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Syncing your devices with iSync


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Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Beyond the Basics

with Christopher Breen

Video: Syncing your devices with iSync

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.
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  1. 2m 34s
    1. Welcome
      2m 34s
  2. 7m 19s
    1. Getting settled into the interface
      3m 46s
    2. Moving more quickly on your Mac
      3m 33s
  3. 18m 43s
    1. Changing languages with the International system preference
      7m 28s
    2. Adding security with the Security system preference
      5m 30s
    3. Configuring a firewall with the Security system preference
      5m 45s
  4. 28m 24s
    1. Adding a Bluetooth device with the Bluetooth system preference
      4m 5s
    2. Configuring your display with the Displays system preference
      6m 46s
    3. Configuring your input devices with the Keyboard & Mouse system preference
      5m 42s
    4. Printing and faxing with the Print & Fax system preference
      8m 15s
    5. Setting the Sound system preference
      3m 36s
  5. 35m 17s
    1. Setting up your MobileMe account with the system preference pane
      8m 35s
    2. Configuring your network connection with the Network system preference
      15m 46s
    3. Sharing your computer with the Sharing system preference
      10m 56s
  6. 41m 31s
    1. Understanding the Accounts system preference
      5m 46s
    2. Creating a new account with the Accounts system preference
      5m 31s
    3. Limiting access with the Parental Controls system preference
      10m 18s
    4. Updating your Mac with the Software Update system preference
      3m 54s
    5. Using Speech
      4m 18s
    6. Changing your startup disk with the Startup Disk system preference
      3m 16s
    7. The Universal Access system preference: The basics
      5m 44s
    8. The Universal Access system preference: VoiceOver
      2m 44s
  7. 33m 13s
    1. Tweaking your account settings
      6m 53s
    2. Organizing and viewing messages
      3m 30s
    3. Filtering mail with Rules
      11m 45s
    4. Importing and exporting mail
      3m 52s
    5. Mail tips
      7m 13s
  8. 14m 1s
    1. Creating complex iCal events
      4m 16s
    2. Publishing and subscribing to calendars
      4m 39s
    3. Importing and exporting calendars
      1m 47s
    4. Expanding iCal
      3m 19s
  9. 18m 54s
    1. Creating complex contacts
      4m 22s
    2. Importing, exporting, and sharing contacts
      5m 10s
    3. Organizing with Groups and Smart Groups
      7m 15s
    4. Printing from your Address Book
      2m 7s
  10. 17m 14s
    1. Doing more with Bookmarks
      3m 26s
    2. Covering your tracks
      3m 25s
    3. Working locally
      3m 54s
    4. Expanding Safari with Saft and PithHelmet
      6m 29s
  11. 54m 0s
    1. Monitoring your computer with Activity Monitor
      8m 31s
    2. Configuring an airport base station with Airport Utility
      4m 9s
    3. Configuring manual settings on an airport base station
      6m 16s
    4. Copying files with Bluetooth File Exchange
      2m 35s
    5. Setting up a partition with Boot Camp Assistant
      2m 35s
    6. Console
      5m 40s
    7. Storing your passwords with Keychain Assistant
      3m 45s
    8. Using keychain access for more than just passwords
      4m 21s
    9. Transferring user accounts with Migration Assistant
      4m 1s
    10. Monitoring your network with Network Utility
      6m 43s
    11. Using System Profiler
      5m 24s
  12. 22m 59s
    1. Understanding Disk Utility
      2m 18s
    2. Verify and repairing with Disk Utility
      3m 13s
    3. Formatting and partitioning with Disk Utility
      4m 27s
    4. Configuring a RAID with Disk Utility
      4m 12s
    5. Creating disk images with Disk Utility
      5m 34s
    6. Burning CDs with Disk Utility
      3m 15s
  13. 18m 17s
    1. Introducing the Terminal
      1m 35s
    2. Essential Terminal commands
      9m 58s
    3. Using the manuals
      1m 20s
    4. More useful Terminal commands
      5m 24s
  14. 7m 8s
    1. Changing permissions
      4m 27s
    2. Enabling the root user
      2m 41s
  15. 19m 14s
    1. Automator essentials
      1m 17s
    2. Creating an Automator workflow
      6m 52s
    3. Mailing images easily
      2m 42s
    4. Creating a timed backup system
      3m 9s
    5. Playing songs randomly from iTunes
      2m 26s
    6. Recording automation
      2m 48s
  16. 16m 12s
    1. Using the Calculator
      3m 16s
    2. Using Font Book
      3m 25s
    3. Importing and managing fonts in Font Book
      5m 1s
    4. Syncing your devices with iSync
      4m 30s
  17. 20m 9s
    1. Keeping your computer healthy
      8m 12s
    2. Using Disk Warrior
      3m 41s
    3. Using Onyx
      8m 16s
  18. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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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.

Topics include:
  • Customizing the interface Configuring the firewall and other security settings Adding a Bluetooth device and transferring files Networking and sharing files Setting up AirPort Base Station Filtering mail with Rules Creating complex iCal events Importing, exporting, and sharing contacts Using Activity Monitor, Keychain Access, and other utilities Changing permissions and enabling a root user Syncing devices with iSync
Subject:
Business
Software:
Mac OS X
Author:
Christopher Breen

Syncing your devices with iSync

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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