Desktop SMS Manager V2.04 + Smartphone 1.11

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By infopete, Senior Member on 22nd August 2007, 11:23 AM
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I'm no longer working so I've removed the link to my old company.

I've added test version of the cab file that hopefully fixes group sms messages.

I've just uploaded another release of the desktop application that does not expire.

Version 2.03

Added File\Preferences to allow for different inbox and sent folder names.

Fixed the Invalid Address problem on the pocket pc when sending messages.

Version 2.02

Fixed ip issues on the pocket pc, Moved the files into your "my documents"
Saved the distribution lists.

Version 2.01g Pocket PC Cab - removed

Even more error trapping. ...... Well I thought the new library worked

Version 2.01f Pocket PC Cab

Error trapping for ObjectDisposed problem

Version 2.01e Pocket PC Cab

Fixes date issue on new SMS

Version 2.01d Desktop and Pocket PC installs.

I've made a few tiny cosmetic changes to the desktop application and re-built the Pocket PC application to make sure it is Compact Framework 2.0.

Version 2.01c

New version of the inthehand library so it should work better )

Version 2.01b

I've added a new PDA version with a tiny fix for people with no inbox folders.
just install this instead of the cab with 2.01.

I've gone back to an earlier release of the inthehand library and deleted one line of my code.

Version 2.01

I've finished putting the menus back together that I broke when making the app pretty.

Message Interception now should work better and not crash the app.

Version 2.0

I've upgraded the design and fixed a few issues. Many of the (context) menu actions don't work at the moment but will as soon as I get round to them.
I found I needed to soft-reset my device after the install.

If you have used previous version then copy your original sms.xml and contacts.xml files to the new program directory on your desktop before you run the application the first time.

Version 1.12 (removed)

1. More Error checking.
2. Excel Export
3. Extended character support.

I've added a Smartphone 1.11 cab file.

Version 1.11

This has the new inthehand library which solves a major issue with sendind SMS messages.

It need to access your phone number. On some phones it does this by accessing the SIM card on others it gets the number from the Owner information.

Version 1.09

Hopefully this will solve the Connection problem one or several people have been having.

Version 1.08

Fixed the invalidcast problem and tidied up the communication from the pda to the desktop.

Version 1.07a Desktop and 1.07 Pocket PC release.

27th Oct Added more error trapping to the pocket pc application, now added a smartphone 1.07 release. Smartphone users need to get the desktop application from the other zip file.

I've tidied a few things up and fixed a few reported bugs.

I'm looking for feedback now on what people would like next.

Pocket SMS V1.06 (Alpha) is available.( removed the binaries)

V1.06 takes some of the processing off the phone and moves it to the desktop so the performance is so much better.

Just added This contains a totally untested build for the smartphone.
Install the PocketSMS_SmartPhone.Cab on your device. You may need to install the too.

Pocket SMS is a desktop SMS Manager designed to interface directly with Pocket PC Phones.

Key features:
Full Backup of All text messages
Chat history by Contact
Send Text Messages from the desktop
Distribution Lists for sending Scheduled text Messages
Folder Management
Telephone a contact


For Pocket SMS to work you must be connected via Activesync or, for Vista users, Windows Mobile Device Centre 6.1 (or better).

The software comes in two parts: the desktop Manager and the pocket pc client. You must install the PocketSMS.Cab on your mobile device and the SMSManager.msi on your desktop. In addition if you have not already installed Compact Framework 3.5 on your mobile then run NETCFSetupv35.msi on your desktop to do the installation. You can doenload the Compact Framework here:

The first time you connect, depending on the performance of your phone and the number of messages in your SMS folders, Pocket SMS can take quite a few minutes to “look” as if it’s working ….. be patient.

Your Contacts can be downloaded by using File\Synchronise Contacts.

You can view all the contacts by double clicking on "Contacts" in the view.

You can create as many Distribution Lists as you like and Lists can contain more lists or people. You can drag and drop people or messages into any list.

I'm adding more features as I can and still trying to improve the reliabliity.

Let me know what changes you would like.


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File Type: cab PocketSMSSmart111.CAB - [Click for QR Code] (660.6 KB, 4681 views)
File Type: zip - [Click for QR Code] (1.93 MB, 4544 views)
File Type: cab PocketSMS204.CAB - [Click for QR Code] (586.7 KB, 3373 views)
22nd August 2007, 11:49 AM |#2  
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Originally Posted by infopete


I'm writing a free desktop SMS manager that will allow you to:

backup SMS messages onto your desktop.

Send texts from the desktop.

Dial a contact from the desktop.

Reply,Delete, Move folders.

View texts by contact.

I would also like to add MMS messages but have failed to get anywhere with them. I have contacted Arcsoft but the very nice VP of Sales wants $200,000.00 for his developer kit.

Has anyone had any luck in interfacing to the Arcsoft MMS?



Thats very interesting!
keep on the updates !!
22nd August 2007, 01:19 PM |#3  
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Well, regarding MMS, what you "could" do, is call the pocket pc composer via a RAPI call. Other than that, you'll definitively need some kind of SDK, since the MMS service is not a standard one.
22nd August 2007, 08:12 PM |#4  
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Wow, I can't wait infopete
That sounds like a great app you are working on, even if you cannot get the MMS portion to work. Please let us know when the app is ready and how we can obtain it. I'd definitely like an easy desktop means of backing up my SMS messages. I always hate having to lose them when I do a hard reset. Keep up the good work and thank you for your efforts.
22nd August 2007, 10:11 PM |#5  
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If you are gauging interest for this app then I, for one, am definitely interested. Looking forward to it, especially the backup facility.


23rd August 2007, 10:00 AM |#6  
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SMS manager

Peter Foot of inthehand fame is hoping to do something with MMS. So I may be able to extend the Manager to MMS later in the year.

The second alpha release should be by Monday. The xda-orbit guys gave me a big list of "wants" while I was on holiday and I'm working through this before the next release.

If you have any definate requirements (other than the obvious) let me know.

23rd August 2007, 02:02 PM |#7  
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Just wondering, doesnt SOTI PocketController do all the things you have mentioned from your phone?

You just go to create an SMS when your connected and type it in with your keyboard - the keyboard inputs it on your phone via your computer.

Maybe im missing the point of what your trying to do?
23rd August 2007, 04:35 PM |#8  
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Soti is an excellent tool, I use it all the time.

I agree the functionality I'm offering will be much as you get on the XDA.

But this way you can delete messages off your phone and keep a history on your desktop.

Plus the interface should be quicker and of course much much bigger.

29th August 2007, 11:01 AM |#9  
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SMS Manager Alpha release

the next alpha release of SMSmanager is here. It's not finished so some things don't work. However, I'd like to get it tested and have some feedback before I go much further.

I have attached a zip file. Unpack it. Copy the cab file to your phone and install it on the device. (not the storage card). I had to do a soft reset on mine before it appeared in programs. Do not start the application.

Then install the desktop application and launch it.

If i've done my job right the desktop application will launch the pocket application and they will start to chatter to each other.

All your texts and contacts should appear on the desktop.

If you have any problems email me

I've tested it on an Orbit and an Exec.


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29th August 2007, 02:51 PM |#10  
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Now that is really cool, it crashes alot on vista, but if i stay in the inbox all the sms can be read fine.

there is a strange horizontal bar that i keep managing to grab with the mouse and its only once actually resized anything.

When trying to send a txt i got this error

Unhandled exception has occured in your application

I clicked continue, it crashed

anyhow...this is only the 1st alpha, and you proved it works, if you want me to post the full error i got when sending lemme know,

I can see this app evolving into what has been needed for years

As youve got it setup, ive had nothing to do on the ppc app, can this just be turned into a system tray icon, as we dont really need to see it and some options could be configured there. could it then also close itself when disconnected? after all you only have to open the pc app to connect in again.

10/10 on the concept here tho, very small, very simple, and it kinda works :P
Will save so much time when im already at a pc that i sync with, ie home machine and work, i have partnerships with both.

I love it!!
29th August 2007, 04:00 PM |#11  
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Is it possible to make a version that is embedded into Outlook as an extension/addon ?
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