Double-Whammy Review: Empower HTML Mail Viewer and InstaSpell

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Integration

Screen6This is where Empower really shines. There isn’t a third-party application you have to launch in order to view translated e-mails. Everything works directly from your BlackBerry’s basic e-mail reader, and after half a second of opening your mail, URLs are truncated to a reasonable length. Changing Empower’s options are available through a new menu item accessible from your Messages list. InstaSpell follows suit, offering correction suggestions from the menu whilst selecting the offending word.

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Functionality

Outside of keeping URL lengths down, Empower supports images in e-mails, but takes some fiddling in options. Many users haven’t had any functional issues whatsoever. That being said, there have been a wide range of bug fixes and feature requests on the forums that the developer has been listening to. If nothing else, the HTML Viewer is being supported by its producers, which is significantly valuable.

Screen3-1InstaSpell slips a command into the menu that does a full-message sweep and stops by each misspelled word and offers a drop-down menu of suggestions, one word at a time, until your whole message has been scanned. For extra-long e-mails where you’re not necessarily checking the correct-as-you-go underlines, that’s a handy feature to have.

  • JUICE

    Go to advanced options in Empower and you can turn off the promo link that it adds to your signature.

  • JUICE

    Go to advanced options in Empower and you can turn off the promo link that it adds to your signature.

  • woodi68

    I was going to make the same comment about the signature because it was my first complaint email I sent them and they quickly and gently corrected me that their signature was easily removed.

    Also the “fluffy clouds” are removable.

    Did you test the product before posting a “review”? Or did you just go with your cold heart?

  • woodi68

    I was going to make the same comment about the signature because it was my first complaint email I sent them and they quickly and gently corrected me that their signature was easily removed.

    Also the “fluffy clouds” are removable.

    Did you test the product before posting a “review”? Or did you just go with your cold heart?

  • DonB

    I tried loading InstaSpell on my BB pearl, but could not get the program to launch and index the dictionary to finalize the installation. I tried the OTA link as well as the Desktop Manager zip file. Both methods loaded the program (it was there when viewing applications from the options menu), but it would not launch from the icon on the homescreen!

  • DonB

    I tried loading InstaSpell on my BB pearl, but could not get the program to launch and index the dictionary to finalize the installation. I tried the OTA link as well as the Desktop Manager zip file. Both methods loaded the program (it was there when viewing applications from the options menu), but it would not launch from the icon on the homescreen!

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com/ BlackBerry Cool Simon

    Yep, I’ve been using Empower for awhile, Woodi, and you’re right that the backgrounds can be swapped out. Just felt like taking a jab at some of the cutesy options available. ;)

  • http://www.blackberrycool.com BlackBerry Cool Simon

    Yep, I’ve been using Empower for awhile, Woodi, and you’re right that the backgrounds can be swapped out. Just felt like taking a jab at some of the cutesy options available. ;)

  • Elisha

    download went well but the icon on my home screen will not launch the application!!!!

  • Elisha

    download went well but the icon on my home screen will not launch the application!!!!

  • Vishy

    Elisha, Empower integrates seamlessly into the native email viewer and does not require any icon. What icon did you click? Empower has no icon at all !

  • Vishy

    Elisha, Empower integrates seamlessly into the native email viewer and does not require any icon. What icon did you click? Empower has no icon at all !