What Mac OS X Tiger Means for Handheld Users

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Apple recently released Tiger (Mac OS X 10.4), which includes significant changes to iSync. This affects users of The Missing Sync, Mark/Space’s synchronization software for various types of handhelds.

The changes to iSync mean that The Missing Sync for Pocket PC no longer works. This was Mark/Space’s original application for Pocket PCs, and is being phased out. Development has stopped on this application, and therefore it is not compatible with Tiger.

It is being replaced by The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile. This will offer many features not available in the original application, including Entourage syncing, Windows Mobile for Smartphone support, and a new plug-in architecture. It will be compatible with Tiger and Mac OS 10.3.x.

However, it is not yet available. Mark/Space hopes it will be on the market before the end of June.

This means that The Missing Sync users who wish to continue to synchronize their Windows Mobile device should not upgrade to Tiger.

Users of The Missing Sync for Pocket PC will be able to get the new application at a discount.

Palm OS Users

The Missing Sync for Palm OS 4.0.4 is generally compatible with Tiger.

However, the Internet Sharing feature may not function properly under the new version of OS X. In addition, users may experience problems with the iPhoto export feature.

Mark/Space says these problems will be fixed by a free 4.0.5 update, which will be available soon. A beta version of this is already available from the company.

Sidekick/hiptop Users

Mark/Space recently released a version of The Missing Sync for the T-Mobile Sidekick line.

This is currently not compatible with Tiger, and therefore The Missing Sync users who wish to continue to synchronize their Sidekick should not upgrade their Mac.

A free update from Mark/Space is expected by the end of June.

More information on all the versions of The Missing Sync is available on the Mark/Space web site.

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