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Registered: ‎06-20-2008
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Main 'nitpicks' about BlackBerry Native Apps needs to be fixed (OS 4.6 through OS 5.0)

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BlackBerry OS 4.6 through 5.0 application behaviours I really dislike:
RIM is apparently hasn't fixed the two main 'nitpick-league' complaints about OS 4.6 in OS 5.0, so it bear worth reposting again. I post here not in Beta, because it covers native applications and nitpicks found in OS 4.6. And apparently not found in the OS devices either.


#1 -- Need "1-line-per-buddy" option for messengers
BBM 5.0 is wonderful, and I like it for the most part with one exception: I want a more compact display for the buddy list! Please add an "old school" option to all the fancy instant messaging applications including BlackBerry Messenger, MSN, AIM, ICQ, Yahoo, Google Talk:
[X] Use Compact 1 Line Display (instead of 2 Lines Display)
[X] Use Compact Title Bar,
Or even simply:
[X] Use Compact Display (1 Line for Title and Buddies)

This will allow us old-time geeks to be able to configure the brand new versions of instant messengers to look like the olders versions of the RIM branded messengers.  Some of us do not like the wasted screen space of the new instant messengers; it is wonderful for many of us, but some computer geeks really prefer the old-school instant messaging look (some of who are the ones that persuades friends to buy BlackBerries, you need to keep old-school BlackBerry geeks happy so they keep recommending BlackBerry to new users). Please, add options to all your instant messengers to be able to make them look more old-school.  We've had several complaints from other geeks here and there, while everyone else is raving about the improvements about these messengers.  Please throw us a bone now and then!  :^)


#2 -- Need standardized zoom in/out hotkeys in all apps
RIM needs to standardize zooming feature on non-touchscreen devices. Standardized zoom hotkeys, just like the "i" and "o" keys in BlackBerry Browser. The web browser/photo viewer/fax attachments/pdfviewer/etc. Standardize on the letters "i" and "o" for zoom in/zoom out in all photo apps and web browser apps, because I really really really want to zoom in/out more easily in a more consistent manner in all BlackBerry applications. iPhone has pinch-zoom, but the very least RIM could do is to standardize zoom hotkeys
"i" == "Zoom In"
"o" == "Zoom Out"
Which has always been the case for the web browser but RIM does not consistently implement these in all applications that use zooming features, only some of them. And they actually removed these zoom hotkeys from one of the apps!


Yes, there are other nitpicks, other bugs, just the above have been recurring inconsistency trends for the last 1-2 years that I would like to see reversed, with easy bugfixes -- these aren't OS rewrites after all.  :^)


Keep up the good work and appreciate reading my message! (You RIM employees -- PLEASE -- forward a link to this message to the BlackBerry apps/OS development team, please.  Some of you are geeks after all, and understand the 'build-up-of-many-nitpicks' that geeks can go through.  Please address these easy-fixes -- At least #2 is an "easy-win"

Mark Rejhon

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Re: Main 'nitpicks' about BlackBerry Native Apps needs to be fixed (OS 4.6 through OS 5.0)


FYI and FWIW -- In regards to your hope that RIM will see your message -- these forums are a user-to-user support channel, not a user-to-RIM conduit. As such, it is unlikely that they will see what you have written. However, if you have specific and constructive ideas for them, I have heard that they accept such via email to bbsuggestions@rim.com.

Good luck!

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Posts: 19
Registered: ‎06-20-2008
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Re: Main 'nitpicks' about BlackBerry Native Apps needs to be fixed (OS 4.6 through OS 5.0)

Thanks!  I'll send a copy by email, to be sure.


I'm just trying to spread my bases, as some might see it here, and others might see in email.