BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac: Four New Features
RIM's official blog has posted an in-depth walkthrough of its upcoming--and much-anticipated--BlackBerry Desktop Software for Apple Macintosh computers, which is expected to be released in the coming days. We detail four new features found in the software.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
At this point, not much is unknown about Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac–except, of course, when the BlackBerry-maker will put its official seal of approval on the program and make it publicly available.
Feldman’s new post provides insight on some of the software’s inner workings.
Specifically, Feldman discusses what he calls an “important new feature” that lets users choose whether or not they want to sync their BlackBerry handhelds with one or more computers. For example, users could choose to use both their work and personal computers to sync data with their smartphones or only one of the machines. Setting the program to “Safe Sync” will allow for syncing with multiple computers and result in faster synchronization, according to Feldman.
Within BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac’s built-in media manager, users now have the option to Delete All Music with a single click. This feature quickly removes all the media files added to your device via BlackBerry Desktop Software, but leaves any other manually added music intact.
It’s a great idea, and I’m hoping it works as advertised when the software’s officially released; the beta version I’m currently using seems to have problems with this features and often freezes up during the process.
BlackBerry Desktop Software’s main purpose is to sync personal data, and as such, it supports syncing with a variety of calendar-types. You can sync your BlackBerry smartphone with Apple’s iCal application, address book, Apple mail (for notes) and any other software that communicates with Apple’s Sync Services, including Microsoft Entourage.
Backup files created via BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac also use an entirely different file format than backup mades with Windows BlackBerry Desktop Manager. The new file format, .bbb for “BlackBerry backup,” incorporates all components of the backup in one single file. The current Windows version of desktop manager uses two separate file formats for backups: an .ipd file for BlackBerry data backups; and a .cab for on-board device memory. Its worth noting, however, that Mac users will still be able to restore data from old backups in the .cab/.ipd format and created via Windows.
You can sign up to be notified when RIM releases BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac, but all signs point to an official release tomorrow.
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Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.