Android/BlackBerry App - now with sample images. Over 1700 downloads so far.
Latest news.....LenovoLook Pro is now supported on Android 5.0 on phones and tablets, finally. To help cure the problem where people would download the app, but forget to download at least ONE database, it now automatically downloads and installs the US-ThinkPads file, so the app is now ready to go. We chose this file as it contains the most product detail in the extended description. We are working on some upgrades beyond that, as well. Stay tuned.
Those who installed the first version of LenovoLook (Lite) will not automatically receive the update the LenovoLook Pro, for several reasons. One is the Pro version is no longer free - it costs $1.00 Cdn (roughly $0.75 US). I can no longer afford to fund development of tools for Lenovo out of my own pocket. I think you will find it is worth that small sum, and you will from now on automatically get the updates we are planning.
LenovoLook Pro (for Android) and LenovoLook (for BlackBerry) are apps with a combination of the Quick Lookup and Needs Assist functions from the PC Sales Guide/Configurator, with even more function. You can get a copy of the Android app from the Google web site, and the BlackBerry app from the BlackBerry site (see the bottom of this page). The BlackBerry version is free and updates are not planned. The Android app is called LenovoLook Pro, and uses the same icon as the PC application, so it is consistent across multiple platforms. Download/install the appropriate app on your Android/BlackBerry device. It has been tested on smart phones and tablets using Android versions up to 5.0, and on some but not all BlackBerry phones. The BB PlayBook is not supported at this time.
Customer feedback will help us decide if we should develop an iPhone version. You may also choose to install a copy of the PC Sales Guide/Configurator on your Windows PC. It is available from the Downloads link in the left panel. This will allow you to create personalised databases for your Android/BlackBerry device. If you choose not to install the PC Sales Guide/Configurator, you will still be able to use the sample databases available from the Download page (see panel on left). In addition, the Pro version for Android devices will automatically download and install the US ThinkPads database file, when you first start the app.
A further enhancement coming soon is a new kind of database, a FRU to Marketing Cross-reference. The scope of this has been expanded, and while we once considered calling the new database the "Lenovo Multitool", we have decided to keep the original name, as more meaningful. Once people try it, we hope they will be pleasantly surprised. Not only will you be able to look up FRU partnumbers, and find the equivalent Marketing part, but it will contain a list of all the models that support that particular option, so you could immediately find places where you could put the surplus option to good use. Initially, memory options will be the first to be added. The first demo version will be made freely available in 1Q/2016. The full version after that may not be free. Suppose you look up a FRU number for a memory module. The FRU2MktgXref database may tell you the matching option part, and list the system unit families/models that support that memory module. Maybe it lists the L540 as one supporting machine type. But you still need to know which models of those L540 families will have an open memory socket where it could be installed. Switch databases from the FRU one to, say, US ThinkPads, and search for l540,open-yes. The Pro version of LenovoLook uses the plus sign (+) to separate multiple strings (no space !) and the search engine will list all current L540 models with one or more open memory sockets - ready to take that spare memory module. (The BlackBerry version, like the original LenovoLook, uses a comma to separate strings.)
To see LenovoLook in action with other databases, start the PC Sales Guide Configurator for whichever country version you chose to download, and click on Utilities-->Generate BlackBerry/Android database. Mark one or more product families, one or more price/supply values, and make sure the "Show Details" box is ticked. (There are some sample choices available in the Database Title window at the top.) Save the file as a PDB type, and copy it to your BlackBerry or Android phone or tablet. Repeat the process if you want multiple databases, one for each product family. Or, multiple families in a single database. The name you choose in the top window will be the one displayed on the app.
Some smart phones come with a USB cable, and you can use the normal file transfer capabilities in Windows to get PDB files across to your Android/BlackBerry device. You may also copy the files to a memory card (if your PC has a reader) and install the card in your phone. Where you store the files is up to you. The Pro version of LenovoLook downloads US ThinkPads to internal storage, but you can change this later to external storage on an SD card. Some smart phones will have enough internal storage to hold several databases. Once installed, start the app, LenovoLook. If you change the settings to use your SD card, make sure you move the ThinkPads database so the app will "see" it when it starts, and won't download another copy and reset your storage choice.
First, the Android version: The app has a 'gear' icon at the top right (see below) where you can tell the app where the data files are stored. The circular arrow to the left of the 'gear' is a reset button, to clear the screen of the last search. The down arrow to the left of that is for choosing which database will be used. Clicking on the down arrow will show a list of all the databases you have in memory, plus their date of creation. Note this does not tell how current the data is, just when the database was generated. At the bottom is a Lookup window where you can enter numbers or text , and tick boxes for searching either for the partnumber (full or partial) or for the description, which includes the extended description (Show Details). Touch the lookup window and you will see a keyboard/keypad for entering lowercase text or partnumbers. Separate multiple strings with commas (use the plus sign if you have LenovoLook Pro) as shown in the screen capture below. Press DONE when finished, then FIND. No response indicates there were no hits. Make sure you mark the DESCRIPTION box if you are looking for a text string.
Whether you get one hit or many, any price/supply values will not appear until you 'mark' the partnumber in question. Shown below is the Android version of LenovoLook. In the Lookup field (below left), we have entered multiple search strings, separated by a comma... (Processor, disk, Bluetooth, fingerprint recognition, Optimus)
Note that more and more text strings are being spelled out in the Configurator "extended description" to make it even easier to find what you are looking for. Suggestions in this area are invited.
Click on Done, then Find. On the right side below, we see some of the models that match.
On the left side below, we clicked on one model, and now some of the price/supply values appear below. If we click on Show, the extended description will appear, along with all the price/supply values.
BlackBerry version: Once installed, the app will appear under Downloads. You will need to click on SETUP (see below) to tell the app where you have saved the PDB files you created with the PC Sales Guide/Configurator. Above the SETUP button is the name of the database in use, so click here to change to a different one. The list of available databases shows both the name and the date the PDB file was created. Note this does not tell how current the data is, just when the database was generated. At the bottom is a one-line window where you can enter numbers or text , and tick boxes for searching either for the partnumber (full or partial) or for the description, which includes the extended description (Show Details). Separate multiple strings with commas.
Shown below are screen images of the BlackBerry version. On the left is the main screen, and on the right we have entered "m91" as the search string. Scroll down further to see the results.
Press FIND to locate all the matching items. On the left we see part of the list of models with m91 in the extended description. Click on any one to see one or more price/supply values (the ones you chose in the Configurator) and they will appear in a popup window. Click on DESCRIPTION at the top of this popup and the extended description will appear. If you scroll to the bottom of the extended description, a Copy-to-Clipboard button is available.
Clicking on Description above opens the Show Details (extended description) text we are familiar with from the Windows tool.