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Friday, January 27, 2012

GoGadget From Mark/Space Update, Includes Windows Version

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:13 PM

"Mark/Space has released an update to the Mac version of GoGadget -- and introduced a Windows version. It connects media players, mobile phones, tablets, GPS navigators, gaming systems, digital picture frames, and more for synchronization of media files and documents with computers."

Mark/Space has been around a long time (I remember using versions with my Palm devices) so they usually do a pretty good job with their product if you are trying to sync dissimilar systems to exchange information. Now they have updated the Mac version and come out with a new Windows version to expand the device selection compatibility. You can get it now for $19.95 USD for a limited time direct from Mark/Space.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Trick iCloud Into Acting Like Dropbox

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 04:00 AM

"While iCloud brought many long-awaiting features to iOS and OS X, many users were still holding out for Dropbox-like syncing service."

And now you can with this handy little trick, which tricks iCloud into syncing folders and files between Macs. It's a fairly simple 3 step process but since I don't want to make a typo, probably best for you to read the original article.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Microsoft Releases Windows Phone 7 Connector 2.0 for Mac

Posted by Darius Wey in "Windows Phone Software" @ 07:17 PM

"Windows Phone 7 Connector is a simple, easy-to-use application designed to sync your favorite media files from your Mac, with your Windows Phone 7 or Zune HD. You can also sync photos and videos you captured on your phone with your Mac, and when needed, update your Windows Phone 7 software."

Mac users, make your way to the App Store and grab today's update of Windows Phone 7 Connector. Microsoft has tagged it with a version number of 2.0, and with it, there's full sync and import support for Aperture, drag-and-drop support, ringtone transfer and Windows Phone Marketplace support if your phone is running Windows Phone 7.5, as well as a bunch of other goodies ranging from backup and restore improvements to additional languages. And all for the good ol' price of free.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Microsoft Adds Apple Lossless Support to Windows Phone 7 Connector

Posted by Darius Wey in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:30 PM

Have a Mac and a Windows Phone 7? There's a new version of Windows Phone 7 Connector waiting for you in the Mac App Store. Among v1.1's changes, you'll find support for Apple Lossless, so now you can experience your tunes in all their glory.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Microsoft Releases Windows Phone 7 Connector on the Mac App Store

Posted by Darius Wey in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:48 PM

"Windows Phone 7 Connector is a simple, easy-to-use application designed to sync your favorite media files from your Mac, with your Windows Phone 7 or Zune HD. You can also sync photos and videos you captured on your phone with your Mac, and when needed, update your Windows Phone 7 software."

Microsoft has released v1.0 of Windows Phone 7 Connector to the masses, while exploring new territory by releasing it on the Mac App Store. It's a free app that lets you connect your Windows Phone 7 device or Zune HD to your Mac, sync your music, videos, and podcasts from iTunes and your photos to and from iPhoto, and even download and install the latest Windows Phone 7 updates as they're made available. Alas, there's no option to browse the Marketplace, but at least this is better than nothing, right? Scoot off to the App Store and grab it today.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Gmail Updated, Will You Give Them Another Shot?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 05:06 PM

"Google will roll out on Tuesday enhancements to Gmail's contacts manager, which the company acknowledges has been traditionally the webmail service's weakest link."

This update won't be noticeable on the Google Apps suite until later, but if you use an individual Gmail account you will see the changes. Google says they took into account the feedback and complaints they received about previous problems with the contact manager and want users to "give us another try." You can read more about the changes on their blog. What problems, if any, did you have if you used Gmail? Are you willing to give it another try? I use MobileMe to sync my contacts but I do like the Google Cal sync better so that is what I use for calendars. I'm on the fence on this one, how about you?

Friday, May 14, 2010

Kin Media Sync for Mac from Mark/Space

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:00 AM

"While my daughters really enjoyed the Zune functionality on the Microsoft Kin they were disappointed that they could not put their purchased iTunes music on the devices."

If you aren't familiar with the Kin, you can read about it in an article posted on our sister site, Windows Phone Thoughts. And if you have one, now you can sync between your Kin and iTunes using the free Media Sync tool from Mark/Space.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sync Problem With iTunes 9.1.1

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:00 AM

"iTunes 9.1 brought a feature to all iPods that had previously only existed for the Shuffle: the ability to sync lower bitrate, 128 kbps AAC versions of songs."

And the article continues: "With only a modest reduction in sound quality, enabling this feature saved nearly 2 GB of space on my 16 GB iPhone 3G. After enabling it, the feature works by re-encoding songs on the fly to the lower bitrate the first time you sync your iPod. This will likely be followed by a very lengthy first sync as hundreds or even thousands of songs are downsampled to 128 kbps AAC, but all subsequent syncs are supposed to skip this step altogether unless you make major changes to your music library."

Ah but what he has found is that the sync operation every time after was extremely long as it re-encoded music that had previously been encoded. Basically it was doing the process all over again. So if you are experiencing this, check your version and if you have 9.1.1, then download iTunes and reinstall and it should go away. The new build hasn't been pushed out yet so it isn't in Software Update. This is only happening if you have enabled the option to convert higher bitrate songs to 128 kbps AAC on your iPod or iPhone. If you didn't enable it then you won't experience the problem.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Syncing Via MobileMe Coming to Notes per Steve

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad)" @ 11:00 AM

"Steve Jobs is at it again - emailing Apple customers with answers to their questions. This one was sent to by reader Paul Greenberg, who asked Jobs about a missing MobileMe feature that's been bugging him for three years: the inability to sync notes via MobileMe."

Ah well, I'm short in my replies on my iPhone too.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Evernote Adds Printer Service

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 07:00 AM

"Social note-taking service Evernote may be available on the desktop and six different mobile platforms including the iPhone, but now it can boast its presence on a unique piece of hardware: your printer."

Evernote is a very slick program, for your desktop and iPhone. And as of Tuesday this week you can use Lexmark's SmartSolution Interact, Prestige and Platinum printers to automatically send and store scans in your Evernote account. Seems like a pretty smart addition for a printer/scanner that already comes with several apps such as Google Calendar and MSNBC Headlines. This wouldn't necessarily convince me to buy the printer if it didn't have the qualities in the printing and scanning that I needed however. Would it convince you?

Friday, November 27, 2009

Get Your Cookies Into Safari

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"Web browser aficionados welcomed last week's release of Camino 2.0, a Mac-only browser based on the Firefox codebase. While missing the extensibility of Firefox, Camino is a much more Mac-like browser that some people prefer to Apple's own Safari."

They have Bookit to keep your bookmarks in sync between Safari and Camino (or just use Camino to import them), and now you can transfer those cookies using Cookie Thief. Camino 2.0 requires at least version 1.1 of Cookie Thief to work and it is a freeware program. If you are migrating from Safari, Camino has set up a web page to address just that task.I haven't tried it yet, I'm pretty happy with Safari and the iPhone integration so not sure I will but my curiosity may get the best of me.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Blackberry Desktop Manager for Mac Available

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 09:00 AM

"BlackBerry owners can now sync their contacts, calendar notes and more with their Mac systems, via the newly released Desktop Manager for Mac."

We reported on the upcoming release of this program in September, and now it is here. You can get the free program right from the Blackberry site, and it requires the following:

  • Mac OS X v10.5.5 and above (Only 32-bit mode is supported on Mac OS X v10.6);
  • BlackBerry® Device Software v4.2 or higher;
  • iTunes v7.7.1 or later.

Seems like a no-brainer if you have a Blackberry and a Mac, however I haven't read any reviews on it so downloader beware.

Friday, September 25, 2009

BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:00 AM

"The developer behind BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac has published extensive documentation for the must-have app, saying release of the software is "just around the corner".

This does sound like something a BlackBerry owner with a Mac would want to have, since they have made it very adaptable as far as what you can sync and to what programs you can sync. For example, the program allows you to sync to Apple's Mail program or to Microsoft Entourage simply by clicking the appropriate box. It will also allow you to sync to any of Apple's programs including Address Book and iCal, as well as any other program that uses the Apple Sync Services. No word on the release date, but you can sign up for email alerts to notify you when it happens.

Friday, September 11, 2009

iTunes 9 Breaks Palm Pre Sync

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 08:00 AM

"The tug of war between Apple and Palm continues, as the latest update to iTunes has once again blocked the Palm Pre from syncing with a users' iTunes library."

The latest salvo in this war, that has been going on since July. I'm sure Palm will come up with an update to fix this soon and then the ball will be in Apple's court. 

In related news, the iPhone Software 3.1 also breaks unlocked iPhones, so as with every iPhone update, those that are living in the unlocked world strongly suggest not updating. What a pain. Is it even worth it to those of you that have an unlocked iPhone to not be able to get the new features? It wouldn't for me, I appreciate simple. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

So Much For Palm's Hacks

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 11:00 AM

"Apple designs the hardware and software to provide seamless integration of the iPhone and iPod with iTunes, the iTunes Store, and tens of thousands of apps on the App Store. Apple is aware that some third-parties claim that their digital media players are able to sync with Apple software. However, Apple does not provide support for, or test for compatibility with, non-Apple digital media players and, because software changes over time, newer versions of Apple's iTunes software may no longer provide syncing functionality with non-Apple digital media players."

Good. I hope they do break it. That's what happens when you hack your hardware / software: it may stop working at some point. Cue cries of "unfair competition" in 3... 2... 1...

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Foxmarks for Safari

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 10:00 AM

"The free Foxmarks bookmark backup and synchronization service is now available for Safari. It allows users to maintain a single set of bookmarks on multiple computers, which is good news for anyone who juggles multiple devices."

I already sync my bookmarks between computers using MobileMe, but I have to use one of those computers to get access to the bookmarks. This is handy since I can be on ANY computer and get access to my bookmarks since they are synced between your computers AND saved on the Foxmarks website. Free is a very good price, especially when they add convenience.

MobileMe Control Panel V1.3 Now Available for Windows Users

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 08:00 AM

"Apple has released version 1.3 of the MobileMe Control Panel for Windows. The panel is a required tool for users wanting to sync and manage MobileMe and iDisk in Windows."

The update is required if you want to manage your MobileMe and iDisk in Windows. This also adds a nifty icon in the system tray to signal a sync in progress. You can get more info at the Apple site.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Over the Air Sync With Google

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 08:00 AM

"On Monday, Google announced that it'd now be offering over-the-air synchronization of Google contacts and calendars with the iPhone, iPod touch, Windows Mobile-based phones, and SyncML-compatible devices."

If you don't have Mobile Me, and have been syncing your iPhone with your Google Calendar the old school way via direct connection with your computer, this might be a good option for you. It is a beta, and currently only allows syncing contacts and calendars, so your mail still has to be handled separately via IMAP or POP. Also, there are known limitations with the iPhone so Google has created a site that lists them.

I have Mobile Me, have for years, and I've finally gotten it to where it works pretty well for me so I won't be changing it up by switching. However, if I didn't have Mobile Me and wanted to wirelessly sync my contacts and calendars, I would probably give this a try.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Task Syncing for iPhone from Google

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 08:00 AM

"While Apple still seems stubbornly set against allowing iPhone users to get things done, since they haven't introduced any kind of note or to-do syncing for the iPhone, Google appears eager to scratch the itch."

When I first read about this, my first thought was that I wish it was something that I didn't have to be online to use. However, after using it on the slow edge network, I have to admit it works pretty well. If you save it to your iPhone they have even provided a handy icon and, as a bonus, it also works with Mailplane. I do wish there was a way to share the list between Gmail accounts but maybe in the next version.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Syncplicity for Mac now Available

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"Looking for a good way of having your files accessible on multiple computers? MobileMe's an option, but if you're not looking for all the other bells and whistles (web pages, email accounts, etc.), there's now another player in the mix: Syncplicity."

This was in private beta for Mac but is now being made available. Like Dropbox, Syncplicity offers free file storage, sharing and syncing online. They give you 2GB free storage initially, and you can upgrade to more for a price. They also put an interesting twist to the referral bounty I've seen other companies use. Refer friends and each time they sign up for the service, they give you 2GB, up to total of 6GB. This is Intel-only and requires that you be running OS X version 10.5.

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