| | 11-20-2009, 05:10 PM Thread Author #1
Color ID - LED Customizer. A Premium BlackBerry App by Motek
Hi everyone! I wanted to create a thread for our best-selling app called Color ID. Here you can read about the features of the application, give feedback, ask questions, make suggestions for new features, give/receive usage tips etc. basically anything you would like to discuss about Color ID.
If you have already downloaded Color ID, thanks for your purchase/download! We appreciate your support! For those of you that are not yet familiar with Color ID, allow me to outline what this application does for you and why it's important.
Color ID is a downloadable 3rd party BlackBerry application which allows you see who is contacting you by customizing the color of the LED light when you receive a new call, SMS or email. By default, the LED flashes red to notify you that a new message has been received. With Color ID installed, you are able to change that red LED to 1 of 10 colors, or a combination of 2 of 10 colors, depending on what email address/domain name or what phone number you received the message or phone call from. Rather than unlocking the phone and checking your new message list to see who is calling or messaging, you can take a quick glance at the LED light, and instantly know who it is without even touching the phone.
This is useful for environments where it would be inappropriate to answer calls or check messages on your phone (like in a business meeting, school, movie theater, restaurant etc.) Since the the application runs silent, it is also useful for situations ambient noise would prevent you from hearing a ringtone (like at the club, a concert, sports event, job site etc.), or if you set your BlackBerry profile to Quiet or Vibrate for times when you don't want your ringtone to sound (meetings, lectures, bedside, theaters etc.). It's also useful when you're driving. Rather than picking up the device to check who is calling or messaging you, just look at the LED and you can decide if the message or call is important enough to pull over and safely answer or reply. Another great feature about Color ID, is the ability to shut off the LED for certain contacts or groups of contacts. This is helpful if there are contacts or groups you would like to ignore (telemarketers, spam, ex-girlfriends/boyfriends, enemies, work… you get the idea). Those are just a few situations where Color ID benefits you, I'm sure you will come across other occasions you will find this application incredibly useful.
You will notice that there are 2 versions of our application. There is the Free version which is free to use, and a paid version as well. The only difference between the two versions is the paid version gives you the ability to have an unlimited number of unique color combinations, whereas the Free version limits the number to 2. Keep in mind, if you can divide your contacts into two groups, you may just want to keep using the Free version. It has no trial period or expiry date, so feel free to use it as long as you like. You can easily upgrade to the paid version by clicking the Upgrade button located at the bottom of the screen showing the summary of your contacts. You could also navigate to the paid version on most of the online storefronts and simply purchase it there. If you upgrade through the app, the paid version overwrites your Free version. If you buy the paid version after the Free version, you should delete the Lite version prior to installing the paid version.
Once you have your desired version downloaded, there are a couple ways to set up Color ID. One is achieved by manually entering email addresses or domain names and phone numbers under a contact heading which is shown below:
To create a new custom contact, begin by entering the name of the contact in the Name field first. We recently added a feature in v1.1.8 that will automatically fill in the contact info with email addresses and phone numbers from your BlackBerry address book. If the contact is not listed in your BlackBerry address book, you will need to then fill in the Email field, enter the email address(es) or domain name(s). You can add multiple email addresses and domain names by clicking the Add button after you have finished entering the first address. You can then add one or multiple phone numbers for the contact by following the same procedure as the Email field. You're also able leave either the Email field or Phone numbers blank if you want to be able to differentiate between a contact's SMS messages and Emails using different LED colors. After you have entered all your contact's information, choose the colors you would like the LED to display when the contact calls, or sends you an email or SMS message. You can preview the LED notification by clicking the Preview button. The LED will then cycle the colors you have chosen for the contact. If you're happy with the chosen colors, click the Save button. When you have saved the contact details, Color ID will load a contact page, where you can view a summary of the contacts you have entered as well as their assigned LED color combinations.:
An alternative method is to use the helpful feature we included in Color ID to make adding new contacts quick and easy. Simply open your BlackBerry's Address Book, highlight the entry you would like to add to Color ID, click the menu button on your BlackBerry, and select "Add to Color ID" from the top of the menu list. Color ID will open, and automatically fill in the Name, Email and Phone numbers fields based on the information you have stored for the contact in your Address Book. You can then proceed to choose your LED colors and save the contact. The BlackBerry will then return you to the Address Book where you can continue adding more contacts.
In addition to human contacts, I also made Color ID work for Facebook's notification emails by adding the notification email address (email@example.com) to a new contact entry on Color ID which i called "Facebook". I have set my Facebook webpage to send my BB notification emails when someone writes on my wall, tags a picture of me, messages me etc. You can do it all on this web page in Facebook: Login | Facebook I prefer to access my Facebook page through the BB browser as opposed to using the app which I found was somewhat stripped of features. You can also do this with pretty much any website that you've set to send out email or SMS notifications to you. Twitter, Youtube, Myspace, forums and message boards, Windows Live Spaces, Hi5, Ebay, Craigslist, Flickr, Orkut, Google Docs, LinkedIn, RSS to Email, Blogs, Kijiji etc. pretty much any site or community you belong to that has email notifications being sent to your BlackBerry. It's quite easy to do once you get the email address (or at least the domain) of the website's notification service, but if you need help, just LMK, and i'll do my best to give you a hand. Please note that Color ID does not integrate with any of the BlackBerry applications for those listed websites. It can only trigger the LED when you get an email from them. You must make sure that the email address you have provided the website is the same email account you have set up on your BlackBerry.
Color ID works on almost all of the newer BlackBerry devices using OS 4.2.1 and up. It does not work properly with the older devices like the 71xx and 87xx series bb's due to the LED they are equipped with (it only has 3 colors -red, green and yellow/orange).
We are constantly trying to make Color ID better, so you may notice there are a few different versions out there. I try to update all the stores like CrackBerry, BlackBerry App World, GetJar, Mobango, Handmark, Handago with the latest version of Color ID (1.1.7 @ the time of writing) asap. If you have purchased or downloaded Color ID prior to the release of 1.1.7, I highly recommend you return to your point of purchase and download the updated version 1.1.7 for free. There are a few really cool features we included in the newer version, and it runs very smoothly. If you need help updating your software, don't hesitate to contact our support line firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll do our best to make sure you're satisfied with your purchase or download. Below you can find a version history with release notes for each one:
Version 2.5.2 (BlackBerry 10 only)
Version 2.4.2 (BlackBerry OS 5+)
ADDED support for general Twitter notifications
ADDED support for general WhatsApp notifications
ADDED an automatic settings backup feature
ADDED support for individual BBM messages (OS 5+ only)
ADDED share via BBM feature
Version 2.1.2 (OS 5+ only)
ADDED support for all incoming BBM messages.
ADDED 7 new color combinations so that it is easier to know who is contacting you! Five-O, Emergency Response, Girlfriend, Boyfriend, Jersey Shore, Double Rainbow and Ignore (no LED)
NEW application design makes Color ID even easier to use
ENHANCED LED colors, particularly for never BB's like Torch, Bold, Tour, Curve and Pearl 3G
OPTIMIZED to preserve the BlackBerry memory and battery life
DEDICATED email address for priority product support
ADDED support for Torch 9800 and OS 6
NEW Adding Contacts from BlackBerry Contacts is now easier with “Add Contacts” on the main screen
NEW Contacts added to Color ID are easier to find listed in alphabetic order
FIXED an input problem for Storm 2 resulting from a recent OS update
NEW Know when you miss a call from a contact – the LED now remains flashing for missed phone calls
NEW Improved images and contrast in the app
NEW Automatic notification of newer versions of Color ID
ADDED support for Portuguese
NEW auto complete feature from address book when adding contacts
NEW Color ID is more efficient and uses even less memory (app size reduced to 250KB)
ADDED Disco light as a color selection - Color ID now has 10 different LED colors!
FIXED SMS LED notification. Now turns off automatically when SMS messages are viewed
ADDED Dutch Language support
ADDED changes for optimization
FIXED ringtone interference problems on older devices with long ringtones
FIXED the interruption of voice calls by disabling Color ID during a call.
Updates from previous versions are free and encouraged.
I'd like to add that we do have an online support wiki for Color ID, which may answer some questions you may have. If you can't find an answer on there, just contact support, or you can leave help request here. Keep in mind, the support email will get answered much more quickly as the account is constantly being monitored, but keep in mind that we are human and can't work 24hrs/day, 7 days/week. During the week, you should get a reply within 24hrs, but on weekends, the wait may be a bit longer. I will subscribe and setup instant email notification for this thread and try to answer you guys as quickly as possible. I've left some links for Color ID at the end of this post. If you know of some more links, you can reply or PM me if you would like me to add them to this post. Well I hope it wasn't to dry of a read for you, thanks if you made it this far. I hope you have a good understanding on what Color ID is and how it can benefit you. As always, comments, questions, tips, feedback, suggestions and discussion about Color ID is encouraged. All I ask is to keep the discussion on the topic of Color ID.
Color ID Support Wiki
Download Color ID Free for free at ShopCrackBerry.com
Buy Color ID at ShopCrackBerry.com
Download Color ID Lite for free at BlackBerry App World
Buy Color ID at BlackBerry App World
If you don't have an account with any of those listed storefronts, PM me and I will email you a copy of Color ID Lite to try!