Mark/Space has just released an update to its popular synchronization software for Mac OS X that adds support for Pocket PCs and smartphones that run Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0.
Previous versions of this application worked only with Widows Mobile 2003 and earlier.
What Else Is New?
In addition to adding support for the latest devices, the Missing Sync for Windows Mobile 2.5 improves synchronization of contacts, calendar events and tasks with Apple’s Address Book and iCal applications, as well as with Microsoft Entourage 2004.
It also introduces a toolbar that provides quick access to the most used commands and a customizable, drag-and-drop install feature that recognizes certain file types, such as music, pictures and video, and puts them in the proper place on the device.
This application uses Apple’s Sync Services technology, introduced in Mac OS X 10.4, which allows third-party applications to synchronize information with a central database. This means that users of Chronos SOHO Organizer, Market Circle Daylite, and other Sync Services-savvy applications can easily transfer information back and forth from these apps to Windows Mobile devices via The Missing Sync.
New Plug-in Architecture
To further the company’s goal of expanding the Windows Mobile platform’s connectivity options with Macintoshes, Mark/Space has built a plug-in architecture into The Missing Sync which gives third-party developers the ability to connect Mac applications with programs running on Windows Mobile handhelds and smartphones. For example, it’s possible to create a plug-in that synchronizes monetary transactions between a financial management application on the Mac and expense software on the device. Mark/Space hopes to see new plug-ins developed that expand the usefulness of these mobile devices specifically for Mac users.