Tips and Tricks to Use Noki Effectively (and more)

1. Quickly find phonebook entry via typing
2. Collapse/expand tree by right click on the margin
3. Multiple selection to save interested items
4.
Ctrl + F1 to generate bug report
5. Restore vCard phonebook to a new/non-Nokia phone
6. Manage bookmarks in a single HTML file
7. Reset and restore: backup.arc and MMC
8. Importing Noki extracted .csv to Outlook
9. Restoring SMS back to the phone via SD Card
10. Copy the contact in the hint editor
11. Use drag and drop to extract a backup file


1. Quickly find phonebook entry via typing

You may find it's awkward to scroll the phone book list back and forth to find an entry when phone book grows to several hundreds or even more.

Type the first character of the name will quickly locate the first match of the entry. This feature is emulating the phone book searching of Nokia phones. Though usually a single type is quick enough to locate, multi-type and multi-languages are also supported.

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2. Collapse/expand tree by right click on the margin

When the .nbu file tree expands, the root directory sometimes is squeezed out of view. To avoid reaching for scrollbar you can right click to bring up a menu and select 'collapse'.

Or just right click on the right margin of an item to collapse/expand it. It's much quicker than the double-click-to-expand-directory and right-click-then-select-collapse-in-menu usage pattern.

3. Multiple selection to save interested items

The multi selection (via mouse or keyboard) has several powerful combinations:

1) merge/extract separate files
2) merge/extract files with directory
3) merge/extract sub directory and parent directory.
When both the parent directory and sub directory are selected to extract, all the content of the parent will be extracted.

4. Ctrl + F1 to generate bug report

This feature is designed to ease the pain of bug reporting.

If Noki fails to finish a task (extracting, converting or merging files), it'll prompt in the progress ring. Usually the failure is caused by a parsing error at some unknown segment in the backup file.

Troubleshooting using NBU Extraction Filter

You can press the Ctrl and F1 key combination to re-run the task and generate a bug report in trace.txt under installation directory (usually C:\Program Files\Noki\). The bug report only contains parsing info and the context where the error happens. And it's quite small - less than 100k after compressing.

Please kindly email the trace.txt file to me for an analysis and help to improve Noki.

You can also workaround the bug with the NBU Extraction Filter in Noki v1.9.

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5. Restore vCard phonebook to a new/non-Nokia phone

It's slow and boring to type the phonebook entries from an old phone's backup file into a new phone. 

Noki has an option in the phonebooks' context menu ("extract to...") to convert or extract the phonebooks into vCard format. You can then copy the vCard files to the new phone in one shot via PC Suite. For vCard is a universal format, it's most likely supported by other non-Nokia phones.

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6. Manage bookmarks in a single HTML file

Since Noki v1.5, bookmarks can be extracted and navigated directly in the Noki tree explorer. If there's many bookmarks, you can save them all into a single HTML file. The generated bookmarks are listed in name-URL pair which is easier to view and click in your browser.

Of course you can always right click on a bookmark and select “goto link“ to open the URL in the browser.

 

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You may also like to read: backup.arc recovery

7. Reset and restore: backup.arc and MMC

CodeIdol has a complete guide on reset and restore data for your phone. There's a section on .arc file and MMC:

"You can back up everything in the phone's main memory to the MMC card via the Extras -> Memory menu. Just choose the Options -> Backup phone mem. menu and the data is backed up in a file, E:\Backup\Backup.arc, on the MMC card.

When you decide to restore the phone memory from the backup file, just choose the Options -> Restore from card menu in the Extras -> Memory menu. The phone will reboot itself after the memory contents are restored.

The Backup.arc file is written over every time you perform a backup. So, by default, you can recover to the phone state only at the last backup time. To work around this, you can copy the Backup.arc file off the memory card after each backup and archive it on your computer periodically. If you need to recover to an earlier date, you can copy the correct Backup.arc file back to the memory card and then perform the restore operation."

It might be useful if you're using Noki v1.7 and later to extract an backup.arc file.

Note: the text is from Hack#23 of "Nokia Smartphone Hacks".

(You may also like to read: backup.arc recovery using Noki)

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Exporting contacts as Outlook or Thunderbird .csv phonebook

8. Importing Noki extracted .csv to Outlook

Importing .csv file into Outlook is not a very easy task. Here's the step-by-step instructions:
  • Select File | Import and Export... from the menu in Outlook.
  • Make sure Import from another program or file is highlighted.
  • Click Next >.
  • Now make sure Comma Separated Values (Windows) is selected.
  • Click Next >.
  • Use the Browse ... button the select the desired file.
  • Typically, choose Do not import duplicate items.
  • Click Next >.
  • Select the Outlook folder you want to import the contacts to. This will usually be your Contacts folder.
  • Click Next >.
  • Click Map Custom Fields ....
  • Make sure all columns from the CSV file are mapped to the desired Outlook address book fields.
    • You can create new mappings by dragging the column title to the desired field.
    • Any previous mapping of the same column will be replaced with the new.
  • Click OK.
  • Now click Finish.

(You may also like to read: Exporting contacts as Outlook or Thunderbird .csv phonebook)

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9. Restoring SMS back to the phone via SD Card

Restoring the SMS back to the phone is painful - Nokia has forbidden pasting into folders like inbox, sent box etc. Here's a trick to walk around:

"I got a program like SE explorer and FE explorer, but i couldn't paste or even access the "private" folder on the phone, then I changed the messages memory from phone to memory card, it created a folder titled "private" on the memory card, i used a card reader to replace this folder by the one i restored from the old .arc file.

I inserted the card back to the phone and found all the messages back in their location."

Thanks for Mr. Hamed for sharing this trick.

(You may also like to read: Reset and Restore: .arc file and MMC)

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10. Copy the contact in the hint editor

There's many ways to view a contact in the phonebook:

1) View it in the tooltip window.

2) Extract/convert it to a .txt, .html, .csv or .xls. and open the extracted file using a proper editor.

3) View it in Noki's hint editor or copy it from the hint editor.

For example, when the contact "Monkey Jack.vcf" is high lighted, the details of the contact will show as:

 

After a single click on the "Monkey Jack.vcf", the contact will be copied to the hint editor:

 

Now you can select the number, email etc and copy it into anywhere you like (e.g. Email receiver).

The hint editor also supports the Ctrl + C hotkey to copy.

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11. Use drag and drop to extract a backup file

From v1.9, Noki enables drag and drop.

You can drag a backup file into Noki and Noki will open it properly in the explorer tree.

To extract, you an select/multi-select several files/folders, hold the mouse's left button down and drag them out into a folder on your disk.

It avoids the folder choosing dialog. The drag and drop feature is very convenient when you've opened several folders for extraction on your desktop.

Of course, all other conversion commands are still in the right click menu.

In Noki v2.0, you can drag and drop from the image thumbnail list directly:

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