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BBB Files Needed

There seems to be a lot of confusion surrounding the new *.bbb BlackBerry Backup file format. I'm doing my best to sift through it all and I'm hoping some of you may be able to help me.
Let me give you a little background first:
I'm a software developer, recently hired. I was just tasked with updating some existing software that opens and extracts data from *.ipd backup files. I'm trying to understand how the new file format works, and I need a little help.
I believe that all of the following is true:
1) Up until earlier this year, the PC version of the Desktop Manager saved backups in *.ipd format
2) Up until earlier this year the Mac version of the Desktop Manager saved backups in *.bbb format which was a zip file that contained the *.ipd file in it
3) With the release of the Desktop Manager v7 (PC) the *.bbb file is now used by all backups, but is a new file format (Backup File Format v2) which is a zip file containing *.dat files
So this is where I need some help. I am not a BlackBerry user myself, so I don't have access to any backups. Would anyone be willing to (privately) provide me with a sample *.bbb file (and matching *.ipd, if possible) to analyze? If possible, please comment below or send me a private message or email. All data would be kept strictly confidential and private.
If someone from BlackBerry is reading this, do you have any technical information you can provide me regarding the *.bbb file format? Are there sample files that you could provide me?



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Re: BBB Files Needed

Greetings. I, likewise, am a software developer dealing with the IPD file. Your assessment of the IPD/BBB issue is correct. I have observed a couple of subtle changes to the internal file structure when dealing with an IPD which comes from a BBB source. I will share this info with you later. I will send you a private message with my contact information so we continue this dialog. Regards, Mike
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Re: BBB Files Needed

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I am also looking for support for opening .BBB backup files. Have a 9360 curve, unable to open the .BBB file, edit the contacts and upload them back. In Nokia PC suite, its very user friendly, but Blackberry is very complicated. I was asked to download BB for desktop but it doesn't help read .BBB file as an excel sheet or move to MS Outlook and help edit. 

I am not a software guy - so would need a slightly easier & user friendly advise that is easy to follow without too much tech jargon.

 

Shankar, Hyderabad

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Re: BBB Files Needed

Shankar ... I am sending you a private message. Please contact me via email so we can continue this dialog ...Mike