Palm Desktop
Palm Desktop 4.2.1revD
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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 Desktop and you noticed that some Mac applications no longer work, you may need to reinstall these applications. See Knowledge Library article 40283 for details.
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 more...
Requirements
PPC, Mac OS X 10.2.6 through 10.5.8.






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joshewah commented on 26 May 2008
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.
[Version 4.2.1revD]


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akrobat reviewed on 17 Jul 2007
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.
[Version 4.2.1revD]


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Anonymous reviewed on 30 Sep 2005
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 reviewed on 23 Sep 2005
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.
[Version 4.2.1revD]


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Anonymous reviewed on 06 Sep 2005
http://www.mrbarrett.com/archives/2005/09/palm_installer.html
[Version 4.2.1revC]

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Anonymous commented on 22 Sep 2005
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..
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Anonymous reviewed on 06 Sep 2005
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?
[Version 4.2.1revC]

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Anonymous commented on 06 Sep 2005
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.
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Anonymous reviewed on 01 Sep 2005
I thought Palm stopped support for Mac OS X?
[Version 4.2.1revC]

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Anonymous commented on 01 Sep 2005
No, Palm has "mentioned" that is will not be supporting Mac in its next OS, but with the popularity of the Mac increasing I'll bet they include the Mac.
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Anonymous reviewed on 02 May 2005
I have not installed it yet, curious if it is compatible with Tiger. Also, is it necessary? I like using iCal, Apple Address Book, and apple mail. Other than the conduit installer, I find it useless that I may need to install the Palm Desktop Software since I do not use the majority of the software provided by palm. Any Suggestions.
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Anonymous commented on 03 May 2005
OSX 10.4 Tiger appears to break the ability to add a Palm device to iSync. You can still sync Palm Desktop data. Hope Palm fixes this soon.
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Anonymous reviewed on 11 Jan 2005
I don't know why the Palm Desktop is having sooo many problems these days, but it's more than a little frustrating. I went through days and days of trying to fix this install problem. I'm not sure which of the following tips helped, but I followed their instructions and finally got the thing working!!
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Anonymous reviewed on 07 Dec 2004
To get this installed I had to take out the "palm hotsync" folder.
Main disk/library/application support/palm hotsync
Then after I reinstalled the palm software I removed the conduits I wanted out of the "conduits" folder of of the old "palm hotsync" folder and put them in the one newly installed "palm hotsync" folder seems to be work great. When every things installed right I love this program
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Anonymous commented on 11 Dec 2004
I have a mew G5 iMac with 10.3.6, and cannot install Palm desktop at all. Get access denied error. Downloaded ACCESS DENIED FIX from Palm, AND NOTHING HAPPENS. Any suggestions? No version of Paalm desktop no this computer
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Anonymous commented on 18 Dec 2004
Hey!

This last comment worked to help with installing 4.2.1 onto my OS 10.3.5 Mirrordoor!

Thanx!
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Anonymous commented on 22 Jan 2005
Thank you so much for telling us about the conduits! I installed a trial version of Now-Up-to-date and there were conflicts between the softwares. I almost gave up but after reading your review, i deleted the conduits and now it works perfectly!
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Katemarie had trouble on 06 Dec 2005
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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Umaromc commented on 30 Dec 2005
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
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Magilum had trouble on 01 Oct 2005
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.
[Version 4.2.1revD]


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