Microsoft’s ActiveSync is great for synchronising Outlook with your Pocket PC but it’s not much good if the data you want is sitting in another program. If the office has standardised on Lotus Notes or your e-mails arrive in Outlook Express, you’re stuffed — or you were until the arrival of Intellisync.
Designed to get handhelds talking to the applications people actually use, the package offers hope to Pocket PC, Palm and Psion users.
This latest release introduces synchronisation for e-mail attachments and, at long last, support for Outlook Express. Given the popularity of the e-mail client it’s amazing to think it has taken this long. Intellisync 5.1 can talk to various versions of nine key applications including Notes, ACT and Microsoft Exchange.
Following a swift installation, Intellisync searches for your chosen handheld. Once a connection is made you can configure things to suit your needs (see here for a screenshot). Mapping applications to your mobile inbox, calendar and contacts is easy — a simple matter of choosing from a list. Individual data fields can be matched to their PDA equivalents if needed, and it’s also possible to customise the type and size of synchronised e-mail attachments.
In testing, we found that Psion users must download software before they can do anything. Also, any edits to attachments aren’t automatically synchronised back to the PC. Indeed, Palm users can’t even open or save them — something that surely needs to be addressed and makes this software of most use to Pocket PC users.
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