I remember a time when the cool characters you saw BlackBerry users use were passed down from one member of the Nation to another. It was like a gift bestowed on you with the understanding to share. Well I’m really happy someone took those characters and created an app with those characters that are missing from the BlackBerry symbols.
Introducing Fancy Characters. This app comes from Sergey Demyanov, the same developer who brought you the BBTran and BBTran Pro. I saw Fancy Characters and I knew I needed this. I have always shared these characters with an email that included the directions on how to do it and the characters. Fancy Characters is available in the BlackBerry Sync Store for $.99. Â Special notes are that for CDMA, text characters are not supported, but will work in email, pin, and messenger. The features include:
- Integrates to any application
- Puts chracter in clipboard or to a text field
- Four categorized tabs for easy characters access
I downloaded and installed the app to my BlackBerry 9630 Tour. It installed easily. It comes with a three day trial, but the email after purchasing it comes with the activation code, so when you click on the 3 day trial button, it will bring up the window for your activation code and there you are!
The app has all the symbols that have been passed down and then some. The first ones you see are the BlackBerry ones, these include the lightening bolt, the umbrella, the BlackBerry 3G symbol, and the card suites. The second set available is the Astrology symbols when you click on the Scorpio M. The next set is characterized by the arrows going both ways, and contains directional symbols. The last is the the editing marks and math marks.
This is so much easier than the other way. Before you had to copy each symbol, paste them in AutoText with a phrase or so to replace with your symbol. It could take a while and you had to remember what you saved each symbol under. Then when you’re typing you type the word to be replaced, space, and your symbol appears. For instance, I had the word brella1 to be replaced with the umbrella symbol. And I’d have them on my messenger with my name. Other contacts on my messenger would inquire about them, and I’d share the email. This app takes the tedious work and makes it easy to find your symbol and insert.
First you pick the category, then the symbol and it’s inserted. That fast, that easy. For $.99, it’s a bargain. If you have ever thought “How do they get that symbol?” Or wanted to do more and can’t get enough symbols, this is the app you’ve been waiting for.
Compatible with BlackBerry OS: 4.2, 4.3, 4.5, 4.6, 4.7 Non-Touch, 4.7 Touch Screen, 5.0
Compatible with BlackBerry Devices: 81xx Pearl series, 82xx Pearl Flip series, 83xx Curve series, 85xx Curve series, 87xx series, 88xx Curve series, 89xx Curve series, 9000 (Bold), 95xx Storm series), 9630 (Tour), 9700 (Bold)