Apple iOS 4 to introduce 1500 new developer features

During Apple’s recent keynote event, Steve Jobs announced the newest version of the iPhone’s operating system, dubbed iOS 4. The new iOS 4 will add some hotly-anticipated features to the iPhone, such as application multitasking. In addition to new user features, iOS 4 opens a whole slew of new APIs for developers to use in their applications.

DejaOffice is our super-charged suite of contacts, calendar, tasks and notes apps for iPhone. The new iOS 4 will allow us to introduce new features that haven’t been possible in previous versions of the mobile operating system. We are especially excited about the new calendar APIs. This will allow us to better integrate the DejaOffice calendar with the iPhone’s native calendar. Apple is also opening up developer access to the iPhone’s notification system, which will allow DejaOffice to use audible calendar notifications (don’t miss that appointment!). To see a roadmap of planned features, as well as general information about DejaOffice, visit www.dejaoffice.com.

Sync the HTC EVO 4G with your PC

The brand new HTC EVO 4G, out June 4 on Sprint, is quite the landmark phone. It boasts a huge screen, top of the line specifications that make Android fly, and the first 4G data connection for high-speed internet access. Early reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, and it looks like the HTC EVO 4G will set the bar for the next generation of mobile devices.

We here at CompanionLink can’t wait to get our hands on one tomorrow and see DejaOffice, our new Android app, running on that gorgeous screen. DejaOffice is a suite of super-charged calendar, contacts, tasks and notes apps for the EVO 4G. It has advanced features that provide more flexibility and functionality than the native apps, such as category colors, variable font sizes and more search and sort fields. DejaOffice is available from the Android Market at no charge, just search the Market for “DejaOffice” on your EVO 4G.

DejaOffice works with CompanionLink to sync data from your PC. CompanionLink can sync the EVO 4G with Outlook, Lotus Notes, ACT! by Sage, Palm Desktop and more. Sync either direct via USB or wireless through Google. Download a 14-day free trial here.

DejaOffice is Bump-compatible

DejaOffice is fully compatible with the Bump app for iPhone, iPad and Android devices.  If you store contacts in DejaOffice, you can exchange them with others using Bump.  It works great!

We are working to integrate the Bump API to exchange other DejaOffice data like calendar appointments, tasks and notes.  For example, a manager can use this as a great tool to delegate tasks to an assistant.

1. Create a task in DejaOffice

2. Every morning, walk into the office and bump fists with your assistant to transfer the tasks.  (Plus, you’ll actually look more sociable!)

3. Your assistant can work off the list on their device, or use CompanionLink to sync that list from DejaOffice to PC software like Microsoft Outlook.

Duplication checking for sync

CompanionLink products have robust duplication-checking built right into the software.  We’re working to update our algorithm to catch many new cases that arise when synchronizing  between PC and the latest smartphones, tablets and mobile devices in the market.

Why does duplication occur?

Duplication is commonly seen when data is previously imported into a contact management or CRM database. For example, let’s say you want to sync Outlook to Google. If you have already imported data from Outlook into Google, the first “sync” you engage using CompanionLink for Google or using O2g will combine everything in Outlook with everything in Google.

Other times, there are issues with name matching. Are “John Smith” and “John R. Smith” the same person? CompanionLink contains logic to try to match names. However, we still find cases where Prefix, Middle Name or Suffix can throw things off. In addition, CompanionLink looks at phone numbers in duplication checking. The presence or absence of a number can impact whether a name is duplicated.

Updated duplication checking is coming soon to a CompanionLink and O2g build near you!

Sync BlackBerry with Outlook 2010 64-bit

Sync Outlook 2010 64-bit with BlackBerry

Microsoft recently released Outlook 2010 to all Microsoft Volume Licensing customers, with full 64-bit compatibility being offered in core Office 2010 applications. One of the hitches about running Outlook 2010 64-bit is that 3rd-party add-ins generally must be written specifically for 64-bit.

Since Outlook 2010 has become available, some users have been reporting that they’re having trouble syncing BlackBerry to Outlook 2010 64-bit. CompanionLink has developed proprietary x64 sync technology which allows us to fully support sync with Outlook 2010 64-bit. CompanionLink is proud to offer three solutions to sync BlackBerry with Outlook 64-bit.

1. Sync BlackBerry with Outlook 2010 via USB

This method offers a simple secure sync of contacts, calendar, tasks and notes between Outlook and BlackBerry via the USB cable. Download Now

2. Sync BlackBerry with Outlook 2010 wireless via Google

This method syncs Outlook contacts and calendar to any Google account. The free Google Sync service can be used to wireless sync with BlackBerry. Download Now

3. Sync BlackBerry with Outlook 2010 using the CompanionLink Wireless Sync Service.

This method offers complete two-way sync of contacts, calendar and tasks between Outlook and BlackBerry using CompanionLink’s automatic wireless sync service for $9.95/month. Download Now

CompanionLink supports Outlook 2010 64-bit sync with BlackBerry, along with a wide variety of phones including Apple iPhone, Palm Pre, Android and Windows Mobile devices. For a full list of supported phones, and to download a free 14-day trial, visit www.companionlink.com/phones

Introducing DejaOffice for Android

CompanionLink is proud to announce DejaOffice for Android, a mobile office application suite for Android-powered devices.

DejaOffice for Android

DejaOffice contains robust contacts, calendar, tasks and notes apps that allow users to efficiently view, enter, update and manage contact and schedule information from their phone. Advanced features such as categories, custom fields, search across all data types, sort options, expense tracking, and linking of contacts to calendar items are included in the app. DejaOffice augments the Android contacts and calendar databases with enhanced functionality, and also offers robust tasks and notes apps originally missing from the Android platform.

Many business professionals are upgrading to the latest smartphones only to find that they are becoming increasingly consumer-oriented, and lack required business functionality. Many users, especially those coming from old Palm phones like the Treo or Centro, are dismayed when they upgrade to a newer platform and lose features and functions. DejaOffice is a solution to fill that gap, and bring Android devices more in line with how PC business software works.

DejaOffice works seamlessly with CompanionLink’s PC desktop synchronization and backup software. This allows two-way sync with applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes, GoldMine, GroupWise, ACT! by Sage and Palm Desktop. The DejaOffice app is currently available at no charge from the Android Market. More information is available at www.dejaoffice.com.

 

Update: For additional information on the latest version of DejaOffice for Android, check out the following posts:

CompanionLink launches O2g, a simple app to sync Outlook with Google

CompanionLink is proud to announce O2g, a fast, simple and affordable solution to synchronize Microsoft Outlook with any Google account. O2g delivers complete synchronization of calendar, contacts and tasks between any Google, Gmail, or Google Apps account and Microsoft Outlook 2000 and higher. O2g supports synchronization with the new Outlook 2010 64-bit, in addition to all versions of Palm Desktop.

O2g supports advanced functions such as mapping Outlook contact categories to Google Groups in Google Contacts. If the Google Groups don’t already exist, O2g will automatically create them to match the Outlook categories on the PC. In addition, Outlook tasks can be synchronized to Google Calendar as untimed calendar entries.

Using the free Google Sync service, O2g can synchronize Microsoft Outlook with many popular smartphones, including the Apple iPhone and iPad, BlackBerry, Android, Palm webOS, and Windows Mobile devices. O2g synchronizes Outlook calendar and contact data with Google, and then using Google sync, automatically updates the phone with the latest sync data.

O2g is now available for a one-time cost of $9.99, with a full 90 day guarantee. Support is offered via the official O2g forums, monitored by O2g personnel. For more information on O2g, visit www.o2gsync.com

UPDATE: SD card required for Android USB Sync

Last week, we saw the launch of the HTC Droid Incredible, an impressive new Android handset. The Incredible, as we soon discovered, was the first Android phone launched in the US in which some units did not ship with an SD card (but rather, boasted 8GB of internal memory). This initially presented a few problems, as CompanionLink’s USB sync for Android depends on a memory card being present to store the sync data. CompanionLink is currently evaluating the viability of using the phone’s internal memory to store sync data. To ensure your sync with the Droid Incredible runs without a hitch, make sure you have a microSD inserted into the phone.

MicroSD cards are cheap and readily available – Google should be able to help you track one down.

For more information about syncing the HTC Droid Incredible with your PC, head on over to www.companionlink.com/incredible

Image courtesy of SanDisk

UPDATE: Problems with USB Sync with the HTC DROID INCREDIBLE? Make sure you have a memory card.

CompanionLink recently announced support for sync with the new HTC DROID INCREDIBLE. Since its release on Thursday, a small number of users are experiencing problems with the USB sync. The problem has to do with the fact that CompanionLink syncs data to the MicroSD memory card in the device. Previous Android devices have included a memory card out of the box, while the DROID INCREDIBLE does not. Users experiencing this issue can resolve this immediately by inserting a memory card into their DROID INCREDIBLE. CompanionLink will release an update shortly that will allow Android devices without a memory card to use the device’s internal memory to hold sync data. More information, as well as a 14-day trial of the desktop sync software, can be found at www.companionlink.com/phones/htc-incredible.html

CompanionLink Releases Sync For Microsoft Outlook 2010 64-bit

Sync with Office 2010Outlook 2010, now available to Microsoft Software Assurance customers, is a substantial update to the most popular email, contact and calendar management software in the world. New in Outlook 2010 is the option to install a full 64-bit version for enhanced speed and capability. However, many users are finding that they are having trouble syncing their phones with the newest versions of Outlook.

CompanionLink is proud to be one of the first to support complete sync for all versions of Outlook 2010. CompanionLink uses unique proprietary sync technology to deliver both 32-bit and 64-bit Outlook 2010 support in one software package.  The PC-based solution supports two-way sync of contacts, calendar, tasks and notes.  Sync with Google Contacts and Calendar as well as smartphones like Apple® iPhone®, BlackBerry®, Google Android-powered devices, Palm® webOS®, and Windows® Mobile devices is fully supported.