palmOne launches new resource center for Mac enthusiasts

palmOne, Inc. today introduced a resource center for Mac enthusiasts who want to get the most out of their palmOne handhelds and smartphones. New web pages at help the Mac community take its digital lifestyle on the go with tips on wireless connectivity, an array of photo album opportunities, and other informative features.

The Mac resource center, featuring “Web Resources” and “Support Resources” sections on its home page, also offers specific help under the categories “Photo Albums & iPhoto,” “Syncing w/ iSync,” “Go Wireless” and “Software.”

“We count thousands and thousands of Mac enthusiasts among our valued customers,” said Page Murray, vice president of marketing for palmOne, Inc. in the press release. “We created this new Mac resource center to build on the idea of the Mac as a digital hub and the palmOne handheld as your portable digital life.”

The latest mobile professional and entry-level devices from palmOne, the Zire 72 and Zire 31 handhelds, are featured on the new web pages. With color screens, photo capabilities and ease of use, these devices are highly compatible with favorite Mac applications, such as iPhoto, iCal, Address Book and iSync.

palmOne’s new Mac resources include:

— Photo Albums & iPhoto — shows users how to take photo albums on the road and add photos taken from a Zire 72 handheld or Treo 600 smartphone to albums on their desktops.

— Syncing w/ iSync — shows users how to enjoy seamless synchronization between popular Mac personal information management applications and palmOne handhelds.

— Go Wireless — shows users how to pair a Mac Bluetooth technology-enabled desktop with palmOne Bluetooth technology-enabled handhelds. It also walks users through a quick Wi-Fi setup to use a Tungsten C handheld with Airport, Airport Extreme, or Airport Express wireless base station.

— Software — features overviews of the most popular productivity applications — Documents To Go, Adobe Reader for Palm OS, and FileMaker Mobile — and links to additional Mac-friendly applications.

Visit palmOne’s Mac resource center here.

MacDailyNews Take: This type of overture is something Mac users should welcome and support. Or does it mean palmOne’s gotten wind of the Apple PDA that’s always soon-to-debut? wink


  1. Didn’t palmSource say they would no longer offer a Mac version of Palm Desktop? And doesn’t iSync rely on Palm Desktop to sync with your palm? Maybe this a move to reassure palmOne’s commitment to its Mac users.

    And, errr, I think that Apple PDA speculation bit is a bit of a stretch there.

  2. “Mac enthusiasts”…actually I like it. It beats “Mac cultists”. Also, the ham radio ethos of resourcefulness and cleverness is a good fit with the community, I think.

  3. Another suggestion of an Apple PDA, now from MDN. During a recent interview, Steve Jobs made it quite clear that there will be no Apple PDA.

    I have no doubt if Apple were to seriously put out a PDA that it would be as unique as the iPod. A PDA would certainly fall into the family as defined by “the digital hub”. I wouldn’t put it past Apple to rename such a product to avoid the “PDA” stamp. But, wishfull thinking aside, you still can’t ignore Steve’s statement that there will be no Apple PDA.

  4. Sounds like desperation & damage limitation to me, they should’ve thought of that before dumping Mac support so arrogantly. (Yes I know they didn’t, it was PalmSource, but it was a spectacular piece of bad PR, and PalmSource should’ve thought about the effect it has had on PalmOne & Mac-users, and planned the announcement a little better).

    I was just on the brink of buying a Tungsten T3/wireless keyboard to replace the M130, when I heard about the new PalmOS6, so I thought I’d wait until the new hardware came out.

    On then hearing there was no Mac support for the new OS (3rd party solutions notwithstanding), I basically threw my M130 in a dusty draw and went out and bought a brand new iBook, and I’m ‘very’ happy with it.

    I bought into & supported the ‘Palm & wireless keyboard as a portable replacement idea’ that Palm peddles, but the decisions they have taken have made me realise that they don’t support me as a Mac-user, so they’ve lost me as a customer.

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