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Breaking Down the Blaq/BlaqLite Difference – Why Buy Blaq?

If there’s one question I’ve been asked more than any other since the launch of Blaq, it would have to be — “When will the touch/OS6 version be available?” :)

The second most popular inquiry would have to be from people curious as to what the differences are between the free and paid versions of Blaq, aside from the presence of ads. The features that didn’t make it into BlaqLite are explicitly listed in the “Features” section of the BlaqLite MobiHand page, but let’s take a closer look at what those are exactly, and what they mean for the overall Blaq experience.

Quick Tweet

This is one that especially confuses people, because both versions have Quick Tweet. However, there is a major key difference in what Quick Tweet offers the user between versions. In BlaqLite, a “Quick Tweet” option is in the BlackBerry menu from every screen in the OS, with the exception of one — the homescreen. With Blaq, you have the same capability, but in addition, you can download what we call the Quick Tweet plug-in. This is actually a separate, super-lightweight (10kb) application available from within the settings screen of Blaq. This plug-in then gives you the ability to set Quick Tweet as a convenience key, set it up with the very popular QuickLaunch application, or even build custom shortcuts to its module from your BlackBerry themes. One of the coolest things about this functionality is, if you’re one of many people who always come back to their homescreen, you can tweet from right there, never leaving home. Also, if you’re the battery-saving type, get this — Blaq doesn’t even have to be running to use Quick Tweet.

Individual Timeline Refreshing

Another big difference between Blaq and BlaqLite is the depth at which a user can customize his or her auto-refresh settings. In Blaq, like we showed you in our post, Blaq Introduction Series: Account Control, you can individually set the refresh rate for each of your three main timelines — Home (all friends), Mentions and Direct Messages. This gives you fantastic control of how much battery life you want to consume. In BlaqLite, however, you’ll just find the same type of setting found in all other BlackBerry Twitter apps — one setting for all of them.

Cross-account Posting

Multi-account support in Blaq is like no other Twitter client available on the BlackBerry platform. Not only can you set up multiple accounts simultaneously in the app (I have 4 set up currently), but with Blaq, you can actually update your status from any or all of them at the same time without ever having to type the same message more than once. There’s an account picker that lets you check a box next to each account that you want the tweet to be sent from. That’s right, you don’t even have to be “logged-in” to the other accounts, they just need to be authorized and in your accounts list!

In BlaqLite, however, while multiple account support is still included, posting from more than one account at the same time is not an option in the compose screen.

If those stand-out features weren’t enough to push you over the edge, don’t forget that you will get free updates for life.

Let us know in the comments if you have any more questions about what buying Blaq can do for you. :)

All the best, and All. Blaq. Everything.

HELPFUL TIPS: What You May Have Missed

The @Blaq Twitter account has added a substantial number of followers even just since we launched last Friday. We love it and we’re so grateful for the continued support and to all of you for spreading the word.

However, a lot of our more recent followers weren’t around for things like the Blaq Introduction Series, where we broke down virtually every feature of the application and showed where almost everything is. So, we figured it might be incredibly helpful for a lot of our early adopters to give a friendly nudge in the direction of some pretty thorough help.

Some of you who have been around have been asking questions answered within the Blaq Introduction Series, too (it’s okay, we know there’s some pretty unique things going on where you might need a refresher as to how they work :P ).

So if you need a little help, take a look back at the BIS for some feature details and tips.

All the best, and All. Blaq. Everything.

The Blaq Introduction Series: UI Overview

The Blaq Introduction Series: Integration

The Blaq Introduction Series: Account Control

The Blaq Introduction Series: Next-Level Features

PS – Click on the picture aboveĀ  for a nice 1440 x 1080 wallpaper (the full-size design version of the Blaq companion theme’s wallpaper).

The Blaq Introduction Series: Next-Level Features

I’ve spoken several times before about how we started this project with the main goal being to create a visually stunning Twitter client for the BlackBerry community so desperately in need of new, great-looking apps. Little did I know, I would eventually come across an absolute rockstar developer who shared a lot of the same passions and goals as I did for breathing a little new life into an arguably stale platform. Together we set out to build a Twitter app that could hold it’s own feature-wise, but look darn good doing it. But at some point in development, things suddenly took a turn from good-looking and good enough, to good-looking and — groundbreaking. Read more

The Blaq Introduction Series: Account Control

For the third installment of the Blaq Introduction Series, we’re talking all about account control.

Now when I say account control, I don’t just mean Twitter accounts that you own and manage. We’re also talking other users’ Twitter accounts, too. Read more

The Blaq Introduction Series: Integration

One of the key aspects that qualify a BlackBerry app as a Super App is integration. More specifically, it needs to have tight integration with native BlackBerry apps. People ask me quite often, “Just what makes you think that Blaq, a Twitter client, has what it takes to be a Super App?”

Well, there are many reasons, and in fact, Blaq actually hits all six of the major Super App criteria. But one of the areas where Blaq really shines as being particularly “Super” is its integration. Read more

The Blaq Introduction Series: UI Overview

Welcome to the first installment of the Blaq Introduction Series. Over the next week or so, we will bring to you a new aspect or feature of Blaq that you may not have known about or that may need a bit of explaining. Blaq isn’t just any ordinary Twitter client, so why should it have ordinary features? In this series, we will both introduce you to some of these extraordinary features, and also explain how they work.

For part one of the series, we’re going to be taking a brief tour of the overall user interface, including a few of the interesting or unique elements that make Blaq particularly special. Read more

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