Symbian software. Part 3.

Before proceeding directly to the presentation of the material, I want to draw the attention of dear readers to the fact that most of the described programs are paid. As a rule, all of them have full-featured demo versions, which are quite enough to get acquainted with the functions of the program. The desire to receive remuneration for one's work is quite legitimate and natural. I can hardly imagine the altruism of the creators who are ready to refuse to receive money for the work done, especially if this work is done well. The only exceptions are the initial versions, which are offered free of charge for promotional purposes. But as soon as the program begins to be in demand, the price is immediately set for it. Consider Actimagine's MobiClip music and video converter, which successfully passed the free version period and is now distributed commercially.

At the same time, historically, the majority of Runet users, until recently, had practically no legal opportunity to purchase the product they liked, and therefore we all have to use pirated software to one degree or another. But now the situation is changing: electronic payment systems have become available, allowing you to pay for your purchase using electronic cards without any problems. For those who do not have such an opportunity, I will give a not very convenient, but quite legal way to extend the application after the expiration of the demo version. The small size of the operating system kernel allows you to quickly back up data to a memory card. It must be done before installing the application. After the expiration of the trial version, all that remains is to restore the original copy, install the application again and use it during the next trial period. A natural limitation in such actions will be the loss of user settings, which will have to be set again.

I would also like to note that recently, under the auspices of MediaHouse and Pilowar Software, CDs have been released that include free software and demo versions of the most popular programs. The price of these discs is not high and, according to the compilers, only the costs of preparing the disc for publication are included in it. Often, these discs are also equipped with a book with a description of the programs.

Another way to get the necessary software is the Internet, on the ruins of which you can find almost everything, including fully functional versions of software for Symbian. So the user has a choice, and this is the most important thing. And how to use it - everyone decides for himself.

Such a detailed introduction prompted me to write a question asked on the forum in the discussion of the previous article. Indeed, high-quality and free software are incompatible concepts. Therefore, do not blame me - descriptions in 99% of cases refer to commercial products. How to get them is described above.

The topic of today's article will be programs that allow you to diversify the standard means of managing contacts, calls and messages.

Traditionally, all Series 60-based smartphones have built-in contact list management tools. However, for third-party developers, this topic turned out to be close. One very handy contact manager is Contact Guide Pro by AlonSoftware. Available in two versions Light/Pro. Distribution type is shareware. The demo version is valid for 14 days. Cost - $11.95/19.95.

Contacts. The functions of the program are quite diverse. Firstly, this is the creation of new records and editing existing ones using the contact manager. As fields, you can add an unlimited number of phone numbers, fax numbers, pagers. The same applies to records of email addresses and websites. Additionally, for each contact, you can specify the full home address, indicating the country, city. region, zip code, birthday and DTFM data. You can set a picture to a contact, both taken from the gallery or newly received directly from the camera, make several notes, the number of which is also unlimited. If you specify colors for the fields in the program settings, the picture on the screen will be multi-colored. Colors can be set for even, odd, and active rows.For each contact, you can make a call, send SMS, MMS and email. Using the group manager, you can create a new group, delete or rename an existing one. With the help of the manager, contacts can be archived and saved with subsequent restoration. To save the archive, you need to specify a location - phone or memory card. By compressing contacts, you can free up some (very small) space on the disk and in the phone's memory.

Search. The program has great search capabilities. This is not critical as long as the number of subscribers in the phone book does not exceed several dozen. You will appreciate all the convenience of search capabilities as soon as the number of entries in the directory exceeds one hundred. The search for contacts is implemented by first name, last name, company, position, phone book, notes, email address, site URL. Moreover, for each search position, the “on / off” options are available. During the search, you can turn on the T9 dictionary.

Transfer. Each contact can be sent via SMS, MMS, Bluetooth and infrared.

The disadvantages of the program include incompletely implemented work with groups. You can add a contact to a group, but you won't be able to edit the list of members in the group. Inaccuracies were noted in the work during the installation and replacement of photographs. If you use the “Add” option with the picture already installed, then the picture in the main contact field changes, and two of them appear in the edit field - the old one and the new one. These are certainly not critical remarks, but the overall impression of the program spoils.

Version for Sony-Ericsson P910/P900/P800. Distribution type is shareware. The trial version is valid for 14 days. Price - $17.95.

In terms of functionality, it fully corresponds to the Pro version for Series 60. Synchronization options have been added to the program when working with a flip. In addition to English, the program supports Russian, German and Greek.

The light version has fewer search options.

Output. An excellent, but slightly unfinished program of domestic developers. The noted shortcomings should be fixed in the next versions.

Smart Dialer by Moov Software. Distribution type is shareware. Price - $6.99.

The program is compatible with Nokia 3650-7610, Sendo X, Siemens SX1 and other Series 60 phones.

During startup, a temporary database is created from the phonebook. When entering a number, it checks the correspondence of the entered digits with the data of the telephone base and eliminates all non-corresponding numbers. With each subsequent digit of the number, the sample becomes smaller. As a rule, after three digits entered, the desired number is in sight, and you can make a call using it. For a new number, the program may offer to create a new contact (OK key). This is where all practical conveniences end. I will only add that the call is activated by the call key. Pressing the OK key opens the specified contact from the phone book. I will add that the program puts itself into autorun, and starts along with the phone. When minimizing, it constantly hangs in memory and is activated when you press the number keys. For those who prefer to dial a phone number not from the book, which includes the author of the review, the program may seem extremely convenient. There is no need to memorize the entire phone number. It is enough to remember the first few digits. The final selection is easy to make with the joystick.

Contacts manager of Agora. Distribution type is shareware. Price - $9.95.

The main function of the program is to convert the phone book database into *.csv format with subsequent transfer to a PC or other devices. From the same format, the phone book can be restored. The program has a minimal set of functions and an ascetic appearance, but it does its job perfectly. There were no problems with data conversion and recovery. In addition, the program allows you to export data from SMS, MMS and application folders. Since the data is saved in txt/csv format, a MIME decoder is used to convert the images.

The second part of today's review is devoted to call managers and answering machines. In the first versions of smartphones based on the Series 60 2 edition, there were no standard tools for rejecting unwanted calls. At the same time, the voice mail functions and the built-in answering machine assumed joint work with a remote server, which is not always convenient and quite expensive. Therefore, the emergence of programs that use the internal resources of a smartphone to create blacklists turned out to be expected and in demand. Very often, these programs also have auto-responder functions. Therefore, they will be considered in the general block.

Advanced Call Manager. Web Gate Company. Distribution type is shareware. The trial version is limited to 30 incoming calls. Price - $19.95.

The program allows you to split your address book into several lists. You can set your own admission rules for each of the lists. Depending on the settings, an incoming call can be accepted, rejected, an SMS message or a voice response can be sent to it. In idle mode, all calls are accepted. You can set the option to reject all incoming calls or accept calls only from subscribers listed in the phone book. When contacts are added to the "black" list, it becomes possible to reject calls from them. On the contrary, when entering contacts into the "white" list, it becomes possible to receive calls only from them. The most advanced option is to receive all calls with personal settings for each. For example, you can send an SMS message to one number and a voice response to another.

The main menu consists of the launch option, call log view and settings. From here you can also get information about the program, hide it in the background and exit.

Let's consider the options of the main window (the transition between them is possible by horizontal scrolling):

  1. Active Mode. The filters mentioned above are configured here. Along the way, you can accept - reject hidden calls.
  2. Default Action. Sending a busy tone is the default option. You can change it to answer with an SMS message, reject a call if the phone is busy at that time, send a message from an answering machine, or simply mute an incoming call.
  3. Manage List. Create a new sheet or edit an existing one. Here is the deletion and renaming. You can manually add a new contact to each sheet or select one from the phone book.
  4. SMS text. This page contains the text of the message that will be sent to the caller.
  5. Greeting. Window for recording a voice response. The built-in voice recorder creates a recording that plays in response to an appropriately configured call.
  6. Messages. This window will save the voice messages of the interlocutor with the name and time. You can listen to them in the background.

In general, the considered program is one of the most functionally rich. Rich filtering options allow you to customize the work with incoming calls most conveniently. A nice feature is the ability to install a new version for free if an earlier one was purchased before. The program supports the latest models of Nokia, Sony-Ericsson and Motorola smartphones.

The company Iolan Software also works in the field of autoresponder software. There are several products of these developers on the market at once. so we'll look at them in order.

The simplest program is the Answering Machine. Distribution type is shareware. The term of the trial version is 30 days. Price $9.95.

This program was prepared for the Nokia 7650, but has since been improved and is now available for Symbian Series 60 v6.x-v7.x.

Answering Machine acts as a personal secretary. It does not differ in a special wealth of settings. The program answers calls by playing pre-recorded messages. Can record a message that the caller will leave. Recording time up to 5 minutes. From the settings available activation at startup, the choice of time to answer (default 5 seconds), after which the answering machine is triggered. It seemed curious to me for the reason that in version 1.13 the Russian company Avista was listed as a developer, but in the latest version 1.2 the developer is already Iolan Software. At the same time, support for the Russian language was added to the program. All other functions of the program have not changed.

The same company owns Mobile Secretary and Call Control.

Mobile Secretary. Distribution type is shareware. The trial version is valid for 30 days. Price $9.95.

A standard set of functions - answering an incoming call via SMS (moreover, the time from the moment of a call to sending a message can be adjusted), support for "black" and "white" lists. The program is integrated with the system "Messages". The lists include both unique numbers and groups. There is a "Private number" feature that allows you to hide your phone number from users who also hide their number. The call log is maintained. You can answer any incoming call with a single key.

Call Control. Distribution type is shareware. The trial version is valid for 30 days. Price $5.00.

An incoming call management program. Automatically starts when the phone is turned on. Call filtering principle – black list, white list or allow all. Lists support individual numbers and groups. In white list mode, the phone only accepts calls from those whose numbers are included in it. It is possible to add subscribers with AntiAON enabled to the lists.

Call Magic. Developer Aglaya. Distribution type is shareware. Price $10.00

Another call manager. It has the functions of rejecting all calls, the mode of answering a unique number. The “Handsfree” function turned out to be very curious. In this mode, the phone automatically connects you to any call after a certain number of rings, which can be adjusted. That is, the phone automatically switches to talk mode without pressing the buttons.

In answer to a unique number mode, the phone will automatically connect you to the party whose number is specified in this option. In general, this program seemed to me funny, nothing more. Much more functional analogues were considered earlier.

One of the main developers of software for Symbian, Symbian Ware also offers a number of solutions in the field of telephone management. Among its solutions there is an advanced auto-responder "Smart Answer" and a simple, but quite effective "BlackList".

Smart Answer. Distribution type is shareware. The trial version is valid for 15 days. Price 9.95 Euro.

One of the most convenient and advanced autoresponders. Its main feature is the ability to set an individual response to each number, contact from the phone book or group. The recording is made in the AMR format, the answer is also recorded in this format and can be stored both in the phone's memory and on the memory card. The maximum recording time is about 4 minutes. The time from the start of a call to the answering machine can be adjusted. You can set the program to start when you turn on the phone, display the operation indicator on the screen, and adjust the volume level. The program has its own incoming message player. For each entry, you can view detailed information about the date, time and duration of the call. Incoming messages can be packaged to save space. The program supports the latest versions of the operating system and even works on Nokia 6680/6681.

BlackList. Distribution type is shareware. The trial version is valid for 15 days. Price 9.95 Euro.

Blacklist in its purest form. The program has three main windows - Status, Rules and Rejected Calls. The "BlackList" option is activated in the status window. When this option is disabled, calls are not blocked. When this option is enabled, the phone will reject an unwanted call even before an external signal appears: the caller will simply hear that the number is busy. In the Rules window, sheet types are configured and a choice is made between them. The program automatically starts when you turn on the phone and runs in the background. The statistics window shows all rejected calls with time and date.

In addition to the "BlackList" option, the program also has an "Accept only" list. When this option is selected, the phone will only accept calls from those subscribers that are included in this list.

In conclusion, very briefly about the products of KM killermobile.

AutoPilot. Distribution type is shareware. The trial version is valid for 14 days. Price $12.

The highlight of the program developers consider sending a voice message in response to a call. However, we understand that this is nothing more than an ordinary answering machine. Which, in fact, this program is. There is a list of unwanted callers, saving and playing voice messages - everything is as usual. Saved messages can be sent via standard channels - via infrared, Bluetooth, Email or MMS.

After getting acquainted with the product line of this class, it becomes more and more difficult to make a choice between one or another program. The functions embedded in them by the developers are determined by the type of tasks being solved, and the level of execution of each of these applications is quite high. Therefore, when choosing such software, we can rather talk about personal preferences and the compatibility of versions with the existing phone model. In my opinion, Smart Dialer for contact managers and Smart Answer for autoresponders are leaders in usability. You may have other preferences. In any case, there is a choice - and this is the main thing.

Symbian software. Part 3.

Before proceeding directly to the presentation of the material, I want to draw the attention of dear readers to the fact that most of the described programs are paid. As a rule, all of them have full-featured demo versions, which are quite enough to get acquainted with the functions of the program. The desire to receive remuneration for one's work is quite legitimate and natural. I can hardly imagine the altruism of the creators who are ready to refuse to receive money for the work done, especially if this work is done well. The only exceptions are the initial versions, which are offered free of charge for promotional purposes. But as soon as the program begins to be in demand, the price is immediately set on it. Consider Actimagine's MobiClip music and video converter, which successfully passed the free version period and is now distributed commercially.

At the same time, historically, the majority of Runet users, until recently, had practically no legal opportunity to purchase the product they liked, and therefore we all have to use pirated software to one degree or another. But now the situation is changing: electronic payment systems have become available, allowing you to pay for your purchase using electronic cards without any problems. For those who do not have such an opportunity, I will give a not very convenient, but quite legal way to extend the application after the expiration of the demo version. The small size of the operating system kernel allows you to quickly back up data to a memory card. It must be done before installing the application. After the expiration of the trial version, all that remains is to restore the original copy, install the application again and use it during the next trial period. A natural limitation in such actions will be the loss of user settings, which will have to be set again.

I would also like to note that recently, under the auspices of MediaHouse and Pilowar Software, CDs have been released that include free software and demo versions of the most popular programs. The price of these discs is not high and, according to the compilers, only the costs of preparing the disc for publication are included in it. Often, these discs are also equipped with a book with a description of the programs.

Another way to get the necessary software is the Internet, on the ruins of which you can find almost everything, including fully functional versions of software for Symbian. So the user has a choice, and this is the most important thing. And how to use it - everyone decides for himself.

Such a detailed introduction prompted me to write a question asked on the forum in the discussion of the previous article. Indeed, high-quality and free software are incompatible concepts. Therefore, do not blame me - descriptions in 99% of cases refer to commercial products. How to get them is described above.

The topic of today's article will be programs that allow you to diversify the standard means of managing contacts, calls and messages.

Traditionally, all Series 60-based smartphones have built-in contact list management tools. However, for third-party developers, this topic turned out to be close. One very handy contact manager is Contact Guide Pro by AlonSoftware. Exists in two versions Light/Pro. Distribution type is shareware. The demo version is valid for 14 days. Cost - $11.95/19.95.

Contacts. The functions of the program are quite diverse. Firstly, this is the creation of new records and editing existing ones using the contact manager. As fields, you can add an unlimited number of phone numbers, fax numbers, pagers. The same applies to records of email addresses and websites. Additionally, for each contact, you can specify the full home address with country, city. region, zip code, birthday and DTFM data. You can set a picture to a contact, both taken from the gallery or newly received directly from the camera, make several notes, the number of which is also unlimited. If you specify colors for the fields in the program settings, the picture on the screen will be multi-colored. Colors can be set for even, odd, and active rows.For each contact, you can make a call, send SMS, MMS and email. Using the group manager, you can create a new group, delete or rename an existing one. With the help of the manager, contacts can be archived and saved with subsequent restoration. To save the archive, you need to specify a location - phone or memory card. By compressing contacts, you can free up some (very small) space on the disk and in the phone's memory.

Search. The program has great search capabilities. This is not critical as long as the number of subscribers in the phone book does not exceed several dozen. You will appreciate all the convenience of search capabilities as soon as the number of entries in the directory exceeds one hundred. The search for contacts is implemented by first name, last name, company, position, phone book, notes, email address, site URL. Moreover, for each search position, the “on / off” options are available. During the search, you can turn on the T9 dictionary.

Transfer. Each contact can be sent via SMS, MMS, Bluetooth and infrared.

The disadvantages of the program include incompletely implemented work with groups. You can add a contact to a group, but you won't be able to edit the list of members in the group. Inaccuracies were noted in the work during the installation and replacement of photographs. If you use the “Add” option with the picture already installed, then the picture in the main contact field changes, and two of them appear in the edit field - the old one and the new one. These are certainly not critical remarks, but the overall impression of the program spoils.

Version for Sony-Ericsson P910/P900/P800. Distribution type is shareware. The trial version is valid for 14 days. Price - $17.95.

In terms of functionality, it fully corresponds to the Pro version for Series 60. Synchronization options have been added to the program when working with a flip. In addition to English, the program supports Russian, German and Greek.

The light version has fewer search options.

Output. An excellent, but slightly unfinished program of domestic developers. The noted shortcomings should be fixed in the next versions.

Smart Dialer by Moov Software. Distribution type is shareware. Price - $6.99.

The program is compatible with Nokia 3650-7610, Sendo X, Siemens SX1 and other Series 60 phones.

During startup, a temporary database is created from the phone book. When entering a number, it checks the correspondence of the entered digits with the data of the telephone base and eliminates all non-corresponding numbers. With each subsequent digit of the number, the sample becomes smaller. As a rule, after three digits entered, the desired number is in sight, and you can make a call using it. For a new number, the program may offer to create a new contact (OK key). This is where all practical conveniences end. I will only add that the call is activated by the call key. Pressing the OK key opens the specified contact from the phonebook. I will add that the program puts itself into autorun, and starts along with the phone. When minimizing, it constantly hangs in memory and is activated when you press the number keys. For those who prefer to dial a phone number not from the book, which includes the author of the review, the program may seem extremely convenient. There is no need to memorize the entire phone number. It is enough to remember the first few digits. The final selection is easy to make with the joystick.

Contacts manager of Agora. Distribution type is shareware. Price - $9.95.

The main function of the program is to convert the phone book database into *.csv format with subsequent transfer to a PC or other devices. From the same format, the phone book can be restored. The program has a minimal set of functions and an ascetic appearance, but it does its job perfectly. There were no problems with data conversion and recovery. In addition, the program allows you to export data from SMS, MMS and application folders. Since the data is saved in txt/csv format, a MIME decoder is used to convert the images.

The second part of today's review is devoted to call managers and answering machines. In the first versions of smartphones based on the Series 60 2 edition, there were no standard tools for rejecting unwanted calls. At the same time, the voice mail functions and the built-in answering machine assumed joint work with a remote server, which is not always convenient and quite expensive. Therefore, the emergence of programs that use the internal resources of a smartphone to create blacklists turned out to be expected and in demand. Very often, these programs also have auto-responder functions. Therefore, they will be considered in the general block.

Advanced Call Manager. Web Gate Company. Distribution type is shareware. The trial version is limited to 30 incoming calls. Price - $19.95.

The program allows you to split your address book into several lists. You can set your own admission rules for each of the lists. Depending on the settings, an incoming call can be accepted, rejected, an SMS message or a voice response can be sent to it. In idle mode, all calls are accepted. You can set the option to reject all incoming calls or accept calls only from subscribers listed in the phone book. When contacts are added to the "black" list, it becomes possible to reject calls from them. On the contrary, when entering contacts into the "white" list, it becomes possible to receive calls only from them. The most advanced option is to receive all calls with personal settings for each. For example, you can send an SMS message to one number and a voice response to another.

The main menu consists of the launch option, call log view and settings. From here you can also get information about the program, hide it in the background and exit.

Let's consider the options of the main window (the transition between them is possible by horizontal scrolling):

  1. Active Mode. The filters mentioned above are configured here. Along the way, you can accept - reject hidden calls.
  2. Default Action. Sending a busy tone is the default option. You can change it to answer with an SMS message, reject a call if the phone is busy at that time, send a message from an answering machine, or simply mute an incoming call.
  3. Manage List. Create a new sheet or edit an existing one. Here is the deletion and renaming. You can manually add a new contact to each sheet or select one from the phone book.
  4. SMS text. This page contains the text of the message that will be sent to the caller.
  5. Greeting. Window for recording a voice response. The built-in voice recorder creates a recording that plays in response to an appropriately configured call.
  6. Messages. This window will save the voice messages of the interlocutor with the name and time. You can listen to them in the background.

In general, the considered program is one of the most functionally rich. Rich filtering options allow you to customize the work with incoming calls most conveniently. A nice feature is the ability to install a new version for free if an earlier one was purchased before. The program supports the latest models of Nokia, Sony-Ericsson and Motorola smartphones.

The Iolan Software company is also working in the field of creating autoresponder programs. There are several products of these developers on the market at once. so we'll look at them in order.

The simplest program is the Answering Machine. Distribution type is shareware. The term of the trial version is 30 days. Price $9.95.

This program was prepared for the Nokia 7650, but has since been improved and is now available for Symbian Series 60 v6.x-v7.x.

Answering Machine acts as a personal secretary. It does not differ in a special wealth of settings. The program answers calls by playing pre-recorded messages. Can record a message that the caller will leave. Recording time up to 5 minutes. From the settings available activation at startup, the choice of time to answer (default 5 seconds), after which the answering machine is triggered. It seemed curious to me for the reason that in version 1.13 the Russian company Avista was listed as a developer, but in the latest version 1.2 the developer is already Iolan Software. At the same time, support for the Russian language was added to the program. All other functions of the program have not changed.

The same company owns Mobile Secretary and Call Control.

Mobile Secretary. Distribution type is shareware. The trial version is valid for 30 days. Price $9.95.

A standard set of functions - answering an incoming call via SMS (moreover, the time from the moment of a call to sending a message can be adjusted), support for "black" and "white" lists. The program is integrated with the system "Messages". The lists include both unique numbers and groups. There is a "Private number" feature that allows you to hide your phone number from users who also hide their number. The call log is maintained. You can answer any incoming call with a single key.

Call Control. Distribution type is shareware. The trial version is valid for 30 days. Price $5.00.

An incoming call management program. Automatically starts when the phone is turned on. Call filtering principle – black list, white list or allow all. Lists support individual numbers and groups. In white list mode, the phone only accepts calls from those whose numbers are included in it. It is possible to add subscribers with AntiAON enabled to the lists.

Call Magic. Developer Aglaya. Distribution type is shareware. Price $10.00

Another call manager. It has the functions of rejecting all calls, the mode of answering a unique number. The “Handsfree” function turned out to be very curious. In this mode, the phone automatically connects you to any call after a certain number of rings, which can be adjusted. That is, the phone automatically switches to talk mode without pressing the buttons.

In answer to a unique number mode, the phone will automatically connect you to the party whose number is specified in this option. In general, this program seemed to me funny, nothing more. Much more functional analogues were considered earlier.

One of the main developers of software for Symbian, Symbian Ware also offers a number of solutions in the field of telephone management. Among its solutions there is an advanced auto-responder "Smart Answer" and a simple, but quite effective "BlackList".

Smart Answer. Distribution type is shareware. The trial version is valid for 15 days. Price 9.95 Euro.

One of the most convenient and advanced autoresponders. Its main feature is the ability to set an individual response to each number, contact from the phone book or group. The recording is made in the AMR format, the answer is also recorded in this format and can be stored both in the phone's memory and on the memory card. The maximum recording time is about 4 minutes. The time from the start of a call to the answering machine can be adjusted. You can set the program to start when you turn on the phone, display the operation indicator on the screen, and adjust the volume level. The program has its own incoming message player. For each entry, you can view detailed information about the date, time and duration of the call. Incoming messages can be packaged to save space. The program supports the latest versions of the operating system and even works on Nokia 6680/6681.

BlackList. Distribution type is shareware. The trial version is valid for 15 days. Price 9.95 Euro.

Blacklist in its purest form. The program has three main windows - Status, Rules and Rejected Calls. The "BlackList" option is activated in the status window. When this option is disabled, calls are not blocked. When this option is enabled, the phone will reject an unwanted call even before an external signal appears: the caller will simply hear that the number is busy. In the Rules window, sheet types are configured and a choice is made between them. The program automatically starts when you turn on the phone and runs in the background. The statistics window shows all rejected calls with time and date.

In addition to the "BlackList" option, the program also has an "Accept only" list. When this option is selected, the phone will only accept calls from those subscribers that are included in this list.

In conclusion, very briefly about the products of KM killermobile.

Symbian software. Part 3.

Before proceeding directly to the presentation of the material, I want to draw the attention of dear readers to the fact that most of the described programs are paid. As a rule, all of them have full-featured demo versions, which are quite enough to get acquainted with the functions of the program. The desire to receive remuneration for one's work is quite legitimate and natural. I can hardly imagine the altruism of the creators who are ready to refuse to receive money for the work done, especially if this work is done well. The only exceptions are the initial versions, which are offered free of charge for promotional purposes. But as soon as the program begins to be in demand, the price is immediately set on it. Consider Actimagine's MobiClip music and video converter, which successfully passed the free version period and is now distributed commercially.

At the same time, historically, the majority of Runet users, until recently, had practically no legal opportunity to purchase the product they liked, and therefore we all have to use pirated software to one degree or another. But now the situation is changing: electronic payment systems have become available, allowing you to pay for your purchase using electronic cards without any problems. For those who do not have such an opportunity, I will give a not very convenient, but quite legal way to extend the application after the expiration of the demo version. The small size of the operating system kernel allows you to quickly back up data to a memory card. It must be done before installing the application. After the expiration of the trial version, all that remains is to restore the original copy, install the application again and use it during the next trial period. A natural limitation in such actions will be the loss of user settings, which will have to be set again.

I would also like to note that recently, under the auspices of MediaHouse and Pilowar Software, CDs have been released that include free software and demo versions of the most popular programs. The price of these discs is not high and, according to the compilers, only the costs of preparing the disc for publication are included in it. Often, these discs are also equipped with a book with a description of the programs.

Another way to get the necessary software is the Internet, on the ruins of which you can find almost everything, including fully functional versions of software for Symbian. So the user has a choice, and this is the most important thing. And how to use it - everyone decides for himself.

Such a detailed introduction prompted me to write a question asked on the forum in the discussion of the previous article. Indeed, high-quality and free software are incompatible concepts. Therefore, do not blame me - descriptions in 99% of cases refer to commercial products. How to get them is described above.

The topic of today's article will be programs that allow you to diversify the standard means of managing contacts, calls and messages.

Traditionally, all Series 60-based smartphones have built-in contact list management tools. However, for third-party developers, this topic turned out to be close. One very handy contact manager is Contact Guide Pro by AlonSoftware. Exists in two versions Light/Pro. Distribution type is shareware. The demo version is valid for 14 days. Cost - $11.95/19.95.

Contacts. The functions of the program are quite diverse. Firstly, this is the creation of new records and editing existing ones using the contact manager. As fields, you can add an unlimited number of phone numbers, fax numbers, pagers. The same applies to records of email addresses and websites. Additionally, for each contact, you can specify the full home address with country, city. region, zip code, birthday and DTFM data. You can set a picture to a contact, both taken from the gallery or newly received directly from the camera, make several notes, the number of which is also unlimited. If you specify colors for the fields in the program settings, the picture on the screen will be multi-colored. Colors can be set for even, odd, and active rows.For each contact, you can make a call, send SMS, MMS and email. Using the group manager, you can create a new group, delete or rename an existing one. With the help of the manager, contacts can be archived and saved with subsequent restoration. To save the archive, you need to specify a location - phone or memory card. By compressing contacts, you can free up some (very small) space on the disk and in the phone's memory.

Search. The program has great search capabilities. This is not critical as long as the number of subscribers in the phone book does not exceed several dozen. You will appreciate all the convenience of search capabilities as soon as the number of entries in the directory exceeds one hundred. The search for contacts is implemented by first name, last name, company, position, phone book, notes, email address, site URL. Moreover, for each search position, the “on / off” options are available. During the search, you can turn on the T9 dictionary.

Transfer. Each contact can be sent via SMS, MMS, Bluetooth and infrared.

The disadvantages of the program include incompletely implemented work with groups. You can add a contact to a group, but you won't be able to edit the list of members in the group. Inaccuracies were noted in the work during the installation and replacement of photographs. If you use the “Add” option with the picture already installed, then the picture in the main contact field changes, and two of them appear in the edit field - the old one and the new one. These are certainly not critical remarks, but the overall impression of the program spoils.

Version for Sony-Ericsson P910/P900/P800. Distribution type is shareware. The trial version is valid for 14 days. Price - $17.95.

In terms of functionality, it fully corresponds to the Pro version for Series 60. Synchronization options have been added to the program when working with a flip. In addition to English, the program supports Russian, German and Greek.

The light version has fewer search options.

Output. An excellent, but slightly unfinished program of domestic developers. The noted shortcomings should be fixed in the next versions.

Smart Dialer by Moov Software. Distribution type is shareware. Price - $6.99.

The program is compatible with Nokia 3650-7610, Sendo X, Siemens SX1 and other Series 60 phones.

During startup, a temporary database is created from the phone book. When entering a number, it checks the correspondence of the entered digits with the data of the telephone base and eliminates all non-corresponding numbers. With each subsequent digit of the number, the sample becomes smaller. As a rule, after three digits entered, the desired number is in sight, and you can make a call using it. For a new number, the program may offer to create a new contact (OK key). This is where all practical conveniences end. I will only add that the call is activated by the call key. Pressing the OK key opens the specified contact from the phonebook. I will add that the program puts itself into autorun, and starts along with the phone. When minimizing, it constantly hangs in memory and is activated when you press the number keys. For those who prefer to dial a phone number not from the book, which includes the author of the review, the program may seem extremely convenient. There is no need to memorize the entire phone number. It is enough to remember the first few digits. The final selection is easy to make with the joystick.

Contacts manager of Agora. Distribution type is shareware. Price - $9.95.

The main function of the program is to convert the phone book database into *.csv format with subsequent transfer to a PC or other devices. From the same format, the phone book can be restored. The program has a minimal set of functions and an ascetic appearance, but it does its job perfectly. There were no problems with data conversion and recovery. In addition, the program allows you to export data from SMS, MMS and application folders. Since the data is saved in txt/csv format, a MIME decoder is used to convert the images.

The second part of today's review is devoted to call managers and answering machines. In the first versions of smartphones based on the Series 60 2 edition, there were no standard tools for rejecting unwanted calls. At the same time, the voice mail functions and the built-in answering machine assumed joint work with a remote server, which is not always convenient and quite expensive. Therefore, the emergence of programs that use the internal resources of a smartphone to create blacklists turned out to be expected and in demand. Very often, these programs also have auto-responder functions. Therefore, they will be considered in the general block.

Advanced Call Manager. Web Gate Company. Distribution type is shareware. The trial version is limited to 30 incoming calls. Price - $19.95.

The program allows you to split your address book into several lists. You can set your own admission rules for each of the lists. Depending on the settings, an incoming call can be accepted, rejected, an SMS message or a voice response can be sent to it. In idle mode, all calls are accepted. You can set the option to reject all incoming calls or accept calls only from subscribers listed in the phone book. When contacts are added to the "black" list, it becomes possible to reject calls from them. On the contrary, when entering contacts into the "white" list, it becomes possible to receive calls only from them. The most advanced option is to receive all calls with personal settings for each. For example, you can send an SMS message to one number and a voice response to another.

The main menu consists of the launch option, call log view and settings. From here you can also get information about the program, hide it in the background and exit.

Let's consider the options of the main window (the transition between them is possible by horizontal scrolling):

  1. Active Mode. The filters mentioned above are configured here. Along the way, you can accept - reject hidden calls.
  2. Default Action. Sending a busy tone is the default option. You can change it to answer with an SMS message, reject a call if the phone is busy at that time, send a message from an answering machine, or simply mute an incoming call.
  3. Manage List. Create a new sheet or edit an existing one. Here is the deletion and renaming. You can manually add a new contact to each sheet or select one from the phone book.
  4. SMS text. This page contains the text of the message that will be sent to the caller.
  5. Greeting. Window for recording a voice response. The built-in voice recorder creates a recording that plays in response to an appropriately configured call.
  6. Messages. This window will save the voice messages of the interlocutor with the name and time. You can listen to them in the background.

In general, the considered program is one of the most functionally rich. Rich filtering options allow you to customize the work with incoming calls most conveniently. A nice feature is the ability to install a new version for free if an earlier one was purchased before. The program supports the latest models of Nokia, Sony-Ericsson and Motorola smartphones.

The Iolan Software company is also working in the field of creating autoresponder programs. There are several products of these developers on the market at once. so we'll look at them in order.

The simplest program is the Answering Machine. Distribution type is shareware. The term of the trial version is 30 days. Price $9.95.

This program was prepared for the Nokia 7650, but has since been improved and is now available for Symbian Series 60 v6.x-v7.x.

Answering Machine acts as a personal secretary. It does not differ in a special wealth of settings. The program answers calls by playing pre-recorded messages. Can record a message that the caller will leave. Recording time up to 5 minutes. From the settings available activation at startup, the choice of time to answer (default 5 seconds), after which the answering machine is triggered. It seemed curious to me for the reason that in version 1.13 the Russian company Avista was listed as a developer, but in the latest version 1.2 the developer is already Iolan Software. At the same time, support for the Russian language was added to the program. All other functions of the program have not changed.

The same company owns Mobile Secretary and Call Control.

Mobile Secretary. Distribution type is shareware. The trial version is valid for 30 days. Price $9.95.

A standard set of functions - answering an incoming call via SMS (moreover, the time from the moment of a call to sending a message can be adjusted), support for "black" and "white" lists. The program is integrated with the system "Messages". The lists include both unique numbers and groups. There is a "Private number" feature that allows you to hide your phone number from users who also hide their number. The call log is maintained. You can answer any incoming call with a single key.

Call Control. Distribution type is shareware. The trial version is valid for 30 days. Price $5.00.

An incoming call management program. Automatically starts when the phone is turned on. Call filtering principle – black list, white list or allow all. Lists support individual numbers and groups. In white list mode, the phone only accepts calls from those whose numbers are included in it. It is possible to add subscribers with AntiAON enabled to the lists.

Call Magic. Developer Aglaya. Distribution type is shareware. Price $10.00

Another call manager. It has the functions of rejecting all calls, the mode of answering a unique number. The “Handsfree” function turned out to be very curious. In this mode, the phone automatically connects you to any call after a certain number of rings, which can be adjusted. That is, the phone automatically switches to talk mode without pressing the buttons.

In answer to a unique number mode, the phone will automatically connect you to the party whose number is specified in this option. In general, this program seemed to me funny, nothing more. Much more functional analogues were considered earlier.

One of the main developers of software for Symbian, Symbian Ware also offers a number of solutions in the field of telephone management. Among its solutions there is an advanced auto-responder "Smart Answer" and a simple, but quite effective "BlackList".

Smart Answer. Distribution type is shareware. The trial version is valid for 15 days. Price 9.95 Euro.

One of the most convenient and advanced autoresponders. Its main feature is the ability to set an individual response to each number, contact from the phone book or group. The recording is made in the AMR format, the answer is also recorded in this format and can be stored both in the phone's memory and on the memory card. The maximum recording time is about 4 minutes. The time from the start of a call to the answering machine can be adjusted. You can set the program to start when you turn on the phone, display the operation indicator on the screen, and adjust the volume level. The program has its own incoming message player. For each entry, you can view detailed information about the date, time and duration of the call. Incoming messages can be packaged to save space. The program supports the latest versions of the operating system and even works on Nokia 6680/6681.

BlackList. Distribution type is shareware. The trial version is valid for 15 days. Price 9.95 Euro.

Blacklist in its purest form. The program has three main windows - Status, Rules and Rejected Calls. The "BlackList" option is activated in the status window. When this option is disabled, calls are not blocked. When this option is enabled, the phone will reject an unwanted call even before an external signal appears: the caller will simply hear that the number is busy. In the Rules window, sheet types are configured and a choice is made between them. The program automatically starts when you turn on the phone and runs in the background. The statistics window shows all rejected calls with time and date.

In addition to the "BlackList" option, the program also has an "Accept only" list. When this option is selected, the phone will only accept calls from those subscribers that are included in this list.

In conclusion, very briefly about the products of KM killermobile.

AutoPilot. Distribution type is shareware. The trial version is valid for 14 days. Price $12.

The highlight of the program developers consider sending a voice message in response to a call. However, we understand that this is nothing more than an ordinary answering machine. Which, in fact, this program is. There is a list of unwanted callers, saving and playing voice messages - everything is as usual. Saved messages can be sent via standard channels - via infrared, Bluetooth, Email or MMS.

After getting acquainted with the product line of this class, it becomes more and more difficult to make a choice between one or another program. The functions embedded in them by the developers are determined by the type of tasks being solved, and the level of execution of each of these applications is quite high. Therefore, when choosing such software, we can rather talk about personal preferences and the compatibility of versions with the existing phone model. In my opinion, Smart Dialer for contact managers and Smart Answer for autoresponders are leaders in usability. You may have other preferences. In any case, there is a choice - and this is the main thing.

Symbian software. Part 3.

Before proceeding directly to the presentation of the material, I want to draw the attention of dear readers to the fact that most of the described programs are paid. As a rule, all of them have full-featured demo versions, which are quite enough to get acquainted with the functions of the program. The desire to receive remuneration for one's work is quite legitimate and natural. I can hardly imagine the altruism of the creators who are ready to refuse to receive money for the work done, especially if this work is done well. The only exceptions are the initial versions, which are offered free of charge for promotional purposes. But as soon as the program begins to be in demand, the price is immediately set for it. Consider Actimagine's MobiClip music and video converter, which successfully passed the free version period and is now distributed commercially.

At the same time, historically, the majority of Runet users, until recently, had practically no legal opportunity to purchase the product they liked, and therefore we all have to use pirated software to one degree or another. But now the situation is changing: electronic payment systems have become available, allowing you to pay for your purchase using electronic cards without any problems. For those who do not have such an opportunity, I will give a not very convenient, but quite legal way to extend the application after the expiration of the demo version. The small size of the operating system kernel allows you to quickly back up data to a memory card. It must be done before installing the application. After the expiration of the trial version, all that remains is to restore the original copy, install the application again and use it during the next trial period. A natural limitation in such actions will be the loss of user settings, which will have to be set again.

I would also like to note that recently, under the auspices of MediaHouse and Pilowar Software, CDs have been released that include free software and demo versions of the most popular programs. The price of these discs is not high and, according to the compilers, only the costs of preparing the disc for publication are included in it. Often, these discs are also equipped with a book with a description of the programs.

Another way to get the necessary software is the Internet, on the ruins of which you can find almost everything, including fully functional versions of software for Symbian. So the user has a choice, and this is the most important thing. And how to use it - everyone decides for himself.

Such a detailed introduction prompted me to write a question asked on the forum in the discussion of the previous article. Indeed, high-quality and free software are incompatible concepts. Therefore, do not blame me - descriptions in 99% of cases refer to commercial products. How to get them is described above.

The topic of today's article will be programs that allow you to diversify the standard means of managing contacts, calls and messages.

Traditionally, all Series 60-based smartphones have built-in contact list management tools. However, for third-party developers, this topic turned out to be close. One of the very handy contact managers is Contact Guide Pro by AlonSoftware. Exists in two versions Light/Pro. Distribution type - shareware. The demo version is valid for 14 days. Cost - $11.95/19.95.

Contacts. The functions of the program are quite diverse. Firstly, this is the creation of new records and editing existing ones using the contact manager. As fields, you can add an unlimited number of phone numbers, fax numbers, pagers. The same applies to records of email addresses and websites. Additionally, for each contact, you can specify the full home address with country, city. region, zip code, birthday and DTFM data. You can set a picture to a contact, both taken from the gallery or newly received directly from the camera, make several notes, the number of which is also unlimited. If you specify colors for the fields in the program settings, the picture on the screen will be multi-colored. Colors can be set for even, odd, and active rows. For each contact, you can make a call, send SMS, MMS and email. Using the group manager, you can create a new group, delete or rename an existing one. With the help of the manager, contacts can be archived and saved with subsequent restoration. To save the archive, you need to specify a location - phone or memory card. By compressing contacts, you can free up some (very small) space on the disk and in the phone's memory.

Search. The program has great search capabilities. This is not critical as long as the number of subscribers in the phone book does not exceed several dozen. You will appreciate all the convenience of search capabilities as soon as the number of entries in the directory exceeds one hundred. The search for contacts is implemented by first name, last name, company, position, phone book, notes, email address, site URL. Moreover, for each search position, the “on / off” options are available. During the search, you can turn on the T9 dictionary.

Transfer. Each contact can be sent via SMS, MMS, Bluetooth and infrared.

The disadvantages of the program include incompletely implemented work with groups. You can add a contact to a group, but you won't be able to edit the list of members in the group. Inaccuracies were noted in the work during the installation and replacement of photographs. If you use the “Add” option with the picture already installed, then the picture in the main contact field changes, and two of them appear in the edit field - the old one and the new one. These are certainly not critical remarks, but the overall impression of the program spoils.

Version for Sony-Ericsson P910/P900/P800. Distribution type - shareware. The trial version is valid for 14 days. Price - $17.95.

In terms of functionality, it fully corresponds to the Pro version for Series 60. Synchronization options have been added to the program when working with a flip. In addition to English, the program supports Russian, German and Greek.

The light version has fewer search options.

Output. An excellent, but slightly unfinished program of domestic developers. The noted shortcomings should be fixed in the next versions.

Smart Dialer by Moov Software. The distribution type is shareware. Price - $6.99.

The program is compatible with Nokia 3650-7610, Sendo X, Siemens SX1 and other Series 60 phones.

During startup, a temporary database is created from the phone book. When entering a number, it checks the correspondence of the entered digits with the data of the telephone base and eliminates all non-corresponding numbers. With each subsequent digit of the number, the sample becomes smaller. As a rule, after three digits entered, the desired number is in sight, and you can make a call using it. For a new number, the program may offer to create a new contact (OK key). This is where all practical conveniences end. I will only add that the call is activated by the call key. Pressing the OK key opens the specified contact from the phonebook. I will add that the program puts itself into autorun, and starts along with the phone. When minimizing, it constantly hangs in memory and is activated when you press the number keys. For those who prefer to dial a phone number not from the book, which includes the author of the review, the program may seem extremely convenient. There is no need to memorize the entire phone number. It is enough to remember the first few digits. The final selection is easy to make with the joystick.

Contacts manager at Agora. The distribution type is shareware. Price - $9.95.

The main function of the program is to convert the phone book database into *.csv format with subsequent transfer to a PC or other devices. From the same format, the phone book can be restored. The program has a minimal set of functions and an ascetic appearance, but it does its job perfectly. There were no problems with data conversion and recovery. In addition, the program allows you to export data from SMS, MMS and application folders. Since the data is saved in txt/csv format, a MIME decoder is used to convert the images.

The second part of today's review is devoted to call managers and answering machines. In the first versions of smartphones based on the Series 60 2 edition, there were no standard tools for rejecting unwanted calls. At the same time, the voice mail functions and the built-in answering machine assumed joint work with a remote server, which is not always convenient and quite expensive. Therefore, the emergence of programs that use the internal resources of a smartphone to create blacklists turned out to be expected and in demand. Very often, these programs also have auto-responder functions. Therefore, they will be considered in the general block.

Advanced Call Manager. Web Gate Company. The distribution type is shareware. The trial version is limited to 30 incoming calls. Price - $19.95.

The program allows you to split your address book into several lists. You can set your own admission rules for each of the lists. Depending on the settings, an incoming call can be accepted, rejected, an SMS message or a voice response can be sent to it. In idle mode, all calls are accepted. You can set the option to reject all incoming calls or accept calls only from subscribers listed in the phone book. When contacts are added to the "black" list, it becomes possible to reject calls from them. On the contrary, when entering contacts into the "white" list, it becomes possible to receive calls only from them. The most advanced option is to receive all calls with personal settings for each. For example, you can send an SMS message to one number and a voice response to another.

The main menu consists of the launch option, call log view and settings. From here you can also get information about the program, hide it in the background and exit.

Let's consider the options of the main window (the transition between them is possible by horizontal scrolling):

  1. Active Mode. The filters mentioned above are configured here. Along the way, you can accept - reject hidden calls.
  2. Default Action. Sending a busy tone is the default option. You can change it to answer with an SMS message, reject a call if the phone is busy at that time, send a message from an answering machine, or simply mute an incoming call.
  3. Manage List. Create a new sheet or edit an existing one. Here is the deletion and renaming. You can manually add a new contact to each sheet or select one from the phone book.
  4. SMS text. This page contains the text of the message that will be sent to the caller.
  5. Greeting. Window for recording a voice response. The built-in voice recorder creates a recording that plays in response to an appropriately configured call.
  6. Messages. This window will save the voice messages of the interlocutor with the name and time. You can listen to them in the background.

Answering Machine acts as a personal secretary. It does not differ in a special wealth of settings. The program answers calls by playing pre-recorded messages. Can record a message that the caller will leave. Recording time up to 5 minutes. From the settings available activation at startup, the choice of time to answer (default 5 seconds), after which the answering machine is triggered. It seemed curious to me for the reason that in version 1.13 the Russian company Avista was listed as a developer, but in the latest version 1.2 the developer is already Iolan Software. At the same time, support for the Russian language was added to the program. All other functions of the program have not changed.

The same company owns Mobile Secretary and Call Control.

Mobile Secretary. The distribution type is shareware. The trial version is valid for 30 days. Price $9.95.

A standard set of functions - answering an incoming call via SMS (moreover, the time from the moment of a call to sending a message can be adjusted), support for "black" and "white" lists. The program is integrated with the system "Messages". The lists include both unique numbers and groups. There is a "Private number" feature that allows you to hide your phone number from users who also hide their number. The call log is maintained. You can answer any incoming call with a single key.

Call Control. The distribution type is shareware. The trial version is valid for 30 days. Price $5.00.

An incoming call management program. Automatically starts when the phone is turned on. Call filtering principle – black list, white list or allow all. Lists support individual numbers and groups. In white list mode, the phone only accepts calls from those whose numbers are included in it. It is possible to add subscribers with AntiAON enabled to the lists.

Call Magic. Developer Aglaya. The distribution type is shareware. Price $10.00

Another call manager. It has the functions of rejecting all calls, the mode of answering a unique number. The “Handsfree” function turned out to be very curious. In this mode, the phone automatically connects you to any call after a certain number of rings, which can be adjusted. That is, the phone automatically switches to talk mode without pressing the buttons.

In answer to a unique number mode, the phone will automatically connect you to the party whose number is specified in this option. In general, this program seemed to me funny, nothing more. Much more functional analogues were considered earlier.

One of the main developers of software for Symbian, Symbian Ware also offers a number of solutions in the field of telephone management. Among its solutions there is an advanced auto-responder "Smart Answer" and a simple, but quite effective "BlackList".

Smart Answer. The distribution type is shareware. The trial version is valid for 15 days. Price 9.95 Euro.

One of the most convenient and advanced autoresponders. Its main feature is the ability to set an individual response to each number, contact from the phone book or group. The recording is made in the AMR format, the answer is also recorded in this format and can be stored both in the phone's memory and on the memory card. The maximum recording time is about 4 minutes. The time from the start of a call to the answering machine can be adjusted. You can set the program to start when you turn on the phone, display the operation indicator on the screen, and adjust the volume level. The program has its own incoming message player. For each entry, you can view detailed information about the date, time and duration of the call. Incoming messages can be packaged to save space. The program supports the latest versions of the operating system and even works on Nokia 6680/6681.

Blacklist. The distribution type is shareware. The trial version is valid for 15 days. Price 9.95 Euro.

Blacklist in its purest form. The program has three main windows - Status, Rules and Rejected Calls. The "BlackList" option is activated in the status window. When this option is disabled, calls are not blocked. When this option is enabled, the phone will reject an unwanted call even before an external signal appears: the caller will simply hear that the number is busy. In the Rules window, sheet types are configured and a choice is made between them. The program automatically starts when you turn on the phone and runs in the background. The statistics window shows all rejected calls with time and date.

In addition to the "BlackList" option, the program also has an "Accept only" list. When this option is selected, the phone will only accept calls from those subscribers that are included in this list.

In conclusion, very briefly about the products of the KM killermobile company.

Autopilot. The distribution type is shareware. The trial version is valid for 14 days. Price $12.

The highlight of the program developers consider sending a voice message in response to a call. However, we understand that this is nothing more than an ordinary answering machine. Which, in fact, this program is. There is a list of unwanted callers, saving and playing voice messages - everything is as usual. Saved messages can be sent via standard channels - via infrared, Bluetooth, Email or MMS.

After getting acquainted with the product line of this class, it becomes more and more difficult to make a choice between one or another program. The functions embedded in them by the developers are determined by the type of tasks being solved, and the level of execution of each of these applications is quite high. Therefore, when choosing such software, we can rather talk about personal preferences and the compatibility of versions with the existing phone model. In my opinion, the leaders in terms of usability are Smart Dialer for contact managers and Smart Answer for autoresponders. You may have other preferences. In any case, there is a choice - and this is the main thing.