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SYNC: PocketMac 3.0 adds Bluetooth, E-Mail synching and much more
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 21.10.03 - 10:53:29 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 7571x
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If you are a happy MAC user, this update PocketMac update is really important for you since PocketMac is the only working solution so far to syncronize your Pocket PC with your Apple Macintosh:

Information Appliance Associates announces the new release of PocketMac, the original Mac-to-Pocket-PC sync solution.

"We've really pulled out the stops on this release," said Terence Goggin, CTO of Information Appliance Associates. "We've added Bluetooth support - now users can sync over Bluetooth, USB, and Airport.
We also now have the ability to sync email. What's more, our customers can now install most Pocket PC software & themes directly from their Macs, regardless of whether the developers have provided the CAB files."

In addition to enhanced support for the existing contact, calendar and tasks sync (with Entourage, iCal & OS X Address Book), version 3.0 is most notable for its new features, offering Mac users unparalleled tools to sync their Pocket PC with their Mac, including.

  • The PocketMac Theme - PocketMac 3.0 transforms the Pocket PC into a Mac PDA - it actually changes the look & feel of Pocket PCs with Macintosh buttons & backgrounds.
  • Complete support for Pocket PC 2003 - PocketMac 3.0 has full support for the new Pocket PC 2003 PDA without sacrificing support for models previously supported by PocketMac.
  • E-Mail Synching - PocketMac 3.0 offers complete e-mail synching with Entourage and Apple's Mail.app.
  • Bluetooth - PocketMac 3.0 offers complete support for wireless synching with Pocket PCs over Bluetooth or Airport (802.11b).
  • Installation of Pocket PC software - Pocketmac 3.0 offers rich support for the installation of Pocket PC software whether the developer has provided a Windows EXE or a CAB file. The install process is even simpler than on a Windows-based PC.
  • Installation of Pocket PC Themes - PocketMac 3.0 offers one-click support for the installation of Pocket PC themes.
  • Avantgo - PocketMac 3.0 has built-in support for Avantgo's channel network.
  • Mazingo - PocketMac 3.0 has built-in support Mazingo's channel network.
  • WebFavorites - PocketMac 3.0 offers the ability to sync users' favorite websites to the Pocket PC for offline browsing.
  • iSync Integration - PocketMac 3.0 offers integration with Apple's iSync.
  • iTunes - PocketMac 3.0 supports the synching of users' MP3s with their Pocket PC with iTunes.
  • iPhoto - PocketMac 3.0 supports the synching of users' photos and
    pictures with their Pocket PC using iPhoto.
  • Desktop Mounting - Now, PocketMac 3.0 can mount the Pocket PC's memory and/or any of the Pocket PC's storage cards on the desktop for greater integration with Finder.
  • Sync on Connect - When PocketMac 3.0 users put their device in their USB cradle, PocketMac will automatically sync their Pocket PC with their Mac; they do not have to manually initiate a sync each time.
  • Internet Passthrough - PocketMac 3.0 allows users to have their Pocket PC "piggyback" on their Mac's internet connection, allowing them to exchange email, view websites and more directly from their Pocket PC while it's connected to their Mac.
  • Custom File copy - PocketMac 3.0 allows users to ensure one or more files they select will be copied from the Mac to the Pocket PC every time their device is synched. This is useful for "publishing" Word documents, spreadsheets or other data to the Pocket PC only.
  • Support for Now Contact - PocketMac 3.0 now includes support for synching Now Contact with your Pocket PC contacts (Requires Now Contact).

Goggin added, "Most of the code has been overhauled and re-written to make the PocketMac experience seamless and terrific. The best ideas in this version came directly from our customers. We took their wishlist and made it happen."

Existing aspects of the software have also been improved/enhanced. The improvements in the software include:

  • iCal Calendar synching - PocketMac 3.0's iCal synching supports multiple calendars, is faster, and is more reliable as well.
  • iCal To-Do/Task synching - PocketMac 3.0 now offers iCal "To-Do" sync with the Pocket PC's Tasks.
  • Entourage synching - PocketMac 3.0's Entourage synching is 83% faster than in version 2.0 and much more reliable as well.
  • Entourage synching - PocketMac 3.0's Contact, Calendar & Tasks sync with Entourage synching is 83% faster than in version 2.0 and much more reliable as well.

In addition to PocketMac 3.0, Information Appliance Associates is also announcing special pricing in partnership with KissWorks Inc. for those who would like to sync Lotus Notes on the Mac with their Pocket PC. This specially-priced bundle of the latest updates to each company's flagship product includes PocketMac 3.0 from Information Appliance Associates and LipSync 2.0 from KissWorks Inc. to provide an end-to-end solution for synchronizing Contacts, Calendar entries and ToDos between Lotus Notes and Pocket PCs.

Hmmm... I've never used a Mac so far nor I'm really aware of the problems Mac users have to become connected to Pocket PCs or Smartphone but I have to admit that the features, listed above, looks excellent and it seems PocketMac does even a better job then ActiveSync? 8O

Anyone here has any experiences with both - ActiveSync and PocketMac 3.0? Would like to hear more. So far Information Appliance Associates hasn't said anything about Smartphone support but I've already sent an E-Mail and hope to add their feedback here soon.

PocketMac costs around 38.20 Euro and is available from PocketMac!

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Comments
Posted by Marlof Bregonje on 25.10.03 - 11:37:38

I've used an earlier version of PocketMac, and I've also used Missing Sync for Pocket PC by http://www.markspace.com , the alternative Mac sync package. It's good to see competition in this area, since I believe that will force the two developers to keep enhancing their feature set.

@Arne: I know for certain that Missing Sync can sync a Smartphone as well, but I am not certain about this release of Pocket Mac. The people at IAA are pretty responsive, so I'm sure you'll find out soon enough and let us know.

Posted by Martin Chresta on 16.02.04 - 18:57:51

I installed PocketMac in the hope that I would be able to read e-mail transferred to my iPAQ from my work desktop PC rather than having to log in and download the mail. Unfortunately PocketMac creates a separate account on the PDA and I have not yet found an easy way to transfer mail between the PocketMac and ActiveSync accounts other than by forwarding between the accounts (use the doubleheaded arrow to show full addressing info and change account!)

File transfers are a breeze though (so I can download large files via a fast work connection rather than dialup at home).

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