Sync More MS Outlook Contact Info with KeyContacts

Chapura has announced that it will soon release KeyContacts, an alternative to the standard Palm OS Address Book which gives Microsoft Outlook users a way to manage virtually all of their detailed contact information, including access to important Outlook fields, categories, and folders on their handheld. KeyContacts will be available on June 25 for $25.

Outlook customers using KeyContacts instead of the Palm OS Address Book will be able to synchronize 40 additional Contacts fields, including all phone numbers, all addresses, full name, job title, assistant's name, birthday, anniversary, spouse and children's names, and more.

It also supports over 250 categories, significantly more than the number of standard categories in the Palm OS. A contact on the handheld can now have multiple categories associated with it. In addition, categories and folders in KeyContacts will automatically match previously set categories and folders on the desktop, eliminating the need for users to change the way they organize their information.

KeyContacts is Windows only. It requires Palm Desktop 3.0 or higher, Palm OS 3.0 or higher, and at least 250 KB free memory on the handheld.

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they'd be better off with meeting attendees

I.M. Anonymous @ 6/20/2002 12:37:05 PM #
...this sounds interesting, but an update that would allow Outlook 'meeting' attendees to come over to the datebook (in the note field perhaps) would be great.
RE: they'd be better off with meeting attendees
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/20/2002 1:08:17 PM #
I agree. However, I don't think I would easily switch from DateBk to another 3rd party datebook program just for that feature.
RE: they'd be better off with meeting attendees
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/21/2002 2:33:38 PM #
the point is that it could be in the note on the record --- DateBK would be able to read that.

Hope it is better then pocket mirror

I.M. Anonymous @ 6/20/2002 12:43:57 PM #
The IT in my office use pocket mirror as a standard when setting up PDAs. The software stinks to no end, not user friendly, only configurable to outlook, ect... InteliSync which I use at home does a much better job in configuration, sync options, and data recovery.
RE: Hope it is better then pocket mirror
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/20/2002 12:57:31 PM #
I have the opposite opinion thinking Intellisync is inferior to PocketMirror. I tried IS when I received my Clie and ended up reinstalling PM3Pro.
RE: Hope it is better then pocket mirror
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/20/2002 1:12:15 PM #
I too switched for IS to PM. As in all of these types of things, YMMV.
RE: Hope it is better then pocket mirror
fkclo @ 6/20/2002 1:14:45 PM #
Would be interested to know how it will work if one day the user have to sync back to Palm Desktop. Where will all those additional information / linking go ?

Sounds like this will no longer be compatible with the Palm Address book, and as a result, will the various OS features such as phone look up will still work ?

RE: Hope it is better then pocket mirror
kilo94 @ 6/20/2002 1:14:54 PM #
What problems specifically have y'all had? Although the first couple of releases caused duplicates, the latest versions of PocketMirror haved worked well for me.

No reason to buy other apps when this one comes free with today's devices.

I support PIC and Palmvenue; Visit

RE: Hope it is better then pocket mirror
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/20/2002 1:15:58 PM #
If you want to sync Outlook to Palm, there is only one program: PM Pro. Nothing comes close.
RE: My wife dumped IntelliSync for PocketMirror Pro
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/20/2002 1:50:21 PM #
I'll have to agree with some of the other posters. I bought my wife a Sony device that came with IntelliSync (Lite?). She was disappointed with IntelliSync and replaced it with PocketMirror Pro after a few days.

Degree Suffixes, eg, PhD, MD

robrecht @ 6/20/2002 1:32:50 PM #
Will this new program be able to correctly store and reproduce degree suffixes, eg, PhD, MD, RN, RPh, PharmD? The basic Palm Contact program seems to mistake this for the last name when synching with MS Outlook (perhaps I'm using it incorrectly).

Thanks, Robrecht

Read Only Category of Contacts

robrecht @ 6/20/2002 1:36:05 PM #
Perhaps another stupid question, but I want to sync a category of my contacts from out network at work in a "read-only" manner since I do not have write privileges to our team contacts. Is this a relatively simple thing to do? With this new program or other more robust programs? My personal contacts I want to be able to sync.

Thanks, Robrecht


Ronin @ 6/20/2002 5:43:31 PM #
Visited the site. Checked out the details.

If this program does what they say it does, than I am impressed. This functionality is something I have been waiting for somebody to develop for Palm devices and I am very glad to finally see it finally arrive and at a reasonable price too.

Three things I hope it can do that are not mentioned on the site (or I missed, if it is there):

it can beam addresses to Palm devices that do not have the program (only see mention of receiving)
it provides for taking over the phone lookup feature of the main address book
that it works with DateBk5

If it has these features in addition to everything mentioned on the site, I am so there.

RE: Impressed
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/21/2002 12:34:51 AM #
Me to! But I'm going to miss the Teal Phone header line that lets me cycle through phone numbers and email addresses for a particular contact.
RE: Impressed
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/21/2002 4:48:44 AM #
If it don't use the standard palm address book database ...
I can answer quickly to all your questions : NO...


RE: Impressed
Beavis @ 6/21/2002 7:30:37 AM #
Only 5 days from announcement to release. Very impressive. The LauncherX folks could learn something from this.

It's now officially late June. We're still waiting for you LauncherX.

Looks fun, except...

LarryGarfield @ 6/22/2002 2:52:12 AM #
Looks yummy. Just one problem. I don't use Outlook, and never will. It's a vile piece of virus-writer heaven that I do not want polluting my computer. I guess that means I'm out of luck with this program, though. Too bad, I'd seriously consider paying the money for it otherwise.

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RE: Looks fun, except...
I.M. Anonymous @ 6/22/2002 1:20:18 PM #
Been using Outlook for as long as I can remember and never had a single virus problem. It's funny that just about every Outlook flame either comes from someone who is pissed off that their software is not compatible with the mailer they use or from someone who thinks that Linus is a godsent and wants it to take over the world so that they can feel good about themselves.


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