updated 02:05 pm EDT, Wed July 27, 2005
Mac support for Plaxo
online contact and calendar service as well as a minor update to its popular conduit for Microsoft Entourage that syncs with AddressBook and iCal, enabling users to sync Entourage contact/task/calendar info to their mobile devices. Plaxo is a free Address Book service that stores contacts, calendar, tasks and notes, which can be accessed online through any standard web browser. The Plaxo service automatically updates your information once any contact updates his information. e2Sync's new e2xo application automatically syncs changes, allowing seamless (background) synchronization of the built-in Mac OS X Address Book and iCal with Plaxo--without any need for user interaction.
"For many Mac users, Plaxo is the perfect substitute to .Mac. Most users of
Apple's $99/year .Mac service use it for keeping all their contacts and
calendar entries in sync. Now with e2xo and Plaxo, Mac users can take
advantage of a free service that provides far greater functionality. And
with everything stored and accessible and modifiable through a web browser,
your contacts and calendars can now be utilized from anywhere."
The company notes that the background Mac OS X application will also allow users to sync contact and calendar info with other Macs and PCs. Users can use the online Plaxo service as a central server to sync multiple Macs without any user interaction.
The new software also syncs Plaxo info with iSync-compatible devices. "Because e2xo communicates with iSync, all your iSync compatible portable devices can now be synced with all the latest info as well. No more updating contacts on multiple devices in multiple places. Everything is kept up to date. Make a change in the field, get back to the home or office and everything syncs."
e2xo will be released as a free public beta in August. Interested users may
sign up for the beta online. Pricing for e2xo is not yet available.
e2Sync v2.02 released
The company also released an update to e2Sync v2.02, its Entourage conduit that syncs contacts, tasks and calendar information to Mac OS X's built-in Address Book and iCal applications. It also syncs Entourage info to many mobile devices, such as Palm OS-based devices, cell phones, iPods, or other iSync-compatible devices. The minor v2.02 update brings several bug fixes, while the latest version is comaptible with Mac OS X Tiger and also allows users to sync contacts, events and ToDos by category or choose contacts individually.
A 10-day trial of the $40 application is available online. The company's website lists a special July promo, offering free "lifetime" updates along with any new license purchase--including updates for Mac OS X Leopard, the next version of Apple's operating system due in late 2006 and those for Intel-based Macs.