Check out the latest and greatest in apps for your BlackBerry with our monthly app roundup.
Manage your emails via a gesture-based pop-up.
iMazing is by the creators of Filescout, the file manager that set the standard on BBOS. As such, it comes from a fine pedigree. But enough preamble, what does the app actually do?
iMazing provides gesture-based message management. When you receive an email, you are greeted with a slide-out drawer (customisable to come from the bottom or the top of the screen), showing the sender, subject, and time. You can preview the message by touching it, or you can mark it as read by swiping left, or delete it by swiping right. These gestures work in both the pop-up window, and from the message preview, so you can quickly read, then delete anything that resembles a salted pork by-product.
There are some caveats, however. Due to limitations in the BBOS API, you can’t actually open the email in the messaging app, and there is also no way to ‘flag’ the messages. Oh, and it only works on touch-screen devices.
The free version of the app limits the pop-up to showing only the most recent message, but you can buy a US$1.99 license via an in-app purchase that will extend the functionality to all new messages.
Free + US$1.99 in-app > emacberry > Link
Bomberman vs Zombies
It’s all the fun of the classic Bomberman, only with the addition of Zombies!
If you can’t recall the details, you are given a variety of bombs that explode in different ways. The object is to use the bombs to destroy all the zombies in the level, or avoid them while blasting boxes to find the hidden key, without using up your 5 lives.
The graphics look great, and the gameplay is as addictive as the original.
Free > Contlex Labs LLP > Link
Brain Cube Reloaded
It’s the classic “roll the rectangular prism along square platforms” puzzler now on your BB. Basically, you have to roll the prism through a maze to reach an end point. The mazes are designed so that the prism will only fit through certain parts if it’s aligned in a certain direction, meaning there are many frustrating times where you must back-track, realign, and proceed again.
This BBOS version also includes boss battles, and is integrated with BBM. The graphics are attractive, the puzzles challenging, and price great (free).
Free > XIMAD INC > Link
Sometimes you find yourself needing to scan a document, but just don’t have a scanner handy. Handy Scanner is a scanner that’s always handy. It’s the scanner you hold in your hand. It’s handy. It scans.
But, seriously, it does. Use your Playbook to take a photo of any document you need scanned, and Handy Scanner will, handily, convert the image to PDF, ready to be emailed to whomever needs said document. It includes automatic document bounds detection, and batch scan for multi-page documents.
US$1.99 > BachKhoa University > Link