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Monday, August 6, 2007

Getting Everything in iSync

ISync is the data transfer and synchronizing utility application that ships with Tiger, and it works fine with both wired and wireless Bluetooth connections. The difference between Bluetooth File Exchange (BFE) and iSync is a matter of intelligence:
  • BFE merely transfers files and dumps them in the folders you specify.
  • iSync copies and updates your Address Book, Safari, and iCal information among devices. iSync compares the information on both your laptop and your devices and makes sure that they end up the same.
    iSync also allows you to synchronize data among multiple computers using your .Mac membership so that the contacts, bookmarks, and calendar data on your iBook match the data on your Mac. You can control what gets sent from the .Mac pane in System Preferences.

Just because your phone or PDA supports Bluetooth doesn't mean that iSync is guaranteed to work. For a complete list of the Bluetooth phones, PDAs, and other devices that work with iSync, visit

After your supported Bluetooth device is linked to your Mac, follow these steps to add the new device to iSync and synchronize your data:

1. Click the Finder icon on the dock.

2. Click Applications in a Finder window's sidebar, and then double-click iSync.

3. Press Command+N.

4. Click Scan to display any Bluetooth devices in range.

5. Double-click the device you want to use.

The window expands to enable you to specify the data to synchronize. Other settings might appear as well, depending on the device.

6. Select the check boxes for each data type you want to exchange.

7. Click Sync Devices.

Never disconnect a device while a synchronization is in progress — the data being transferred could become corrupt or your laptop could lock up.

Deleting a calendar event or a contact on either your laptop or the Bluetooth device deletes that same data from the other machine! For example, if you decide you no longer need your personal contacts on your Mac at work and you delete them, they'll be deleted from your PDA when you synchronize.

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