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Chapura today released a new, comprehensive software MS Outlook synchronization package called KeySuite. KeySuite Synchronizes more details in Outlook Calendar, Contacts, Tasks and Notes. The new software provides enhanced replacements for the built-in Palm applications and combines a rich Outlook experience on a Palm Powered handheld.
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abosco @ 6/24/2003 5:42:05 PM #
Looks powerful, but that's an expensive price.

In other news, Ryan mangles a word all to hell in the first sentence. Hey, at least the spelling error tradition is carried on in each article.


RE: Well
skennedy1217 @ 6/24/2003 11:26:00 PM #
"More Fields: Carry...more...on your handheld with KeySuite applications...than Pocket PC applications."

So is this the only advantage over PPC2003? I need a product that sync's better with Outlook (screwed up my work calendar on a couple occasions). Can the latest off the shelf PPC coupled with ActiveSync give seemless Outlook synchronization, albeit with a few less categories?

T|T user...thinking about next upgrade to T|C, T|T2 or HP 2210).

RE: Well
a3 @ 6/25/2003 9:22:05 AM #

Already a Tapwave's Helix fan.
RE: Well
radleyp @ 6/25/2003 12:22:14 PM #
If you are so intent on getting Outlook fields on your handheld, why not buy a PPC? I don't get this product. radleyp

RE: Well
macshimidh @ 6/25/2003 1:27:27 PM #
...because this sync's more fields of data than PPC's.

RE: Well
skennedy1217 @ 6/25/2003 6:28:21 PM #
I started to try the demo, but I ran out of memory. As seems to be the norm, I'll have to move some more applications to my SD card. I suppose that I can purge the Palm databases, too, assuming that this product will use it's own.

RE: Well
gollum @ 6/28/2003 1:37:28 AM #

Well, I've been waiting for this app for a while since
I have memo field over 4k and KeySuite notes, like
Outlook, can accomodate > 4k memo fields. Plus, as
a KeyContacts user, I got KeySuite for only $24.95.

So ... you mention purging the built-in Palm databases
in order to make more space - how do you do that? Now
that I installed KeySuite on my Clie SJ33, I only have
2.35 mb of ram left. Thanks in advance for help in


"My cat's breath smells like catfood" - Ralph Wiggum

Wireless Sync???

PortiGee @ 6/24/2003 5:48:23 PM #
Is there support for a wireless sync, either through my Bluetooth TT or WiFi?
RE: Wireless Sync???
cbowers @ 6/24/2003 8:03:06 PM #
Well it works via hotsync, so on a Tungsten C you enable VPN, tunnel to the office, and Network hotsync to your desktop over WiFi.

Key Contacts

DWD @ 6/24/2003 5:53:08 PM #
I've been using the KeyContacts portion of Key Suite since the beginning of this year and look forward to trying out the Suite. KeySuite is free to KeyContacts owners who also own PocketMirror Professional. For those, like me, that just own KeyContacts it is $25.00.

The only competing product I know of that syncs all of Outlook is DataVis, Beyond Contacts, which is also $50 with an upgrade price of $30. So the price while high, is competitive.

RE: Key Contacts
Ronin @ 6/25/2003 1:41:56 AM #
looks like KeyContacts as a stand alone product is no more.

In the Spirit of Umoja,

This Software Needs Work

PDAinHand @ 6/25/2003 9:45:28 AM #
After using Beyond Contacts, I must say the KeySuite needs a lote of work on it. It is still missing somany fields and acts different then OutLook on the desktop although it dose have most of what people need in it I think that Beyond Contacts is stlii very much ahead in this game of getting OutLook on the Palm OS devices.

PDA in Hand
RE: This Software Needs Work
George256 @ 6/25/2003 10:57:56 AM #
I, on other hand, like KeySuite better. It is faster, and I think, more elegant and does a better job of preserving the zen of palm. Also the contact linking and dialing features are better implemented.

They're both great products. To each his own. It's great to have choices!


RE: This Software Needs Work
Lucan @ 6/25/2003 11:27:18 AM #
Does Key Suite use separate databases like Beyond Contacts or the built-in databases? Thanks!


RE: This Software Needs Work
davidv @ 8/24/2003 9:05:38 PM #
I have been running Beyond Contacts (BC) for a couple of months. My main problems with BC is that it takes up a lot of memory and I have been getting error messages almost every day after syncing. Not sure why. Speed is also terribly slow and almost makes it unusuable when you are looking for contact in a hurry (have approx 1500 contacts)

I downloaded KeySuite last week and have been using it for a few days.
1. much faster - not sure why
2. Linking of contacts feature ala Outlook)is great. Not available in BC.
3. No error messages so far.
4. Not quite as pretty ("Today" screen in BC is nice but slow), but simpler to use.

About the only thing I want now is the ability to add a journal entry to a contact and have it sync back to journals in outlook.

In summary, if anybody wants to buy my Beyond Contacts license, I'd be happy to sell it or trade you for Key Suite. Looks like I'll have to spend some more money of KS. Hey Chapura - any chance of a cross grade?

dave the rave

TT is an evolutionary product yet still true to the Palm concept.Brilliant.

Still needs integration!

ddvitale @ 6/25/2003 9:39:59 PM #
I originally purchased Beyond Contacts but had my money refunded as the performance during synching was not good -- and made synching via dial-up almost an imposibility.

So I tried KeySuite demo this morning -- and quickly removed it from my TT. The main reason (and it may have been a user error on my part) was that the three apps didn't seem integrated. You had to open each one up separately to see the data -- unlike Beyond Contacts where you could move from contacts, to appoints, to notes, etc.

Also, since I've paid for Datebook5, spending the $$$ for KeySuite would make my Datebook5 purchase throwaway.

RE: Still needs integration!
mpovolo @ 6/27/2003 12:40:02 PM #
There is an arrow on the left hand corner which jumps between apps.

RE: Still needs integration!
George256 @ 6/28/2003 5:43:05 PM #
They're pretty well integrated:

- as mpovolo points out there is the quick link button that lets go directly to one other programs (or you can just map to the four hard buttons)
- you can view, create, and edit Tasks from the Calendar app
- you can create links from any of the programs to individual Contacts...e.g., link a contact to a task or note or appointment
- you can create a new record for any app from any other app... e.g., create a new Contact record from the Notes app


Multiple Calendars

Knives78 @ 6/26/2003 11:34:55 AM #
Can Beyond Contacts sync multiple calendar folders from the same palm?



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