While this isn’t going to be a formal review, I still feel that Terra Mobility’s File Manager Pro still deserves a first hand, real world play by play. Before I begin, I must state that I am personally very happy with what Terra Mobility has done here. What they have done is something that RIM should have done many many years ago.
File Manager Pro allows its users to access and manipulate the BlackBerry’s (thanks Ronen for the “correct” spelling) file structure. As many of you already know, accessing individual files within the BlackBerry is not so difficult, but when it comes to moving, copying, deleting, emailing, and compressing multiple files at once, RIM does not make this easy for the end user; in fact, there is no way to do this without third party software such as File Manager Pro.
I have had the opportunity to test both the beta and the final release versions of File Manager Pro. However, when the software was still in beta, my tests were done on the BlackBerry Bold. Today’s “real world look” will be based on my findings in the final release version, 188.8.131.52. The tests were conducted on my BlackBerry Storm 9500.
When you open File Manager Pro, you are taken to the root directory that the end-user has access to. From here, you can either navigate to the media card, or the device memory.
As you can see, the way they layout the file structure is very simple yet gives you access to everything that you need. Once you are within your final “destination”, you have the ability to select both single and multiple files. The great feature about this, especially on the BlackBerry Storm, is the ability to mark the files you want instead of having to select everything or having to select files in the order that they appear. To better explain, if you look in the image above with the individual files, one may want to manipulate image 37, 10, 9, and 22, therefore skipping over other files. By either selecting with your pearl or by double tapping the file (on the Storm), one can choose which files they want to manipulate.
Once you have selected the desired files that you want to manipulate, you are given many options in which you can apply towards the files. One can choose to delete all the selected files, copy them, move them, or even email them. When you select the email option, it will simply take you to your email program where you will see all the files already attached into the email allowing you to type your message! The other feature that File Manager Pro has is its ability to create and extract ZIP files. In addition to the compression that ZIPing a file allows, ZIP files are also easier to deal with as you now only have to deal with a single file instead of several. File Manager Pro allows users to create, send, and receive ZIP files just as they would any other file. As well, File Manager Pro allows the user to select the level of compression that they desire when creating a ZIP file. I know personally, when I am writing these reviews, dealing with multiple images at a time can be a pain. One other feature that File Manager Pro has that makes writing these reviews easier for me is its “favorites” feature. File Manager Pro has the ability to save your favorites folder so that you don’t have to re-navigate through all the folders every time you reload the program. This features allows me to skip right to my memory card pictures folder! Thankfully, File Manager Pro makes this job much easier now and I am very happy with what they have to offer so far!