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It's easy to jump online and be productive with Mac OS X, but it's also easy to stop there. Many users haven't explored the depth and richness of this powerful operating system and the applications that come with it. In Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Beyond the Basics, Chris Breen helps those who are already comfortable with Mac OS X discover new features in everyday applications like Mail, iCal, and Safari. He also explores the often overlooked "power user" tools, including Terminal, Disk Utility, and Automator, and provides troubleshooting and maintenance tips.
Not everyone has an iPhone yet they still like to sync their cell phone and PDAs to their Macs. The means for doing this is iSync, which you will find in the Applications folder. Considering that we are well into the 21st Century I will assume that you have a phone with Bluetooth capabilities. To sync that phone with your Mac turn on Bluetooth on your phone as well as on your Mac. In iSync, choose Devices, Add Device. It will look for devices. If it doesn't find one it will launch the Bluetooth setup system because you haven't yet configured your phone for Bluetooth.
In our Bluetooth system preference movie we showed you how to do this. We will do it again quickly one more time. Mobile Phone Continue, it will just resolve the name in just a second. There is my phone I click Continue. It's got the information it needs, continue again. It asks that I enter a passkey on the mobile phone, which I am doing now. We are good to go. I don't need to worry about accessing the Internet with my phone's data connection.
I want to deal with iSync. Setup iSync to transfer contacts and events, you bet click Continue. And it tells us we are ready to go. I click Quit. And here is iSync and it has my phone in it. The phone is selected here and there are a number of options below. For first sync it will ask you how you want to do this. Do you want to merge data on the computer and device or would you like to erase the data on the device and then sync? In this case I am going to choose erase data on device and then sync.
Under contacts I can decide which contacts I would like to synchronize. Do I want all contacts or do I want for example just the contacts for my band that's System 9? And within calendars I can choose which calendars I would like to sync, all of them or in this case just the selected calendars. Let's say all and put events created on iPhone into which calendar. Let's make this work. Now let's take a look at the More Options button. The first one is a really great option. That is synchronize only contacts with phone numbers.
On some phones you don't need that data. You don't need an email address. You don't need a physical address. What you really want is phone numbers and you don't want contacts that don't have them. Leave that on and it will grab only those contacts that have a phone number field filled in. Next option is don't synchronize events prior to for example, today one week ago, two weeks ago, one month ago. You may not want to carry around a bunch of events that have already taken place. Maybe you need to keep track of stuff that happened last week but beyond that you don't want it so let's say one week ago.
Don't synchronize events after and then one week, two weeks, a month, 2 months, 6 months, 1 year. You know what kind of events you want to keep. Maybe you have a recurring event that happens every single week for the next year and you don't want to keep a track of that on your phone. What you really want is just data for the next month for example. You can synchronize alarms or not if you choose to. You can also synchronize all day events. You don't have to do that either. For example if on Saturday all day, everyday, every single Saturday you do nothing but lie on the couch and for some reason you have entered an event that says lie on couch perhaps you don't want that showing up on your phone so when your friends look over your shoulder and look at your phones say every Saturday you lie on the couch and those are the options within More Options.
You click OK to take care of that and then to synchronize your phone you simply click Sync Devices. It tells you that it's made the connection and then it goes about its business. Now what about Palm OS syncing? Although it's an option listed in iSync I have to tell you that it doesn't yet work reliably with iSync. If you want to sync your Palm device with your Mac I strongly suggest that you pick up copy of marked spaces missing sync for Palm OS which is compatible with Leopard.
You can get your copy at www.markspace.com.
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