Author: Louisbob (me)
Current version: 0.92 (updated 17/07/2012)
Programming language: JAVA
Update 22/09/2015: Regarding to the growing demand concerning an update, I am back to work for a new version! The new version should bring a new powerful VMG engine that will be more robust and easy to update. Support for UTF-8 and UTF-16 will be added (arabic, syrian, chinese, indian…). Stability and export improvement are also planned. Stay tunned!
Update 1/07/2014: I’m really sorry to announce that I haven’t found enough time to continue the development of this software since the last version. I can’t continue to promise that I’ll release an update as I’m busy with other projects and my studies for 2 years right now. Thanks for all your emails, your comments and your donations though!
Update 23/01/2013: I didn’t forget about the VMG reader development! Currently passing some exams, I can’t respond to all your mail, and update the application for 2 weeks from now. But I promise, for the next version: Chinese characters support, bugfix about cleaning bad characters of exported .csv, compatibility with Android importation software, support of all-messages-in-one-vmg features, and much more!
Stay connected, and thanks to all people that kindly donated for this work!
Update 15/8/2012: I know there are compatibility issues with the Samsung CORBY vmg’s. IF YOU HAVE ONE, PLEASE CONTACT ME (comment or mail)
The Owl VMG Reader is a simple software that allow you to read VMG file. This software has been designed to read SMS backup of the Samsung BADA’s operating system. It has been tested on a Samsung WAVE (GT-S8500) and Samsung WAVE II (GT-8530) and might work on other BADA’s GSM based.
- TOVMGReader_v0_92.zip - 0.92
- TOVMGReader_v0_91.zip - 0.91
- TOVMGReader_v0_9.zip - 0.9
- TOVMGReader_v0_8.zip - 0.8
- TOVMGReader_v0_7.zip - 0.7
- TOVMGReader_v0_6_csharp.zip - 0.6
Step 1: How to get your SMS from the phone (under the *.vmg extension)
1. Be sure the you have a SD card with some space (around 6-7Mbits depending of the amount of messages)
2. Go in your message application, touch the three dots “…” on the down of the screen
3. Touch “Folder View” or something like that.
4. Touch the three dots “…” again -> “Back up from phone to memory Card”
5. Now, you can select SMSs you want to save, and if you want to save them all, just touch “Select All”
6. Touch “Save messages…” button in the down-left corner
Step 2: Extract data from your VMG files
Now, all your SMS are stored on your memory card, and each SMS is in a file like “PhoneNumber_SOMETEXT.vmg”.
1. Start the software
2. Open VMGs with it
3. Export using “Tools->Export” menu
That’s all, I hope that it’s clear :). Don’t hesitate to send me your bugs or your suggestion to improve this software! And If you like it, please donate, or simply let me a little message in comments! Regards,
These persons are very important, because they are the gas-oil that makes my motivation engine work! By their request emails, thanks and donation, they keep this software under active development!
– M.M Delbari
– KrazyKong (donation)
– Ranma (donation)
v. 0.92 (17/07/2012) - Update for KrazyKong (Thank you for your donation!) and M.M.Delbari requests -*NEW*: add an option into the export menu. Now, you can specify the number of SMS you want per CSV. Each CSV will be incremented by a number. (KrazyKong request) -*NEW*: Persian and Arabic languages support. Algorithm is now able to recognize mixed UTF-8 and 'beacon-in-the-text' VMGs. (M.M.Delbari request) -*FIX*: Many loop into the source code have been re-written for optimization. v. 0.91 (14/07/2012) - Update for KrazyKong request: exporting to android. -*NEW*: In the export menu, you can now choose if you want to merge the date with the time. This trick allows importing output CSV file on android device, using SMS Importer app. (http://goo.gl/mrZ1F) -*FIX*: image into "About" menu doesn't show correctly. -*FIX*: "export" menu interface has been totally reworked, allowing addding features in the future. v. 0.9 (12/07/2012) - I dedicate this release to Ranma, my first and generous contributor! I warmly thanks him! -*NEW*: The application is now multi-platform. It has been completely rewritten in JAVA language. It took me 5 months of hard work. -*NEW*: User interface has been totally rethink: easier to use, and better view. -*NEW*: All messages are sorted by date -*NEW*: Now, there is an inbox/outbox differentiation to make SMS stream like iPhone conversation! -*FIX*: Accent characters are also modified in the .CSV output file -*FIX*: Improved the general algorithm v. 0.8 (12/06/2012) - Thanks to Den for his/her bug report! -*FIX*: VMG text was not properly recognized by the algorithm for VMGs generated with a Samsung Duos GT E2652w. v. 0.7 (27/04/2012) - Thanks to Daniel for his bug report! -*FIX*: There were some vmgs with bad-formatted dates, that generate a System.IndexOutOfRangeException. Now, the date is well recognized. -*FIX*: The software didn't find a rare beacon named "TEXT:", in a odd version of VMG files. The text didn't show up correctly. Now, it's fixed. v. 0.6 (23/01/2012) - Thanks to harshit and Benjamin V. for their bug reports! -Before, you can export only 400 sms. Now, you can export up to 10000 sms! *FIX: "Merg'em all" button and "Process" were not available using classical merging technic. Now, there will be available when you select all your VMGs.
– Bug : some message don’t allow multiple SMS opening
– Bug : not all messages are opened