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Old 04-11-2009, 04:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've read various topics in this forum about syncing problems. The most suitable solution coming out of these topics is using Spanning Sync (paid) and Google sync to create an optimal syncing environment.

However, Macbook's with Intel processors support "Parallels" or "VMWare", both virtual environments to run Windows on your Mac without having to reboot out of Mac OS X. On such virtual machine you can run all Windows applications for the BlackBerry so I suppose you can sync that way as well. But how do you take on the syncing via a virtual Windows machine? All my mails, contacts, calendar, ... are stored on my Mac platform.

So, out of both options, what would be the best? Using Google sync of installing a Windows platform to use native BB applications?

Thanks in advance.

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If by "native BB applications" you mean BB calendar, address book, etc. on a PC, there are none. If you use a virtual machine, you can synch with Outlook, which runs under Windows. That will not, however, allow you to synch with the Mac applications (Mail, iCal etc).
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Would there not be a method to let iCal, Mail, ... sync with my Windows machine (either my virtual one or my multimedia PC) which then syncs with my BB?

The only reason I ask is because of the awful compatibility between Mac and BB. I really need the syncing (mail, contacts, music, media, ...) to happen flawlessly and accurate.
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I really need the syncing (mail, contacts, music, media, ...) to happen flawlessly and accurate.
Mail doesn't ever sync. Not on a Mac or Windows.

On the Mac side, you can try 'Pocketmac for BlackBerry' or 'Missing Sync for BlackBerry'.
I prefer Missing Sync.
Neither are going to be flawless, but should be somewhat accurate.
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Mail doesn't ever sync. Not on a Mac or Windows.

On the Mac side, you can try 'Pocketmac for BlackBerry' or 'Missing Sync for BlackBerry'.
I prefer Missing Sync.
Neither are going to be flawless, but should be somewhat accurate.
Yes, I've read about them but as both applications seemed to have some, or a lot, shortcomings I decided to look for other solutions.

So currently I have as best solutions:
  • The Missing Sync
  • PocketMac for BB
  • Google sync with SpanningSync
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You could go the Blackberry Enterprise Server route with a hosted Exchange Server company. I use Mailstreet and would highly recommend them. This will allow yourj BB to synch wirelessly. I am using the new Entourage Beta and it synchs with the BES. Also, when Snow Leopard is released, it is supposedly going to have Exchange Server support built-in, which means the Apple programs will then be able to synch directly with the Exchange Server.
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You could go the Blackberry Enterprise Server route with a hosted Exchange Server company. I use Mailstreet and would highly recommend them. This will allow your BB to synch wireless. I am using the new Entourage Beta and it syncs with the BES. Also, when Snow Leopard is released, it is supposedly going to have Exchange Server support built-in, which means the Apple programs will then be able to synch directly with the Exchange Server.
I love the new changes in 10.6 and it'd be nice to have the build in exchange. However, in the office we have an exchange server so I should be fine there. I'll look at Mailstreet and see what they say. It'd be nice to sync without problems and have all of my data.

However, if you sync wireless you use your dataplan so media and music may not be very smart to sync as in Belgium we're limited to 100 MB.
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