Take Control of Syncing Data in Leopard
Publisher: TidBITS Publishing, Inc.
Final Release Date: October 2009
Pages: 167

With clear directions and a humorous touch, Take Control of Syncing Data in Leopard explains how to sync data from a Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard with a variety of devices from Apple and other companies. Whether you want to sync phone numbers between your Mac and your mobile phone, share calendars and keychains between Macs, or move only new podcast episodes to an iPod, syncing expert Michael Cohen has the answers. You'll learn what software and gear you need and the best ways to move data between devices. The ebook also explains how syncing works under the hood and provides troubleshooting advice in case your sync engine throws a rod. Covers iTunes 9 and iPhone OS 3!

Types of sync data covered include:

  • Calendar items stored in iCal, Entourage, and Google
  • Contacts stored in Address Book, Entourage, Yahoo, and Google
  • Data on Exchange servers
  • Dock items and Dashboard widgets
  • Apple Mail account settings, Safari bookmarks, and application preferences
  • Apple Mail and Entourage notes
  • Keychains (user names and passwords)
  • Items from software that uses Leopard's Sync Services, including NetNewsWire and Yojimbo
  • Audio, video, photos, and associated metadata from iTunes

Types of devices covered include:

  • Macs, with details on MobileMe and overviews of popular third-party options
  • iPhone and iPod touch, via MobileMe or iTunes
  • Old and new iPods via iTunes, with details on USB and FireWire connections
  • The Apple TV via iTunes
  • Mobile phones, smartphones, BlackBerries, and Palm OS PDAs

Connection technologies and software examined include:

  • Bluetooth, USB, FireWire, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet
  • MobileMe, iTunes, iSync, IMAP (IMAP discussion is limited to Apple Mail)
  • Third-party products from BusyMac, Mark/Space, PocketMac, and Spanning Sync

Sampler of special questions you'll find answers to:

  • What is the truth database? And what should I do if I think it's lying?
  • When a sync occurs, what's going on behind the scenes?
  • What is push syncing and how does it work?
  • What is the difference between syncing and a backup?
  • What does Bluetooth "discovery" mean, and what should I do about it?
  • Can I control exactly which audio and video files sync to my iPod?
  • How do I override automatic syncing when I connect my iPod to iTunes?
  • How does iTunes decide if a video file is a movie, TV show, or music video?
  • How does the Apple TV figure out what to sync if it fills up?
  • How do I sync everything possible to my iPhone—calendars, contacts, Safari bookmarks, the works?
  • How do I sync a mobile phone that Apple doesn't support?
  • Why won't my Palm device show up in the iSync app?
  • I have to sync with an Exchange server... what do I need to know?
  • What's the smartest way to sync keychains between Macs?
  • How can I best avoid data duplication problems when syncing?
  • I have a syncing feeling about my data—what should I do?
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