updated 02:30 pm EDT, Thu June 7, 2007
The Missinc Sync for Palm
Mark/Space today began shipping The Missing Sync for Palm OS 6.0, a major update to the software that connects and synchronizes devices running the Palm operating system with Mac OS X systems. The latest release introduces a new Call Log application and Palm conduit for Mac OS X that provide access to the Treo's log of phone call information on the Mac. The call log capability allows users to sort, filter, annotate, and search through the list of incoming and outgoing calls while viewing call dates and durations. Integration with Address Book provides additional information related to known contacts. The Missing Sync for Palm OS 6.0 is priced at $40, with free upgrades available to customers who purchased version 5.1 on or after May 1st of 2007. Purchases prior to that date qualify for a $25 upgrade, and the software requires Mac OS X 10.4.9 or later.
A new SMS Log application and Palm conduit for Mac OS X provide similar access to the Treo's log of sent and received SMS text messages. Messages are grouped by contact and easily searched using Apple's Spotlight technology. The SMS Log also integrates with Apple's Address Book to match information on known contacts, providing a backup for communications from a Treo smartphone while allowing users to access that information with a Mac.
A new Video plug-in imports movies taken with a Treo smartphone either directly into a selected album in iPhoto or into a defined folder on the Mac's hard drive. The plug-in offers Treo users an easy way to get movies taken on-the-go with the Treo into iPhoto, where they are easily stored and playable with the Mac's QuickTime Player.
The new Video plug-in uses Apple's QuickTime technology to encode DRM-free videos for playback on Treo smartphones or on other Palm OS devices with an MP4-compatible player. Once encoded, videos are queued for download to the device during the next sync operation which makes it trivial to get video content onto Palm OS devices for mobile viewing, according to Mark/Space.
The Missing Sync for Palm OS version 6.0 also includes Mark/Space Notebook, a Mac OS X application for creating, editing, sorting, categorizing, searching, and storing notes. Mark/Space Notebook replaces the older Mark/Space MemoPad application that came with previous versions of The Missing Sync for Palm OS, and unifies synchronization with multiple handheld platforms -- including BlackBerry and Windows Mobile devices -- via the appropriate Missing Sync application. The software enables users to synchronize notes across multiple Macs with the company's SyncTogether application or Apple's .Mac sync service by utilizing Apple Sync Services.
In response to requests from users, the updated Mark/Space Notes conduit in version 6.0 provides increased flexibility by allowing users to choose to synchronize handheld notes with either Mark/Space Notebook (which is included for free), Microsoft Entourage 2004, or Bare Bones Software's Yojimbo.