updated 10:35 am EDT, Tue May 29, 2007
Mac cellphone utility
Nova Media today released FoneLink, an application enabling mobile phone owners to utilize the capabilities of new handsets on Mac OS X systems. FoneLink allows users to transfer music, photos, video, and other data to a mobile phone, while a restore function backs up data that is lost during firmware updates. The software enables users to copy contacts, events, and tasks and edit notes as well as bookmarks. FoneLink is priced at $35, runs natively on Intel-based Macs as a Universal Binary, and requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later with a compatible mobile phone.
Nova boasts a three-click process to connect a mobile phone to FoneLink via a built-in assistant, negating the need to perform various difficult steps to get a phone connected to a Mac. A Mobile Finder feature supports roaming mobile phone data as well as drag-and-drop file support. Smart Folders place media files in the corresponding location on a mobile phone, and can store data on the handset's flash storage.
An "Organizer" views as well as exchanges contacts, events, and tasks with those stored in Apple's Address Book and iCal software. SMS messages are viewable in FineLink as well, and are transferrable to a Mac for safe keeping.
Users can add media files to the phone with automatic file conversion support, ensuring that files transferred are ready to play and are already in the correct format for display on the phone's screen.
FoneLink's Media Center lets users access media data from iTunes, iPhoto, and iMovie with support for the above automatic conversion. A ringtone editor also enables users to create custom ringtones from any compatible music file.
The mobile media software also includes a "Time Tunnel" feature that supports access to single files from any given date of a backup, allowing users to drag-and-drop the file back to the mobile handset.