Two-way sync with Palm Pixie

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(Credit: Palm and CNET)

Palm today announced the second Palm webOS based phone – the Palm Pixie.  The new phone will be availble during the 2009 holiday season in USA and will be priced lower than the Palm Pre’s $199 tag.  It will have a keyboard and touchscreen functionality.

CompanionLink will support two-way sync between Palm Pixie and PC software like Microsoft Outlook, Palm Desktop, Lotus Notes and ACT! from day one.

Follow up to ACT! road show (San Francisco)

The road show went great!  People left with a clear understanding of what ACT! 2010 offers and how CompanionLink allows them to sync ACT! data with virtually any major smartphone on the market today.

This broad compatibility with all smartphones makes CompanionLink unique.

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Comparing Google Apps Sync with CompanionLink

One June 9, 2009, Google announced a tool that can sync Microsoft Outlook contacts, calendar, and emails with Google Apps Premier edition and Google Apps Education edition. (Source)

But how can people with free Google or Gmail accounts sync with Outlook?  And what about support?

Google says that the Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook is for Premier and Education edition customers.  So you can’t use that.

CompanionLink has a solution for everyone using a free Google account.  It’s called CompanionLink for Google.  It syncs Outlook contacts, calendar and tasks (no email) with any Google, Gmail, or Google Apps account.  CompanionLink works with all editions of Google Apps (Standard, Premier, Education, Government, Non-profits, etc.).  The one-time purchase also comes with free email and phone support for as long as you own the product.

Review from the GigaOm Network (WebWorkerDaily blog)

The GigaOm network of blogs and technology enthusiasts use CompanionLink for Google.  Recently, they blogged about our product and why they decided to use ours.

Here’s the full blog post by them.

Thanks GigaOm team and Meryl Evans for the review!

Syncing tasks with Google, Gmail or Google Apps

While Google still hasn’t given us access to their Tasks API (so we can sync Tasks), we’ve created a workaround for the time being.  CompanionLink will sync your Tasks in Outlook, Palm Desktop, and other desktop software to your Google calendar as untimed events.

If you have a phone that syncs with your Google account, you can complete the task on your phone by inserting (complete) at the end of the subject of the task.

Original Task:
Task: Send email updates on the new product line

Completed Task:
Task: Send email updates on the new product line (complete)

ACT! Road Show (San Francisco, CA)

When: September 1, 2009

Where:
The Bently Reserve (Map it!)
301 Battery St.
San Francisco, CA 94111

We’ve partnered with Power of 3 Consulting for this road show. Here’s the full agenda here.

Registration is free, and we’ll be giving away some goodies!

301 Battery St.
San Francisco, CA 94111

Keeping private Outlook data out of ACT!

There are two ways that you can keep your private Outlook contacts from synching to ACT!:
1. Keep your private contacts in a separate Outlook folder from your corporate contacts, then configure DoubleLook to sync only with the Outlook folder containing your corporate contacts. You can find this setting under the Outlook Folders tab in the DoubleLook configuration.
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2. In Outlook, categorize your private contacts as “Personal”, then configure DoubleLook to ignore records in the Personal category. You can find this setting under the Personal Category tab in the DoubleLook configuration.

There are two ways that you can prevent your private Outlook contacts from syncing to ACT!:

1. Keep your private contacts in a separate Outlook folder from your corporate contacts.  Then configure your CompanionLink product to sync only with the Outlook folder containing your corporate contacts. You can find this setting under the Outlook Folders tab in the software’s configuration.

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2. In Outlook, categorize your private contacts as “Personal”, then configure your CompanionLink product to ignore records in the Personal category. You can find this setting under the Personal Category tab in the software’s configuration.

How to select specific ACT! Groups to sync

Don’t need all 20,000 ACT! contacts on your phone? CompanionLink has a way to limit the sync to only the data you actually need.

The “Groups” tab in CompanionLink lets you choose specific ACT! Groups that you want to sync. Here’s a video that shows you how.

Video: How to sync ACT! with Google

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Why sync ACT! with Google?  Because then you can use the free Google Sync service to sync data between Google and your phone.  This gives you free wireless sync of ACT! contacts and calendar with your phone, courtesy of CompanionLink (a one-time purchase) and Google Sync (free).

Here’s more info about how it works.