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New Playbook app – Confidential manager

I recently launched a FREE app for Blackberry Playbook called Confidential manager. It essentially speeds up the time taken for online purchases, by storing all your Credit / Debit card numbers in one place. All you need to do is swipe between apps and copy-paste the numbers. It comes with a very simplistic and user centric design and interface.

Since the app does not connect to any network and stores all information securely on the device, users can be sure of protection of their data.

Here is the description to the app 
Do you struggle doing online payments from your BlackBerry® PlayBook™ ? Experienced the hassle of opening your wallet and keying in the card numbers everytime to pay online ? Well, all that is OLD STUFF. You shouldn’t do it that way. Because time and security are important to you.

Introducing Confidential Manager that reduces online payment hassles to simple copy-paste actions. Launch the app, flick through your credit cards and COPY-PASTE into desired location. The application never connects to the internet and stores all your information securely within the device. So you don’t have the fear of loss of security. Additionally, you set a master password which controls entry into the application itself. Meaning, full protection to your data.

The application supports multiple cards including Mastercard, VISA, Diners Club, American Express, Discover. Even if your card is not supported you can include that information in your Bank Name field, giving you complete flexibilty. Copying of numbers is simply a button click away.

Users of this application are observed to have reduced payment times by 7 times. Experience a smarter online shopping lifestyle.

*COMING SOON*
Support for general email and web logins.

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My favorite AIR apps for Playbook

So after using the Playbook for nearly one month, I thought I shall list down some interesting apps and games built in AIR that caught my eye.

GeeReader and Pipeline

Both these RSS readers have Google Reader synch options which is very important to me. Similarly I know most of you would also be using Google Reader for managing the several blogs you would follow everyday. Both these apps are free. GeeReader comes with the conventional blog reader UI, but Pipeline has little more electrifying UI though the Google Reader synch option is only valid for 14 days in the Free version. Pipeline also offers offline reading of feeds which is very important.

Scorekeeper

Easily the best UI of any party / family boardgame scorekeeping application. The app focuses on tiny-mini aspects that scorekeeping becomes such a pleasure. You should watch this video ..

Conqu

This is a task management software built on Adobe AIR. This same app is also available on Android marketplace and I saw it being demo’ed by one of the Adobe Evangelists. It comes with a very smooth and sleek UI. Having a task manager with a great UI is very important, when you admire the UI you tend to open the app more frequently and you hence get to check your To-Dos.

Await for another post on my fav games very soon..

Debug tokens for Playbook development

Around last month, Blackberry introduced debug tokens that can be used to test/debug applications for developers in the Playbook. My good friend Mitch, wrote a blogpost on how to use the debug token.  He describes the entire process in four steps

  • Initial Requirements, which involves checking whether you have all the files necessary.
  • Command Line and Terminal, instructions to create and install your debug token onto your playbook.
  • Preparing your App for Debug Mode, which requires some small changes to your blackberry-tablet.xml file.
  • Publish to Blackberry Playbook, which involves creating your .BAR file and sending it to your device.
Read the entire post here.

Flash, development and my Playbook

As I had mentioned in my previous post, I wrote an AIR application for the Blackberry Playbook, the newest of the tablets that run Flash. I got a Blackberry Playbook device yesterday and these are my early impressions –

1. Great hardware build and finish. When you have it in your hands, you get a good feeling. It’s not heavy and it feels right.

2. Though launching one year after the launch of iPad, it equals the hardware of the second iPad or iPad2. It has dual cameras, Bluetooth, HDMI connection ports. So the device on the whole is very sophisticated.

3. What the Playbook lacks is the services around it. It does not have a preinstalled E-mail client or a native facebook or twitter application. There are still many categories in the store that are malnutritioned- without apps or content.

However I think the third point will be tackled soon as..

— Android and Java application players will soon be coming to Playbook in a software update, due in summer. This means Android and Java apps just need to be packaged for the Playbook and they will run smoothly on the Playbook. This is an excellent initiative by RIM as it brings a large community of developers with tons of games, apps into the Playbook ecosystem.

— When I was working with Blackberry toolkit in December / January it was primitive versions of the SDK that lacked signing and other features. It was not all that developer friendly.  I remember in late February, SDK 0.9.3 was released which had tools to sign the apps and RIM have been regularly improving the SDKs (which had both good and bad effects). Around last week, RIM released SDK 1.0.1 and image, which is the firmware currently running on the device. Before this it was hard for developers to gauge platform specific features like contextual menu ( Playbook’s menu appears on a swipe from top of the screen), accelerometer or GPS. Hence, developers couldn’t experiment much. Today, with a mature set of tools and simulators and some devices in the market, I expect the apps to grow.

I have also started working on a game for the Blackberry Playbook using Flash, of course.

Developing for Playbook

Paul Trani, an Adobe Evangelist here describes the different contextual gestures that are possible on the Blackberry tablet – Playbook. He describes how to design and plan layouts that would best suit for the portrait and landscape orientations of the Playbook.

Additionally, the tablet has specific gestures like the Xoom. The bezels of the Playbook are sensitive to touch and act as an important interaction in the tablet’s portfolio.

The complete article is worth a read…

Playbook offer extended

This morning I received a note saying the free Playbook offer has been extended until March 15th. Read the amended terms and conditions page, from Blackberry site.

So there is more opportunity for Adobe Flash / AIR developers.

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