How to Import Data in Palm’s Expense Application to a Mac OS X Computer

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Recently, I received a desperate email from someone who had stored months of information in the Expense application that comes with many Palms, then realized there was no way to get this data off his handheld and onto his Macintosh computer.
 
Fortunately, after some research, I was able to help this person. Then it occurred to me that others might be having the same problem.If this is you, then I hope the following will have what you need.
 
No Conduit Available
 
When synchronizing a Palm OS Handheld with your Mac, the Palm Desktop is naturally the place you go to to find the information that you previously entered into your Palm. If you try this with the Expense application, you are going to be disappointed.  
 
The reason you aren’t seeing anything about Expense in the Palm Desktop is because neither Palm nor PalmSource ever wrote a Mac conduit for Expense. Fortunately, someone else did.
 
The Solution
 
To get the conduit you need, just go to the QueueSoft web site.Near the top of the page you’ll see “Expense Conduit for Mac OS X.” Download and unstuff it. The ReadMe file explains how to install the conduit and use it.The installation is a touch more complicated that usual, so reading the instructions is absolutely required.
 
I tested this conduit on my wife’s Mac and it works fine. The comma-delimited file it creates opened in Excel without a hitch.
 
Possibly a Better Solution
 
Expense is a very limited application. There is a thread in the Brighthand Forums that discusses some better alternatives.
 
p.s. Thanks to all the people in the forums whose hard work and research made this article possible.
 

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