Palm Computing is now shipping the release version of its Macintosh software for synchronizing data between Macs and the Palm family of handheld organizers. Palm Desktop 2.1 features a desktop PIM (personal information manager) based on Claris Organizer, plus an open conduit architecture that allows third-party developers to add direct synchronization to their products. Some surprises have emerged beyond what was offered in the public beta (see "Palm Organizer for Macintosh: Details Emerge" in TidBITS 432): infrared-equipped Palm devices (Palm III and later models) can now HotSync with IR-capable Macs (PowerBooks and the original Bondi Blue iMacs), as well as communicate using the Florent Pillet’s invaluable Palm Buddy utility. The full installation includes a handful of AppleScripts, demonstration versions of third-party applications that enable direct email and expense synchronization on the Mac, plus a system library for Palm devices that enables faster HotSync speeds up to 115 Kbps. Palm Desktop 2.1 is available from Palm’s Web site as a set of three BinHexed downloads: the Palm MacPac v2 Installer (12.6 MB), Palm Extras (24.3 MB), and Documentation (2 MB).
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