I have been testing out the different file types I can access or attach to an email when using Bridge mode on my BlackBerry PlayBook. Ka let me know that RIM has published up two knowledge base articles detailing the different file types accessible using the BlackBerry Bridge Files application on the PlayBook and a separate list for when you are attaching files to an email using the BlackBerry Bridge mode.
When using the Bridge Files app the supported file types are:
When a BlackBerry smartphone is connected to a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet using BlackBerry Bridge, Bridge Files allows access to the files located on the internal memory of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, or from the MicroSD card of the BlackBerry smartphone. The following file types are supported using Bridge Files:
- Adobe® Reader® for opening PDF files
- Documents to Go® for opening XLS, XLSX, DOC, DOCX or PPT files
When composing an email over the Bridge email client:
When using the BlackBerry® Bridge™ application to share email, contacts, etc. between a BlackBerry smartphone and a BlackBerry PlayBook tablet it is possible to open attachments on the BlackBerry tablet.
The BlackBerry PlayBook tablet comes with various applications that make it possible to open certain types of attachments on the tablet:
- Adobe® Reader® for opening PDF attachments, or PDF files stored to the internal memory of the tablet
- Documents to Go® for opening XLS, DOC or PPT files sent as an email attachment or saved to the internal memory of the tablet
- Pictures, videos and music files can also be opened, as long as they are of a supported media type.
If a BlackBerry smartphone is active to a BlackBerry® Enterprise Server then BlackBerry Bridge does not allow attachments to be saved to the internal memory of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet. Instead, the attachment can be saved to the Micro SD card of the BlackBerry smartphone.
For BlackBerry smartphones that are not activated to a BlackBerry Enterprise Server the attachments can be saved to the internal memory of the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, as long as the attachment is of a supported type.
BlackBerry Bridge does not allow for attachments to be sent via email or BlackBerry® Messenger, however the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is subject to the same IT policy restrictions as the BlackBerry smartphone that is active on the BlackBerry Enterprise Server.