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The final build of PocketMac, the Mac to Pocket PC sync software package from PocketMac.net, is due today. Well, at least the version for the "classic" Mac operating system; the Mac OS X version is due "soon."

PocketMac will purportedly offer full USB support for Casio and Compaq Pocket PC devices (there's no Hewlett Packard support, but it's in the works). The product is available in a standard version with a pro version in the works. You can order the regular version, then upgrade to the Pro version for US$15, making the total cost of the Pro version $64.95. With a pre-registration discount (still in effect), the cost will be $59.95.

Actually, there are three separate versions of PocketMac planned. The regular $49.95 version does file copying/conversion, file syncing and software installation services. It will runs on Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X and supports TCP/IP and USB connections.

The $69.95 pro version, due Nov. 30, has all the features of the regular version, plus syncing with Entourage, Outlook (Exchange 2000) and others on Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X. The $199.95 developer version, due Dec. 30, has all the pro features and includes an API (application programming interface) to let developers create their own custom Mac-based plug-ins and desktop apps that communicate with the Pocket PC using PocketMac.

PocketMac will work on either the existing "Pocket PC" devices or the newer "Pocket PC 2002" devices. It will work with HPC (or HPC 2000) devices, but only via USB or Ethernet (802.11b or "wired" Ethernet). Serial may be supported in the future, but it's unlikely, according to the folks at PocketMac.net.

In the FAQ section of their Web site, the PocketMac.net gang said that PocketMac users would be able to sync their Word, Excel, MP3, etc. files. As for personal information managers such as Now Up-To-Date, Entourage, Lotus, Netscape, etc., PocketMac.net plans to support as many calendar/contact/PIM products as possible.

"However, many products do not have any kind of built-in means of exposing their data," they said. "In such cases, we will provide a developer's SDK [software development kit] so that companies that wish to participate can create a plug-in for their software. "

Any companies that would like to participate should contact PocketMac.net privately.

This story, "Mac to Pocket PC software due today" was originally published by PCWorld.

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