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SymSMB 4.0 released !

After SymSMB 3.5 was released few months back, somebody said on some forum: “It would be an Application of the Year if only it could play files from network…”

Well, we are almost there. Why almost? Because we don’t have video player yet !

Here is a list of new features comparing to version 3.5:

  • Audio player to play back your audio (yes, and from Network too!).
  • Now you can open other files (except video) from Network as well (assuming you have some application installed which does know what to do with them). You can even modify the files and we will try to save your changes back to Network location.
  • options of auto connect (always, by SymSMB start and by connection to charger).
  • On protocol layer we have added so called “share-level security mode” support. In English this means better NAS drive support. If you have the one you had problem with SymSMB 3.5 – now is the time to try again.
  • Some IU improvements like filtering (try to type something you are looking for while staying in folder with hundreds of files or browsing Network with hundreds of servers).
  • By customer demand “Always Ask” Access Point is back.
  • This version is SymVPN ready. SymSVPN is PPTP VPN client for S60 which we are going to release soon. This 2 applications together will allow you to browse Remote Networks like your own local one.

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Handy Shell ! The ultimate replacement of standard S60 active standby?

Well, recently, Epocware has released a “powerful” replacement of symbian standard active standby. it’s all about Handy Shell ! it allows you to carry out most common everyday operations quick and handy.

The application has 3views : Today (standby) view, Applications view and Contacts view !

–> Today view : allows you to get information about your phone settings, ongoing calendar events, calls diary (missed calls by default), sms (received by default), e-mails, weather forecast (Handy Weather v.6 or higher), and provides with application shortcuts with the help of different plugins. there are 6 types of plugins:

– Clock Plugin
– App Shortcucts Plugin
– Phone Indicators & Settings
– Calendar Plugin
– Weather Plugin

Each plugin can be moved, edited and removed ! (options –> parameters –> plugins –> options)

–> Applications view : Allows you to acces quickly to your favorite 12 applications and also we can move, edit and remove any apllication ! (options –> shortcuts)

–> Contacts view : The same as the applications view, it allows you to sms or dial 12 of your prefered contacts (Thumbnails are supported), no stress, you can of course move, edit and remove any corresponding contact shortcuts ! Also you can define a default action when you select a contact (call, send SMS) or choose a prefered number to dial when contact has more than one number (work, home etc.)

–> that’s not all ! we have two more features (views) !

Speed Dial or Start option/view ! all you’ve to do is to start typing to invoke Instant key-and-find view, This view searches through available applications to start or contacts to dial. If no applications or contacts meet search criteria, it simultaneously suggests you to dial, add or sms corresponding number, just like SkyeQuiKey or the recently released T9 Nav.

– Also, the application includes a part of Handy Taskman 😉

–> Notes : To switch between HS and the traditional Standby screen, all you have to do is to press the red key ! or press menu key (in rotation : traditional standby screen –> menu –> HS –> traditional ss and so on…), you can also define the rotation cycle, that’s great because we can remove selection from Active Standby, that leaves only Handy Shell and standard Menu in the cycle. 😉

– You can define wich view will be active; allow application to start automatically, automate de keylock…

What i don’t like :

– Doesn’t show a received file (message) via bluetooth (or infrared), except of the classic message icon on the top…

– Not compatible with Handy Calendar (for the moment).

– Doesn’t use standard S60 icons for some apps so i can’t easily find “what i’m looking for” !

– Default action (for the contacts view) limited (for the moment) at sms and call (email, mms etc. would be welcomed)

– Speed dial not working properly with AZERTY keys (tested on my E90).

– Be able to use more of the screen (especially on the inner screen of the E90) for calendar entries.

– Battery drains a lot faster when HS’s active (or the battery meter of Handy Shell is more accurate) !?

– Application plugin in Today view always contains 6 shortcuts (especially on the inner screen of the E90).

– No music player plugin (for the moment).

– Could we please change (remove) theme and profil shortcuts?

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  • Could it easily replace Tracker? Yes : more smooth, need less resources and designed more logically !
  • So, is Handy Shell the ultimate replacement of standard S60 active standby? For an E-Series phone : Almost ! for an N-Series (and others) : yes !
  • Is there other solution than using HS? Yes : Standard Active Standby + Smart Settings !

NB : The version that was tested : v1.0

Hello S60 world!

Welcome to my new blog. this is SlipKoRnSaad from Symbian Applications blog !

Well after about 6 months or so of being away from posting in my blog , I finally got my Nokia S60 3rd Edition Apps/Games/Tips Review blog off the ground. I will try to update the blog at least twice every week with a new apps, games news/reviews or with some helpful Tips and Tricks.

Older Apps can always be found in my “old” blog 😉

Please take a few minutes to check out my blog and feel free to leave comments. Also if you know of an app or game that you’d like me to review please let me know and I’ll do my best to accomodate you. I am not affiliated with any third party app developers, i’m just another symbian freak, so rest assured that my reviews are unbiased.

For S60 Sphere, The main focus is applications reviews and news, tips and tricks, functionality of Symbian devices, issues surrounding the world of Symbian, and a variety of additional related content !

And for serials, cracks etc. Please try to not ask me at least in public !

Also, i want to thank everyone who supported me and keeped motivating me to do what i’ve to do !

Enjoy your trip into my blog 🙂

Handy Calculator v1.0

Handy Calculator for your Symbian-based smartphone gives you access to all basic calculator functionality (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, square root, percentage, etc) in prompt and easy way. Just one touch of joystick allows you to fulfill any math operation with your Handy Calculator. The speed is constrained by how fast you can press the buttons.

Numerous additional options of Handy Calculator that will answer your daily calculation needs:

1. History list shows 5 last operations;
2. Last results list contains last 20 results of calculations;
3. Copy – Paste function allows you to insert calculation results to other applications, etc.

Exact and fast calculations will make your Handy Calculator one of the most frequently used applications on your smartphone.

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Psiloc Introducing DRM Common Solutions 3.0

Like Jukub Lipinski from Psiloc said : We have been working hard on the 3rd major release of the common library used by all Psiloc (and some third-party) applications. DRM Common Solutions 3.0 introduces some new features I would like to describe further:

– The newest version of the library is more stable and error-proof. We have gathered the feedback from our end-users and simplified the User Interface displayed after pressing License button in the main application view. All the options are divided into functional groups and are accessible much faster
– We have introduced a feedback mechanism which allows us to collect anonymous data about the behaviour of Psiloc applications. This data can contain information on frequency of usage of particular features or the descriptions of the problems encountered. The data is sent to us and thanks to your help we can develop better applications. The participation in the Quality Feedback is voluntary and is OFF by default
– We have redesigned our loyalty program. Psiloc Cash allows you to get a free license for Psiloc applications either by spreading the word about our applications among your friends or by helping us to develop better applications by turning the Quality Feedback ON
– The latest version of the library takes advantage of the solution for lack of the SISSYSTEM parameter in Symbian 9 PKG. Now, when you uninstall any of Psiloc application, other will still work and you don’t have to reinstall them.
– DRM Common Solutions 3.0 is incompatible with the previous versions. For you it means that if you upgrade any of the applications to a version containing the new Commom Solutions (which is recommended), you also need to update all other Psiloc applications. You might also need to restart you phone after upgrade And here is the rest of it.

Nokia Conversation v1.0

Conversation is a messaging application that allows you to follow your conversations, organized by individual contacts. In addition, the application provides an easy way for replying to messages, and to continue the conversations.

After installation, the application will appear in your device as an application shortcut, and as a new tab in your Contacts application.

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[UPDATE] AnimSprite v2.00

AnimSprite has got a major update by the3sky ! it’s now compatible with GIF files, that means that we can use a gif animations too, so not conversion to mbm is needed, animations can be downloaded everywhere, just look for a gif that you want and put it on e:/data/animsprite, you can insert more than one and choose or change everytime you want. No more file name restrictions. cool !

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