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Sunday, May 16, 2010

How to sync your Windows Mobile device with your Mac

If you've invested in a Windows Mobile device and you want to sync it to your Mac (and aren't planning to get an iPhone soon), I would recommend syncing your device using SyncMate.

The alternatives gave me trouble:
* Missing Sync stopped syncing. And it asks you to pay $40 up front with no trial. Their refund policy is that there are no refunds ("All Sales are Final" policy).
* PocketMac gave me an error on installation. I couldn't even get the PocketMac window to appear after installation. At least it has a refund policy.

I had the best luck with SyncMate. Go with SyncMate. There's a free edition and an expert edition.

One issue though with SyncMate is that it does not sync task categories - you lose any categories that you've assigned to your tasks. I use task categories quite a bit (for GTD), so my workaround is to put the category name at the start of each task (e.g. WaitingFor - ...).

2 Comments:

  • I've found MIssing Sync to be the best, most reliable and full-featured of the sync solutions for Windows Mobile devices. Yes, other products are free, but you pretty much get what you pay for, with those.

    And with your original post, you wrote that Missing Sync stopped syncing, Did you resolve that?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5/17/2010 10:07 AM  

  • @Anonymous - Glad Missing Sync is working for you. I just couldn't get it to work for me. SyncMate was better, but even it stopped syncing everything. I now have a very stripped-down setup in which I use SyncMate for file transfers only. I use a script to get my calendar events and tasks into text files, and sync the text files using SyncMate file transfers. One good thing is that it's fast (just takes a few seconds). And I guess I'm used to it. But it's a sad business.

    By Blogger Jonathan, at 7/21/2011 8:32 PM  

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