FileScout Now Available as a Freemium App

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Emacberry let us know that they’ve released two versions of FileScout, a commercial version and a free FileScout Lite version. To use the Lite version, start the free 14 day trial and select from the app. Emacberry have also provided a full breakdown of features and fixes you’ll find in the new versions. The highlights include an archive email function, and search enhancements.

Click here to see the differences between both versions of FileScout.

Get more information about FileScout from the BlackBerryCool Store.

In Detail: What’s new? What has changed?

  • File system browser for your BlackBerry (including hidden files)
  • Create directories, copy, move, rename, or delete files
  • Copy and delete complete directory structures
  • Show details for files & directories [modification date, is hidden, etc...]
  • Open all media files (supported by your BlackBerry)
  • Text Viewer (e.g. for ini, xml, etc.)
  • Zip-Archive handling

Full FileScout Version which requires a ‘Registration Code’ with the additional features:

  • File Search
  • Thumbnail display for images
  • Image manipulation
  • Text Editor
  • Send files via eMail/Bluetooth
  • eMail Archive function
  • Playlist creation
  • Favorite-Directory handling
  • Directory Tree navigation (Goto…)
  • AutoUpdate check
  • Support via eMail
  • Autocheck for available updates (every 7 days) – never miss a new version of FileScout – could be disabled in the options

Search dialog improvements:

  • A running Search can be canceled
  • Support for deletion of files from the Search Result list (also via [DEL]-Key)
  • Selection via [SHIFT] + Nav UP|DOWN
  • Thumbnail Generation optimization: Specify directories that should be excluded from the Thumbnail persistence
  • eMail Archive function – Directly from the BlackBerry® Message Application you can select an eMail and store it’s content (incl. all meta data) to a previously specified directory of your device (e.g. on your SDSCard). FileScout then will create a substructure (YEAR, MONTH, DAY) and store the eMail with all data that is accessible via RIM’s API in one folder per message.
  • Additionally to the raw data of the message FileScout can create a rendition of the Message – either in HTML or in plain text depending on the message format. These files then can be opened anytime – no matter if the original message is still present on your device or not.
  • Download of external images of HTML-Messages [incl. an option to force transfer via the devices TCP (instead of using your BES connection)]
  • ‘Reply/Reply All’ from FileScout to an archived message (plain text messages will be quoted)

Known issues (caused of limitations in RIM’s API):

  • Most attachments of an eMail can’t be stored in the eMail-Archive (FileScout will give you a warning for all attachments that can’t be retrieved through the API).
  • HTML-eMails: Not all (or probably all) of the embedded images are accessible (FileScout will give you a warning for all attachments that can’t be retrieved through the API).
  • When using the option ‘Use MessageApp to show eMails that have been archived with FileScout’:
  • HTML-eMails can’t be created with the BlackBerry® Message composer that’s why they can’t be restored in the BlackBerry® Message Application
  • PlainText-eMails that have larger content can’t be created with the BlackBerry® Message composer. The API will give you a warning that the message have been truncated.
  • Even if the API offers methods to request all missing content for a message from the Server – sometimes the result is different when you use ‘More All’ from the BlackBerry® MessageApplication for a message or let FileScout request the missing portions. It was very frustrating to get no way around that within the FileScout code, so the recommendation is to use ‘More All’ from the Message Application before you use the ‘Archive with FileScout’ function. This might be related to the BES configuration.

Drive Usage Map – Display for each root of your device the disk space usage across its structure. For each directory you will get the following information:

  • Disk usage of the current directory (only if the current directory contains files)
  • Number of files in the current directory (only if the current directory contains files)
  • Disk usage of the directory including all it’s sub directories (only if any sub directory contain files)
  • Delete directories (including sub structures)
  • Open a directory from the tree structure

Known issues:

  • No horizontal scroll for Storm & Storm2
  • New Editor Option: ‘Autobackup on Save’
  • If enabled in the options FileScout will create a backup each time of the current file when a save is performed in the integrated text editor.
  • The TextEditor will show a [*] once the text is modified
  • All Tree Dialogs ['DriveUsage' & 'Go to directory'] now support two additional key shortcuts:
  • [T]: Go to the (t)op of the tree
  • [B]: Go to the (b)ottom of the tree
  • Thumbnail display can make use of the BlackBerry® device generated thumbnails that are stored in the ‘BBThumbs.dat’ files (when available). This implies the following restrictions:
  • Device generated thumbnails might not support AlphaLayers (transparency issues)
  • thumbnail might not match orientation of the original image
  • Not supported for devices running OS5.x.
  • File Details Dialog will show original image width & height in pixel (when information is available from the thumbnail cache)

What’s fixed?

  • .amr files will be shown as supported audio files
  • Selection of BBThumbs.dat files via [SPACE]-Key
  • Fix for thumbnail display for images with with extreme ratios
  • Fixes in background process for detecting new directories and sub structures
  • Intend for all tree displays adjusted (now the display looks way more like a tree)
  • Storm(2) & Bold(2) OS5 fixes (e.g. for recursive search or folder details)
  • General display adjustments for Storm & Storm2 (higher columns in all trees and lists).

  • Tom

    I have been following and using FileScout (formerly BBFileScout) for just over a year now — as an early donor under Matthias' original “Donationware” model, I believe that the app is worth every penny that I “gave” (and every penny that he is now charging under the commercial model). This application rocks! It just continues to get better and better with each and every version, and the developer's response to feedback has been absolutely phenomenal!

  • Tom

    I forgot to mention that I love the term “Freemium” that you used to describe Matthias' new pricing model — it's a perfect description that I've never heard used before. ;-)

  • Tom

    I have been following and using FileScout (formerly BBFileScout) for just over a year now — as an early donor under Matthias' original “Donationware” model, I believe that the app is worth every penny that I “gave” (and every penny that he is now charging under the commercial model). This application rocks! It just continues to get better and better with each and every version, and the developer's response to feedback has been absolutely phenomenal!

  • Tom

    I forgot to mention that I love the term “Freemium” that you used to describe Matthias' new pricing model — it's a perfect description that I've never heard used before. ;-)