July 31, 2012

Cloud Sync Service: Beta Coming Up!

Filed under: Viira, cloud, getting things done, gtd — admin @ 2:25 am

We are very excited to share with you that our cloud sync service beta launch is just around the corner!

Months and months of work are starting to show some very promising results and the preliminary prototypes are looking good and holding up well under testing. If all goes well we will start rolling out the beta version of the service about a month or two from now - hopefully by the end of August/early September timeframe.

The goal of our cloud sync service is to enable a seamless, synchronized organizational experience across platforms so that you can access and interact with your GTD data with ease from all your devices. Each rich client, be it BlackBerry (Viira 4), Outlook, Android, Playbook, desktop, web and even iOS will provide the same capabilities, power and simplicity that you have grown accustomed to with Viira 4, and the cloud service will make sure you have uniform access to your data from wherever you are.

So if you haven’t done so already, make sure to sign up on our announcements form and we will let you know as soon as we start rolling out the sync service across the various platforms.

The launch of the sync service will be gradual. We will add platform support one by one, starting with BlackBerry, Outlook, Android and the Playbook (our current supported platforms) and continuing with a web client, a desktop client and iOS support over the coming months. It will be very exciting few months ahead and we look forward to bring you the most intuitive, powerful and cross-platform GTD experience out there!

We will also need the help of a lot of beta testers so if you would like to help and are comfortable with beta software please let us know either by dropping us a note at support _at_ kartamobile.com or by signing up on our announcements list.

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July 11, 2012

A Viira Testimonial

Filed under: Viira, gtd — Tags: — admin @ 1:54 am

We recently received this testimonial - and thought we’d share it with you!

Viira is the best program on the market for keeping organized - as a mom of two wearing many hats including Executive Director of the California Women’s Conference - the largest Women’s conference in the country, I am always on the hunt for the best product in the market that keeps me organized right on my phone. I cannot afford to miss one detail. Having Viira at my fingertips keeps me on top of the many projects I am working on!”

Michelle Patterson, CEO
Event Complete: A Full Service Event Marketing Company
www.eventcomplete.com

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April 21, 2012

Viira for BlackBerry Playbook Beta Released

Filed under: BlackBerry Playbook, Viira, gtd — Tags: , , — admin @ 1:55 pm

To all of you anxiously waiting for the Playbook version of Viira, we have great news. Viira for the BlackBerry Playbook has now officially been approved by App World and is available for download!

To download Viira, just open App World on your Playbook and search for “Viira”.

Viira for the Playbook is a free beta and requires Playbook OS 2.0 or later. This version is a Playbook-only version and does not sync with your BlackBerry device - yet. However as we roll out our cloud sync service over the coming months our goal is to provide just that: a seamless BlackBerry-Playbook wireless sync of your GTD system - so stay tuned!

Sign Up For Viira for Playbook Announcements And Updates

The current beta version (version 0.9.2) provides the core pillars of a GTD system on the BlackBerry Playbook such as projects, contexts, a day view and an In-Basket. Over the coming months we will be rolling out support for additional productivity constructs to bring the Playbook version of Viira en par with the feature set of Viira 4, including support for capabilities like task ordering, calendar integration, next actions etc.

In the meantime we would love to hear your feedback so let us know what you think of Viira for the Playbook as well as ways that you think will make it better and more effective!

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June 24, 2011

Viira Outlook Suite 1.2 Released: Reminders, Search, Faster Sync And More!

Filed under: Uncategorized, Viira Outlook Suite, gtd — admin @ 5:17 pm

Version 1.2 of the Viira Outlook Suite is now available for download. It is chock-full of new capabilities and enhancements and we are very excited to be bringing it to you!

First, we have brought in all the new features from the recently-released Viira 3 over to the Viira Outlook Suite BlackBerry client. On your BlackBerry you will now see the enhanced, touch-screen enabled user interface from Viira 3 as well as reminders, search and even the option to hide completed tasks. In short, everything that Viira 3 can do the Viira Outlook Suite BlackBerry client can now do as well - including the ability to create SMS tasks and file them in your GTD system.

Here is the full list of what is new in version 1.2:

  • Reminders. Both the BlackBerry client and the Outlook plugin let you set a reminder for any task, including email tasks and SMS tasks.
  • Search. Quickly find any task from the Tasks View of the BlackBerry client with the new fast iterative search.
  • Faster sync. The BlackBerry client and the Outlook plugin now actively listen for any changes to your tasks, projects and contexts. Changes that are pushed wirelessly now get picked up in near real-time and get displayed faster than before.
  • Enhanced UI. You will find the BlackBerry client sporting an even more responsive and intuitive UI, just like Viira 3 does.
  • Enhanced Outlook plugin stability. The underlying Outlook environment can sometimes provide unpleasant surprises. Our development team has put our partnership with Microsoft and leaders in the MS ecosystem to work in order to provide a smoother and responsive experience for everyone.
  • SMS tasks. With the Viira Outlook Suite you can now create a task based on an SMS message directly from your BlackBerry Inbox. The SMS tasks can be filed in your GTD system and get synced with Outlook.

Version 1.2 comes as a free upgrade to all buyers of the full version of the Viira Outlook Suite. Installing version 1.2 will also extend the free trial and give you a chance to try out the new features for those who haven’t upgraded to the full version yet.

You can download the latest version from the Viira Outlook Suite download page.

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June 23, 2011

How To: Set Up Viira Outlook Suite Sync Via USB

Filed under: How-To, Viira Outlook Suite, gtd — dev @ 7:09 pm

[UPDATED 14 Sept 2012 to include updated screen captures]

All BlackBerry devices come equipped with software and tools that make it syncing your BlackBerry and Outlook quick and easy. If your BlackBerry is not powered by the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) and you are like many BlackBerry owners out there who use a regular, non-corporate BIS plan, instead of synchronizing wirelessly the Viira Outlook Suite can also sync via USB as well. This post provides step-by-step instructions on how to do this.

Warning! Pay careful attention at step #4 and step #5 as clicking the wrong option there can negatively impact the Viira Outlook Suite’s syncing capabilities.

First, you will need to have the BlackBerry Desktop Software installed on the same computer on which you have Outlook running. The BlackBerry desktop software enables a lot of key BlackBerry-unique capabilities like backup, restore and software updates and is available for both Windows and Mac. The current version is 7.1 although earlier version like 6.1 look pretty much the same.

The screenshots below show how to set up synchronization between the Viira Outlook Suite Outlook plugin and BlackBerry client by using BlackBerry Desktop Software 6.1. Using BlackBerry Desktop Software 7.0 and later provides pretty much the same steps and all the screenshots except the first one are the same.

Step 0: Connect Your BlackBerry To Your PC With A USB Cable

Step 1: Start Setup: Device->Sync By Type->Organizer

Selecting Device->Setup By Type->Organizer will initiate the setup for what data you want synced between your Outlook and BlackBerry.

Step 2: Configure Synchronization - Setup Two-Way Sync

At a minimum you need to select Tasks from the lists for the core functionality of the Viira Outlook Suite to work. However selecting MemoPad and Address Book for synchronization in addition to Tasks will enable the Viira Outlook Suite to successfully resolve Contact Tasks and Memo Tasks after sync.

Or you may want to select the other checkboxes if you like the rest of your data to sync between Outlook and your BlackBerry as well.

Step 3: Configure Synchronization - Setup Two-Way Sync Part II

Step 4: Configure Synchronization - Setup Two-Way Sync Part III

Step 5: Configure Synchronization - Select Transfer All Items

This is a very important step! Selecting Transfer all items ensures correct and timely sync. If this option is not properly set up you will very likely notice new or updated items not getting propagated between your Outlook and your BlackBerry quickly enough or sometimes not at all.

After this, click finish and your synchronization should be properly set up. You are now ready to start using the Viira Outlook Suite!

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April 16, 2011

Viira 3.0 Released

Filed under: Viira, blackberry, gtd — Tags: , , — admin @ 3:52 pm

We are very excited to be announcing the release of Viira 3.0! The latest version contains a lot of productivity enhancements that many of you have requested and we are very happy to be bringing all these new capabilities right at your fingertips.

Here is what’s new in Viira 3.0:

  • In-Basket: Designed specifically for the collection phase of Getting Things Done, Viira’s In-Basket provides a convenient place to quickly enter a number of tasks, ideas and reminders. All tasks, native tasks, email and SMS tasks that have not been assigned a project, context or day will appear in the In-Basket.
  • Search. Quickly find the task that you were looking from Viira’s Tasks View with Viira’s fast search.
  • Reminders. Many of you have asked for the ability to add a reminder to a particular task, and we are happy to bring this feature to you! Although David Allen warns against relying too heavily on reminders in your GTD system, if used properly they can be a powerful ogranizational tool.
  • BlackBerry Tasks integration: Viira loads all tasks from your BlackBerry’s native Tasks application in the In-Basket from where you can further assign then to a project, context or day.
  • Hide Completed. Hide all completed tasks and focus on what remains to get done. Hide completed is available from all of Viira’s views and all your completed tasks will appear once again when you select “Show Completed”.
  • Quick new project/context creation: Have you ever started entering a task only to realise that the project or context you want to classify it under has not been created yet? With Viira 3 you can quickly create a new project or context right from the new task editor without having to switch views!
  • And more! Viira 3.0 contains a number of other smaller enhancements, too numerous to list here.

So grab the free trial and see for yourself what Viira 3.0 can do! You can download the Viira 3.0 free trial from the Viira download page or by pointing your BlackBerry’s browser to our mobile site www.kartamobile.com/bb.

For all of you using Viira 2, Viira 3 was designed to run alongside Viira 2 so that you can check out the free trial before committing to the new version. Viira 3 will also import your Viira 2 data. Buyers of Viira 2 are also eligible to upgrade for a special upgrade price of only $19.99.

Viira 3 is compatible with all modern BlackBerry devices all the way back to OS 4.6.

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March 24, 2011

Viira Vs. The Viira Outlook Suite: What Are The Differences?

Filed under: Uncategorized, Viira, Viira Outlook Suite, gtd — Tags: , — dev @ 1:02 pm

[UPDATED September 09, 2012]

We receive a fair amount of questions on how Viira and the Viira Outlook Suite compare with each other, especially in terms of set up and installation. In this article I will try to address some of the most common questions on the differences between the two.

Separate Download Required

The first (and most important) difference is that Viira and the Viira Outlook Suite require a separate download: in order to sync with Outlook you need to download and install the Viira Outlook Suite BlackBerry client. The BlackBerry client is a separate software application from Viira and can be downloaded from the Viira Outlook Suite download page or by pointing your BlackBerry to the Viira Outlook Suite mobile site www.kartamobile.com/bb/outlook.

The important thing to keep in mind is that downloading Viira (currently in version 4.0) will NOT provide sync with the Outlook plugin whereas downloading the Viira Outlook Suite BlackBerry client will.

Identical Feature Sets

At the time of this writing, the feature sets of both Viira and the Viira Outlook Suite BlackBerry client are identical to the point where it is nearly impossible to tell them apart. What you can do with one you can do with the other and vice versa. The only telling sign between the two is that the launch icon of the Viira Outlook Suite BlackBerry client is yellow and displays “Viira Outlook Suite” whereas Viira’s is green and shows “Viira 4″.

Of course, the one major difference between the two is Outlok sync: you need the BlackBerry client in order to sync with the Outlook plugin.

We will continue to keep the two feature sets as close as possible and as we introduce new productivity-enhancing features and GTD techniques you will see them appear in both product lines. On occasion we may introduce a feature first in one before making it available in the next update to the other.

Side-By-Side On the Same BlackBerry

Viira and the Viira Outlook Suite have been designed to work without a problem when both are installed on the same BlackBerry. You don’t need to uninstall Viira in order to install the Viira Outlook Suite BlackBerry client and vice versa. We designed it this way in order to make it easier for you to decide which one of our two products works best for you and the way you apply Getting Things Done in your day-to-day life.

If you install both on your BlackBerry you will see each appear with a differently colored launch icon with Viira’s icon displaying the text “Viira 4″ while the BlackBerry client showing “Viira Outlook Suite”.

Viira 4 Data Import from the Viira Outlook Suite

The Viira Outlook Suite provides the ability to do a one-time import of all your GTD data from Viira. If at any point you decide to upgrade to the Viira Outlook Suite you can have your Viira 4 data seemlessly transitioned over to the Viira Outlook Suite. Viira data import requires activation of the full version.

As always, if you have any other questions don’t hesitate to ask it in the comments section of this post or email our technical support at support _at_ kartamobile dot com.

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March 15, 2011

Viira 2.2.5: 24 Hour Time Format

Filed under: Viira, blackberry, gtd — Tags: , , — dev @ 3:53 pm

In this week’s update we have added 24 hour time formatting to Viira capabilities. Appointments, both when edited and when displayed in Viira’s Day View will display in 24hr time format for all of you using Viira in countries that traditionally use 24 hour time format (or all of you who have set your device to 24hr mode). For example instead of appearing as “2:00pm-3:00pm” your appointments will now show as “14:00-15:00″.

The 24hr time formatting kicks in automatically when Viira detects that your device is set to display times in 24hr format. Otherwise the familiar 12 hour time format is used as before.

As always, this update is a free upgrade to all buyers of the full version and can be downloaded OTA by pointing you BlackBerry to our BlackBerry site www.kartamobile.com/bb.

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January 25, 2011

Viira Outlook Suite 1.1 Released

Filed under: Viira Outlook Suite, gtd, outlook — Tags: , , — admin @ 11:27 am

We are happy to announce that Viira Outlook Suite 1.1 is now available for download. Version 1.1 contains significant productivity enhancements such as email tasks, enhanced UI on both the Outlook plugin and the BlackBerry client as well as touchscreen support for all of you Torch and Storm owners.

We also added a few convenience and time-saving features like the quick add button that lets you quickly add a task from anywhere in Outlook as well as a quick launch button.

Without further ado, here is what’s new in the Viira Outlook Suite 1.1:

  • Organize your email. File your email messages into you GTD system from both Outlook and your BlackBerry. Email tasks created from the Viira Outlook Suite Outlook plugin can be then viewed from the BlackBerry client, and vice versa.
  • Fast startup. The startup time of both the Outlook plugin and the BlackBerry client have been dramatically increased to give you an even faster access to your portable GTD system.
  • Enhanced UI. The Viira Outlook Suite BlackBerry client now sports the UI from Viira 2.2, enabling an intuitive transition between the main views.
  • Touchscreen support. Owners of a BlackBerry Torch or Storm can navigate using the touchscreen on their device.
  • Search. Quickly locate the tasks you are looking for from the Viira Outlook Suite Outlook plugin Tasks view.
  • Quick launch. Lauch the Viira Outlook Suite Outlook plugin quickly from anywhere in Outlook by clicking on the new launch button on the Outlook toolbar.
  • Quick add. Add a new Viira Outlook Suite task from anywhere in Outlook! A new quick add button is now available in your Outlook’s toolbar enabling you to jot down ideas and to-dos quickly and with ease.

The Viira Outlook Suite comes with a free trial. As always, the 1.1 update is a complimentary upgrade to all buyers of the 1.0 version.

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November 12, 2010

Viira 2.2.2 Released: Action Links

Filed under: Uncategorized, Viira, gtd — Tags: , — dev @ 7:20 pm

We always strive to find new ways to help you stay on top of your schedule, make the most of your BlackBerry and have the most comprehensive, portable GTD system at your fingertips. With that in mind, we are excited to bring another powerful feature to help you get things done - action links.

Action links allow you to easily embed actionable chunks of information, such as phone numbers, email addresses and website links inside any task in Viira. Simply enter the phone number, email or URL in a task and Viira will automatically detect it and highlight it for you. Calling, sending an email or viewing the website link is then just a click away!

Action links are available in Viira 2.2.2, which can be downloaded OTA from our mobile site www.kartamobile.com/bb.

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