phone (not the internet), search through all your personal data, thru the contacts, notes, calendar, spreadsheets, memos, to-do lists, word processing files, SMS/MMS, thru every native apps, thru every 3rd party app data, anything and everything on your phone (not the internet) quickly and completely the way Palm OS did. Fast information retrieval of your personal data and databases is the most important and single most useful thing on this planet as far as PIMs are concerned. Not links to twitter, not cool little icon creation tools, not fun cutesy little play things, but real world useful things.

    2. UNIVERSAL CUT/COPY & PASTE
    The ability to copy an address or sentence out of a text message or email, (not the entire message, only the portion you need) and paste it into a contact, or paste it into a memo or task field, or it into Google maps. Or Copy part of a to-do list item and paste it into a spreadsheet, or copy a value out of a spreadsheet cell and paste it into an email etc.

    3. DESKTOP APPLICATION to sync with.
    A desktop application to sync with, to back up all your PIM information (contacts, calendar, to-do lists, memos, wordprocessing files, spreadsheet files etc, to your PC and vice/versa (without being forced to use Outlook). Not syncing to the cloud, I dont want all my personal info spread out all over the internet for who knows who to snoop through. I want my personal info on my phone and my desktop PC only. A Desktop application to be able to do the bulk of your data entry from your PC then syncing it to your phone instead of having to type out and tons of personal data, such as useful formulas, extensive notes about people, long letters or ebooks you want to cut and paste into your desktop app so you can sync it to your phone so you can read it on the road at your leasure without trying to type all that data into your little touch screen pad. To be able to look up information and data stored on my phone without not having to wait on a slow connection as it stores and retrieves from the cloud. And to be able to look up the same information on my desktop app when I cant find my phone. To backup my data or retrieve it without being dependant an internet connection. When I lose my old phone, I want to be able to sync the new phone to my Desktop application had have all my personal info and data files loaded on to my new phone putting me right back in business without skipping a beat.

    Primary PIM Apps to be fully intergreated with each other on the phone and on the Desktop are:
    * Calendar/Scheduler/with very flexible alarms (i.e. repeat every third Thursday etc.)
    * Contacts/Addresses/People that will show the long names on the screen when you select it.
    * To Do List (KISS applies here, just need to easily slide line items up and down on the priority list and/or give it a changeable priority level, and to be able to attach longer notes if need be)
    * Memo/Notes/Flash Cards to store anything and everything you think to write down to take note down, any thought, idea, note, comment, list of items, what someone said Any and all inputs instantly retrievable by the Universal Search.
    * Media/Pictures/Video/Music sync between desktop and device.
    * Third party attachment handler (to automatically sync spreadsheet files for instance).

    Store, Retrieve, and Manage/Manipulate Personal Information, thats what Personal Information Managers (PIMs) are for. Not for doing animated gifs or other cutesy time wasters.

    This is something the Twit(ers) writing software today dont understand, not everyone has the luxury of laying around drinking soda pop and twittering each other all day, most of us need to actually get some work done in the real world. To manage and access personal information as well as internet info.

    I would have switched from Palm OS to iPhone a couple years ago but the iPhone had no universal search or universal copy/paste at the time which made the iPhone worthless game machine to me. So I stayed with Palm. Now that Palm OS is being replaced with WebOS, I see now that the new blood writing the new Palm WebOS software left out the 3 most important things, the very things that made Palm great to begin with. So I bought a Droid Incredible, it falls flat on its face as a PIM, now I am back to carrying two devices a Palm OS for an actual working PIM, and a Droid for all the other cool stuff. Dont get me wrong, I love the Droid but it would be nice to get them back into one device again. The industry sometimes goes backwards instead of forwards. Now I see that Apple finally caught up to Palm by including a universal search and copy/paste into the iPhone finally, Android needs to catch up to Palm OS also, in a hurry, otherwise I may have to sidestep to an iphone when my one year contract is up.

    PalmOS had a much more precise touch screen, all you had to do to select text was touch your fingernail, pen, or stylist to the letter you wanted to start with and drag to the end point to highlight the text you want, and then hit Menu/Copy. The new Johnny-come-lately touch screen phones do not have a precise way to select text directly, though the iPhone has come up with a good workaround for this, its not quite as fast and easy as the PalmOS but just as accurate at selecting only what you want, and it is universal just like the Palm.
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    08-17-2010 10:58 AM
  4. woodsb123's Avatar
    Hi OldPalmUser, to answer your question.

    1. UNIVERSAL SEARCH
    Search of the entire phone (not the internet), search through all your personal data, thru the contacts, notes, calendar, spreadsheets, memos, to-do lists, word processing files, SMS/MMS, thru every native apps, thru every 3rd party app data, anything and everything on your phone (not the internet) quickly and completely the way Palm OS did. Fast information retrieval of your personal data and databases is the most important and single most useful thing on this planet as far as PIMs are concerned. Not links to twitter, not cool little icon creation tools, not fun cutesy little play things, but real world useful things.

    2. UNIVERSAL CUT/COPY & PASTE
    The ability to copy an address or sentence out of a text message or email, (not the entire message, only the portion you need) and paste it into a contact, or paste it into a memo or task field, or it into Google maps. Or Copy part of a to-do list item and paste it into a spreadsheet, or copy a value out of a spreadsheet cell and paste it into an email etc.

    Answer: Most of the current Android phones have the above features built in. Not sure which Android phone that you currently have. If you want to copy/paste within an app or option, what you need to do is long-press on the info you are trying to cut/copy. Then do the same thing where you are trying to paste. It should work, although, it's not straight forward.

    As far as the following option:

    3. DESKTOP APPLICATION to sync with.
    A desktop application to sync with, to back up all your PIM information (contacts, calendar, to-do lists, memos, wordprocessing files, spreadsheet files etc, to your PC and vice/versa (without being forced to use Outlook). Not syncing to the cloud, I dont want all my personal info spread out all over the internet for who knows who to snoop through. I want my personal info on my phone and my desktop PC only. A Desktop application to be able to do the bulk of your data entry from your PC then syncing it to your phone instead of having to type out and tons of personal data, such as useful formulas, extensive notes about people, long letters or ebooks you want to cut and paste into your desktop app so you can sync it to your phone so you can read it on the road at your leasure without trying to type all that data into your little touch screen pad. To be able to look up information and data stored on my phone without not having to wait on a slow connection as it stores and retrieves from the cloud. And to be able to look up the same information on my desktop app when I cant find my phone. To backup my data or retrieve it without being dependant an internet connection. When I lose my old phone, I want to be able to sync the new phone to my Desktop application had have all my personal info and data files loaded on to my new phone putting me right back in business without skipping a beat.

    Primary PIM Apps to be fully intergreated with each other on the phone and on the Desktop are:
    * Calendar/Scheduler/with very flexible alarms (i.e. repeat every third Thursday etc.)
    * Contacts/Addresses/People that will show the long names on the screen when you select it.
    * To Do List (KISS applies here, just need to easily slide line items up and down on the priority list and/or give it a changeable priority level, and to be able to attach longer notes if need be)
    * Memo/Notes/Flash Cards to store anything and everything you think to write down to take note down, any thought, idea, note, comment, list of items, what someone said Any and all inputs instantly retrievable by the Universal Search.
    * Media/Pictures/Video/Music sync between desktop and device.
    * Third party attachment handler (to automatically sync spreadsheet files for instance).

    Store, Retrieve, and Manage/Manipulate Personal Information, thats what Personal Information Managers (PIMs) are for. Not for doing animated gifs or other cutesy time wasters.

    Answer: I'm currently using this app - Gsyncit, to sync all of my contacts, calendar, & To-Do List on my HTC Droid Eris phone with my desktop MS Outlook app, wirelessly/real-time, I might add. Check it out at gSyncit - Microsoft Outlook / Google Sync to see if it is what you are looking for. It costs very little, but, works flawlessly once setup/config. At least for what I needed it for.
    08-17-2010 12:46 PM
  5. chefkeyser's Avatar
    Mentioned this in another thread, but its worth repeating: screen shot capability, unrooted.
    You can take screen shots with an unrooted phone.
    08-17-2010 01:10 PM
  6. Zorro1's Avatar
    #3, hit Companionlink's site. I use my old Palm Desktop and sync to my Droid directly. No clouds. Lots of choices, they're the best.


    One more to add: a numeric keypad/keyboard replacement for when you're in spreadsheets. It is downright stupid to use a row of frickin' numbers at the top of the screen for serious numeric work. Nor do any of the keyboards I've seen have even embedded numeric keypads.
    08-17-2010 01:26 PM
  7. ThinkingDroid's Avatar
    Wow!!! This board blew up! I'm going through these tonight...the screenshot app is a great idea....that one is noted...will research that one! I'll sort through the others as well....We will be posting details on our first 2 apps soon.....we will sell most for .99, tops will be $1.99. I'll post a bit later once I review these apps! Thanks!
    08-17-2010 04:07 PM
  8. Zorro1's Avatar
    Never mind on numeric keypad...Smart keyboard folk seem ready to add it...
    08-17-2010 04:37 PM
  9. fyrmng's Avatar
    The one app I miss coming from BB is being able to set an auto on/off time. Wish it were built into Android...maybe 2.2?
    08-17-2010 05:37 PM
  10. howser87's Avatar
    Being in the computer industry I have always wanted a searchable database app filled with the microsoft KBs and/or the different stop error screens and what they mean. Kind of a quick reference of sorts. As is I have an excel file on my laptop with a good 25 or so of the more common stop errors.
    08-17-2010 06:40 PM
  11. ThinkingDroid's Avatar
    Has anyone else located an app that will turn their phone on and off at designated times?
    08-17-2010 06:40 PM
  12. ThinkingDroid's Avatar
    There are a ton of screenshot apps out there:

    screenshot - Cyrket

    What are these missing that make you want a new one?
    08-17-2010 07:34 PM
  13. Dural's Avatar
    There are a ton of screenshot apps out there:

    screenshot - Cyrket

    What are these missing that make you want a new one?
    Hoping for mod verification, but search of the marketplace reveals no screenshot capture apps that don't require root. The one noted above didn't show up for me on search, but might be sideloaded. However, this is one app that represents a real security risk and I'd want marketplace validation before downloading.
    08-17-2010 09:32 PM
  14. Verdes8891's Avatar
    There are a ton of screenshot apps out there:

    screenshot - Cyrket

    What are these missing that make you want a new one?
    The fact, as already stated, that all those screen shot applications require you to have a ROOTED phone. We are asking for one that does NOT require you to root

    Sent from my EVO using Tapatalk
    08-17-2010 09:37 PM
  15. easybucketz's Avatar
    I have 2 ideas, first i think a real push email app that works with the stock android email. I know they have that gmail which is a pain just to get push to your other pop mail like Aol, yahoo, etc. And a Netflix app like the ipad app which allows you to stream movies on instant play. I think those 2 apps would be real useful.
    08-18-2010 03:05 AM
  16. shinydiscopants's Avatar
    One e-mail app that works and pushes all accounts (esp. Yahoo and Exchange) would be nice. Right now, I have to use K-9 to poll Yahoo and the stock e-mail app for Exchange. AND it should have a search function (like K-9)

    One media app that works with all media formats would be nice too. Or at least one for all audio and one for all video. Right now, I have to use Rockplayer for AVI and MixZing for M4A.

    And I haven't found a player that plays WAV yet.
    08-18-2010 04:29 AM
  17. ThinkingDroid's Avatar
    One e-mail app that works and pushes all accounts (esp. Yahoo and Exchange) would be nice. Right now, I have to use K-9 to poll Yahoo and the stock e-mail app for Exchange. AND it should have a search function (like K-9)

    One media app that works with all media formats would be nice too. Or at least one for all audio and one for all video. Right now, I have to use Rockplayer for AVI and MixZing for M4A.

    And I haven't found a player that plays WAV yet.
    Yea...we have am email app in development.....unfortunately, it probably 3-4 weeks away....we have an app coming in about 2 days....I'll post details here.....it will not be a huge app, and its a niche
    08-18-2010 08:21 PM
  18. sgtmack's Avatar
    Another thread got me thinking. How hard would a simple firewall be to code? Something to keep your phone from sending info you didn't tell it to send. As the hackers get smarter, key loggers and such will become more common, and a firewall seems like a useful idea.
    08-18-2010 08:40 PM
  19. ThinkingDroid's Avatar
    Interesting idea..I know anti-virus programs for now are pointless....let me think about the firewall and do some research! If we pick that up, you're the first to get it.
    08-18-2010 08:51 PM
  20. ThinkingDroid's Avatar
    Just realized that app is available already:
    DroidWall (Root Required) - Cyrket

    Nice suggestion though!
    08-18-2010 08:58 PM
  21. typhoone's Avatar
    Just realized that app is available already:
    DroidWall (Root Required) - Cyrket

    Nice suggestion though!
    thats the thing though, a lot of people are scared to root because it voids the warranty. i've rooted my phone and love it, but a great majority are a little scared to take that plunge.
    08-18-2010 09:28 PM
  22. ThinkingDroid's Avatar
    OK....so, we're looking at non-rooted firewall and non-rooted screenshot app.....Still taking ideas

    I appreciate all the feedback!
    08-18-2010 09:31 PM
  23. prubin's Avatar
    Non-rooted shut down/ restart app.

    Setting for "roam only." Sprint is out where I am but still registering. I cannot make or receive calls. My wife has an old phone we put on "roam only" but that is not available for the Evo (or any new phone). Would be nice.
    08-18-2010 10:34 PM
  24. ThinkingDroid's Avatar
    Some really good ideas here...we're taking these down, w/ you usernames....I'll keep you all posted..and keep'em coming!
    08-19-2010 03:16 PM
  25. ThinkingDroid's Avatar
    What is it about K-9 that does not work for you?
    08-27-2010 04:19 PM
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