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New Developer
Posts: 29
Registered: ‎11-26-2008
My Device: Not Specified

New field in Address Book


I am relatively new to BB development and was wondering if there was any way to add new fields to contacts in the Address Book?

The Yahoo! Messenger application appers to add a new field, but is this a special case?


Also does anyone know how to add the "seperator" lines when adding a new menu item to an BB application menu, e.g. Address menu?


And as a further question; is there a way to add the new menu item to the "reduced" menu list? Yahoo! Messenger appears to do this as well.


Many thanks,



Posts: 17,025
Registered: ‎07-29-2008
My Device: Z10 LE, Z30, Passport
My Carrier: O2 Germany

Re: New field in Address Book

if you partner up with rim, yes. otherwise: no
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New Developer
Posts: 29
Registered: ‎11-26-2008
My Device: Not Specified

Re: New field in Address Book

OK, great, thanks for the info.


So is there a corporate partner program in RIM?



BlackBerry Development Advisor
Posts: 15,884
Registered: ‎07-09-2008
My Device: BlackBerry PRIV
My Carrier: Bell

Re: New field in Address Book

Yahoo! Messenger was written by RIM and makes use of internal APIs.  It is not possible for a third party application to add custom fields to contacts.  Nor it is possible for third party applications to add an ApplicationMenuItem to the reduced menu of system applications.  You can add MenuItems to the reduced menu of your own application.  This link explains further.


How To - Distinguish between a full menu and a primary actions menu
Article Number: DB-00565



This link shows how to add a separater to a menu.


How To - Add Copy, Paste, and other context-specific items to a menu
Article Number: DB-00125


Mark Sohm
BlackBerry Development Advisor

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