Susteen Inc. on Thursday announced the release of
DataPilot for Mac OS X. The software enables Macs to exchange contact information with cell phones via USB. DataPilot supports 69 different cell phone models to start, but Susteen plans to expand this number with upcoming software updates. DataPilot also sports the ability to import your contacts from Apple’s Address Book database. You can selectively export contacts in your cell phone contact list back to Address Book, merge both lists into a “master list,” password-protect your contacts and more.
Apple’s iSync software is available for free download from Apple’s Web site and is included on shipping models. The software enables users of specific cell phones from PalmOne, Nokia, Motorola, Sony Ericsson, Siemens and Sendo to synchronize contact info, calendars, to do list info and other content between their Macs and cell phones.
With free software already available from Apple to accommodate this capability, why buy DataPilot? The answer lies in the cell phone models that DataPilot supports: Susteen counts a variety of models from Nokia, Sanyo, LG and Motorola that Apple does not specifically support with iSync.
DataPilot’s initial Mac OS X release is currently limited to the backup, exchange and synchronization of contact information, but Susteen CEO and President Hiroyuki Maruyama expects to expand the software’s features. “We will enhance our software functionality to include the Internet Data Connectivity, Ringtone Composer, Image Editor and Calendar features once our customers demand it. Knowing Mac users, I believe that this will happen sooner rather than later,” Maruyama said in a statement.
DataPilot costs US$44.95. System requirements call for a G4/400MHz or faster, Mac OS X v10.2.8, Mac OS X v10.3 or later, 100MB hard disk space and 128MB RAM.