Howdy all, it's time once again for the weekly App Roundup. Now I spent my time wisely this week rustling up some new, cool, and helpful applications for all you BlackBerry addicts to try. Be sure to check them out by clicking through the gallery below and remember you can help by offering your suggestions at the end.
Tally Counter Pro by Loris Knobel
First up this week is an app that showed up in my mailbox. Whether it is to count inventory, customers, laps, scores or anything else that is countable this simple app lets you do so with ease. You can set the counter to a specific number, set a target number, count up or down, or set the increase value all from the main screen. As I have been doing some spring cleaning around the apartment this app, having a counter does have its advantages. This app supports BlackBerry 10 and is $.99 to purchase.
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Quick Money by QuickSoft
This week a new, native option popped up to help keep track of your personal finances and cash flow. It is a full-featured application with a simple, yet effective interface that combines several features into one to help manage your budget quickly and easily. It includes an expense tracker, a budget planner, a checkbook manager, and bills reminder (though it does not integrate into the calendar). Included is the ability to add multiple accounts, monitor balances, auto fill transactions, set recurring transactions, password protection, customize currencies, and backup to SD card. The most important of all of these features is that you can graph reports of expenses by category, payee and by month or year. For $.99, it certainly doesn't hurt to give this a try on BlackBerry 10. In order to function properly it asks for access to Shared Files (save your transactions) and Connect to BBM.
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Retro Rogue by Martin Cietwierkowski
As someone who grew up with the Legend of Zelda on Nintendo I came across this retro game in the forums. Developed during a BlackBerry employee hackathon I have to say this is a great turn-based role playing game. Your goal is to descend into the depths of the perilous dungeon to confront the evil villain. Rounding out this game are the old-style graphics, over 80 monsters, 200 plus rare and powerful items, and randomly generated content. You can’t go wrong with this simple time killer for $.99. It supports the BlackBerry PlayBook and all BlackBerry 10 handsets.
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Movie Library for BlackBerry 10 by Saper-ek.
If there is one thing my family always tried to do, it was to keep track of their ever expanding movie library. From VHS cassettes and DVD to Blu-Ray and digital our collection was not easy to manage especially when trying to avoid duplication. This application keeps track of your movie library and provides detailed information pulled from themoviedb.org. Not only can you keep track of your existing collection and your wish list but you can view movies’ and actors profiles’, filter and search your lists, sort by title, watch trailers (if available), and even allows users to rate their movies. Whether you are planning to purchase a film or plan your next one this is a handy app for all the film buffs out there. You can grab the PlayBook version for $1.99 and the BlackBerry 10 one for $.99. To save your changes it asks for permission to access your Shared Files.
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BRON by Odd Element
This cron-like task scheduler allows you to create shell scriptsto run at fixed times and dates. Users are able to write their own to perform actions such as backing up your data to an SD card or to your cloud service, check free space on your device, open network connections, set profile and more. As each task is scheduled in its own thread you can run several concurrently and create as many as you want. BRON also includes a built-in script editor, log viewer and editor for the configuration file. I am always a fan of applications that make life easier and more productive and this free application is easy to use and setup for BlackBerry 10. In terms of permissions it asks to access your Notification Controls, Shared Files (i.e. Backup your data), and to Run in Background.
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What You Might Have Missed
MockIt! by OSBB Code Labs
What started out as a the first non-BlackBerry developed app to be introduced into the Beta Zone, became available this week for everyone to enjoy. MockIt! is a great native app for having all sorts of fun with in that you can create your own custom memes, mock ups and photo collages. Initially free to download, there are in-app purchases available to download additional sticker packs for $.99 each or for $1.99 you can add the option to you use your own photos as stickers. With over twenty photo frame templates to choose from, smooth animations, and six different color scheme options there is no telling how many combinations and memes you can make. Be sure to check it out at the link for all BlackBerry 10 devices.
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Until next week...
That's it for this week folks. For more apps and games be sure to head on over to the forums where you will find even more hidden gems to choose from whether it be for BlackBerry 10, BBOS or the BlackBerry PlayBook. Of course, you can always find the latest and greatest top editor's picks in the CrackBerry App Gallery. Are there any apps or games you would like to see? Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments.