BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac Gets Maintenance Update; Still No Photo Sync
Just two weeks after releasing a new version of its BlackBerry Desktop Manager software for Windows PC users, RIM has updated its BlackBerry Desktop Software for Macintosh computers to v1.0.2. The update is a maintenance release, and it does not add any new functionality, such as the two-way photo-sync features now available in Desktop Manager for Windows.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) updated its BlackBerry Desktop Software for Apple Mac computers to v1.0.2, fixing a number of minor performance issues. The update is a welcome one for Mac users, but unfortunately, it doesn’t bring the same two-way photo sync functionality that was recently added to the Windows version of the software as part of BlackBerry Media Sync 3.0.
BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac v1.0.2 was released yesterday and it’s currently available as a free download from RIM’s site.
Along with the update, RIM published a change log for the release, which includes specifics on the six tweaks and modifications made in v1.0.2. Said changes relate to Desktop Manager for Mac’s Calendar, Notes and Contacts syncing and don’t appear to affect the software’s music or media sync features.
In fact, the change log document contains a list of 38 known yet unresolved bugs, and not a single one of them has to do with Desktop Manager’s music sync. This is notable because I’ve spent quite a bit of time with BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac, and most of the issues I’ve come across have related to music syncing. For example, iTunes album artwork usually only partially transfers along with my music. And I’m sometimes unable to play back media added to my BlackBerry via Desktop Manager for Mac, though the same files work fine when added manually.
The absence of media sync mentions also suggests RIM may be considering breaking media sync for Mac into its own separate piece of software, as it did with the Windows version–BlackBerry Media Sync 3.0 is available on its own or as part of Desktop Manager for Windows.
I asked RIM about the possibility of two-way photo sync features coming to Desktop Manager for Mac shortly after the Media Sync 3.0 release, and the company assured me that it is indeed working on adding the functionality, though it would not share any timeframe for an expected release.
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.