First Conduits for OS X Appear

About a month ago, a beta of the Palm Desktop for Apple's OS X was released. While an important step for Mac users, the only conduits available were for the built-in applications, like the Date Book, Address Book, etc. It is now up to developers to create conduits for their own apps. Happily, this process has begun. Full desktop versions of the SplashWallet apps for OS X have been released and there is a beta of a Quicken conduit available, too.

Splash Data has already completed a version of its SplashWallet package for the Mac Palm Desktop 4.0, with corresponding MacOS X (carbonized) desktop applications.

LandWare has released a beta of a conduit for Quicken 2002 for Mac OS X which is fully compatible with Palm Desktop 4.0 beta.

This conduit will remain in beta until Palm Desktop 4.0 is out of beta itself and officially released to the public. After final compatibility testing has been completed, the Pocket Quicken 2.01 conduit for OS X will be available as a free upgrade for all Pocket Quicken 2.01 customers running OS X.

Thanks to JJ Gittes and David Porfido for the tips. -Ed

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I.M. Anonymous @ 2/4/2002 9:46:00 AM #
What do I win?

Actually, I'm pretty happy with the Quicken Conduit. They were a day late, but at least they came really close to their promised publish date.

The beta Desktop can be somewhat finicky with old data. I've had to recover data from an old corrupted file by merging it to a brand new empty one.

Entourage?!

I.M. Anonymous @ 2/4/2002 9:53:44 AM #
When are we getting an entourage conduit? Then I'll be back in business...

RE: Entourage?!
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/4/2002 10:01:05 AM #
Ask Microsoft. They are the one that make the conduit for Entourage.


RE: Entourage?!
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/4/2002 10:58:37 AM #
Thanks for the incredible insight. Who would've thought... Microsoft!

RE: Entourage?!
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/4/2002 11:20:15 AM #
I talked with the MS folks at MacWorld SF and this was their response:

"We will START development on the OSX conduit once Palm DT OSX is final and not beta."

After this response I asked once they start development how long did they think it would take to develop?:

"Two to three months"

This means we are not likely to see a OSX Entourage conduit until sometime mid to late summer 02.

As usual Bill foils us again!

RE: Entourage?!
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/4/2002 12:50:05 PM #
Check out QueueSync from QueueSoft. It's somewhat of a kludge, but is better than nothing. The website is www.queuesoft.jp



RE: Entourage?!
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/4/2002 1:10:29 PM #
Actually, the latest word I've read is that Palm support for Entourage X comes sometime this summer. There was a brief mention of it in the latest issue of Wired as well.

What about others...

I.M. Anonymous @ 2/4/2002 9:59:46 AM #
...like Dataviz, Blue Nomad, HanDBase etc? I know I won't migrate to Mac OS X before I can sync these apps.

RE: What about others...
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/4/2002 3:39:15 PM #
That's sad that you're waiting for these conduits before upgrading to OSX. It is a great OS. I do miss the other conduits but my operating envirnoment is more important than a few conduits. Having Palm Desktop working in OSX was the final app for me to never start Classic again.

RE: What about others...
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/4/2002 4:56:59 PM #
just give me my wordsmith conduit and then i'm ready to go. in the meantime i just shake my head at the purchse of my new ibook...

RE: What about others...
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/4/2002 8:03:14 PM #
These conduits work just fine in Classic. Why not use them that way in the meantime?

Personal Organizer 4.0

jnaron3 @ 2/4/2002 11:39:42 AM #
I thought I would mention that Chronos <http://www.chronosnet.com/> has an OS X beta conduit for Personal Organizer as well.

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Apple has a list of OSX native conduits here:

I.M. Anonymous @ 2/4/2002 12:16:15 PM #
Check it out, I ran across it the other day and found alot of the ones already referenced here in the article/comments:

http://www.apple.com/macosx/applications/palm/

(This is what Apple says on their site. Links are available at the Apple site above)

Backup Buddy Currently in development
Documents to Go Currently in development
FastTrack Schedule Available first quarter of 2002
FileMaker Mobile Currently in development
Now Up-to-Date & Contact Public beta available soon
Personal Organizer Download today
PocketQuicken Public beta available now
SplashID Public beta available now
SplashMoney Public beta available now
SplashPhoto Public beta available now
SplashShopper Available January 2002
TimeSync Currently in development
WordSmith Currently in development


RE: Apple has a list of OSX native conduits here:
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/4/2002 1:50:35 PM #

Interpretation:

Currently in development = Someday like when hell freezes over



RE: Apple has a list of OSX native conduits here:
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/4/2002 2:22:32 PM #
According to Dante
Hell is always frozen

RE: Apple has a list of OSX native conduits here:
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/4/2002 4:03:21 PM #
> According to Dante Hell is always frozen

Only if you believe the Christian & Catholic Mythologies.



RE: Apple has a list of OSX native conduits here:
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/4/2002 4:34:03 PM #
Anyone have an update about the Mark Space driver for Sony Clies? I can't even sync my N760 with the Palm beta as it is, never mind use the conduits. Mark Space's website pretends there isn't even a palm beta yet, and my emails get a canned response quoted from their (equally out of date) FAQ.

RE: Apple has a list of OSX native conduits here:
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/4/2002 7:02:44 PM #
I don't mean to criticize you, but even though the Clie's are very nicely designed, I never look twice at any product that doesn't have inherent OEM support for the Mac. I always laugh at people who complain about Pocket PC syncing on their iMacs.

RE: Apple has a list of OSX native conduits here:
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/4/2002 7:55:03 PM #
Argh... still no mention of AvantGo and Vindigo. Those two are my faves. The price to pay for OS X is still too high, and I'm not talking about it's MSRP.

Any word on Avantgo and/or Vindigo?

RE: Apple has a list of OSX native conduits here:
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/5/2002 12:31:08 PM #
What true MAC person would worry about upgarding to OSX because of cost? It figures that your two favorite palm apps are free!

RE: Apple has a list of OSX native conduits here:
I.M. Anonymous @ 2/10/2002 2:30:58 PM #
AvantGo told me "no plans to develop" for X.

I think Vindigo is working on one.

-Josh

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