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How to: Sync Palm Pre with Palm Desktop

Commpanion link has posted on Youtube a video detailing how you should go about syncing your Palm Pre with Palm Desktop.

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Prior to hearing about the pre I "upgraded" to the new desktop software....oops what a mistake. Upgrade?? It's was like trading in a super model for your grandma! I really lost faith in Palm, but after learning about what the Pre could do I was so exctited to get one.....until I heard what it couldn't do. I had dreams of a modern phone, in some aspects, better than the iphone and a cool, new, modern desktop application that would be even better than the original.....You know, using technology to make applications better! What a concept! Well, we all know that's not going to happen. Palm rested on there laurels for way too long and is trying to play catch up.

O.K. syncing to the web may be the future and Palm made the move to head that way...great. But to bring the pre out without a way for Palm loyalist to sync all the items on their palm desktop was asinine!

The way I see it we've got three options......

1.) Buy the pre, use outlook for your desktop application. Outlook 2007 works great and in some ways, even better than palm desktop, if you don't count the occasional crash. However, to sync your Pre to outlook you'll need to use google as the middle man. This option will not allow tasks or memos to sync to the Pre which sucks huge!! The only hope you would have is to wait for palm to come out with an app that would actually do as great job of managing tasks and memos as the desktop software did I'm not feelin' it.

2.) Same as above, but skip the Outlook, sync directly to google and still no syncing of tasks and memos. Again, apps might solve this issue...might not.

3). Hate to say it, but there is a phone that sync's contacts, calenders, tasks and memos and does an awesome job of email. Sure, you have to use outlook but you do get a modern phone with tons of apps. No, it's no iphone killer but at least the interface doesn't look it was desgned by a guy sporting a mullet and listneing to Motley Crue......back in the 80's. Don't want to mention any names but it's initials are BB and there's a website all about these phones called crackberry.

I love what the Pre can do but I deal with tasks all day long. I would be lost without beaing able to sync them between the phone and computer. I'm not sure how long I'm going to wait to see if things will change for palm. I think I see my future ahead of me and it looks like there is a CURVE in the road. Sorry to be so BOLD in such a STORM of contraversy.

January 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertony

I agree with everyone. I want and NEED the palm desktop and categories.

The only way that Palm will make a change is to bombard them with calls and emails... AND tell them we want the change to be a FREE upgrade. its ridiculous to have to by a 3rd party software for something Palm initially created.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJenifer

I agree with the posts above. I am concerned about syncing my life onto the internet and don't understand why I should have to pay an extra $40 to keep my ifo between me, my palm pre and my PC. Big disappointment.

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterzip

I agree with all the comments-Palm help us Mac users keep using Palm Desktop and develop a direct sync software for memos, contacts etc to Palm Pre . I wish I had purchased an IPhone !

February 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertryspitz

I agree with the above. I wish Palm would listen to these posts and give us Mac users software to transfer PalmDesktop data, memos, contacts etc directly to Palm Pre...I wish I had purchased a iPhone

February 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commentertryspitz

Palm, are you listening ? we cannot upgrade without a path for our Data.....not in a cloud

February 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPeter C

check this for options that suits your needs

February 22, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBOLTRON73

I bought my first Palm in 1999, and have been an unwavering Palm user since. I'm also a loyal Verizon customer, so I've waited several years to update my Palm Treo 755p (probably the 5th or 6th Palm I've owned) to something better. I have exactly 1 reason for my loyalty to Palm: I'm very dependent, and VERY particular, about my address book and calendar and the UI associated with them. I've always felt Palm desktop and device UIs for address book and calendar far outstripped anything else I've ever seen on the market. And I hate 3rd party syncing apps because data gets corrupted. So I've loyally waited for the Pre/Pixi on Verizon and it's finally here, and I find out that there's no Palm Desktop sync! I have to purchase(!) a 3rd party app to sync, and it takes multiple steps every sync, etc. etc. Can't describe how disappointed I am that the one reason I've held out for the Palm is now up in smoke. I feel like an idiot for holding out.

So I echo others' sentiments that it is IMPERATIVE Palm maintain its best feature: Palm Desktop. For both the Pixi Plus and the Pre Plus. AND retain non-cloud (i.e., direct USB) syncing (because NO, I will never trust all my personal data to the cloud).

When Palm has LONG time Palm loyalists like I've seen in these posts seriously questioning the intelligence of that loyalty, and their faith in Palm, Palm has a much more serious problem than it thinks. Many of us have declined to switch to frankly very cool alternative devices because that loyalty - but when the trust is broken....

February 26, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElin

I just got the palm pre.
I really wish I can return it back and then get Treo 600 series to use PalmDesktop...
Please Don't abandon PamDesk Top which is the role model to all of the smart scheduler...

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWilliam

I use Chapura's Pocket Mirror. Great product. Syncs to outlook wirelesselly but does NOT send data to the internet. It will only sync to outlook on a PC if you are on the same network (e.g. same subnet). It does requrie internet connectivity from the PC but that is ONLY used to verify your credentials which have to be entered on the PC and Palm pre (once only) to make sure only the authorised pre is synchronising to the PC and visa versa.

Easy to setup and easy to use. Well worth the cost

March 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGurnam

Another thing to bear in mind is that if you dont want data to synchronise to cloud is either
a) switch off backup
b) set the default category for contacts and tasks (calender if requried) to Outlook (you do this once chapura is installed). After this point ALL new contacts and tasks created will have adefault profile of Outlook - this is the profile Chapura uses to synch with outlook. This means unless you specically tell the pre to creat a contact with different profile all your newly created contacts and tasks will sync to your PC only

March 12, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGurnam

Does anyone know if companion-link allows you to sync-up games from the palm dektop on your pc to your device?.

March 22, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwol2599

Take a look at Mark Space:

Right now it syncs iCal and Address Book via USB. Can also sync ringtones, music, playlists, photos, files, videos. Cost is ~$40 but will include free update when tasks and notes (memos) is available. I've been using it on my Centro and like it. Think I might try it for my new Pre. Too bad Mark Space doesn't offer an upgrade package/price for current users. Probably my biggest reason for holding out right now. If anyone has tried it, I'd like to see comments.

May 20, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterwebmick

I just checked out a review from last year about Chapura - mostly positive, and thank you for pointing it out. Looks like the only other option is CompanionLink, and PCNet reviews are extremely negative.,2817,2352752,00.asp

But yes, KEEP PALM DESKTOP. Or at the very least, allow for direct transfers of info. I mean come ON! If in the end I can't transfer the info on my Zire, I'm leaving Palm for good. And I've used it since the first Palms came out.

Oh, and if there were a stylus function that might be nice too. The fact is, human brains remember things better when writing them, even in short hand. And it's often faster. I'd at least like to have the option. An App one day, perhaps?

By the way, the folks at Verizon were perfectly nice but totally clueless when it came to the question of transferring. Oh yes, they assured, of course you can migrate all your info from your Palm Zire to Desktop to Pre. Well, you can, but only if you're patient and use software that may or may not work and takes up a great deal of timie.

Very irritated right now with my new Pre, for all CNet's reviews were quite glowing. Willing to roll with it for a bit - it's early days yet, and there will be fixes and mea culpas, and I'll give it a chance. For a little while. But otherwise, I might as well just start over with some other pretty phone.

June 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPam

First this companion is another thirty dollars. Second I faded out after second step as all I want to do is sync with palm desktop version 4. Google is worthless as a scheduling and todo etc. As other point out, cloud computing is for stupid people that don't understand economics, hacking, politics, and history! Ignorant or stupid, stupid, stupid.

I will pass on the palm, and alltell two year agreement, since they don't want to build a simple backward compatible device that will allow me to continue my 2 decades of life organizing and archive.

Remind me in future to do all my scheduling, note taking, todo listing, with a simple txt document, so I am not screwed by an ignorant greedy company.

June 29, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdegarb

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