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Palm Desktop is a Date Book, To Do List, Address Book, and more! It can be used as a stand-alone application, or to view, sort, find, edit, back up, and add applications to your Palm handheld! Remember, first backup your data!! Duplicate your user folder and save it somewhere outside the Palm folder.

What's New

Version 4.2.1revD:
  • We have devised a more elegant fix for the permissions issue we had encountered with iSync (formerly addressed in Rev C). We have re-released the desktop with the improved installer behavior. For those who have already installed Rev C, there is no reason to update to Rev D. The Rev D installer does not adjust permissions on non-Palm-related folders.However, if you installed Palm more...

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Mac OS X 10.2.6 through 10.5.8.

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joshewah Member IconComment+9
joshewah
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This app still works, and with the isync conduits enabled I can sync with ical... However, this is the only application still life on my system that is PPC only. No wonder Palm is doing so badly. They can't update their own OS, and they can't update their software.

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akrobat Member IconReview+90
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I used to rely on this software... back in the day.
I now use Daylite instead of this ancient app.

Why?

No update for more than 2 years.
No Intel or UB version.
No interest.

Welcome to Palm.

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Katemarie Member IconComment+0
Katemarie
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I have just bought an imace G5 and wanted to upate my Palm 4.1 to 4.21 but Iam finding it almost impossible to load.
Help!!!

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Version 4.2.1revD
Umaromc
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Run Disk Permission Repair (using Apple's Disk Utility in /Applications/Utilities/) then try again.

If this doesn't help, attempt to post a more detailed error report (what steps do you go through and where do you encounter errors?) either here or macfixitforums.com

Magilum Member IconComment+0
Magilum
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G4 Yikes! running Mac OS X Panther 10.3.9

I ran the installer under sudo (using the util Pseudo), as has been suggested to address some problems with syncing. A previous version I'd installed and used on another system would come up with frequent and vague errors on launch that would cause it to quit; so I wanted to see what the installer would do with better access to the system files.

Well, it took away my permission to modify the Applications folder, the root of the boot disk, the home folder, etc. I was still able to run Disk Utility, so I fixed the permissions, and all seems normal, and the program is working well.

Since I installed it in a non-standard way, I'll refrain from rating the installer/program, but it does seem undeniably more problematic an install than most.

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Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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So now, Palm Desktop 4.2.1 Rev. D works with my Treo 600 but kills support for my Tungsten E.

Anyone else have this problem........

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Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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To claim they "devised a more elegant fix" is ridiculous since the only change was simply deleting and modifying a couple lines in the postflight script. It still overzealously changes file and group permissions on everything under /Application Support/Palm Desktop, including conduits it has no business touching. And it still does dumb things like write temporary files in your home directory instead of /tmp and leaves a loc.txt behind. It's begging for a rewrite, which I'd do myself if I ever need to run the installer again. Really, my only reason for installing Palm Desktop was for the Note Pad app and conduit, which in hindsight would have been better to extract and install separately. I already use Missing Sync for syncing.

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Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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http://www.mrbarrett.com/archives/2005/09/palm_installer.html

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Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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Wow! I was wandering why Disk Utility found so many errors lately. Now I know, it was the Palm installer that messed with my system. Unbelievable..

Anonymous Member IconReview
Anonymous
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After installing 4.2.1 Rev C on OX 10.4, the About Palm Desktop menu still indicates I have version 4.2.1. Shouldn't it somehow indicate Rev C? Also, am I correct in assuming that the Send to Handheld droplet for adding MP3s and other files (I have Treo 650) is *still* not functioning despite Palm's continued claims to be working on it?

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Anonymous
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Me again. I have determined that Rev C did indeed install because I can now drop files on the "Send to Handheld" droplet (which I keep in the Dock) and they actually do transfer onto my Treo. However, the options About Send to Handheld, Preferences, and Services, remain greyed out, as they were before I installed Rev C, so there is no way to remove files that are incompatible with the handheld without manually going into the subfolder for Send to Handheld and deleting what is in there. But at least I can transfer files now. For what it's worth, I have OS 10.4.2.

mle Member IconComment+0
mle
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Before I mess up my system again (G4 Sawtooth, 10.4.2 / Palm Desktop 4.1, Treo 600 - GSM version with the latest firmware) has anyone tried this with the Treo 600?

I had to downgrade from 4.2.1 to 4.1 when I replaced a Tungsten E with a Treo 600 as the former would not work with the Treo. Does this?

I'd really LOVE to replace PD with iSync/AddressBook/iCal but I really need the Memo Pad App. Also, I'd like the option to have "Handheld overrides Macintosh" or Macintosh overrides Handheld" instead of just "Synchronize" which is all iSync supports.

Thanks

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Anonymous Member Icon
Anonymous
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OK so I'm answering my own question.

I went to the Palm site and it says that this supports the Treo 600. I went ahead and installed it and it does. Some caveats though.

1. Back Up your data and third party conduits

2. Delete all Palm related files. Just do a "find" for "Palm" and go from there. Just be careful not to delete the items you backed up

3. It has to be installed in an active boot partition/drive. Otherwise, it will not install the conduits and Transport modules. You can then transfer the Palm Desktop and Hotsync application to any drive/partition after the install.

If it wont let you trash the original files, Open the Activity Monitor app and kill all the Palm related processes (Palm Desktop Background I believe and Transport Monitor).

4. Use the older conduits ie. Address Book instead of Contacts, Datebook instead of Calendar, Memo instead of Memos and To Do instead of Tasks. The newer ones will not sync with the Treo 600.

5. Back Up

Since I've only done this last night, with only one HotSync, I cant comment on stability. The installer is a LOT better though....

Hope this helps.

DrG Member IconComment+0
DrG
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Any help appreciated: I'm using a Tungsten E with Palm 4.2.1 Rev A under Tiger. Should I upgrade to Rev C? Palm doesn't list the Tungsten E as compatible, only the E2. Yet Palm says the Rev C is for Tiger users.

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Downloads 74,371
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Type Utilities / Backup
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Date 22 Sep 2005
Platform OS X / PPC 32
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