VersaTool for BlackBerry: The only app you'll ever need?

VersatileMonkey.com produces the Swiss Army Knife of BlackBerry applications.

By Joe Doherty, ITworld |  Mobile & Wireless, BlackBerry, blackberry apps

If you're like me, the memory dedicated to applications running on your BlackBerry is running dangerously low. I use the term "dangerously" in jest...obviously the phone isn't going to explode anytime soon. That said, the situation is frustrating. The applications I have on my BlackBerry Storm are terrific and I can't bear to part with them. With a heavy heart, I watch many interesting new applications float by, taunting me like the sirens they are. If only there were an all-in-one program that could replace the bulk of my applications. If only...

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Enter VersaTool

Set up similarly to the iPhone main screen, VersaTool offers an incredible variety of sub-programs... all for a download just under 5k. Currently, there are twelve "official" applications nested in VersaTool, and a few "unofficial" apps. VersatileMonkey.com indicates on their site that there are even more sub-programs on the way.

Here's a quick look at the most useful and/or interesting apps:

Alarms: The alarm setup is more robust than on the native BlackBerry OS. You can choose various ring tones for multiple instances of alarms and notifications.

Canned Responses: When I'm doing various support tasks via email, typing the same answers over and over can become rather tedious. This nifty little tool allows you to save long or short amounts of text and apply them (even in combinations) to your email.

Popup Menus: One of my favorite apps on VersaTool; this app allows you to create menus for the tasks you use frequently in one convenient screen. No more scrolling and searching.

Really Convenient Keys: The BlackBerry's OS is fairly simple to operate... just press a button. This application allows you to really expand that concept by assigning actions to double-clicking or holding a button. Very similar to the Storm's keyboard, but much more configurable and robust.

Run on Schedule: Many applications have the ability to run on startup. Seems rather limiting, doesn't it? This feature allows you to run any VersaTool action at any time.

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