When I mentioned ShaoSoft’s ExtraKeys utility earlier this week a few of our readers pointed out to me that they have a more robust utility for OS 6.0 and the BlackBerry Torch. The app is called SixTools and includes the ExtraKeys functionality which lets you make the volume and mute keys into convenience buttons. The SixTools app adds some great features like playing a sound when you open and close the device. (Think Star Trek communicator sounds)
- Shortcuts – Assign applications to your Volume and Mute/Play keys , like having 3 extra convenience keys! Volume key shortcuts will be automatically disabled when a media player is running as to not conflict.
- Start-Up Video – That short little intro clip that plays the first time you power up after an OS update, its a great way to notify you that your device has finished starting up
- Holster Sounds – Have a sound effect play when you put your device in a holster or take it out
- Battery Indicator – The OS 6 battery indicator can be horribly inaccurate, you can choose from 2 styles, precision which matches the default theme or modern. It will display this icon with battery level in your notification area.
- Low Battery Alert – Alerts you when your battery drops below a certain level (configurable).
- USB Connected – That annoying little pop-up that shows up every time you plug your USB cable in, now you can have it auto dismiss. You’ll get 5 seconds before it disappears in case you want to click one of the options
- Status – Quick one touch way to get all vital stats about your device on one screen, with access to your event log and network diagnostics
- Slider Sounds (Torch only) – Have a sound effect play when you open and close your slider
- Portrait Lock Home Screen (Torch only)– You can set this to auto-lock the home screen or do a manual lock/unlock at any time in the app
- Orientation Lock (Torch only) – Can be added to system wide menu to lock an application to either landscape or portrait.
The best part is that SixTools is only $1 more than ExtraKeys and adds tons of more features. SixTools is currently on sale for $2.99 from a regular price of $3.49.