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Old 02-27-2009, 03:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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New member with my first BlackBerry. Previously, I used a separate PDA (Palm) and cell phone for just calls. I've finally combined the two. What I would like to know is if there is software out there for my PC desktop that will synch with my Storm? I really don't want to use MS Outlook. My preference is to use Outlook Express for the email portion and some other software (hopefully similar to the Palm calendar I like). I don't care if it is freeware or software I would need to purchase. Just as long as it works well. I know there is Google and Yahoo web-based programs, but I'd rather not have my personal/business info on the web and would prefer to work on my PC when in the office.

What can you recommend?

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I made the switch from a Palm to a BB and didn't want to give up Palm's software. I still think it's easier to use, but I've gotten used to MS Outlook. I accepted the fact that Palm desktop is more proprietary and that Outlook is more universal. So it'll help with things down the line.

Is there any particular reason why you don't want to use Outlook but are willing to use Express? Seems convenient to have one program that does it all.
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Thanks for the response. As for Outlook, I just don't like the format or the way it feels. I know that's subjective and probably something I could get used to, but if I could find something closer to the Palm calendar, I would be happier.
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No I understand. I felt the same way about Outlook when I first started using it. It doesn't look or feel as user friendly as Palm's calendar. But I've gottten used to it, and am actually starting to like it. One of the nice features I found with Outlook was being able to have the western calendar along with the chinese lunar one. Never could get that feature with Palm.
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Pocket Informant is terrific..used it for many years with windows devices then with BB. There's a Beta out for Storm that I 've been enjoying for 2 weeks...regular release is immanent. Includes contacts, tasks several great calendar views. Check out webis.net and link to forums and you'll find it.
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Thanks,

I'll give it a try.
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Second on Pocket Informant, at least for the handlheld side. I'm also a long time Palm user - the Storm is my first BB, and the native PIM apps are not very good. The Task app in particular is terrible.

Looked at an/or tried 12 different Task/PIM apps and Pocket Informant is by far the best. The release Thursday (1.50) is very powerful, flexible and easy to use. And it's Stormed.

Can't comment on the desktop software - didn't actually know they had a desktop app. I use Outlook on my desktop, and had been syncing it to my Palm. I find it far more powerful than the Palm desktop. And it's pretty flexible - you can change a lot about the layout, what's displayed, how it's grouped/sorted, etc. Perhaps you could tweak it to fit your taste better?

At any rate, I use PI on my handheld with the sync to the native apps turned on so PI and the native apps sync real time, and I sync the native apps to Outloook on my desktop using Desktop Manager. Works like a charm, although I have to say the syncing Outlook to BB is way slower than Palm. I don't think that's Outlook's fault - I think it's the way the Desktop Manager sync is designed.

Hope this helps - R.
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Hello all. It's good to see I'm not the only one with this issue. For me it's a old Palm Z22 that I use constantly to keep my life in order. I'd be lost without it trying to find a replacement for Palm Desktop is more difficult than I expected. I don't have an "enterprise" server to use like some with work-issued BB's and my work and home systems are Lotus and Outlook, respectively. Thus I need something...else.

Has anyone tried the REXWireless program? It's not free, but it seems to allow "enterprise" -type service to individual users. I'm interested in it but want to do more research before I try it.
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