CompanionLink offers ACT! to iPhone wireless sync service

Sync ACT! to iPhoneACT! by Sage users who also own an iPhone can use both technologies as part of their business workflow.  CompanionLink offers ACT! to iPhone synchronization that allows for two-way wireless transfer of ACT! contacts, activities, to-dos, notes, histories and opportunities.  CompanionLink also allows ACT! users to  link activities and notes to contacts for optimal organization of business data between ACT! and iPhone.

CompanionLink offers two ways to synchronize data between ACT! and iPhone – wired USB sync and wireless sync.  Wired USB sync transfers contacts and calendar data between ACT! and iPhone using Outlook and iTunes.  Wireless sync between ACT! and iPhone can be configured in one of two methods – sync via Google or sync via CompanionLink’s wireless sync service.  Sync via Google requires a Google account to hold ACT! data, and the Google Sync service to transfer data over-the-air.  Sync via CompanionLink’s wireless service transfers data directly between ACT! and iPhone.

A 14-day evaluation version of the ACT! to iPhone wireless sync software is available at www.companionlink.com/iphone.

CompanionLink set to Introduce Business Apps for iPad

With the introduction of the Apple iPad, business professionals have another option to be productive while away from their office or desks.  Apple announced that the iPad is compatible with the thousands of apps that are currently available for the iPhone.

CompanionLink plans to fully utilize the tablet-friendly format of the iPad by launching a suite of business apps to manage large volumes of contacts, calendar events, tasks and notes. Managing this wealth of data will be even easier with voice commands and dictation features that CompanionLink will integrate into their apps.

A sign-up form for updates and announcements about CompanionLink’s new business apps for iPad is available at www.companionlink.com/ipad.

Read CompanionLink’s press release on business apps for iPad here.

Sync Microsoft Exchange Calendar with your Nexus One

Sync Nexus One with Exchange

The new Nexus One from Google is a powerful device; however, multiple reports indicate that the Nexus One does not have built-in support for synchronizing Microsoft Exchange calendar.  This lack of Exchange calendar sync support has been verified by CNET.com in their reviews as well.

CompanionLink solves this problem by synchronizing not only Outlook/Exchange calendar with Nexus One, but also contacts, tasks and notes.  CompanionLink offers two methods to synchronize – secure USB sync and wireless sync via Google.

“CompanionLink supplies a key missing link that ensures calendar information flows accurately from the corporate database to the phone,” says Wayland Bruns, CEO of CompanionLink Software.

Visit www.companionlink.com/android for more info.

USB sync of Contacts between iPhone and Google

USB sync Google contacts with iPhone using iTunes

If you’re looking to sync only contacts between iPhone and Google, and don’t want to use the free Google Sync wireless service, use the built-in sync feature in iTunes.  The latest versions of iTunes have the option to do a USB sync of Google contacts with iPhone.

If you’re looking to do a USB sync of Google calendar with iPhone, CompanionLink can help.

Sort order for names on Android phones

Name sort options for Google and Android phones

Google combines the the first and last names into one “Name” field.  For example, if you had a contact record with a first name of “Bob” and last name of “Smith”, Google will combine that into Bob Smith.

Android phones (like Droid, Nexus One, CLIQ, etc.) also do this.  But what if you need to sort by “last name, first name” format?

CompanionLink has a new Name Order feature that addresses this with Google and Android-based phones.  Users can choose which format they’d like contacts to appear on their Android phone.

CompanionLink will sync PC with Nexus One


Credit (Nexus One): Google

CompanionLink announces two-way PC sync with Nexus One on the same day Google unveils the device to customers.  PC users who need to get their contacts, calendar, tasks and notes onto the device have two options – wired USB sync and wireless sync.

Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes, GroupWise, ACT!, GoldMine, and Palm Desktop are support.

Visit companionlink.com/android for full details on the sync options available.

Android’s growth

AdMob recently published a chart that shows the rapid  of Android-based phones.  The data is based on their advertising network (which serves ads to mobile devices).

Source: AdMob

CompanionLink has supported two-way sync with Android-based phones since day one.  More recently, CompanionLink released USB synchronization with Android devices.  This method of sync does not required data to be hosted in the cloud (such as Google).

How to use Google to get free wireless sync between PC and phone

Google is no longer just a web-based email service.  It’s an enabler of data; it’s a mobilizer of data.  Harness its power, and you’ll get a suite of free tools and mobile services.  Business users can leverage the tools to mobile their PC data to any smartphone.

If you use PC software to organize your contacts, calendar, tasks, and notes, you can leverage the power of Google to mobilize this data to your phone.  All you need is a way to link you PC software to Google.  The rest is history (and free).

Here’s what you need to do:

1. Get a free Google or Gmail account.  www.google.com/mail

2. Download a 14-day evaluation version of CompanionLink.  This software will link your PC data to your Google account.  CompanionLink supports Outlook, Lotus Notes, GroupWise, Palm Desktop, ACT!, and GoldMine data.

3. If you have an iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, or Symbian S60 phone, enable Google Sync to work with your phone.  This will sync your Google data with your phone.  If you have a Google Android-based phone or Palm webOS phone, do nothing.  Those phones automatically sync with your Google account.

That’s it.  You’ll never pay any monthly charges for wireless sync.  Your only software purchase is for CompanionLink, which is a one-time cost from $39.95 to $99.95 depending on what PC software you’re synchronizing.

Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook works with Premier and Education editions only

Google offers a free plug-in for Google Apps Premier and Google Apps Education users.  The former requires you to pay an annual fee for the Google service.  The latter is for schools, universities, and other educational institutions.

What do users with free Google or Gmail accounts use to sync their data with Outlook?

If you’re looking to sync just your default calendar, Google offers a free solution called Google Calendar Sync.  If you’re looking to sync calendar and contacts, CompanionLink has a solution called CompanionLink for Google.  It also supports multiple calendars, sync to separate Outlook categories, and the ability to exclude personal data from syncing with business data.

Here’s a video on how to configure CompanionLink for Google to sync Outlook with Google in less than 4 minutes.

Direct USB sync with Android-based phones

CompanionLink releases a direct two-way USB sync solution for Android-based phones.  Directly sync PC contacts, calendar, tasks, and notes from desktop software like Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes, etc. with phones like the Motorola DROID.  Direct sync avoids having to host or transfer your sensitive data via the Google cloud.

www.companionlink.com/androidusb