August 31, 2010

Viira Outlook Suite 1.0: The First BlackBerry-Outlook GTD Solution Is Here!

Filed under: blackberry, gtd, outlook — Tags: , , — dev @ 3:11 pm

he Viira Outlook Suite version 1.0 has been released. We are very proud to be the first to bring you an integrated BlacKBerry-Outlook GTD solution, and hope that it will help you stay on top of your commitments and get things done in your day-to-day lives.

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Here are the new features that the 1.0 release introduces over the beta version 0.9.8:

  • Inbox. All unassigned tasks (i.e. tasks without a project, context or date) appear in your Inbox. A must-have capability for the collection phase of GTD®!
  • Outlook Tasks Integration: Your Outlook tasks appear in your Viira Outlook Suite Inbox, ready to be assigned to a project, context or day. Switch from using Outlook for GTD with ease!
  • BlackBerry Tasks Integration. Your native BlackBerry tasks appear in the Inbox of your Viira Outlook Suite BlackBerry client.
  • Viira 2 Data Import. Buyers of Viira 2 can easily transition their BlackBerry GTD system to the Viira Outlook Suite. Just go to Settings->Import Viira 2 Data (activation required).

The Viira Outlook Suite comes with a 14-day free trial. As with Viira, buyers of the full version of the Viira Outlook Suite will receive point upgrades for free. For example, buyers of the Viira Outlook Suite 1.0 will receive the 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, etc. as free upgrades.

For more information on how to install, set up and make the most out of the Viira Outlook Suite Outlook plugin and BlackBerry client that comes with it, please visit the Viira Outlook Suite page.

Beta Members, Buyers Of Viira 2 Receive Almost 50% off!

To show our appreciation to everyone who took part in our beta program and helped us ensure that the Viira Outlook Suite works and works well in a wide range of environments, we are extending a one-time offer of $30 off the regular price!

As promised before, buyers of Viira 2 interested in migrating to an integrated BlackBerry-0utlook GTD system get the full purchase price of Viira 2 as a purchase credit towards the Viira Outlook Suite (updated amount will appear in the Paypal checkout page).

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August 9, 2010

Viira Outlook Suite 0.9.8 Released

Filed under: blackberry, getting things done, gtd, outlook — Tags: , , — dev @ 10:07 am

In our ongoing effort to continuously enhance the Viira Outlook Suite and solidify its position as the ultimate GTD solution for Outlook and BlackBerry, we have released another update to both the Outlook plugin and BlackBerry client.

Delegate, Send Feedback

Following up from the previous update, the new version 0.9.8 adds a few new capabilities to help you get things done:

  • Delegate. You can now delegate projects and contexts from the Outlook plugin as well as the BlackBerry client. Simply select “Delegate” from the BlackBerry context menu as well as from the “More Options” dropdown meny in the Outlook plugin.
  • Support for MS Outlook 2003. We are constantly striving to make the Viira Outlook Suite available on as many configurations as possible, and are happy to report that Outlook 2003 is now officially supported.
  • Feedback. We love hearing from you and your feedback is crucial in helping us decide what to build next. The Outlook plugin now offers a convenient way for you to send us your thoughts and suggestions for improvement - directly from the Viira Outlook Suite.

You can download the latest version of the Outlook plugin from the Viira Outlook Suite beta page, and you can grab the updated BlackBerry client by pointing your BlackBerry’s browser to www.kartamobile.com/bb/outlook.php

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July 26, 2010

Viira Outlook Suite Beta 0.9.6 Released

Filed under: Viira, blackberry, gtd, outlook — dev @ 7:52 pm

Just a quick update to let you all know that an update to the Viira Outlook Suite is now available. The new version 0.9.6 contains several usability and stability enhancements.

Both the Outlook plugin and the BlackBerry client have been updated in this release. We have also enhanced the Viira Outlook Suite beta information page to include more details as well as tips and best practices.

If you haven’t done so already and want to give the beta a try, you can enroll in our beta program here. Once again, thanks to all of you who are participating in the beta program!

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April 27, 2010

Live From WES 2010: BlackBerry 9650, Pearl 9100 3G, OS 6.0 Announced

Filed under: blackberry — Tags: , — dev @ 10:45 pm

Every year Research In Motion hosts the Wireless Enterprise Symposium, a.k.a. WES to bring together companies from the BlackBerry ecosystem and share the vision of the BlackBerry platform and brand going forward. As a new member of the BlackBerry Alliance, this is our first year at WES and we are very excited to be here and be amongst the first ones to hear about key announcements.

BlackBerry WES 2010 Conference

To kick of WES 2010, RIM officially announced the BlackBerry Bold 9650 which confirmed many rumors that have been circulating around. A CDMA-based worldphone with built-in Wi-Fi, GPS, double the flash memory of the Bold 9700 and a 3.2MP auto-focus camera with video recording capabilities, the BlackBerry Bold 9650 is a truly a “no compromise” smartphone, as RIM’s Co-CEO Mike Lazaridis put it.

No firm announcements on the availability of the Bold 9560 have been made by carriers yet, though we hope it happens sooner rather than later.

Also announced was the BlackBerry Pearl 3G. With its slick, stylish looks, a compact form factor and support for 3G, this BlackBerry would have easily been the BlackBerry that we would have gone for had we not set our minds on the 9650 already.

Telus and Rogers are the first carriers to announce the addition of the Pearl 9100 to their lineup, with Telus promising a availability in May and priced at $29.99 with a plan (Telus press release here). Verizon, AT&T and others are expected to follow suit shortly thereafter.

Another big announcement today was the upcoming release of OS 6.0 You can check out the preview video below. All in all, it was a very exciting day in the BlackBerry community, and we will provide more details if any other major announcements get made during the remainder of WES 2010.

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April 21, 2010

Karta Mobile Becomes BlackBerry Alliance Member

Filed under: blackberry — admin @ 5:35 pm

It is with great excitement that we write to tell you that Karta Mobile has just joined the BlackBerry Alliance.

Through the BlackBerry Alliance Research In Motion (the makers of BlackBerry smartphones) partners with companies like Karta Mobile that have strong commitment to and established presence in the BlackBerry ecosystem. The ultimate objective with this is to foster the development of leading-edge BlackBerry solutions and bring them to the palm of your hand.

Membership in the BlackBerry Alliance is something that we have been working towards in the last little while and are very excited to share the news with you. Most of all, we look forward to tapping into RIM’s vast network of resources, support and insight in order to build an even-better, more effective Viira for you to be effective, stay organized and get things done day-to-day.

As part of our ongoing commitment to the all things BlackBerry, Karta Mobile will be sending a representative to WES 2010 this coming week in Orlando, Florida. There have been a lot of rumours out there about new BlackBerry devices being on the verge of being announced (here and here), so stay tuned and we will try to bring you the latest scoop right from the source!

Karta Mobile is BlackBerry Alliance Member

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November 13, 2009

Karta Mobile Live From The BlackBerry Developer Conference

Filed under: Viira, blackberry — Tags: — admin @ 12:18 am

Over the past week the Karta Mobile team has been busy gleaning deeper insight into the BlackBerry platform directly from the people in RIM themselves at the second annual BlackBerry Developer Conference in San Francisco, California.

The conference has been chock full of important announcements for the BlackBerry developer community and has been covered all across the blogosphere (here, here and here).  It suffices to say that we are all very excited to harness a lot of the innovation, new technologies and device APIs to make Viira and even better, more engaging and comprehensive GTD system for BlackBerry smartphones.

RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie Addressing BlackBerry Developers

RIM Co-CEO Jim Balsillie Addressing BlackBerry Developers

We took notes on new technologies, best practices and ideas and even engaged in a series of round table discussions with key RIM decision makers on how to best grow the app ecosystem on the BlackBerry. It felt great knowing that our gripes, recommendations and two cents are actually making an impact on the way the BlackBerry platform is evolving.

Yes, unlike other fruit companies, RIM listens.

All-in-all, it has been a spectacular event and we are all coming back energized and thrilled about what the future of the BlackBerry platform holds in store for everyone - for developers and consumers alike.

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September 3, 2009

Moving Viira To Your New BlackBerry

Filed under: How-To, Viira, blackberry — admin @ 9:55 pm

The full version of Viira allows the easy move of all of your Viira data from one BlackBerry to another - for example, if you are upgrading to a new BlackBerry. This can be done very quickly with the help of the Desktop Manager software, and you will be getting things done on the go with your new device in no time at all!

To migrate your Viira data, all you need to do is back up Viira from the old BlackBerry and restore it to the new one.

We talked in a previous post how the full version of Viira offers the ability to save all your data off the device and to your computer - and get a peace of mind that your trusted GTD system is easily recoverable in case something happens with your BlackBerry. It is exactly this functionality that makes the Viira data migration to another device possible.

First, you will need to create a backup of your Viira data that is on the BlackBerry from which you want to move Viira - let’s call it the old device. The quickest and easiest way to do this is to backup the entire device in one quick step by selecting Backup Device in the Desktop Manager.

Our backup walkthrough contains more detailed instructions on how to create a backup for those not familiar with the process. We have also included some useful tips on what to do if your device happens to need some coercing in order to complete the backup process trouble-free, so make sure to read those as well.

Once you have completed the backup, disconnet your old BlackBerry and plugin in the new one to your computer (via USB). In the Backup and Restore area of the Desktop Manager, select Advanced and open the backup file that you created moments ago.

Using Advanced Backup and Restore to move Viira’s data to a new BlackBerry.

Using the arrows, move the Viira data and your Calendar entries from the backup file to the connected BlackBerry. It is important to bring the Calendar appointments and events from the old BlackBerry as well because Viira’s database keeps Appointments in sync with events in your Calendar. If Viira does not find those in your BlackBerry’s calendar it will assume that they have been deleted - and you don’t want that to happen!

Once this is complete, you are good to go and get things done on the go with Viira on your shiny new BlackBerry!

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July 10, 2009

How To Backup Your Viira Data

Filed under: Viira, blackberry — admin @ 3:57 pm

We got a lot of messages from avid Viira users who are counting on Viira day in and day out to get things done. One thing that many requested was the ability to safely backup all of Viira’s data in case something happens to the BlackBerry on which the data is stored.

This is why starting with version 1.2 we implemented the capability to backup and restore all of Viira’s data (this capability is only available in the full version of Viira).

Quick Backup

Backup Viira by backing up your BlackBerry

The easiest and quickest way to backup Viira’s data is to backup your entire BlackBerry device. Simply connect your BlackBerry to your computer via USB, open the BlackBerry Desktop Manager program that came on your device CD and select the Backup And Restore option.

Clicking “Backup” on the screen that follows will save all the information on your device in a backup .ipd file. This file contains all of Viira’s data (as well as all your other BlackBerry data) and you can safely restore Viira’s data from it if the need for it arises.

Restoring your entire device from this backup will also restore your Viira data to where it was before.

Tip: Sometimes backing up the entire device produces a generic error message: Error backing up database(s). The source of the problem has been reported to be the databases called Browser Cache and Profiles. Going to Advanced (see below) and de-selecting those two entries from the list of things to backup can solve the problem.

Advanced Backup

The Advanced backup option is useful if you find yourself needing to backup Viira’s data more often than the rest of your BlackBerry data. It can also be useful if the BlackBerry you are trying to backup produces the generic error mentioned above.

By going to the Advanced section in the Backup And Restore part of the BlackBerry Desktop Software, you can manually select which application’s data you want to backup. Simply select “Viira Data” from the list and move the data to your computer by using the arrow.

Make sure to include your Calendar data in the list as well. Viira has a built in mechanism of keeping its appointments in sync with the BlackBerry Calendar application and not including the calendar data could result in some of your appointments being discarded in the restore process.

Using Advanced Backup and Restore to backup Viira’s data.

After moving Viira’s data to the left of the screen, you can use the File menu to save the backup data to a .ipd file. Opening the .ipd file at a later time and using the arrows will move Viira’s data from the backup .ipd to your device, thus restoring Viira to where it was before.

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June 24, 2009

Viira 1.3 Released

Filed under: Viira, blackberry, gtd — Tags: , — admin @ 6:50 pm

We are glad to announce the immediate availability of Viira 1.3. This release is largely made of various suggestions that many of you passed along.

With many thanks to all of you that dropped us a line telling us what features you would like to see, here is what is new in Viira 1.3:

  • Track project-less and context-less tasks. Project and Context Views now provide an easy way to locate tasks without a project or a context and prevent these tasks from “slipping through the cracks”. Simply select <No Project> and <No Context> in Projects View and Contexts View and all tasks without a project or context assigned to them will be displayed, respectively. (Thanks Sean for suggesting this one!)
  • Start in Last View Used . A new setting available through Viira’s options lets you start Viira in the last used view, making it easier to return to where you left things off.
  • BlackBerry Storm support. As the momentum behind the BlackBerry Storm adoption grows we are pleased to the Storm to the list of supported devices. Long-time owners of and recent upgraders to the BlackBerry Storm can take full advantage of the device’s unique capabilities like the touch screen and orientation sensitivity to get things done on the go with Viira.
  • Performance enhancements. An engineering optimization put in place in Viira 1.3 drastically boosts the speed with which appointments stay in sync with the native BlackBerry calendar, making it possible to integrate a large number of appointments in your GTD system. (thanks Rajesh for helping us through this one)
  • Appointments sorted chronologically. Day View now lists all appointments in chronological order, making it easier to get a quick and intuitive glance of what lies ahead for any given day.
  • Free trial limits raised. The Viira 1.3 Free Trial comes with raised limits on the number of projects, contexts and tasks.

As usual, Viira 1.3 comes as a free upgrade to all buyers of the full version. To get upgrade Over-The-Air (OTA) simply point your BlackBerry to our mobile site www.kartamobile.com/bb. Alternatively buyers can log in to our site and download the ZIPed installer and install.

A free trial of Viira 1.3 is also available.

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February 16, 2009

Announcing The Viira BlackBerry Site

Filed under: Viira, blackberry — Tags: , — admin @ 7:57 pm

In our continuous effort to make more things possible on BlackBerry devices, we are proud to announce the availability of the Viira BlackBerry site www.kartamobile.com/bb. As we constantly improve Viira’s feature set and publish new updates we wanted to make getting the latest version easy - and doable right from your BlackBerry.

Through the mobile site you can download the latest version of Viira Over-The-Air (OTA): with a single click and straight onto your device. Just log in with the same username and password you entered when registering for the free trial, and you will be brought to a page with the OTA links available to you.

Buyers of the full version can also use the BlackBerry site to get updates of the full version of Viira. We have tried to keep the site’s design minimal and not overdo the graphics for those of you on limited data plans or sub-3G network connectivity.

Here are some screenshots of the mobile site taken from our BlackBerry Pearl Flip 8220 with the help of this great screen capture tool for BlackBerries called CaptureIt.

Viira BlackBerry Site Login Page

Viira BlackBerry Site Login

Viira OTA Downloads

Viira OTA Download Links

Viira BB Site - What Buyers See

Viira BB Site - What Buyers See



So put www.kartamobile.com/bb in your BlackBerry’s bookmarks and stop by for an update once in a while!

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