November 23, 2015

Viira iOS App: A Sneak Peek!

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 9:09 am

While our team is hard at work finalizing the release of Viira for iOS- staged beta rollout through Test Flight is schedule to begin over the next week - we would like to share with you a glimpse of what Viira on iOS will look like and the features it will offer.

As promised, Viira on iOS will offer the same interface, workflow and feature set as Viira for BlackBerry and Android - as well as a few new capabilities. You will find all the familiar pillars of GTD such as projects, (multiple) contexts, day tasks, next actions and an in-basket. You will also find the familiar dashboard as well as must-haves such as reminders, calendar integration and also contacts and email integration.

Yes, with Viira on iOS you will be able to create email tasks directly from your iOS device just like you were able to with Viira for BlackBerry and BlackBerry 10!

Viira for iOS will be cloud-sync ready and you will be able to sync with all other Viira apps such as the Viira Outlook Add-In, Viira Windows App, Viira for Android as well as Viira for BlackBerry 10.

If you would like to join our beta program please email support@kartamobile.com and we will send you an invite as test slots become available.

Contact and email Integration are features that we are excited to offer to iOS devices. With it you will be able to create an email task or a contact just like you are able to on Viira for BlackBerry:

We have also added and enhanced Quick Add control so that you can create a new task directly from the Dashboard and (optionally) assign it a project, context, date or reminder without having to navigate ‘deeper’ into Viira:

We have also added support for drag-and-drop reordering. Prioritizing your tasks within a project, context, a day or within any of the other major views is a cinch with the visual drag-and-drop:

We are all very excited about the upcoming release and if you would like to join our beta program please email us at support@kartamobile.com and we will email you an invite through Test Flight as beta slots become available.


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November 1, 2015

Viira Outlook Add-In: Now Available For Microsoft Outlook 2016

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 9:26 am

We are happy to announce that the Viira Outlook Add-In is now available and fully supported on Microsoft Outlook 2016.

As the Outlook 2016 rollout continues we know that many of you are upgrading or in the process of upgrading to the latest version. If you have made the switch to Outlook 2016 or plan on doing so in the future you can count on the Viira Outlook Add-In being there on the new platform after the switch.

MS Outlook 2016 is available starting from version 5.5.6. You can download the latest version 5.5.6 from the downloads page.

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August 12, 2015

How To: Install Viira Windows App on Windows 10

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 2:14 am

The Viira Windows App is fully compatible with Windows 10. Depending on the settings on your Windows 10 computer however Windows 10 may warn or fully prevent the installation of the Viira Windows App because the application publishers (we) are “not recognized as a safe vendor“.

The reason why this message appears is because as a niche application without a sufficiently large download base (yet!) the Viira Windows App is relatively unknown to the app databases that Windows 10 and Microsoft maintain.

While we work with Microsoft to register as a recognized, safe vendor (which also involves paying a sizeable sum) here is how you can fix things and install the Viira Windows App on your Windows 10 computer:

  1. Open Control Panel
  2. Navigate to System and Security->Action Center. In the left pane, you will see the “Change Windows SmartScreen settings” link. Click it.
  3. Under “What do you want to do with unrecognized apps?” select either “Warn before running an unrecognized app” or “Don’t do anything”.

Here is a link to a more detailed article which contains some useful screenshots as well as more background info on Windows Smartscreen:

How-To: Disable Windows Smartscreen In Windows 10

As always, if you encounter additional issues or problems on your computer or IT environment don’t hesitate to contact our support - we are here to help!

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July 5, 2014

Viira 5.4 Released: Overdue Task Management, Project/Context Stars and More!

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 7:38 am

We just released the latest update to Viira for BlackBerry 10, the Viira Outlook Add-In and the Viira Desktop App. The latest version is 5.4 and you can download all updated clients from the downloads page.

The bulk of the updates in this release are focused on making the BlackBerry 10 app bring the same feature set as the Viira Outlook Add-In and the Viira Desktop App so you have the exact GTD capabilities on your desktop as you do on your mobile device.

Download Viira 5.4 here

Here is what is new in version 5.4 of Viira for BlackBerry 10:

  • Overdue Tasks. Viira’s Day View now has a dedicated area that displays all overdue tasks. You can quickly assign an overdue task with the “Move To Today” option or you can select “Move Overdue To Today” to re-assign all overdue tasks for today.
  • File and Document Attachments. In addition to emails and contacts, you can now add a document to any task in Viira.  To add an attachment to a task open it and select “Add Attachment” then select Document or File from the list. You can open the document or file attached to a task by clicking “Open” (you must have the appropriate viewer installed an available on your device, e.g. Docs To Go). Common document types such as Microsoft Word, PDF, Excel and PowerPoint get a visually-distinct icon in any Viira task list for easy recognition.
  • Image Attachments. You can add a camera picture to any ask in Viira. The picture can be a new one or an already existing one. When you select “Picture” as the desired task attachment type you can select “Camera” and make a quick picture on the spot to add to your task.
  • Project and Context Stars. You can give an important project or context a star with a quick tap on the screen. Starred projects and contexts always appear at the top of any list making it easy find and navigate to them, making it a productivity booster if you find yourself assigning tasks to certain projects or contexts more frequently than others.
  • New Projects And Contexts As Needed. You can create a new project or context directly from the task edit screen without having to go back to Projects View or Contexts View.
  • BlackBerry Calendar Selection. If you have more than one Calendar accounts set up on your BlackBerry, you can now select which calendar you want Viira to integrate with when it comes to reminders. The settings is available under Settings->Calendar Integration. The Viira Day View will continue to display all calendar appointments for a given day regardless of which calendar account they come from.

For those who use the optional sync package and sync with the Viira Outlook Add-In we have added a few improvements as well.

  • Create Email Task Directly From Email Viewer (MS Outlook). You can create an email task directly from the email viewer. Open an email to view in a separate window then on the new Viira tab click the “Create Viira Task” button in it. (Outlook 2007 or later).
  • Create Contact Task Directly From Contact Viewer (MS Outlook). You can create a contact task directly from the contact viewer. Open a contact to view in a separate window then on the new Viira tab click the “Create Viira Task” button in it (Outlook 2007 or later).
  • Support for syncing of stars. When you assigning a star to a project and context the star will sync seamlessly between your BlackBerry, Outlook and PC.

And here is what is new in version 5.4 of the Viira PC App:

  • Support for syncing of stars. Stars assigned in the Viira Desktop App can synced with the cloud and the Desktop App receives star assignments made from the other Viira apps.

Download Viira 5.4 here

To upgrade the Viira Outlook Add-In or Viira PC App make sure to uninstall the older version first by going to Controal Panel->Programs. Your Viira data will remain intact in the process and the new version will pick it up from where the old one has left.

And here are a few screenshot from the latest release:

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November 4, 2013

Viira Featured On The BlackBerry Facebook Page!

Filed under: Uncategorized — admin @ 7:03 am

As one of the top apps in the Productivity category, Viira has gained a prominent spot on the BlackBerry Facebook page and is currently being featured there!

You can check out the post by going to BlackBerry’s Facebook page on www.facebook.com/BlackBerryNA.

Viira featured on the BlackBerry Facebook page!

Viira featured on the BlackBerry Facebook page!

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September 22, 2013

Viira 5.2 for BlackBerry 10: Email Tasks, Backup/Restore And More!

Filed under: Uncategorized, Viira, blackberry, blackberry10, gtd — admin @ 1:27 am

We just released version 5.2 of Viira for BlackBerry 10 which contains a feature that many of you have requested a lot over the past few months: the ability to associate a task with an email. Many of you who used Viira for BlackBerry OS found this feature indispensable for staying organized and being on top of your email and we are glad to be able to bring it in Viira!

Here are is the full list of new feature additions to the Viira feature set in version 5.2:

  • Email Tasks. Organize your email by adding an email to any task in Viira. You can then organize your email task and file it in a project, context, day, flag it as a next action or even add a reminder to it. Similarly to adding a contact to a task (available since version 5.1), to add an email to a task open the task, click on Add Attchment, then Email and select the email in the list. You can preview the email you are about to add via a long tap. The fast search field is there to help you quickly find the email you were looking for.
  • Hide Completed. A productivity booster, hiding completed tasks makes it easy to focus on what remains to be done. The “Hide Completed” menu option is available in all major Viira views and you can view your completed taska again by selecting “Show Completed”
  • Backup/Restore. You can now backup your Viira data to a file on your SD Card for an extra peace of mind. To achieve an extra level of cloud-based backup you can backup your data to your Dropbox folder and Dropbox will automatically save your Viira backup file to the cloud and replicate it to your other computers and devices on which you have set up Dropbox.
  • Inbasket Reordering. The “Reorder Tasks” panel is now available in the Viira In-Basket as well, enabling you to prioritize your incoming and unassigned tasks.

This release also contains a number of other small additions, tweaks and fixes so make sure to check it out! You can download the latest version of the Viira free trial from BlackBerry World. For those of you who already have the full version you can update to the latest version from here.

And here are some screenshot of how the big new feature in Viira 5.2, email tasks, looks like:

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October 11, 2012

Viira 4.0.5 Release: A Few Fixes

Filed under: Uncategorized, Viira — dev @ 5:19 am

We have added a few minor fixes to Viira and rolled them all together into a separate software update. Below is a list of the issues that we fixed, actually some of them were fixed in earlier software updates but I thought I’d mention them here for completeness:

  • Fix to the Next Actions shortcut interceptor. Entering special symbols in the Quick Add field that are also keyboard shortcuts are no longer incorrectly intercepted. You can now use symbols like ‘@’ (ALT-P), ‘-’ (Alt-I), ‘5′ (ALT-D) and ‘9′ in the quick add field without unintentionally triggering a view change. (thanks Willy for pointing this out to us!)
  • Setting Hide Completed in order to hide completed tasks is now a system-wide setting that survives system restarts/battery pulls. We previously thought this wasn’t necessary or needed- but we stand corrected!
  • Fix to email links in email tasks. Under certain circumstances the link to the original email that a Viira email task holds ceased to be valid. This resulted in the message “Unable to find original message” from appearing on occasion when clicking View Email in the email task when the email was actually still there. This is now fixed. (available since version 4.0.4)
  • Setting Hide Completed in Next Actions view works properly (fixed since version 4.0.3).

You can download the latest bug fix release from the Viira download page (click on the Downloads tab above) or by pointing your BlackBerry to our mobile site kartamobile.com/bb. The fixes will be rolled into a corresponding update to the Viira Outlook Suite as well very shortly: within the next 24hrs or so.

Thanks again to everyone who pointed our attention to these glitches, we always pay close attention to the feedback we receive and fix problems as a matter of top priority!

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April 8, 2012

Viira 4.0 Released: Multiple Contexts, Contact Tasks And More!

Filed under: Uncategorized, Viira, blackberry, getting things done — admin @ 12:56 pm

Viira 4.0 is ready and available for download. We always strive to provide a more powerful, effective and intuitive experience for Getting Things Done and we believe that the latest release will help you take your personal productivity to the next level.

The main theme within this release is two-fold: richer integration with your native BlackBerry applications like Contacts, Memos and Messages as well as support for advanced aspects of Getting Things Done like Next Actions.

Without further ado, here is what’s new in Viira 4.0:

  • Contact tasks. You can now organize your communications, tasks and commitments with your contacts - and add a touch of CRM to your GTD system. Creating a task based on a contact is easy - just select a contact in your Contacts application and select Create Viira Task from the menu. Contact tasks maintain a link to the original contact making it easy to call, email and follow-up.
  • Next Actions View. Next Actions are a core concept in Getting Things Done and Viira helps you manage those with ease. The new Next Actions view displays all tasks that have been marked as next actions.  To help you focus on what is actionable first, next actions also appear specially marked and are automatically displayed at the top of any list.
  • Multiple contexs. Any Viira task can now be tagged with multiple contexts - as many as you want. This powerful feature will allow you to file and organize a task in multiple filing “buckets” and make it easier to find the task when it’s time to find the next action that needs to be completed.
  • Memo tasks. Incorporate existing notes to your GTD system by creating tasks based on your notes and memos. Once created, a memo task will hold a link to the original memo making it easy to view it by clicking on View Memo.
  • Dashboard. The Viira dashboard is your new organization control center and provides you with one-click access to the major areas within Viira.
  • Email Tasks integration. Email tasks created with Viira 4 maintain a link to the original email making it easy to view the email as well as to reply and forward it.
  • Two-way task sync. Viira now syncs with your native Tasks app: every task created in Viira gets added to your native tasks and any task entered in your Tasks app is added to your Viira In-Basket for further assignment. You can now sync your tasks to any cloud sync provider such as Google Tasks.
  • Data export/import to/from SD Card. We have made it easier to backup your Viira data or move it to a new or replacement BlackBerry device. Starting with Viira 4 you can importa and export all your Viira data to and from your SD Card. The new feature is accessible from the Settings screen.
  • And more! We have added a number of other productivity and convenience enhancements. For example, completed tasks now automatically get moved at the bottom of any task lists while task marked as next actions always go to the top.

As always, Viira 4 comes with a free trial so download the free trial and see for yourself what you can accomplish with Viira now! You can also download Viira Over-The-Air by pointing your BlackBerry’s browser to our mobile site www.kartamobile.com/bb.

Viira 4 is supported on BlackBerry OS 5 or better and buyers of older version can upgrade for a special low price.

Note to App World buyers: in order to take advantage of our special upgrade pricing you must register with the same email as App World.

Viira Outlook Suite Buyers

[UPDATE] For those of you currently using the Viira Outlook Suite, version 2.0 of the BlackBerry client already contains most of the new features introduced in Viira 4, such as contact tasks, memo tasks, email integration, two-way task sync, etc. So you don’t need to upgrade.

The remaining new features in Viira 4 like the dashboard and Next Actions view will be added to the BlackBerry client in version 2.1 which will be a complimentary upgrade to all buyers of the 2.0.

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October 19, 2011

Karta Mobile At DevCon 2011

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — dev @ 11:25 pm

For the 4th year in a row the Karta Mobile dev team made the voyage to San Francisco, California for the annual BlackBerry Developers Conference, a.k.a DevCon. We always strive to bring the latest in BlackBerry technology to your fingertips - and what better way to do so than going straight from the source.

For a second day in a row now we have been getting the latest details, technology roadmaps and best practices directly from our partners at Research In Motion and we are very excited to bring everything that we learned to the Viira community over the coming months. We have several important product announcements that resulted directly from collaboration at DevCon, so stay tuned as further details will be coming out over the next few days!

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October 2, 2011

Viira 3.1 Released: Touch Screen Interface, Quick Add and More

Filed under: Uncategorized, Viira — admin @ 11:31 am

Viira 3.1 is ready and available for download. The latest update includes a number of new productivity features and ease-of-use enhancements which we are excited to bring to you. With the new generation of BlackBerry 7 devices like the BlackBerry 9900 and new Torch model series being rolled out we have also included a few features that take advantage of the touch screen capabilities of these devices.

Here is what’s new in Viira 3.1:

  • Touch Screen Interface. If you have a touch screen device like a BlackBerry Bold 9900, a BlackBerry Torch or BlackBerry Storm you will see a command panel with touchscreen buttons that contain the most frequently used actions in Viira. You can now create, edit, delete and mark tasks as completed with just a tap on the screen.
  • Quick Add: Add New Tasks Quickly. Perfect for the times where you have a number of new tasks or ideas to record, the quick add field enables you to enter them one after the other in quick succession. Just type in the tasks name and press ENTER, then repeat as needed!
  • Starred Projects and Contexts. Mark your important or frequently used project or contexts with a star. Starred projects and contexts always appear at the top of the list making it easier to navigate or select them.
  • Compact Mode. Fit more of your Viira data on your BlackBerry’s screen. Particularly useful for owners of touch screen models like the BlackBerry 9900 or the BlackBerry Torch series, turning on compact mode lets you see more of your tasks for any project, context or day. You can turn on Compact Mode by going to Settings->General Settings->Compact Mode.

And here are a few screenshots from Viira 3.1:


Viira 3.1 is a free upgrade to all buyers of the full version. You can download it from the Viira download page or by pointing your BlackBerry to our mobile site kartamobile.com/bb.

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