You'll get your Mac news here from now on...

Help TMO Grow

Subscriber Login

Advertising Info


The Mac Observer Express Daily Newsletter


More Info

Site Navigation

Home
News
Tips
Columns & Editorials
Reviews
Reports
Archives
Search
Forums
Links
Mac Links
Software
Reports
Contact

Monday's Mac Gadget
by John F. Braun


Make Your Palm Look Like a Mac
November 22nd, 1999

Palm Buddy 1.2b4 ($20 Shareware)
Florent Pillet

Although the Palm HotSync technology is great for keeping information between your Mac and Palm up to date, and for installing new software, it isn't very visual. Wouldn't it be nice if you could view and install files via a Finder-like window on your Desktop?

Palm Buddy allows you to interact your files in such a fashion. Once you install the Palm portion of the package, you can then run the Palm Buddy application. It will communicate with your Palm (make sure to disable HotSync first) and display a Finder-like window. This window will contain several folders, including System, Preference Panels, Built-In Applications, and possibly others.

If you expand a folder, it will show your files, with an appropriate icon, the file name, the file size, the number of records or resources in the file, and the backup and read-only status. Double-clicking on a file will reveal a Get Info type of window, with more detailed information such as file type and creator (sound familiar?), creation and modification dates, and more.

You can perform a backup of individual files by dragging them from the Palm Buddy window to your Desktop. You can also perform a full or incremental backup, with the file structure of the Palm Buddy window duplicated on your Mac. For the curious, you could examine the contents of files that aren't normally transferred during a HotSync operation. Not that we're suggesting you peek around in the ROM files to see if there are any secret messages...

You can also install applications, or transfer data documents to your Palm, by dragging the documents to the Palm Buddy window. A plug-in translation architecture is supported. There are several plug-ins that will convert Mac documents to common Palm document types, or you can build your own plug-in with the available SDK. For conversion of Word and Excel documents, be sure to check out Documents to Go.

The Palm borrows heavily from the Mac in terms of ease-of-use and elegance, and Palm Buddy helps complete the experience by making the Palm seem like an integrated part of your Mac Desktop.

Have any other Mac-specific Palm gadgets you'd like us to look at? Let John know via email, or share it with the rest of us on the Mac Gadget Forum.

Useful Link

Palm Buddy Download Area


View Your Files in a Finder-Like Window

Get Detailed File Info, Just Like Get Info

Monday's Mac Gadget is here to help you with those cool things that we all just have to have on our Macs. Shareware, Freeware, Postcardware, Emailware, and even commercial apps, Monday's Mac Gadget is here to help you find and use the best of these programs.


John is a software engineer who works in the corporate R&D group of a Fortune 500 company, focusing on all aspects of communications technology. He has several degrees that claim he knows what he's doing when it comes to computers. After watching co-workers reinstall Windows, search for device drivers, and experience other horrors during the day, he's glad that he comes home to a Mac (compatible) computer. Have any comments, suggestions, or favorite Gadgets? Drop John a line at

You can also Post Your Comments below.

Current Monday's Mac Gadget

Visit Monday's Mac Gadget Archives for more great Mac Gadgets!



Today's Mac Headlines

[Podcast]Podcast - Apple Weekly Report #135: Apple Lawsuits, Banned iPhone Ad, Green MacBook Ad

We also offer Today's News On One Page!

Yesterday's News

 

[Podcast]Podcast - Mac Geek Gab #178: Batch Permission Changes, Encrypting Follow-up, Re-Enabling AirPort, and GigE speeds

We also offer Yesterday's News On One Page!

Mac Products Guide
New Arrivals
New and updated products added to the Guide.

Hot Deals
Great prices on hot selling Mac products from your favorite Macintosh resellers.

Special Offers
Promotions and offers direct from Macintosh developers and magazines.

Software
Browse the software section for over 17,000 Macintosh applications and software titles.

Hardware
Over 4,000 peripherals and accessories such as cameras, printers, scanners, keyboards, mice and more.

© All information presented on this site is copyrighted by The Mac Observer except where otherwise noted. No portion of this site may be copied without express written consent. Other sites are invited to link to any aspect of this site provided that all content is presented in its original form and is not placed within another .