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Sunday, 14 September 2008

ActiveFile: new version, new website, no changelog, not ready

The author of ActiveFile built a new website. No more googlepages, the ActiveFile site is now a WordPress blog. There's a new version of the program too. Unfortunately there's no changelog available yet, so nobody knows what bugs are fixed, what features have been added or changed, etc. A screenshot on the ActiveFile website suggests that there's a new "messaging explorer."

But the biggest change: the new ActiveFile (the unsigned version with full capabilities) doesn't work at all, because after you install it it asks for a password, which it shouldn't do. A few days ago the author promised to fix this bug a.s.a.p., so maybe you're lucky and there's a working version online now. If not, you can get the old version at Mobile Castle.

Update: the password bug is fixed.

ActiveFile is a Symbian phone file browser that lets you see all the folders that Nokia doesn't want you to see.

Better yet, ActiveFile allows you to send protected files over bluetooth, something that Symbian's built-in send application won't do for you.

ActiveFile comes with a lot of extras, such as a screenshot function, a task manager, battery and memory monitors, a phone restarter, and an option to send fake SMSs to your own phone inbox.

ActiveFile does many things that X-plore (another great file manager) won't do. The same applies the other way 'round: ActiveFile and X-plore complement each other, so make sure to install both programs on your phone.

You need to hack your phone or "sign" ActiveFile with a developer certificate for full functionality. There's also an "open signed" version, but Symbian Signed is even worse to deal with than Microsoft, and the developer version can do a lot more. To unleash the full potential of ActiveFile, set your copy of Symbian free.

ActiveFile signed (extremely limited capabilities), open signed online (limited capabilities), and unsigned (full capabilities)
• Old version of ActiveFile at Mobile Castle

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