Search tasks and memos on Palm webOS phones

Search tasks and memos on Palm webOS phones using CL USB Sync

CL USB Sync is a Palm webOS app that has  custom tasks and memos modules.  The app allows users to sync data from their PC to their Palm webOS phone using the USB cable that came with the device.

The app also has a  feature that allow users to quickly search their tasks and memos.  Simply type in a word or phrase in the search bar and the results will list all the tasks or memos that contain that search term.

Users who rely on memos and tasks on Palm phones or in their PC software (like Palm Desktop or Microsoft Outlook) thrive on this search feature to quickly find what they need.

2 ways to do wireless sync between ACT! and iPhone

Here are 2 ways to sync ACT! data to your iPhone:

1. Sync using CompanionLink’s wireless sync service
2. Sync using Google and Google Sync

ACT! to iPhone sync using CompanionLink’s wireless sync service

For $9.95/month, you can use CompanionLink’s wireless sync service to sync data two-ways between ACT! and iPhone.  Sync ACT! contacts, calendar activities, to-dos, opportunities, notes and histories with iPhone.

Contacts and their associated notes and histories sync to the built-in address book on the iPhone.  Calendar activities, to-dos, and opportunities sync to an iPhone app (available for free from iTunes) called iClink.  The iClink app adds a custom calendar and tasks/to-do list with enhanced business features such as linked contacts and priorities.

You’ll need CompanionLink Professional installed on your PC, and iClink on your iPhone.  CompanionLink does not host your ACT! data; they simply mediate the transfer of data.

Total one-time cost: $99.95
Monthly service charge: $9.95

More info here.

ACT! to iPhone sync


ACT! to iPhone sync using Google and Google Sync

You can use a Google account and the free Google Sync service to sync ACT! data to iPhone.  CompanionLink will sync ACT! data to your Google account. Then, you can set up the Google Sync service to sync your Google data to the built-in address book and calendar on your iPhone, over-the-air.

Contacts, calendar activities, notes and histories sync to the iPhone and are  editable on the device.

You’ll need either CompanionLink Express or CompanionLink Professional installed on your PC.  The Professional version has everything the Express version has, plus the Auto Synchronization feature which lets you set a timer to automatically sync ACT! with Google in the background.

Google will host your data.  That’s required for Google Sync to work.  If this is a security issue for you or your client, use CompanionLink’s wireless sync service.

Total one-time cost: $49.95 (Express) or $99.95 (Professional)

More info here.

ACT to Google to iPhone sync

Update: Fix for Google Calendar sync service outage

CompanionLink has a fix to the synchronization service outage with Google Calendar.  If you sync calendar data from your PC to your Google Calendar, you will need to install this update.

You can download the free update software here. Install this update on your PC.  Make sure to download the software update for the product you currently have.  If you don’t know which product you have, here’s how to find out.

Details about the sync service outage with Google Calendar

On November 24, 2009, Google made a critical change to a core field in Google Calendar.  We don’t know if Google intended this change, or knows that it affects software that uses the published Google API.  It may be the case that Google will allow the software to work again in due time.  The change by Google to their published APIs made it unable for CompanionLink’s software to Add or Change Calendar information from PC to Google.  Google Contacts is not affected.  Sync Google Calendar works fine from Google to PC.

CompanionLink has created a software update that complies with Google’s changes.  CompanionLink products with build 3082 and higher will contain this change and can be used to update data from PC to Google.

Service outage when syncing with Google Calendar

CompanionLink has been getting reports from users that as of today morning, their PC calendar has stopped synchronizing with their Google Calendar.  CompanionLink was able to reproduce this problem with our in-house tests.  We are working on a solution.

Follow the CompanionLink Twitter feed for the latest updates.

Phone breakdown of Android platform (October 2009)

Android phone breakdown by AdMob (October 2009)

In the October 2009 issue of AdMob Mobile Metrics Report, the company has a telling chart that lists the phones people are using on the Android platform.  While the Droid has been available for less than one month, it has managed to grab nearly 25% of the Android market.

CompanionLink continues to align closer with Android devices.  CompanionLink already offers a two-way sync solution between PC and Google, which natively feeds the address book and calendar on Android phones.  CompanionLink is also working on a two-way USB sync between PC and Android.  This will allow users to sync PC (ie – Microsoft Outlook) contacts, calendar, tasks and notes to their Android using the USB cable that came with their device.

Outlook 2010 sync options

Update April 27, 2010: CompanionLink syncs with Outlook 2010 32-bit and 64-bit

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Today, Microsoft announced the public availability of Microsoft Office 2010 Beta.  Microsoft says the new version is designed to deliver the best productivity experience across the PC, phone and browser.  CompanionLink plays a key role in enhancing the productivity of Outlook 2010 by syncing data to mobile and web-based platforms.

CompanionLink provides complete two-way synchronization between Outlook 2010 and  the latest smartphone platforms, popular PC contact management software, and web-based services like Google, Gmail, and Google Apps.  CompanionLink  synchronizes Outlook contacts, calendar, tasks, and notes.  It can be configured to sync data with the following mobile platforms:

Apple iPhone
Google Android
BlackBerry
Palm webOS
Palm OS
Windows Mobile
Symbian OS (via Google)

There are four primary ways CompanionLink can be set up to sync Outlook 2010 data.

Sync option 1: Outlook 2010 wired sync (USB) with phones

Outlook 2010 USB sync with phones

CompanionLink can do a USB sync between Outlook 2010 and supported phones.  Data either syncs using CompanionLink’s proprietary technology or using helper conduits like BlackBerry Desktop Manager (for BlackBerry devices), iTunes (for iPhones), HotSync Manager (for Palm OS devices), or ActiveSync (for Windows Mobile phones).

Sync option 2: Outlook 2010 sync with Google, Gmail, and Google Apps

Outlook 2010 sync with Google, Gmail, and Google Apps

CompanionLink can sync contacts and calendar with your Google account.  Contacts and calendar sync to Google Contacts and Google Calendar.  Once data is synchronized with Google, the free Google Sync service offered by Google can sync that data over-the-air with smartphones.  CompanionLink works seamlessly with the Google Sync feature.

Sync option 3: Wireless sync using CompanioLink’s wireless sync service

Outlook 2010 wireless sync service by CompanionLink

CompanionLink also offers a wireless sync service that syncs Outlook 2010 contacts, calendar, tasks and notes directly to the phone’s built-in address book, calendar, and tasks apps.  The monthly service allows users who are using Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2010 Business Contact Manager without an Exchange Server or BlackBerry Enterprise Service get over-the-air sync capabilities.

With iPhone, CompanionLink has a custom iPhone app (called DejaOffice) that provides PC-like calendar and tasks modules that include categories, priorities, and sorting features that business users have come to expect.

Sync option 4: Sync Outlook 2010 with other PC contact managers

CompanionLink can also be set up to sync Outlook 2010 with Lotus Notes, GroupWise, Outlook 2010 Business Contact Manager, Palm Desktop, ACT! and GoldMine.  Two-way sync lets customers work in either software and ensure the other is updated every time a sync is done.

Update: wired (USB) sync with Droid

A week ago, CompanionLink unveiled their plans to develop USB sync software for Android phones.  CompanionLink now has more details about the solution.

The sync will be ready for launch within 90 days and will do two-way sync of Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, and Notes between PC and Android phone using the USB cable that ships with the device.  No web-based solution like Google is required.  No Wi-Fi or Internet connection is needed.

Contacts will sync to the built-in address book on the Android phone.  CompanionLink plans to include a way to categorize contacts into groups.

Calendar will sync to a custom app that allows more search and list-view capabilities as compared to the built-in calendar on the Android phone.

Tasks and Notes will sync to custom apps on the Android phone that will allow categorization, sorting, and the ability to assign priorities.

Update 12/21/2009: This direct USB sync solution is now available here.

Outlook USB sync with Palm Pixi

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CompanionLink for webOS USB is software that does a direct two-way USB sync between Outlook and Palm Pixi.  Contacts, calendar, tasks, and notes sync to the Pixi and can be edited on either the PC or on the phone.

CompanionLink features a Palm webOS app called CL USB Sync that can be downloaded to the phone for free from the Palm App Catalog.  This app works with CompanionLink for webOS USB to synchronize PC contacts and calendar to the phone’s webOS contacts and calendar applications.  The CL USB Sync app also includes unique tasks and memos apps with categories and sort lists that work like the PC versions of the same applications.

More info about Outlook USB sync with Palm Pixi.

Outlook wireless sync with Palm Pixi

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CompanionLink for Google is software that does a two-way ync between Outlook and Google, which automatically syncs with Palm Pixi using Palm Synergy.  Contacts, calendar, and tasks from Outlook sync to Google and Pixi, and they and can be edited on either the PC or on the phone.

With CompanionLink, no additional configuration of your router or home network is required.  As long as your PC has an internet connection, data will sync two-ways between PC and Google.  Pixi will sync any changes you make.

CompanionLink for Google has an “auto sync” feature that automates the entire process.  You can set how often the sync between PC and Google should occur, and let CompanionLink run in the system tray on your PC.

More info about Outlook sync with Google and Palm Pixi.

Dell smarphones based on Android

Dell Mini 3 two-way syncSource: CNET and Dell

Dell today announced that they will enter the smartphone market with the launch of the Mini 3 device that’s based on the Google Android platform.  The units will first sell in China and Brazil this year.

If the Dell Mini 3 is like current Android-based smartphones that automatically sync with Google contacts and calendar, then Dell Mini 3 users will be able to use CompanionLink to sync Microsoft Outlook data with their Google accounts and their phones.

Here’s the full article on CNET about Dell’s announcement today.

CompanionLink supports supports two-way sync using Chinese characters.  This works because the core architecture behind CompanionLink’s products is Unicode-compliant.  Customers who use Chinese characters in their desktop software – such as Microsoft Outlook – will be able to sync their Outlook data with Google and Dell Mini 3.