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  • Sync'ing Exotic Files for Palm PDAs

    I'm looking for a program that can sync files beyond what Palm Desktop 4.1.4 for Windows can sync - i.e. inside Palm Desktop going to Custom -> File Link... allows sync'ing of files with extensions of .csv and .aba as well as any internally known files such as data (archives) for Contacts, Calendar, Memos and Note Pad.

    Aside of files, it would also be interesting to sync whole directories. E.g. I could have a directory called 'books to read' (maybe with subfolders for sorting). If I sync'd this directory, I would always have an up-to-date pile of to-be-read materials.
    Last edited by eno; 05-28-2005, 04:41 PM. Reason: updated (more precise) title

  • #2
    It sounds to me like you're looking for either a Tungsten T5 or the new LifeDrive PDA, both from PalmOne. These allow file sync to essentially allow the PDA to be used as external storage.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by mondo
      It sounds to me like you're looking for either a Tungsten T5 or the new LifeDrive PDA, both from PalmOne. These allow file sync to essentially allow the PDA to be used as external storage.
      I already have a PDA so it would be nice if I could solve this without having to buy a new one.

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      • #4
        Or you can use Missing Sync.

        You can also try a card reader. I have an inexpensive one (Trio, I think), that reads both SD/MMC cards and Memory Sticks

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        • #5
          Originally posted by alsa
          Or you can use Missing Sync.

          You can also try a card reader. I have an inexpensive one (Trio, I think), that reads both SD/MMC cards and Memory Sticks
          Apparently Missing Sync is for Mac OS solely (which I don't have). I'd need either Linux or Windows XP compatible programs.

          I think I've read somewhere that you can transfer any type of file to the SD card even using the Palm Desktop's Quick Install application; I'll give that a shot. Thanks for all the suggestions so far!

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          • #6
            Use USB flash drive.

            I really do not understand why you want to put "exotic files" in Palm. There will be no way to view their contents. Better buy tiny USB flash drive. Some models come with the directory synchronization and encryption software.
            Tungsten T5 requires a little awkward procedure tu be used as USB drive (and special cable too).
            SD card requires compatible card reader (connected using USB interface).
            USB flash drive is a very smart and compact solution.
            TesTeq

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            • #7
              Originally posted by TesTeq
              I really do not understand why you want to put "exotic files" in Palm. There will be no way to view their contents.
              Hm, I meant exotic in the way that they weren't accepted by the Quick Install application that Palm Desktop comes with. Basically I want(ed) to read pdfs, ppts and so on that were accumulating and needed some but not necessarily acute and immediate attention. So I thought it might be nice to have a single directory to go to in case I have a bit of spare time (like commuting in the morning).

              I think I've found a nice alternative to what I want in Documents to Go (which I found in another thread here).

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              • #8
                Yep, you want either Documents To Go or RepliGo. DTG came free with my new LifeDrive, but I'm switching back to RepliGo, which seems much more stable.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jay Levitt
                  Yep, you want either Documents To Go or RepliGo. DTG came free with my new LifeDrive, but I'm switching back to RepliGo, which seems much more stable.
                  I'm quite sure that for some document types such as Word files DTG might be better, while for PDFs RepliGo seems to the best viewer so far.

                  I noticed that sometimes you have to carry two+ applications of the same type with you as one does one thing you like/need/want and the other does the other thing. That's not bad on a computer (although it costs more money there, too), but on a Palm device it can easily mean fuzzing around to find the right application for what you want to do (when you want to have a quick look), or cluttering a very much more limited amount of memory with things you sometimes don't even know about anymore (and file browsers for the Palm OS are - while available - far less capable of telling you which files belong to what).

                  What surprised me when I first started browsing third party applications was a much better designed interface for most of the programs that I looked at (this goes not only for 'small fonts vs. large fonts', where native applications only allow you large fonts and third party ones tend to allow smaller fonts for better overview; it's also nice to have e.g. a 3D interface with nice graphics - although that's a lot lower on my wish list for a Palm application).

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