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SYNC: Mark/Space releases major update to Missing Sync for Windows Mobile
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 10.11.06 - 10:43:10 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 11455x
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Mark/Space, Inc. announced yesterday a major upgrade to The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile, the company's software for synchronizing Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs and Smartphones with computers running Mac OS X. New version 3.0 adds several new important features for users, including synchronization of notes and voice memos, Word and Excel documents, Safari bookmarks, iPhoto albums and iTunes playlists.

The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile is the only Mac sync product that supports Windows Mobile 5 devices, including HP iPAQs, the HTC TyTN, Motorola Q, Palm Treo 700w/wx, the new T-Mobile Dash and many others. The Missing Sync also supports devices running Windows Mobile 2002 and 2003, allowing Mac users with any of these products to connect and synchronize personal information, such as contacts, calendar events, tasks and notes.

"With this update to The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile, we focused on delivering new features to users, while keeping pace with the latest innovations and rapid delivery of cutting edge devices from vendors such as HP and HTC," said Brian Hall, Mark/Space president and CEO. "From notes and file syncing to much-improved iPhoto integration, there's something in version 3.0 for everyone. Windows Mobile devices are capable of so many things, and The Missing Sync gives Mac users easy access to those powerful capabilities."

One of the most asked-for features in version 3.0 is synchronization of notes. Since Mac OS X doesn't include a full-featured application for creating, categorizing and searching through notes, The Missing Sync includes Mark/Space Notebook, a powerful helper program, for free. Mark/Space Notebook includes notes categorization, Spotlight searching, support for pictures and even voice memo syncing. Notes can also be synchronized with Microsoft Entourage 2004.

Since The Missing Sync supports the Sync Services architecture in Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger," Mark/Space provides notes syncing with Yojimbo, the multi-talented information organizer from Bare Bones Software, the producers of BBEdit. Users with Yojimbo 1.3 can now sync notes through The Missing Sync with the Notes and Internet Explorer applications on their Windows Mobile device, thanks to both products' support for Apple Sync Services.

"Yojimbo helps master the onslaught of one's digital daily life," said Rich Siegel, founder and CEO of Bare Bones Software. "The Missing Sync enables data sharing between your Mac and Windows Mobile devices. Access to Yojimbo notes from Pocket PCs and Smartphones provides an effortless ubiquity that we find an exciting, natural marriage of technologies. As a Yojimbo user and owner of a Windows Mobile phone, I'm thrilled about the integration."

Also new in The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile v3.0 is file and folder synchronization, which lets users setup folders and files to keep in sync between their Mac and mobile device. Imagine sharing important Word and Excel files with your Pocket PC device; editing them on the go; then having them update on your Mac and Pocket PC automatically, all with the touch of a button. With this functionality, the Missing Sync essentially provides a digital briefcase capability for mobile device users.

To leverage the multimedia capabilities of Windows Mobile devices, this update introduces plugins that synchronize directly with iPhoto and iTunes. Users select iPhoto albums to send to the device, and The Missing Sync automatically resizes them for optimal viewing and downloads them to the device. Photos from camera-enabled devices can be imported directly into an iPhoto album or into a folder on the Mac. Similarly, selected iTunes playlists can be downloaded to the device. While Windows Mobile devices can't play protected AAC audio files, such as those purchased from the iTunes Music Store, they will play podcasts and unprotected music, so users will always have something available for listening.

Other improvements in version 3.0 include synchronization of additional contact fields on Windows Mobile 5 devices, Address Book contact photos and Safari bookmarks.

The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile sells for US$ 39.95 as an electronic download or US$ 49.95 on CD. Upgrades from previous versions or other eligible Mark/Space products are available for US$ 19.95 in electronic download format. Full versions and upgrades in download format are available immediately from The Mark/Space Online Store (; CDs will be available for purchase in two to three weeks. A single installer includes English, French, German, Japanese, Italian and Spanish language versions. The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile requires Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later.

Cheers ~ Arne

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