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Take Control of Syncing in Tiger
Learn how to synchronize all your data between Macs, or with mobile phones, PDAs, and iPods!
With clear directions and a humorous touch, Take Control of Syncing in Tiger walks you through tasks like syncing data with your iPhone, iPod, or Apple TV, syncing phone numbers between your Mac and mobile phone or PDA; syncing files between your desktop and laptop Macs; and sharing Safari bookmarks and keychains between Macs. You'll learn what gear you need and the best ways to move your data between devices, whether your syncing software is built in to Tiger, works through .Mac, or comes from an independent Mac developer.
Is this ebook up-to-date? Excellent question. If you'd like to read a history lesson about how syncing worked at one time in 10.4 Tiger, both conceptually and specifically, you should buy this ebook. The conceptual information is probably somewhat accurate now (in 2012) and will remain so going forward, but nearly all of the specific details are obsolete.
The book also explains how Apple's syncing model works under the hood, and when things don't work as expected, you'll appreciate its practical troubleshooting advice.
Includes a coupon worth 50% off any syncing utility from PocketMac!
Read this book to learn the answers to questions such as:
I was amazed that your book pointed me to the solution for my problem within 5 minutes of purchasing it. The $10 price was more than worth the money and made me give you this full endorsement for a "Job Well Done"! -Michael Clarke
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About the Author
Michael E. Cohen has taught English composition, worked as a programmer for NASA’s Deep Space Network, helped develop the first commercial ebooks at the Voyager Company, co-founded a major university’s Humanities computing center, taught a number of people, and played with a lot of new technology. He's the author of a number of books, including Take Control of PDFpen 6, Take Control of iBooks Author, and Take Control of TextExpander.
Table of Contents
Read Me First
This ebook explains how Tiger "thinks about" syncing, and shows you how to take advantage of its syncing capabilities, and how to go beyond them when they fall short. It was written by Michael E. Cohen (with an assist from the Digital Medievalist), edited by Don Sellers, and published by TidBITS Publishing Inc.
"That syncing feeling." "I'm syncing in the rain." "Everything but the kitchen sync." "Sync-le white female." Through the course of writing this ebook, I have heard almost every single pun on the word "sync" that could be made from people I once considered friends. But after the ritual punishment that inevitably ensues when I tell someone I've been writing about syncing, I'm usually asked, "What is syncing, anyway?"
I have three answers.
The shortest answer is this: syncing is a technological solution to that age-old question, "How can you be in two places at once?" This answer usually evokes a glazed uncomprehending stare—it's the answer I use to retaliate for the worst puns.
A slightly longer answer goes something like this: "You know your Mac's Address Book? Wouldn't you love to have all those addresses and phone numbers on your mobile phone? Oh, you've done that? Well, then, you already know something about syncing." This answer usually elicits a self-congratulatory nod. Once I have my listener hooked, I talk about how adding phone numbers and contacts on the phone and moving them back to Address Book, and I tell them about syncing calendars, too, and then I say, "Oh, and you have a desktop and a laptop Mac, too, right? You know, you can sync them, too—not just your phone book and your calendar, but your bookmarks, and your Mac's keychains, and bunch of other stuff." This goes over pretty well, because I stop before I get all geeky on them.
But the most complete answer I can give to this question is the one you just downloaded: this ebook. In it, I explain how syncing works in Tiger, cover how you can sync your shiny devices—your iPods, your iPhones, your Apple TVs, your mobile phones, your PDAs, and your Macs—and describe the software you use to do that syncing. I also tell you how to solve the occasional syncing conflict, and suggest ways you can integrate syncing into your daily computing life. In short, my goal is that this ebook help you take control of syncing.
But please don't send me your favorite syncing pun. I've heard it.
Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger provides great synchronizing capabilities to help you share your information among different devices—unfortunately, to a casual observer those capabilities seem to be confusingly scattered all over the place. In fact, though, there's some order in the chaos: to take control of syncing you need to understand only a few simple concepts, make a decision or two, and, usually, follow a few short steps.
After you download and unzip your ebook, open it in a PDF reader (typically Apple's Preview or Adobe Reader). You'll find the coupon on the second-to-last page.
This ebook was last updated in July 2007. As such, it neither covers Leopard nor MobileMe-based syncing with Tiger. Given the demand for ebooks about Tiger, it is unlikely that we will ever update this ebook to include those (or any) new topics. However, you may instead wish to purchase Take Control of Syncing Data in Leopard.
Absolutely! And if you have an earlier version, the update to version 1.2 is free; just click the Check for Updates button in your copy to access the free update.
Well... not so much... Someone recently wrote in with a question about this - here's the question and Michael's answer:
Question: I'd like to synchronize my Palm TX with my many Macs running OS X, and my work PC running Windows XP. I already do this, but would like to use iSync/iCal/Address Book instead of the moribund Palm Desktop on the Mac. Does this book talk about the pros and cons of this approach?
Answer: Generally speaking, you should not sync a handheld device (mobile phone, Palm, etc.) with more than one computer. Syncing with more than one computer vastly increases the possibility of sync conflicts between all the devices involved, and can increase the chances of data corruption as well. Apple includes this warning in its iSync help: "IMPORTANT: You should sync your phone with only one computer. If you sync your devices with more than one computer, your information may not sync correctly (you could see duplicates or wrong information)."
Things can only get even more confused if you sync a single Palm device between both a Mac OS computer and a Windows XP computer, which have rather different ways of syncing information.
The book does not talk about syncing handheld devices with Windows (the title, is, after all, Take Control of Syncing in Tiger). It does discuss the differences between syncing structured information (calendars, contact lists, etc.) and syncing files (images, songs, documents), and it does discuss third-party syncing applications such as Missing Sync, but it does this in the context of the Sync Services underpinnings that Mac OS X 10.4 provides.
There are lots of great ways to read our ebooks on these devices. For more details, please read our latest Device Advice.
Feel free to ask us if you have a question about this title!
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October 2009 -- This ebook was last updated in July 2007 and has since been replaced by editions about newer versions of Mac OS X.
June 28, 2011 --
As iCloud rolls in, MobileMe rolls away, and takes some of its syncing capabilities with it. Read on to find out what stays and what goes.
—Michael E. Cohen
October 22, 2009 --
Listen to MacVoices #9107 and find out what author Michael Cohen has been working on lately, and why about 95% of the Syncing Data in Leopard ebook will appear in the Syncing Data in Snow Leopard ebook. Michael discusses what managed data is, and he pulls aside the curtain to help you understand how data syncs between your Mac and other devices.
February 9, 2009 --
Google announced the availability today of Google Sync for iPhone. This service allows you to sync your Google Calendars and Contacts with your iPhone wirelessly, using push technology. The service requires you that you set up an Exchange account on your iPhone and that your iPhone is running the version 2.2 firmware or later.
—Michael E. Cohen
July 23, 2008 --
In order to take advantage of MobileMe under Tiger, you need to update to Mac OS X 10.4.11. (Yes, Tiger now goes to 11!) On top of that, to use MobileMe's Web applications, you should run Safari 3 for Tiger or use Mozilla FireFox version 2 or 3. You can read more details about MobileMe, syncing, and Tiger in the TidBITS article, MobileMea Culpa: Apple Apologizes and Explains Tiger Situation. Scroll down a little to find the heading about Tiger.
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