DejaOffice 1.9 now available on the Android Market

CompanionLink is excited to announce the release of DejaOffice 1.9. This new update features a setup wizard designed to configure your sync with DejaOffice quickly and painlessly. The update also includes priority styles for tasks – you can now manage your tasks with Outlook-style, Palm-style, or Franklin Covey-style priorities. In addition, there are many small usability changes throughout the app.

DejaOffice 1.9 includes:

  • An onboard Setup Wizard to help configure PC sync with Android in under 2 minutes
  • Priority styles for tasks – Outlook Style, Palm Style, Alpha (Franklin Covey) Style
  • Wi-Fi sync with PC using CompanionLink
  • Easy call and text message buttons in the contacts view
  • Calendar year-view
  • Contact pictures

To download the free update, visit www.dejaoffice.com or search for “DejaOffice” in the Android Market.

DejaOffice 1.6.2 Released

CompanionLink is proud to announce DejaOffice 1.6.2 for Android. DejaOffice, a suite of contacts, calendar, tasks and notes apps for Android, adds the following new productivity features in version 1.6.2:

  • Create and edit recurring calendar events on the device
  • Full integration with the native Android contacts and calendar apps with specific account selection
  • Tap-and-hold context menus to access on-the-fly search, sort and display options
  • Audible calendar and task alarms using the Android notification system
  • Faster internal sync process
  • Full support for Android 2.2 “Froyo”

Read the full press release here, then get DejaOffice free in the Android Market. Visit www.dejaoffice.com for more info.

How to assign categories to your Android contacts and calendar using DejaOffice

DejaOffice - Category SelectDejaOffice, 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!

DejaOffice - Contacts filtered by Category

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

Android Tech Tip – Link Calendar items to Contacts using DejaOffice

DejaOffice, an application suite of contacts, calendar, tasks and notes apps for Android, now allows you to link your contacts to individual calendar entries, tasks and notes. This lets you easily check who an appointment or a meeting was scheduled with, or view everyone attached to a certain project in your task list. To link a calendar entry to a contact, open DejaOffice, navigate to the calendar, and bring up the details screen for a calendar event. From here, tap the ‘Add Contact’ button and your address book should open up. Select the contact you’d like to attach, save, and you’re done!

DejaOffice is available at no cost from the Android Market and at www.dejaoffice.com

Tech Tip: Avoid duplicates when switching to CompanionLink USB for Android phones

Android does a great job of keeping your contacts in sync between Google and your phone, but many users find that CompanionLink USB offers a more complete sync solution. However, users switching to CompanionLink USB run the risk of duplicating contacts upon the initial sync. To ensure a seamless migration to direct USB sync, follow these steps:

1. On your Android phone, disable Google contacts sync: http://www.companionlink.com/support/howto/disable-google-contacts-sync.html

2. On your PC, configure CompanionLink USB to Purge and Reload (Options -> Purge and Reload All).

3. Sync your Android phone using CL USB Sync.

CompanionLink USB - Purge and Reload

This will clear your phone of all existing contacts, so make sure all your contacts are on your PC before performing the above steps. If you don’t have your contacts on your PC, you can first use CompanionLink USB to sync all your contacts on from your phone into Outlook. CompanionLink will then wipe the phone and do a fresh reload to ensure there are no duplicates. Once CompanionLink has synced contacts via USB, be careful about turning Google contacts sync back on unless you have also wiped all contacts from Google.

More info about CompanionLink sync solutions for Android, and a 14-day free trial, can be found at www.companionlink.com/android.

Tech Tip: Contacts automatically merging on Android phones

Some users report  that not all PC contacts sync to their Android device.  Or, contacts with similar names are not synchronizing at all.

Here’s what one user reported:

For instance, in Outlook contacts, I have a Jon Lewis, a Jonathan Lewis, and a John Lewis — all with different organizations and different contact info. But CompanionLink only sends the “Jonathan Lewis” info to my Droid.

This might be due to one of the “features” of Android.  The device automatically merges similar contacts with the goal of merging potential duplicates.

Here’s how to fix for contacts you feel are missing or automatically merged by Android:

1. Go to the contact in question on the device.
2. Select the “Menu” option.
3. Select the “Separate contacts” option.

This will separate each contact as its own entity.  In the John Lewis example above, you will now have three contacts: 1) Jon Lewis, 2) Jonathan Lewis, and 3) John Lewis.