Sync Palm w/o Palm Desktop?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by zflauaus, Feb 18, 2006.

  1. zflauaus macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2004
    I currently have a Palm Tungsten T2 that when I start syncing it with my iBook, via Bluetooth or Cradle, it makes Finder and Dock unresponsive. I've been wanting to get rid of Palm Desktop for a while and this is another reason to. Is there a way I can sync my Palm w/o Palm Desktop for free?
  2. ElectricSheep macrumors 6502


    Feb 18, 2004
    Wilmington, DE
    For free? Not that I'm aware of. You will either have to use HotSync, or The Missing Sync.
  3. DeSnousa macrumors 68000


    Jan 20, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
  4. zflauaus thread starter macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2004
    I'm running 4.0. I haven't been able to update it since I'm on dial-up.:mad: :(
    I'll try and download it sometime soon.
  5. TLRedhawke macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2004
    You can use iSync, but you have to keep the Palm Desktop installed. iSync requires a conduit that is installed by it to communicate with the Palm. It will never need to open, but it has to be on the system. Just open up iSync, and go through the process of adding a new device. It's a far far better solution than using Palm Desktop, or shelling out for The Missing Sync.
  6. sunfast macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2005
    while we're on the subject..

    I've got a Sony Clie SJ33 (running palm OS 4). Which version of desktop do I need to sync it with my mac? The palm website only mentions palm branded machines.

  7. AstrosFan macrumors 6502


    Jul 26, 2005
    The last time I looked at this issue was a couple of years ago, but my understanding is that with the Sony PDAs, you need to use a third-party application such as The Missing Sync to sync with your Mac.
    I, too, could not find a simple answer on the Palm website or the almighty Google.
    The Missing Sync website ( shows support for Palm OS 4 and Mac OS X Tiger or Panther.
    Best wishes!
  8. TLRedhawke macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2004
    Unfortunately for Clie owners, yes, you must use a third party application on a Mac. Sony shipped custom software for syncing Clies with Windows machines (since we know Sony almost never supports Macs), as opposed to the Palm Desktop. So, The Missing Sync is your best bet.
  9. afd macrumors 6502a

    Apr 12, 2005
    i have an old sonly sl10 that synced fine over USB with palm desktop, didn't need missing sync at all.
    I use missing sync now with my Palm TX though because it deals with music and photos better than the palm software.
  10. iSaint macrumors 603


    May 26, 2004
    South Mississippi y'all, near the water!
    My Clie SJ22 syncs with Entourage. I use HotSync, and it does the job for me.
  11. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000


    May 15, 2005
    NG9, England
    Unfortunately for some reason my Zire 72 refuses to sync with iSync. Or should I say even with the latest Palm Desktop installed and run on several occasions, it doesn't recognise it as having either been installed and/or run so refuses to allow Palm synching enabling.

    Doesn't bother me much though, just use Palm Desktop via bluetooth.
  12. turbodub macrumors regular

    May 25, 2004
    I have a Palm TX that I used to sync using iSync. I started using Missing Sync because it allows me to sync mkore address fields for my contacts, and the locations and categories are preserved in iCal. Missing Sync is great; it costs $40 though...

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