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Old 08-05-2009, 08:41 AM
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Default REVIEW: Gwabbit

I'm a fan of any application which makes my day easier; turning my phone in to a light sabre or lighter does not make my life easier, applications which integrate seemlessly with existing platforms on the other hand makes a massive difference to my working day. Gwabbit is exacly that sort of application.

For those unfamiliar with Gwabbit, here's a brief introduction taken directly from their website:

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gwabbit automatically scans incoming BlackBerry emails, finds contacts, and instantly transforms them into contact records within your address book with a mouse click! gwabbit puts your contact fields away in their proper place in the address book and even checks your address book to see if you've already saved a contact previously before re-prompting you to "gwab" it again.

gwabbit employs a remarkable patent-pending semantic technology to identify contact blocks within email text and accurately parse and import them into your address book. No more cutting and pasting contacts one field at a time from your emails into your address book.
That really says it all!! When I first came across Gwabbit I was browsing the BlackBerry App World on my Bold 9000 device, and as a free 14 day trial was available, I had to give it a download. I have to say, I was impressed and within a few minutes I was convinced this was an app I had to have. To give you a feel for how the application works, I've screen dumped the process of using Gwabbit below:

1. I receive an email on my device where the sender has a signature. I click the menu key and from the sub menu you'll note the option "gwabbit"




2. I then get a brief 'processing' screen as Gwabbit scans the email




3. A prompt for the new contact will then be displayed with an option to add the contact to your address book. Click 'Create New'




4. Again, a brief buffer screen appears




5. You will now be shown your address book with the new contact created in the 'Edit' view so you may make any additions or changes



And here's the saved contact on my device:




6. And as we can see, here is the contact in my Outlook address book



The two key things to take from Gwabbit are the fact it integrates in the BlackBerry OS rather than having to be something which requires separate launching (and that's a massive positive for me), and secondly this application is very accurate - I've yet to correct it on anything.

At under $10 a year this is a steal for anyone looking to save some time and have that bit more integration on their device. Before this I was always cutting and pasting in Outlook or typing in stuff from business cards, and now I can do it all quickly and accurately from my BlackBerry in seconds.

Gwabbit is available directly from their site and can be downloaded OTA. Here's a link to their website:

gwabbit - an Add-in for Microsoft Outlook and the BlackBerry that finds, gwabs and adds contacts from your emails to your address book

I have also checked, and the 14 day free trial is still available, so what are you waiting for!!!!
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Old 08-11-2009, 12:11 PM
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Nice review, Si. I saw gwabbit at WES this year, but haven't trialed it myself. I did just recieve an email about an update they have come out with:

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The gwabbit recognition engine has been upgraded, and realizes many improvements based on the feedback and issues reported by our customers. We truly appreciate and welcome your feedback – it helps us bring you enhanced performance in a better, stwonger gwabbit! We’re listening and responding.

Both our gwabbit for Outlook and gwabbit for BlackBerry now incorporate our latest version 2.0 recognition engine. The following is a list of items that have been addressed in this latest upgrade:
  • The engine now correctly handles the text added by anti-virus programs such as AVG
  • The Improve Results feature (gwabbit for Outlook) is greatly improved, now recognizing a much higher percentage of contact blocks
  • Better recognition of non-US phone numbers and non-US addresses
  • Better recognition and parsing of HTML emails, taking into account the formatting of the signature block, including stylized text
  • Improved handling for new varieties of signature structures, based on the feedback submitted
  • Better separation of the “thread” (older email in the same conversation) so as to more accurately identify contact information of the sender. This improvement is especially noticeable in gwabbit for BlackBerry
  • Overall improved recognition
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Default A better option

Disclaimer: I'm the developer of Copy2Contact

Copy2Contact is an alternative, which can grab from ANY source (email, SMS, web results, etc, not just emails) and can put appointments on your calendar too. There are all kinds of cool uses for this, including grabbing a contact from 411 directory assistance, and from web mobile search results.

On the BlackBerry, Copy2Contact is stand-alone (does not require a carrier connection) and can be deployed via a BlackBerry Enterprise Server to an entire organization without individual licensing hassles.

On the PC, it works with Outlook, Salesforce.com, NetSuite, Palm, etc.

Main Copy2Contact Page

Copy2Contact For BlackBerry

See also: Copy2Contact For BlackBerry Feature Comparison

A 14-day trial is available as well. We'd love to hear from anyone interested in the product.

Sorry for the sales pitch, but I thought it relevant to the topic! Regards,
Nicholas

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I just read that the makers of Gwabbit will be releasing a free version around December 8th.....
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