Over the summer, I wrote an editorial making what I thought was a relatively simple request: an application that could keep a folder on my computer automatically synchronized with a folder on a memory card in my handheld or smartphone.
What I wanted was something that would make it easy for me to load lots of large podcasts onto my WM Smartphone, but I can see all kinds of uses for it because it can handle all types of files, from video to Word documents.
After reading my editorial, Fais Nasir from Razer 7echnologies thought I’d had such a good idea that he went out and wrote just what I was asking for.
Enter ACiD Sync
Nasir’s new application, ACiD Sync, uses Microsoft’s ActiveSync to do just what I was looking for; it can synchronize a folder on a Windows PC with one on a memory card inserted in a Windows Mobile device.
Because it uses ActiveSync, it works with both Pocket PCs and WM Smartphones. And there’s no need for an application on the mobile device, just one on your PC.
Nasir released a public beta of the Lite version of ACiD Sync last week. This handles the basic folder synchronization job. Add a file to the folder on your PC, and the next time you ActiveSync that file will be added to your device. Edit a file on your Pocket PC and the next time you ActiveSync it will be updated on your PC.
But, because this is a Lite version, it doesn’t have many bells and whistles. It has no support for sub-folders, and you can’t pick which two folders are synchronized. You have to use the default ones.
It does, however, handle situations where a file has been edited on both the PC and the memory card by letting you say in advance which device carries the master copy.
But that’s just the situation as it stands now. Nasir intends to release both Standard and Pro versions in the future. These will offer significantly more features, like sub-folder support, the ability to specify which folders are synchronized, and much more.
The public beta of ACiD Sync Lite is available now on the Razer 7echnologies web site.
It costs $9.95. I know, charging for a beta isn’t always popular, but this is a very stable beta. I’ve been using it for several days now without the slightest problem.
If you’re tired of having to manually move documents back and forth between your PC and your Windows Mobile device, I strongly suggest you go check out the demo of ACiD Sync. Like me, it may be just what you’ve been waiting for.
What About Palm Users?
ACiD Sync looks like it’s going to solve the synchronization gap for Windows Mobile users, but it can’t help people who use Palm OS handhelds or smartphones.
If you’re a developer looking for a new application to create, you should seriously consider creating one that can automatically sync a folder on a PC with one on a memory card inserted into a Palm OS handheld or smartphone. There are definitely people out there looking for just such a thing.
And now that RIM has brought support for multimedia to the BlackBerry line, I’m sure people using the Pearl and its successors will be asking for a similar application soon.