About Wayland Bruns

Wayland founded CompanionLink in 1987 as The Jorf Company, a maker of shareware 4gl products. As a leading maker of CRM Add-On products, the company started with Sync Products in 1996 for the PalmPilot. As CEO of CompanionLink, Wayland strives to balance quality customer service, products with good value, low prices, and a positive workplace..

How to Sync Samsung Galaxy S8 with Outlook

(And have it look like Outlook on the Phone)

  1. Download DejaOffice on your phone, and CompanionLink for Outlook on your PC.
  2. Configure them for DejaCloud Sync
  3. Watch your Outlook Contacts and Calendar appear on your phone.

DejaOffice is Free.  CompanionLink runs on a two-week trial.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Outlook Sync

Sync Galaxy S8 to Outlook without using Exchange

I think our Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be arriving tomorrow!  Like many of you I can’t wait.  I carried a Galaxy Note 7 for a month before it was recalled.  The size and shape was  really nice.  Narrower and taller than my Galaxy Note 4, but very slim and nice to hold.  I do a lot of business on my phone, emails, tasks, stocks, so I really like the large screen.

Like most business people, I do nearly all my data entry on my desktop PC.  That’s where I handle my task list, enter appointments, and add new contacts.  If I’m out and about I use my phone to complete tasks, add new tasks and schedule things.  So it’s a constant battle to keep my phone and my PC showing the same data.

That battle is eliminated using CompanionLink and DejaOffice.

DejaOffice is hands-down the best Outlook-like App for the phone.  It has the “classic 4”:  Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Memos, just like an old Palm OS device.  More important, it has all the Outlook fields, and all the Outlook Calendar formations.  Android OS comes from Google, which is a Linux shop.  Even Google management does not use Outlook.  It shows.  You can’t schedule an appointment for every weekday in Android, and they don’t have a native task app.

Special features of DejaOffice:

  • Time zone management, so when you land your Calendar doesn’t go wonky
  • Calendar Colors that match Outlook
  • Recurring tasks compatible with Outlook
  • Optional:  Franklin Covey task priorities  A1, B2, C99
  • Works same on Android and iPhone, Phones and Tablets.

DejaOffice will connect to your PC using USB (remember old Hotsync?), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and DejaCloud.  DejaCloud Realtime Sync is quick to set up and amazingly fast.  I can make an appointment on my PC, and by the time I pick up my phone it is already there.  It works when I’m on a trip without any problems.

Let’s get started!  It’s going to be a great year for phone releases.

CompanionLink featured in New York Times print edition

The print edition of The New York Times, page 89, featured CompanionLink!  Wow!

The article Keeping Your Android Files in Sync With a Computer mentions CompanionLink along with several free options like Google Sync (which does not sync to your PC) and DropBox which does not synchronize Contacts or Calendar.

“I’m really happy to see our name in print”, says Wayland Bruns, CTO of CompanionLink software.   “We are the only product mentioned that uses a traditional business model.  We offer paid software with associated service like free telephone technical support.”

CompanionLink fully understands that not everyone is a technical genius, able to pull together multiple free solutions to make a seamless solution.  Sometimes the best value in software tools is finding a tool that comes with the service needed to make it smooth and effortless.

Many thanks to D.J. Biersdorfer for recognizing us in print!

How to Sync Samsung Galaxy S7 to Outlook and Office 365

We got our Galaxy S7 Edge today. Nice phone. The graphics are great. The phone is light. The curved edges are awesome.

These large screen phablet phones are perfect for the DejaOffice for Outlook App. There’s a lot of useful space to do important things.

The Google App and Outlook App both waste this space by using lots of white space. Our goal here at CompanionLink is to pack the space with data. The phone list on DejaOffice features your contact name, company name, email, phone number and category, and that’s just on the list. For tasks DejaOffice shows category, completed status, subject, due date, email or location. The Outlook App and Google App don’t even have tasks!

How to Sync Galaxy S7 with Outlook

  1. On your PC or Mac; Download the CompanionLink for Outlook 14-day trial
  2. On your iPhone or Android phone, download DejaOffice for Outlook
  3. Set up USB, Wi-Fi or DejaCloud sync

That’s it!  You’ll have your data on your phone.  For more information here’s our info page for CompanionLink for Outlook.

Call us at 503-243-3400 if you need further help.

CompanionLink provides free technical support to everyone with a Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge phone, regardless of whether you do or do not own a license to CompanionLink . You can also access our setup guides online. If you want an advanced configuration help, we offer a $49 RunStart package where our experts will log in to your PC and Galaxy S7 to configure the sync for you. This gives you the peace of mind that your Galaxy S7 Outlook sync is fine-tuned to match your needs.

Sync Outlook for Mac 2011 – Contacts and Calendar – with El Capitan

CompanionLink has an offer for people who have upgraded to El Capitan.

Apple’s updates always seem to break old things. In this case, there are field reports that Exchange Contact and Calendar sync from Outlook for Mac 2011 is not working with El Capitan, Mac OS X 10.11.

CompanionLink for Mac is working fine.  So if you need your Contacts and Calendar updated in a jiffy, maybe it’s time to switch from Exchange sync to CompanionLink.

We have two routes to do this.  One is to install CompanionLink for Mac, and synchronize to Google, and set your iPhone, iPad or Android phone to sync with Google.  This is a great solution if you only need Contacts and Calendar.  As you can see, Calendar colors are supported by CompanionLink’s Google Sync.

The better method is to download the DejaOffice for Outlook App onto your phone, and synchronize using DejaCloud sync.  This is a direct sync from your Outlook for Mac 2011, and Outlook for Mac 2016 to DejaCloud and instantly to DejaOffice on your phone.  DejaCloud sync handles Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes.  It handles your calendar colors.  It has a lot of advanced features like templates that make adding new events and tasks ultra easy, and mapping capabilities to map nearby contacts and map your calendar events.  Check it out!

CompanionLink for Mac runs $49.95 and has a two week free trial.  You can save $10 today by using the code “BLOG” in the Affinity Code field of your purchase, making CompanionLink for Mac just $39.95.  Or for free, you can just start with the trial.  Who knows, maybe Apple will fix the El Capitan problem in the next two weeks!

 

How to Sync Outlook Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes with iPhone 6s

There seems no end to sync solutions for iPhone.  The problem is; they all devolve into Apple-like simplicity.

Face it.  We use Outlook because it is fast, effective, and the whole world supports it.  It is forced on us by our business, it runs our mail, it runs our appointments, and the less time we can spend there, the more we can do our jobs.

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With iPhone, the best known solutions are feeble, at best.  With Apple iCloud, you need to create a different Outlook folder and move your data to it.  You need to put up with problems with it, with mail and other things.  And then, when it gets to iPhone, you have no Tasks any more just reminders.

With Office 365 and the Outlook App you have a different set of problems.  It all gets to the phone ok (except for tasks again) but the only thing that is marginally good with the Outlook App from Microsoft is the email.  Hello Microsoft:  Email is NOT a problem on the iPhone.

So that’s what CompanionLink and DejaOffice are here to do. Synchronize Outlook Contacts, and Outlook Calendar, and Outlook Tasks to the iPhone.  Not only to move them, safely and securely, but DejaOffice provides an Outlook-like ecosystem on the iPhone and Android so that you can continue to do Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes just like your PC.  So if you want to schedule an appointment, or make a task for a contact, you can do that in one App on your phone.  If you have Recurring Tasks, CompanionLink and DejaOffice is the only solution available that supports them on all platforms.

CompanionLink also works for Outlook for Mac 2011 and Outlook for Mac 2015.

Here’s how to sync Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Memos:

  1. On your PC or Mac; Download the CompanionLink for Outlook 14-day trial
  2. On your iPhone or Android phone, download DejaOffice for Outlook
  3. Set up USB, Wi-Fi or DejaCloud sync

That’s it!  You’ll have your data on your phone.  For more information here’s our info page for CompanionLink for Outlook.

How to sync Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ to Outlook

Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge+ are the newest additions to the Wide World of Phablets. The Edge+ is the first Phablet phone to feature the curved edges which can show information while the phone is turned.

DejaOffice for Outlook App is made for these large screen phones, giving a maximum of functionality.  Only DejaOffice offers:

* Contacts, Calendar, Tasks and Notes in one app, and you can link them together
* Category colors, use the same categories across all conduits.
* USB, Wi-FI and Cloud synchronization options
* Private records, view them only when you enter a pass code
* Onboard encryption.  Even if your phone is lost, your data is safe

Setup Guide for Samsung Galaxy Outlook sync

  1. Install CompanionLink on your PC. Click here to download it.
  2. On your Galaxy Phone, launch the Google Play Store. Search for DejaOffice and install it.
  3. Configure CompanionLink. Your configuration steps will depend on the sync option listed above that you choose.
    1. Setup guide: Galaxy S6 to Outlook USB sync
    2. Setup guide: Galaxy S6 to Outlook WiFi sync
    3. Recommended: Galaxy S6 to Outlook DejaCloud sync (automatic)
    4. Setup guide: Galaxy S6 to Outlook using a Google account
    5. With DejaCloud sync, the synchronization will begin automatically within a few minutes. If you selected USB, WiFi, or sync to Google, you need to click on the Sync button in CompanionLink on your PC to start the first sync.

Further help for Samsung Galaxy to Outlook sync

Call us at 503-243-3400 if you need further help. Support is free to everyone with a Galaxy S6 phone, regardless of whether you do or do not own a license to CompanionLink . You can also access our setup guides online. If you want an advanced configuration help, we offer a $49 RunStart package where our experts will log in to your PC and Galaxy S6 to configure the sync for you. This gives you the peace of mind that your Galaxy S6 to PC sync is fine-tuned to match your needs.

 

Palm Desktop on Windows 10 – Works great, less filling, lighting fast

I have to admit it.  I’m a closet Palm Desktop user.  Long ago I was seduced by the fast load time, and the fact that it has everything I need for my daily contact, calendar and task needs.  I really like the memos.  I love to collect quotes that include mixed metaphors.  So my memos are full of silly things that people really said.  My favorite:  “I’ll jump off that bridge when I get to it.”

Palm Desktop is licensed to use in conjunction with a Palm Device, so I always keep my venerable Palm Razor close by when I use my computer.  Palm itself was sold years ago to ACCESS in Japan.  Later, HandSpring renamed themselves Palm (to confuse everyone) and released the Palm Pre, a Palm phone that didn’t run like a Palm phone.  After that miserable failure (I’m looking at you BlackBerry), the second Palm company sold themselves to HP which rightly shut them down.

Recently, HP has scrubbed the Palm taint from their web pages.  However, Palm Desktop v6.2 is still available from CNET.  Palm Desktop v4.1.4 is available from Softonic, albeit with some adware added to the installer. Unfortunately, HotSync drivers stopped working back with Windows Vista.  So you can’t actually use Palm HotSync for anything.

I have Palm Desktop set to a hotkey, Ctrl-Shift-P for me.  So i hit the hotkey, make an appointment, set the alarm, and close it.  I can get all that done all before Outlook even loads.  Speed and effectiveness is what I value with my PC. I care little for zoom effects, or colorful screens.  CompanionLink Sync with Palm Desktop is also lighting fast.  Sometimes I don’t even see the icon turn.  With DejaCloud sync, my new appointment is already on my phone.

Our setup guide is here:  https://www.companionlink.com/support/kb/How_To_Set_Up_Palm_Desktop_On_Windows_10

More information here:  https://www.companionlink.com/palmdesktop/

May all our adventures in Contact and Calendar management be as fast and robust as the venerable Palm Desktop.

 

 

Windows 10, Misery and Magic

Having been in this business 27 years gives me some experience.  But nothing in my experience matches what Microsoft is attempting; a free OS update for more than 500 million computers.

Do I have a prediction?  Can Microsoft handle the server load?  Will everyone be impressed but the support?  I don’t say so.  However, I will predict that whether Microsoft is successful or unsuccessful, we will all remember August 1, 2015 as the date that Windows changed the World, for better or worse.

What I’m anticipating is a combination of people successful in the Windows 10 transition, looking for help with the new OS and how to do things.  I also predict a certain percentage of failed updates.  Even a 1% failure rate means 5 million computers that no longer boot.  So I would predict that more PC hardware will be shipped in August 2015 than in any month of the last four years.

So many people, reinstalling apps, looking up licenses, switching to newer versions.

We also look with some interest at Microsoft’s “Phone Companion” software, which will “magically” keep everything in sync.  Since Windows 10 preview is out, and Phone Companion is not in it, I definitely think magic is what they need now.   I think it will be good for CompanionLink (thank you Microsoft for naming your feature) to continue to do what we do – simple and dependable phone sync.   There’s nothing they will introduce in two weeks that can match the features and dependability of CompanionLink and DejaOffice.

CompanionLink Solves Galaxy S6 Kies Sync Problems

I got the Galaxy S6 and it is AMAZING.  We put it side-by-side with an iPhone 6.  It is immediately apparent that the screen is a lot bigger.  The Samsung phone is thinner.  And it it lighter. I think we’ve seen the end of tiny phone screens.  The Galaxy S6 screen is large and easy to work with, but the overall phone is lighter than anything I’ve ever carried, and easy to hold and talk with.

CompanionLink Sync provides Outlook sync to Galaxy S6.  It works great!  You can download today and have your Outlook data on your phone in minutes.  CompanionLink has a two week trial period so you can try for free.  If you buy it, we have a 90 day money back guarantee and we really do give your money back; no questions asked so don’t worry about that!

A lot of other sync products, like Samsung Kies, seem to break with every new phone.  Sometimes they fix it if you wait.  But with CompanionLink, there’s never a need to wait.  We’ve been spot-on compatible with every Android OS update, and every new phone, since the dawn of Android (and iPhone, and more).

CompanionLink is a great Kies alternative because it synchronizes more Outlook fields like Outlook Notes, Tasks, Journal, Birthdays, and Meeting Invites, and supports Outlook Categories with matching colors. You can also work with multiple Outlook Calendar and Contacts Folders.

CompanionLink is backed by US-based telephone support at no cost. CompanionLink never pushes updates on their customers, so the software you purchase is guaranteed to be the same unless you change it.

If you really want some quick help, order Runstart or Premium support.  Our tech will log into your computer and set everything up for you.  Hand’s free setup with a minimum of time.

Read our special quick guide for specific instructions on how two switch from Kies 3 to CompanionLink for Outlook on your Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge phone.

https://www.companionlink.com/support/kb/How_to_Switch_From_Samsung_Kies_2_or_Kies_3_to_Companionlink_for_Outlook

Read more about CompanionLink for Outlook here. A full license costs $49.95, one-time. We really have sympathy for people switching over from Keys.  Here’s a special $10 off just for reading this page.  Enter code K3ALT in the Affinity Code field on our order form to save $10.  And Happy S6’ing.

 

 

9 ways to Synchronize Standalone Outlook to your Android Kitkat Phone

If you are like me, you depend on your PC Outlook for email, contact list and calendar.  It’s the only tool that does a decent job of meeting invites, colored categories and name lookups.  I’m not a big fan of online calendars because they are too slow!  When I need to schedule something, or make a task from an email, I just drag and drop it in Outlook and it creates almost by itself.  I’m not a fan of Office 365 because it slows down the load time of my Outlook.  My work day is for business, not for waiting for a slow loading app, or web site to feeds nibbles to my PC.

I love my Galaxy Note II phone.  It updated this spring to Android 4.4, and so I think it has almost all the features of a Galaxy Note III.  The larger screen size is great because I use it for my Kindle, and for browsing news and technology articles on the web.

CompanionLink provides nine different ways to move data from Standalone Outlook to your Android Phone.  Here is a rundown with some of the advantages and disadvantages.  CompanionLink has created an Outlook Style App for Android called DejaOffice.  This App is the only one on the market that supports Colored Categories just like Outlook.  This App is the only one that supports Tasks linked to your Outlook Contacts list.  Five of our seven system use DejaOffice as a destination, to make your Android phone more powerful.

  1. USB Sync from Outlook to DejaOffice App on Android:  If you liked Palm Hotsync, USB Sync is the way to go.  Download DejaOffice on your device, and CompanionLink on your PC.  Set up a USB link.  Both programs have setup wizards to help you out.  The sync will run whenever you connect your phone to your PC.  This is a fully secure sync.  There is no stored data on the web.  As such it is fully HIPAA compliant.  With DejaOffice you will see your Outlook Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, Notes and Journal all in one handy Android App!
  2. Bluetooth Sync from Outlook to DejaOffice App on Android:  Just like Palm, CompanionLink offers the option to Bluetooth sync from Android to your PC.  Your PC will need a Bluetooth connection.  Most laptops have them built-in.  For desktops you can buy a USB dongle for just a few dollars.
  3. WiFi Sync from Outlook to DejaOffice App on Android:  Wi-Fi uses your local Wi-Fi router to mediate a sync connection to your Android phone.  This is handy if you don’t like plugging your phone in all day, and don’t have a Bluetooth connection.  All you need here is a local Wi-Fi router that both your PC and your Phone are connected to.  CompanionLink’s Wi-Fi sync is fully encrypted, so even though the sync goes through an unsecured router, it is protected using a password and AES256 level encryption (very strong).  Most people consider this to be HIPAA compliant, but check with your compliance team to be sure.
  4. DejaCloud Sync from Outlook to DejaOffice App on Android:  CompanionLink offers a very fast cloud sync system called DejaCloud.  There is an online app called DejaOffice CRM Live.  With this system, your PC and your phone both synchronizes to the online database.  With this system, you can be in-sync even when you are traveling away from your office.  Everything is live, so if you enter a note, and the drop your phone into Disneyland’s Tom Sawyer lagoon,  the note will be safely stored on your Outlook PC.  DejaCloud supports simultaneous sync to multiple phones and PCs, and is the perfect solution if you use a phone and tablet, or a PC and Mac.
  5. CompanionLink Secure Hosted Wireless to DejaOffice App on Android:  CompanionLink offers a HIPAA compliant secure system.  This system does not store your data online.  Think of it like an email system, when the email is received, it is no longer on the server.  In this case, when your phone gets the contact and calendar data, the server is wiped clean and empty.  Because the server is clean, each device needs a separate account.  So this is a point-to-point wireless system.
  6. CompanionLink to Google, with Google Sync to your Android Phone:  If you don’t need categories or tasks to sync, then you can use Google Sync for Contacts and Calendar.  This is a lightweight solution for people who find the Android Contacts and Android Calendar sufficient for their Outlook needs.  Just set up CompanionLink to go to Google, and use Google’s onboard synchronization for the rest.  The best advantage here is that if you find you need your Categories or your Tasks, you can switch to one of the other methods for Free!
  7. Office 365 Cloud to DejaOffice App on your Android Phone via USB, WI-Fi, DejaCloud or Google:  If you don’t use Outlook on the PC, but only use Office 365 Cloud (formerly called Hotmail), you still have a number of options to synchronize.  The advantage here is that DejaOffice acts just like Outlook on your Android phones.  You have access to your Contacts, Calendar and Tasks, and you can easily create a Task from a Calendar event or Contact just as you would in Outlook.
  8. Use DejaOffice Live to connect from Office 365 to DejaOffice App on Android:  You can set up DejaCloud Sync for your device (item 4 above) but connect it directly to your Office 365 Cloud data.  This sync run without any software on your PC.  So you can turn your PC off, make a change in Office 365, and see it on your phone within seconds.  DejaCloud Connectors work for other Cloud Apps like SalesForce and InfusionSoft.
  9. Use DejaOffice Live to connect from Office 365 to Google:  A quick and easy Cloud-to-Cloud connector automates sync from Office 365 to your Google Android account.  Setup is entirely online, so you don’t even need to run CompanionLink on your PC.  It’s completely automatic, so you never have to think about hitting a button or connecting a cable.

CompanionLink works with any version of Outlook, including Outlook 2013, Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2007.  For all of these solutions, you can get a two week free trial from CompanionLink to try it out.  If you choose to purchase the service it costs just $14.95 per quarter for a subscription, or $49.95 for a one-time  purchase.  Type in the Affinity code BLOG to get $10 off the one-time purchase, just for reading to the end of this blog.  Once you purchase, you can install CompanionLink on up to three of  your computers, and call our live US based telephone technical support.  CompanionLink also offers Premium Support (dedicated phone line and expert tech, for people with sophisticated synchronizing needs) and a RunStart service where a technician logs onto your computer the set up what you need.