Berry Pix 2.0 Reviewed

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With Victoria and Memorial Day now passed, I’m sure everyone has lots of fun memories from their long weekend of choice. Whether it was a barbeque with the buddies or a little road trip with the kids, these good times were probably captured by somebody’s digital camera. Sounds like a good time to review Colabnet’s Berry Pix 2.0, a software solution for storing and viewing pictures on you BlackBerry.

Installing BerryPix 2.0 through your BlackBerry Desktop Manager is extremely simple. Follow along with the .pdf file instructions provided and you’ll be ready to go in a couple of minutes.

Loading images onto your BlackBerry is just as easy. The process involves syncing your BlackBerry to your Desktop Manager, which pulls up Berry Pix’s Desktop Software: simply open up the images you want to load, crop and zoom to fit the dimensions of your BlackBerry’s screen and select “Send to Handheld” from the menu. All images will then be loaded to your BlackBerry when you close Berry Pix’s Desktop Software. The only complaint we have about the process is that the image editing tools are rather limited. This may be a little nitpicky, but we would like to see a more intuitive crop/zoom tool and a few more options other than flip and rotate in the next Berry Pix version.

berry pix desktop

Using Berry Pix on your BlackBerry is where you’ll start to find a few problems. The in-software help menu doesn’t offer much help at all, so you’ll be left to your own devices to figure out some of the controls (like how to create new categories or moving back and forth between your images while previewing them). You’ll get most of it by randomly mashing buttons, but it’s still a bit of a pain.

  • George

    Nice where can I get that picture of Jim …

  • George

    Nice where can I get that picture of Jim …

  • http://www.colabnet.com/ Rick Power

    Nice Review.

    I just wanted to add a little further clarification:

    While the on-device help may be a little on the anemic side, Berry Pix v2.0 does ship with a very generous pdf-based user guide which describes in detail the keypad shortcuts and how to add pictures from email as well as backup/restore etc. The user manual is available from your Start Menu under Programs->Berry Pix.

    The on-demand slideshow does work – the behavior you described is Berry Pix switching the start picture from the last one shown in a slideshow to the one currently selected on the thumbnail grid. This is so that you can start the slideshow at whatever point you want. You probably did not wait until the next slide loaded when you saw the “flip”. I do agree though that it’s peculiar behaviour.

    Regards…

  • http://www.colabnet.com Rick Power

    Nice Review.

    I just wanted to add a little further clarification:

    While the on-device help may be a little on the anemic side, Berry Pix v2.0 does ship with a very generous pdf-based user guide which describes in detail the keypad shortcuts and how to add pictures from email as well as backup/restore etc. The user manual is available from your Start Menu under Programs->Berry Pix.

    The on-demand slideshow does work – the behavior you described is Berry Pix switching the start picture from the last one shown in a slideshow to the one currently selected on the thumbnail grid. This is so that you can start the slideshow at whatever point you want. You probably did not wait until the next slide loaded when you saw the “flip”. I do agree though that it’s peculiar behaviour.

    Regards…