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Windows Mobile Smartphone Edition
For Windows Mobile phone devices without touch-screens

Transform your phone into an invaluable mobile companion.



Usage Tips
Photo Contacts PRO (Smartphone Edition)

Last updated 3/3/2009

Tip #1

Use short, high-quality sounds for distinctive SMS tones

It is best to use short (up to 5 seconds long) sounds as distinctive SMS tones.
Photo Contacts PRO comes bundled with 2 high-quality WMA sounds you can use. They can be found in the \Windows\!px_ringtones folder on the phone.
Get more high quality ringtones and SMS sounds in our online store.

Tip #2

Store your ringtones in internal storage on the phone

Storing ringtones in internal storage (built-in-storage) ensures best and most reliable performance and does not waste any memory used for running programs. It is also more reliable than using memory cards.

Photo Contacts PRO comes bundled with one high-quality ringtone you can use - it can be found in the \Windows\!px_ringtones folder on the device.

Get more high quality ringtones in our online store.

Tip #3

With Automatic Profiles and Call Blocking,  Photo Contacts PRO adds real intelligence to your phone.


Case #1: You wish not to be disturbed at night except by calls from your core family

Assign your family members to the Family category by editing contacts in Photo Contacts PRO. Then set the "Family Only" profile to reject all calls (DEFAULT  =  Reject) except from the Family category (Family = Bypass). Now use the Auto Profile Manager to schedule times when you wish this category to be active (eg. 11PM - 7AM).

Case #2: You wish your phone to automatically switch to Vibrate when it detects a meeting in your calendar

Go to your Home screen, select the Profile section and select the Automatic Profile called "Auto-Meeting". Now when a call comes in during a meeting your phone will vibrate.

Case #2: You are tired of being disturbed by your phone during a meeting but you wish to allow calls from your boss.

Configure a new profile called "Boss Only" to reject all calls except from your boss (Default=Reject,  Boss=Bypass). Use the Auto Profile Manager to add a meeting trigger. Assign the "Boss Only" profile to the first Meeting trigger. Activate the Automatic Profile. Now whenever a meeting is detected the phone will automatically reject all calls except from your boss.

Case #3:You wish to conserve battery power on your phone automatically especially since when at work, you don't use your Bluetooth headset

Set up a new profile called "Work" with your desired ring volume, SMS volume and ring/SMS type preferences. Set the Bluetooth option to Off in this profile. Now in the Auto Profile Manager, set the Work profile as default during work hours.


Case #4: You want to completely block calls from an undesired individual

Select a contact and press Menu>Contact>Call Filter>Hangup. Now all calls from this individual will be automatically hanged-up. If you wish to send these calls to voicemail, select Call Filter>Reject.


With Automatic Profiles it is possible to configure Photo Contacts PRO to help in all of these simple situations. More complex scenarios including using the SMS answering machine, configuring different types of meetings and scheduled changes are all possible.


It's easy to use Photo Contacts PRO's profiles to suit your life needs.

Tip #4

Use Photo Contacts PRO to Speed Dial right from your Home screen!

Photo Contacts PRO is designed to make dialing a pleasure.


The Photo Contacts PRO Home Plugin lets you add your favorite contact pictures to your Home Screen for fast dialing. To assign a contact as a favorite select a contact picture in Photo Contacts PRO and select Menu>Contact>Favorite>Add.

Now you will see the favorite picture on your home screen for quick dialing and quick SMS.


While in Photo Contacts PRO the Tile View is the best view for speed dialing.

When you assign contacts as Favorites the program assigns the contact to the "Favorites PC" category.

To switch to the Favorites category simply use the joystick left-right buttons to switch through categories while in page mode (no selection outline).

Tip #5

Change the look and feel of Photo Contacts PRO

Photo Contacts PRO comes bundled with different color themes that change the look and feel of the program. To change to a different theme, go to Options in Photo Contacts PRO and select a new theme.

Tip #6

Use contact categories to group contacts!

Contact categories are a powerful and easy way to group your contacts and contact pictures.


To quickly assign a category to a contact, select a contact and tap Menu>Contact>Favorite> in Photo Contacts PRO and select it from the list.


You can also easily assign contact categories to many contacts at once using Outlook on your desktop computer. Once you synchronize your contacts to the phone, you can use Photo Contacts PRO to view contacts by category.


To group/filter contacts by category, simply press the joystick left-right buttons on the phone (while in page mode, no selection outline). This is very useful for showing pictures of your family, friends or grouping business contacts and using a Speed Dial list.

Tip #7

Use Photo Contacts PRO to Speed Dial!

Photo Contacts PRO is perfect for speed dialing, especially in the Icon View where you can see many contact pictures on one screen.


To take advantage of this, assign a category called "Speed Dial" to the contacts you call most often. You can do this in Outlook on the PC or in Photo Contacts by selecting a photo and editing a contact.


Then simply switch to the Speed Dial category by pressing the right joystick button. Now only the contacts you call most often are displayed and ready for dialing.

Tip #8

Easily search for a contact using Photo Contacts PRO

Photo Contacts PRO lets you easily search for a contact by filtering contacts based on their First name, Last name, Company name, Title or Telephone number. During this process, Photo Contacts shows you the matching contact photos in real time.

To search using text simply start typing on your phone's integrated keyboard.

Tip #9

Enable continuous ring tones

To enable continuous ring tones on your device, check the "Continuous Ring" box in Menu>Options in Photo Contacts PRO. Now your phone will ring or vibrate continuously (without pause) during an incoming call.

Tip #10

Adding your own pre-defined SMS responses (Quick SMS)

Just open and edit the SMSPresets.txt file inside the Photo Contacts PRO installation folder on the device (\Program Files\Photo Contacts PRO).

Add one line per custom message.

Tip #11

Creating your own custom color themes for Photo Contacts PRO

Advanced users of Photo Contacts PRO can easily create new themes to customize background images used in the program.


Browse to the \Program Files\Photo Contacts PRO\Themes folder on your device (using the File Manager with Activesync) and you will see that every theme has a folder associated with it.

This folder contains a background used in the program and a no-photo image used for contacts without photos.

To start, copy one of the existing theme folders into a new folder inside \Themes, and then modify the files you wish to change. Photo Contacts will automatically pick up the new theme in the Options menu so you can switch to it and try it out.

If you'd like to share your theme with other Photo Contacts PRO users, please email us and we'll be glad to post it!





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