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How to install
dictionaries

to a BlackBerry
media card
via BEIKS'
BeFTP
Most popular dictionaries for BlackBerry
     
   
   

  

Using BeFTP to wirelessly download dictionaries to a BlackBerry media card
An illustrated guide


Introduction
Starting with model 8100 aka the BlackBerry Pearl all new BlackBerry smart phone models allow expanding the storage capacity with a media card.

The card is meant to hold large data files such as images, audio and video, e-books, dictionaries etc.

BlackBerry applications capable of accessing the card can then make use of those files.

Starting with version 5 the BEIKS dictionaries for BlackBerry can do just that.

Unfortunately, the BlackBerry does not provide an easy way to wirelessly download files to the media card; the built-in browser can downloading ring tones, MP3s, images and videos, but that's all it can handle and even they have size limitations.

What about the e-books, dictionaries, phrase books or whatever other type of data one may want to download?

BEIKS' BeFTP expands BlackBerry's capabilities by letting users download files of arbitrary type and size to the media card.

This manual is meant to show you how to use BeFTP to download dictionaries for the BEIKS Dictionary Viewer.

Prerequisites

  1. A BlackBerry phone with installed and formatted media card with at least 2-3 MB free space on it (the more the better).
    You can check if the inserted card is recognized by the device by going to the "Media" icon from the main launcher, then hitting the Menu button and choosing "Explore".

    A new window should come up, showing 3 or more folders; one of them should be "Media Card".
     
  2. Both BeFTP 2.0 (or later) and BEIKS Dictionary Viewer 5.0 (or later) must be already installed on the device; it does not matter if they were installed wirelessly or through a desktop.

    Note: BeFTP 2.x makes it easy to download files by letting you transfer all remote files in one step; BeFTP 1.x only allows transferring one file at a time.
     


Getting down to business

I. Starting BeFTP
1) Start BeFTP from the main application launcher. On some devices the icon may be under a folder called "Applications" instead in the main launcher view: 2) Select and hit "Continue" in the registration reminder screen. You are granted a limited free license to use BeFTP for downloading files from the BEIKS FTP site. 3) The main BeFTP screen shows up:
     
II. Ensuring there is a directory/folder for the dictionaries on the media card
1) Highlight the "Browse local files" menu in BeFTP and click to enter it. A new window will appear, listing the available storages. Select and click "SDCard". 2) One or more folders should appear under "SDCard". Select and click the one called "BlackBerry" to enter it. 3) Unless you see a folder called "BEIKS" pull the menu, choose "New Folder...", enter "BEIKS" and create the folder. Ensure it's all caps!
Select and enter the folder "BEIKS".
4) Repeat the same procedure to create a "Dictionaries" folder under "SDCard/BlackBerry/BEIKS/"
(unless it already exists).
5) You are done when you see the SDCard/BlackBerry/BEIKS/Dictionaries/ folder.
There might be other folders as well.

All downloaded dictionary files must go in this folder.

     
III. Ensuring there is a directory/folder for the dictionaries on the media card

1) Choose "Open BEIKS Public FTP" from the main BeFTP menu. You should shortly see the BEIKS FTP server's  root (BeFTP 1.x shows "public" folder name).
If you encounter a problem look here.

2) Enter the "public" folder (if you see one), then the "BlackBerry" folder by highlighting and clicking.
You should see something like this:
(BeFTP 1.x display may differ a bit)
3) Enter the "Dictionaries" folder, then the one representing the exact or closest lower version of the BEIKS Dictionary Viewer version on your device. As of Aug 2008 this is version 5.0:
   

4) You should see a long list of dictionaries, each represented by a folder. Locate, highlight and click to enter the one you want to download.

5) Highlight the first file in the list and pull the menu. BeFTP 2 lets you download all files at once, where with BeFTP 1 they have to go one by one. 6) If this is the first time you navigate the local storage you will see the below picture. Otherwise you will see the last visited folder.
   
7) You must navigate to the "/BlackBerry/BEIKS/Dictionaries/" folder in the "/SDCard/" device storage.
When ready, pull the menu and choose "Download here..." as shown:
8) The download should start and a progress should be displayed. Upon completion you should again see the remote folder contents just as before starting the download.
If you had used BeFTP 1 and had only downloaded a single file then you must repeat the procedure again for all other files in the folder.
   

  Well this is it! Once you have all dictionary files transferred from the BEIKS FTP server to the local "/BlackBerry/BEIKS/Dictionaries/" folder you are good to go - the BEIKS Dictionary Viewer should be able to find them there.

 The process is not as easy as it should be and we are working to improve it.

  Remember you can also use a regular desktop to browse the media card contents and copy files there. You could, for example, download the files via regular desktop, then create the required target folder (directory) and move the files there.

  BeFTP is only an instrument for moving files from an FTP file server to the BlackBerry media card.

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