updated 09:15 am EST, Wed November 2, 2005
Missing Sync v5.0 for Palm
Mark/Space today announced version 5.0 of its Mac synchronization software: is a major upgrade that improves syncing with the Address Book and iCal applications in Mac OS X 10.4 "Tiger", introduces folder synchronization, offers Spotlight searching of memos, and adds synchronization of iPhoto albums and iTunes playlists. Missing Sync provides easy sync and connectivity between Palm-based handhelds and the Mac. The new release leverages Tiger's new Sync Services technology, allowing contacts, calendar events and tasks to be synchronized directly with the master database on the Mac. In addition, it adds support for more database fields, connection-aware conduits for custom syncing in different environments, a new set-up assistant, and more. The Missing Sync for Palm OS is available now as a four-language installer (English, French, German and Japanese) for $40 (electronic) or $50 (CD). Upgrades are $25.
"Version 5.0 of The Missing Sync for Palm OS represents the realization of our two-year plan to deliver an improved Palm OS synchronization experience for Mac users," said Brian Hall, president and CEO of Mark/Space. "Last year, with the release of version 4.0, the focus was on connectivity, device management and usability. Version 5.0 completes the picture by vastly increasing the types of information that users are able to sync, including handheld calendar categories and additional contact record fields, providing a better experience all around."
Improved database support, Folder-specific syncing
Version 5.0 supports all of the latest handheld database fields, such as calendar event categories, multiple postal addresses, instant messaging addresses, and birthdays. It also synchronizes contact photos from Palm Treo smartphones and other camera-enabled Palm handhelds.
"With its folder, iPhoto and iTunes synchronization capabilities, The Missing Sync allows Mac users to better realize the potential of today's handhelds and smartphones, highlighting the power and flexibility of devices like Palm's LifeDrive mobile manager," said Paul Leeper, director of developer relations at Palm, Inc. "The Missing Sync enhances the sync experience for Mac users."
The update also introduces a new Folder Sync conduit that allows users to define folders on their Mac and Palm OS device that are then kept in sync automatically. For example, if a document is edited on a Palm OS handheld, the updated version will be copied back to the Mac the next time the Folder Sync conduit is run. Users can define multiple folders and unidirectional or bidirectional synchronization.
Smart iTunes, iPhoto conduits
Mark/Space has also included new conduits for iPhoto and iTunes for simple media synchronization. iPhoto albums can be selected for synchronization, and photos can be automatically resized for optimized viewing on the Palm OS device. Additionally, photos taken with a camera-equipped handheld or smartphone can be copied to the Mac, either into a specific folder or directly into an iPhoto album.
In addition The new iTunes conduit lets users select playlists to be synchronized with their device. All audio files in a format supported by software on the handheld are automatically copied. The plugin even supports Smart Playlists that select music at random, so new audio files will be sent to the handheld during every sync operation. Both the iPhoto and iTunes conduits can be set to ensure that a specified amount of storage space is left available on the device.
The company also offers new connection-aware Conduit Profiles give The Missing Sync the ability to run a specific set of conduits based on the type of connection made between a Palm OS device and a Mac. One use of this feature could be to have all conduits run when the device is connected via its cradle or USB cable, but then to only run a subset of conduits if the connection is over Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, saving time when using slower connections.
Mark/Space's bundled MemoPad application runs on Mac OS X and gives users a way to create, edit and synchronize handheld notes. With the 5.0 release, MemoPad gains sorting and searching capabilities, and it also supports Spotlight searches on Mac OS X Tiger, giving users more ways to quickly locate the information they need.
Support for Intel-Macs
Mark/Space says it is working to ensure continued Palm OS device connectivity with Mac OS X. The company's engineers have developed a bridge library for third-party conduit developers that will help them make the transition to an Intel-based Mac platform. Conduits that incorporate this bridge library will not only work with future versions of The Missing Sync and Mac OS X on Intel, but they will also function under The Missing Sync and HotSync Manager today. This software component is available for free to interested conduit developers and can be downloaded from the Developers section of the Mark/Space website.