MWSF: PocketMac 2.0 makes public debut

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Picked by Techconnect's Editors is showcasing PocketMac 2.0 at this week's Macworld Conference & Expo in San Francisco. It's the first time the company has done public demonstrations of version 2.0, Terrence Goggin of told MacCentral.

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PocketMac is a native Mac sync tool that allows you to sync your Mac directly with a Pocket PC device via USB. It works with Mac OS X and Mac OS 9.x. You can use it to sync a PocketPC device with Microsoft's Entourage, as well as Mac OS X's Address Book and Mail apps.

"People ask us what sort of Mac users would want to use a Pocket PC?" Goggin said. "We tell them, 'all of them.' They're both good at the same sort of things. Like the Mac, the Pocket PC does a lot of things that people enjoy doing -- games, playing MP3s, and more -- as well as handling information. Mac users love our toys just like Windows users, so why shouldn't we have the same amount of fun?"

He added that response to PocketMac has been very positive. Version 2.0 supports mot of the newer Pocket PCs, but not some of the older ones, especially the Casio models (Casio has phased out its Pocket PC production).

Though version 2.0 was introduced in November, the next version is already in the planning stages. Goggin said that future features of PocketMac could include: support for AvantGo (a mobile Internet service that provides free interactive and personalized content and applications to individuals with handheld computers and Internet-enabled phones), e-mail syncing, and SmartPhone support. Currently, SmartPhones are only available in Europe, but should arrive in North America later this year, Goggin said.

The regular edition of PocketMac is US$49.95.The $69.95 pro version contains all the features of the regular version, plus adds the ability to synchronize your contacts and calendar between the Pocket PC and Entourage/Exchange Server. For more info go to the product Web site.

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