Mark/Space on Wednesday announced the release of The Missing Sync for Palm OS v5.0, a new version of their software to manage data synchronization between Macs and Palm OS-based devices, including many that do not come with software that natively supports the Mac. Priced at US$39.95, the software costs $24.95 to upgrade from previous versions.
The new release features support for Mac OS X v10.4 “Tiger’s” Sync Services technology, which allows The Missing Sync to synchronize contacts, calendar events and tasts directly with the Mac’s own master database, rather than having to go through iSync and the iSync Palm Conduit.
This also means that under Tiger, The Missing Sync can handle the database fields, calendar event categories, multiple postal addresses and other content that the Palm Conduit cannot. It can even synchronize contact photos from Palm Treo smartphones and other camera-enabled Palm handhelds.
A new Folder Sync conduit lets you define folders on your Mac and Palm device that are synchronized automatically. New conduits for iPhoto and iTunes provide media synchronization, new connection-aware Conduit Profiles let you run conduits depending on what kind of connection is made (say, for example, limiting the amount of data sent over slower Bluetooth connections).
The MemoPad application developed by Mark/Space gains sorting and searching capabilities and also works with Tiger’s Spotlight search technology.
Mark/Space said in a statement announcing the release that they’ve developed a “bridge library” to help third-party conduit developers more easily make the transition to Intel-based hardware; they’ve released the software for free on the Web site.
System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.3.9 or later and a Palm OS handheld running Palm OS 4 or 5, native USB, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection. Some features requires Mac OS X v10.4.2 “Tiger.”