It seems like it should just work. If you set up iCloud to sync with Outlook using Apple’s iCloud Control Panel and you’ve set up Google, Salesforce, or another CRM to sync with Outlook, it should all sync up nicely – right?
When you set up iCloud to sync with Outlook, the iCloud Control Panel creates a unique Outlook Folder, which it then uses to sync with iCloud. It will actually move items from your default Outlook Folder to this new iCloud Outlook Folder in order to facilitate the sync. This doesn’t really change how things look in Outlook, but it does change how things sync.
Many tools that sync CRM solutions such as Google and Salesforce are set to sync with only the default Outlook Folder, with no option to change this. Because iCloud is syncing with a different Outlook Folder, these two sync tools don’t work together. Fortunately, CompanionLink is different.
CompanionLink allows you to choose which Outlook Folder(s) you want to sync with. So if you want to sync Google with Outlook and iCloud, or Salesforce with Outlook and iCloud, it’s as easy as configuring CompanionLink to sync with the iCloud Outlook Folder. From there, any data synced from sources like Google or Salesforce will sync through iCloud to your iOS devices and any other PC or Mac that iCloud is configured on.
It’s no secret that Android is an increasingly popular platform. In fact, over 700,000 new Android devices are activated daily! Many of these are from people who are switching to Android from Blackberry, iOS, or webOS. If you’re on of them, then this “Quick Start Guide” is for you. It is designed to give you a quick overview of the Android platform, and then point you in the right direction for learning more! So, what are you waiting for? Read on to get started… Continue reading →
Switching to Android: A Quick Start Guide was last modified: December 22nd, 2011 by David
Recently, we’ve noticed an increased demand for syncing Outlook tasks to Windows Phone devices. There are a few options for syncing Outlook with Windows Phone devices, but even the more popular ones don’t seem to sync tasks. The good news is that CompanionLink does.
Using CompanionLink for Outlook, you are able to sync tasks, contacts, and calendars between Outlook and Windows Phone devices (running 7.5 and above) via Windows Live (formerly Hotmail). Getting started is easy – just download CompanionLink 5 for Outlook if you haven’t already. Then, simply follow the steps below:
Open CompanionLink Setup on your computer.
Select Windows Phone 7 as your device from the first drop down menu.
Select Windows Live as your sync method.
Review the pop up message, click next, then enter the account information for the Windows Live account you use on your phone. Click finish.
Select Outlook as the database you wish to sync with. Configure the data and direction(s) you wish to sync. Click finish.
Configure advanced sync options as desired. This is an optional step, but you may be interested in some of the advanced settings we offer.
CompanionLink will sync your data to Windows Live, which then syncs wirelessly with your phone. It really is that easy. If you have any questions or comments for us, leave them in the comments below!
Sync Outlook Tasks to Your Windows Phone was last modified: December 20th, 2011 by David
In CompanionLink configuration, select Android as your device.
Select Direct USB as your sync method.
Select Google as your database from the final drop-down list.
Follow the setup wizard in DejaOffice and you’ll be syncing in no time.
Note: Due to the way USB currently connects to the Kindle Fire, you’ll need to follow a specific pattern to begin the sync:
Connect the USB cord to your Kindle Fire
Unmount the SD card via the Notification Tray on the Kindle Fire
That’s it! So, whether you are the proud owner of a Kindle Fire today or are hoping to get one soon, rest assured that we’ve got you covered when it comes to syncing your data!
CompanionLink for Google comes with a free 14-day trial. When you’re ready to buy, use the affinity code SYNCKINDLE and you’ll pay just $39.95. If you already own CompanionLink 5 for Google, just make sure you have the latest version by checking our updates page.
How To Sync The Kindle Fire With Google was last modified: December 20th, 2011 by David
DejaOffice 1.12.5 just hit the Android Market and we’ve added some great new features to both DejaCalendar and DejaContacts. We’ve also fixed some pesky bugs, which you can read about after the break. Let’s look at what’s new…
We’ve brought two great new features to DejaCalendar. If you don’t use DejaCalendar to plan weekend events, then our new 5-day week view is for you. By trimming the weekends, we have more space to display the details of your current work week. We’ve also made rearranging your schedule significantly easier. To move an event to a new date or time, simply tap and hold the event in day or week view, then drag it to your desired date and time. Try it out for yourself – it’s really easy!
In addition to the calendar enhancements, we wanted to make adding contacts even easier. So we added the ability to send and receive vCards to DejaContacts. If you haven’t heard of a vCard before, think of it as a digital business card. You can simply email or text your contact information in a format that many contact applications are able to read. Sharing your information or adding contact details for a new client is now fast and easy with vCard support in DejaOffice.
DejaOffice now automatically creates a backup of your data for you – every time you sync!
The latest release of DejaOffice for Android (1.12.3) introduced a great new feature that’s somewhat hidden behind the scenes: automatic backup. Every time you sync your data, DejaOffice automatically creates a backup first. Since this feature has the potential to be quite useful, I wanted to be sure to highlight it here.
With automatic backups, if you accidentally delete a contact, or if your database were to somehow become corrupted, you can rest assured you have a backup to restore from. And DejaOffice keeps the 3 more recent backups, so even if you don’t notice an issue right away, you’re still safe.
To restore from a backup, just follow the instructions below:
Ensure CompanionLink is not running on your PC.
Connect your Android device to your PC and mount it in “mass storage mode”
Open the “Computer” or “My Computer” folder on your PC, then select your device’s SD card/removable drive from the list.
Browse to the “\clusb\backup” folder.
In this folder, you will see a file named “companionlink<date>.db” (e.g. companionlink2011-11-04.db). This is a backup of your database prior to your most recent synchronization.
Rename this file to “companionlink.db”
Copy the file to the “\clusb” folder. Choose to replace the existing companionlink.db file if prompted.
That’s it – your data is then restored to the date of that backup.
1: Select your SD card
5. Locate your backups
If you have any questions or feedback about our new backup feature, let us know in the comments below!
Backup Your Data With DejaOffice was last modified: November 10th, 2011 by David
If you’re new to CompanionLink, you’ve probably noticed several references to DejaOffice by now. In fact, you may be wondering what exactly DejaOffice is. Well, I’m glad you asked.
In short, DejaOffice is our free Android and iOS app that helps you get the most out of your data when syncing with CompanionLink! But it’s actually a lot more than that. Instead of reading through a long post describing the app, however, why not sit back and discover DejaOffice in just 90 seconds:
What is DejaOffice? was last modified: October 28th, 2011 by David
It’s not all that uncommon anymore to have a both a smartphone and a tablet. We’re integrating these powerful mobile devices into our everyday workflow, and we need them to stay in sync. To help you keep up to date on all your devices, we created the “Profiles” feature, now found in CompanionLink Express and Professional 5.
Profiles allow you to create unique sync settings for all of your different devices. In CompanionLink Express 5, you can create 2 Profiles; in CompanionLink Professional 5, you can create 5. Creating a Profile is easy – just click the Profiles button in the upper right corner of CompanionLink and select “Manage Profiles.” From there, you can add a new Profile, name it, and customize the sync settings.
Whenever you want to switch profiles, just click the Profiles button, then select your desired Profile. CompanionLink will automatically adjust your configuration to match the settings you entered when creating that profile.
Profiles make managing multiple devices easy and efficient. They’re perfect for those of us with a smartphone and a tablet. If you’d like to start using Profiles, but don’t own CompanionLink Express or Professional 5, you can upgrade or download a free trial today!
How To Use Profiles In CompanionLink was last modified: October 24th, 2011 by David
Confused about how Android Contacts and Accounts work? We’ve created an infographic that helps explain the chaos!
Update: Now that Motorola’s DROID RAZR and Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus (featuring the next generation of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich) have been announced, this infographic is even more relevant. These two phones are sure to draw many users over to Android for the first time!
Coming to Android from a “feature phone,” a BlackBerry, or even iOS, there are a number of new features to get used to. One aspect that we’ve seen a lot of uncertainty about is exactly how Contacts work on Android.
As such, we’ve created an infographic to help visualize how Android Contacts work and hopefully eliminate some of the confusion. Check it out below:
(Click the graphic for a larger version)
Understanding Android Contacts [Infographic] was last modified: October 19th, 2011 by David