Double-Whammy Review: Empower HTML Mail Viewer and InstaSpell

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Verdict

As a product, the HTML Viewer is still in its infant stages, but is gathering a close-knit following thanks to open and regular communication with the developers. This gives me a lot of hope for Empower and its future iterations. As is, this is a program that I’ll be leaving on my BlackBerry; it’s uninvasive and keeps e-mails tidy. There’s still a lot of tweaking to do (so much so that I wouldn’t really call the e-mails I get as full HTML with the viewer), but even cutting off URLs so they don’t take up a whole stinking paragraph is worth the $10. If that cost allows for free later updates, it’s definitely worth your while to sign up now.

As for InstaSpell, I’ve got a soft spot for anything that helps me write – hell, it’s what I do for a living. In its current state, InstaSpell is fully-functional, lightweight, nicely integrated, and helps you in your everyday BlackBerry e-mail writing. For those reasons, I’m giving InstaSpell 4 High School English Teachers out of 5. I might just be enamored by the idea spell check on my BlackBerry, since this is the first product of its kind that I’ve tried, but so far it’s doing the job well. While the HTML Mail Viewer shows promise, it is not yet full-bodied. It’s a fine URL-shortener, but has a ways to go to full HTML. As such, the Empower HTML Mail Viewer gets 3.5 Amibitious Developers out of 5.

4 – Instaspell
3 – HTML Mail Viewer

For more information, check out the Empower website.

  • 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 !