The number of curated archives of working Symbian software continues to grow - in this case a lade called Lilly/'whitemice', with a rather nice 'Nokia 700'-labelled blog full of specially selected Nokia/Symbian Belle apps and games, with comments and links. It's almost all freeware, but with some commercial links and, it seems, the occasional commercial title where it has been abandoned by its developer. Worth bookmarking.
Download your purchased content from Nokia Store (using the phone):
After you buy something from the Nokia Store, you have to wait and look at the progress indicator below the button. When it’s full and says “Installing”, quickly press the red “end call” key.
Then open Files and select the drive where you usually install apps, scroll down and find a .sis/.sisx/.dm installation file and copy it to another drive/folder. For purchased themes look in a drive’s “Images” folder. NOTE: if the file has the .part extension, it means that you pressed too soon the red button!
After you backup the installer, make sure to install the app/theme/game/whatever by tapping it, so that the next time you open Nokia Store, you won’t get the “Installation failed” error.
You can browse your phone’s memory with a computer to get the installation file from where you copied it.
EXPLANATION: When you press the download/buy button, Nokia Store downloads the file on the phone, installs it and then deletes it. What you do is basically interrupting this series of actions, by copying the installation file before it gets deleted.
IMPORTANT: It is illegal to share on the Internet the installers for your purchased items! As long as you keep them to yourself, that’s okay, but DON’T GIVE THEM TO ANYONE ELSE!
Here's an example of the style of the main blog, with some apps that I hadn't previously heard of:
For Nokia Belle/ Nokia Belle FP1/ Nokia Belle FP2
This is a vector-drawing app that allows you to export your sketches to .png and .svg! It recognises many shapes and converts tham into rescalable vectors! You can also write on your sketch!
SketchIt and much more besides is easily downloadable from Lilly's blog entries. She tries to stay the right side of the law and piracy too, with warnings in the appropriate couple of places and with a heavy emphasis on freeware and open source stuff. Worth bookmarking!