If Apple ever had evidence to back up its “digital hub” hype, iSync is it.
This attractive, simple program is designed to keep the calendars and phone lists on your various computers, Palm organizer, cellphone, and even your iPod in perfect synchronization, sparing you the headache of the modern age: inputting the same information over and over again. (See Figure 19-12.)
Here’s what it can sync:
A cell phone. iSync can keep your cellphone and Mac up-to-date with each other’s calendar, Address Book, and to-do list, either via a USB cable or wirelessly, using Bluetooth (Figure 9-3). It requires a certain amount of technical setup (creating a phone profile, pairing the phone with your Mac, opening iSync and choosing Device→Add Device, and selecting the phone). You’ll find detailed instructions in the iSync Help screens.
Apple lists phones that are officially compatible with this feature at www.apple.com/isync/devices.html. If your phone isn’t on The List, don’t miss www.taniwha.org.uk, a Web page that’s loaded with drivers and installation instructions for specific phone models.
Figure 19-12. Top: For each gadget, you can specify which iCal calendar categories you want to sync, which contacts, and so on. (Don’t bother clicking the .Mac icon. If you do, you’re politely told, “You no longer synchronize information across computers using iSync. Instead, use the .Mac pane of System Preferences.”) ...