Yesterday, PC World writer Preston Gralla posted a helpful review of CompanionLink for Google. The review details the dilemma many users have in synchronizing their Android phones with Microsoft Outlook. CompanionLink for Google syncs Outlook contacts, calendar and tasks with any Google, Gmail, or Google Apps Premier account. Google can then wirelessly sync your Outlook data with most smartphones using the free Google Sync service.
Class is in session! The DejaOffice Classroom is now open for the Apple iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. DejaOffice is a business-class suite of contacts, calendar, tasks and notes apps for Apple and Android devices. The Classroom offers a complete walkthrough guide, tips & tricks, and tutorials with accompanying screenshots on how to perform common tasks in DejaOffice. Whether you’re new to DejaOffice or a seasoned pro, you’re sure to find something useful in the Classroom. To see exactly how to turn your iPhone or Android into a powerful business tool, head on over!
To successfully sync via USB, the Samsung Captivate must have Mass Storage Mode enabled. The Captivate defaults to MTP mode, which disables DejaOffice from syncing correctly. To synchronize using DejaOffice, you need to change the device’s default USB Settings to allow Mass Storage mode. Here is how to do so:
1. On the device, open Android Settings › Applications › USB Settings.
2. Change the option to either “Mass Storage”, or “Ask on connection”.
NOTE: If “Ask on connection” is selected, you will need to manually choose “Mass storage” each time you connect the USB cable.
General information on CompanionLink’s sync solutions for the Samsung Captivate can be found at www.companionlink.com/phones/samsung-galaxy-s.html
When connected to the PC, the DROID X offers multiple options for the USB connection mode. The default USB mode, “PC Mode” for DROID X, prevents DejaOffice from synchronizing since it doesn’t allow mounting of the SD card. To fix this problem, DROID X users need to change the USB mode from the default “PC Mode” to “Charge Only”. Here is how to do so:
1. Connect the phone to the PC via the USB cable.
2. Pull down the Android notification bar (tap the very top of the screen ans swipe down) and select USB Connection.
3. Select “Charge Only”, then tap OK.
Once this has been done you can sync with DejaOffice as usual. “Charge Only” will remain as the default setting, so you don’t need to go through the above steps every time. See more info on CompanionLink’s solutions to sync with DROID X.
Samsung recently announced that their Android-powered Galaxy S Series of smartphones will be available in unique flavors for the major U.S. carriers. The Samsung Vibrant is available on T-Mobile, and the Samsung Captivate just launched on AT&T. The Samsung Fascinate will soon be available on Verizon, and Sprint is planning the launch of their second 4G phone – the Samsung Epic 4G. All four of these devices pack some mighty powerful hardware, but unfortunately lack an easy way to sync with Microsoft Outlook and other PC applications.
Using CompanionLink, it’s now possible to sync contacts, calendar, tasks and notes between the Samsung Vibrant, Fascinate, Captivate and Epic 4G and PC software such as Microsoft Outlook, ACT! by Sage, Palm Desktop, Lotus Notes and more. You can sync direct via USB, or wireless through Google. Find more info, as well as a 14-day free trial, at www.companionlink.com/galaxy
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Many users have been reporting that they’re having trouble synchronizing their BlackBerry devices with Outlook 2010. CompanionLink offers multiple solutions to sync BlackBerry with Outlook 2010; both 32-bit and 64-bit editions are fully supported. For more information on how to sync Outlook 2010 with BlackBerry devices, visit www.companionlink.com/blackberry
The new Motorola DROID X, available today, rightly deserves its position is Verizon’s new flagship phone. The DROID X features a huge 4.3″ screen, a lightning-fast 1 GHz processor, an 8 megapixel camera, and it runs Android 2.1. With all these amazing features, it’s a bit surprising to learn that the DROID X does not include any way to sync with Microsoft Outlook out of the box.
Google provides a free tool called Google Calendar Sync that syncs Outlook calendars to any Google account. The DROID X can be configured to then automatically sync with that Google account. However, Google Calendar Sync is a bit limited, as it only supports the primary Outlook calendar, and does not include data range options or Outlook categories support.
CompanionLink is proud to offer two ways to sync Outlook with the DROID X. Sync contacts, calendar and tasks wireless via a Google account, or sync Outlook contacts, calendar, tasks and notes to the DROID X direct via USB. Both options support two-way sync, so that changes made on the phone will update in Outlook.
CompanionLink’s sync solutions for the DROID X works in conjunction with an Android app called DejaOffice. DejaOffice is a robust suite of business-class contacts, calendar, tasks and notes apps for Android. It features advanced functionality such as color-coded categories, search and sort by company name, linking calendar entries to contacts and much more. DejaOffice is a free download from the Android Market.
CompanionLink’s sync solutions for the Motorola DROID X begin at $39.95. More information, including a 14-day free trial, is available at www.companionlink.com/droidx
Samsung’s newest Android device, the Intercept, is now available on Sprint. With the Android platform, the Samsung Intercept provides users advanced functionality through the many applications available on the Android market. However, one area where the Intercept needs a little help is with Outlook synchronization. CompanionLink offers two ways to sync the Samsung Internet with Microsoft Outlook – wired USB sync and wireless sync through Google.
Direct USB sync with the Samsung Intercept works in tandem with an Android app called DejaOffice, which provides business-class address book, calendar, tasks and notes apps. Data transfers two-ways between Outlook and DejaOffice using the USB cable that comes with Samsung Intercept.
Wireless sync through Google relies on the built-in integration the Samsung Intercept has with Google Contacts and Google Calendar. CompanionLink synchronizes Outlook contacts, calendar and tasks to Google, which then synchronizes over-the-air to the Intercept. Changes made on phone will sync back to Google, and then to the PC using CompanionLink.
In addition to Microsoft Outlook, CompanionLink supports other PC software such as Lotus Notes, ACT! by Sage, Palm Desktop, GoldMine and others. CompanionLink’s sync solutions for the Samsung Intercept start at $39.95. More information and a 14-day free trial are available at www.companionlink.com/phones/samsung-intercept.html
DejaOffice, a robust suite of contacts, calendar, tasks and notes apps for Android, allows you to assign color-coded categories to your contacts and calendar for easier organization. If you manage a large amount of contacts, splitting them up into categories can make it much easier to find the records you need. DejaOffice includes a category manger to create and rename global categories for use across contacts, calendar, tasks and notes.
DejaOffice also supports automatic sync of Outlook categories using the CompanionLink PC software. Once DejaOffice has been populated with categories, its easy to assign them to your contacts and calendar. Just select the record you wish to modify, press Menu and select Edit, and then tap the Category button to bring up a list of categories to select from. Save the record and you’re done – easy!
Learn more about DejaOffice for Android over at the DejaOffice Classroom. DejaOffice is available at no cost from the Android Market. CompanionLink’s sync solutions for Android devices begin at $39.95, with a 14-day free trial available at www.companionlink.com/android
RIM announced they will support Outlook 2010 32-bit some time in August 2010. They will release support for Outlook 2010 64-bit in 2011.
BlackBerry owners who need to sync their Outlook contacts, calendar, tasks and notes rely on BlackBerry Desktop Manager to do this. People looking for an immediate solution can use CompanionLink Express. It supports both Outlook 2010 32 and 64 bit. In addition to Outlook, CompanionLink can sync from other PC software like Palm Desktop, Lotus Notes, GroupWise, ACT! by Sage and Goldmine. CompanionLink Express costs $49.95, one-time, and comes with free phone support.
Alternatively, CompanionLink also develops a $9.99 product called O2g, which will sync Outlook to your Google account. The Google Sync service (offered by Google) will then sync Google Contacts and Calendar over-the-air with BlackBerry devices.