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    As most of us know, when we hotsync our Treos with the Palm included Hotsync program, our SD cards are not backed up and the contents not transferred to our hard drive as we wait for (the imminent) disaster to strike. How many of you have had to do hard resets and reinstall - program by program, reg code by reg code - each and every piece of data on your SD card? Well, fear no more - here comes BlueSync.

    BlueSync is a disarmingly simple program to use. Just install to your PC, do a hotsync to install on your Treo, and sync again. With this second sync, everything on your SD is copied to a corresponding directory on your hard drive. Simple, fast, easy. The steps in copying from PC to SD and SD to PC follow from the BlueSync manual:

    Synchronizing Files to Palm with BlueSync™

    To add files to your Palm, simply copy them into the correct directory on the PC. BlueSync™ comes with a helper application on the PC to help you find the correct directory on your PC. You can launch the helper application by going to Start->Programs->Blue Squirrel->BlueSync.

    The BlueSync™ helper application will show all the Palm Users on your system. In most cases, there is only one.

    Use these steps to add files to your handheld with BlueSync™:

    1. Choose the Palm User for your Palm. The Palm User is the same as the HotSync Id. You can find this on your Palm by launching the HotSync application on your Palm and looking at the Id in the upper right-hand corner.
    2. Choose the card you will HotSync with. BlueSync will handle multiple cards.
    3. Hit the browse button. Add a file to the folder with Copy/Paste or save a file to that location.
    4. HotSync. BlueSync will recognize that there is a new file on the PC that isn't on the card, and it will add it to the Palm card.

    Synchronizing Files to PC with BlueSync™

    There are several ways to get files onto your handheld card:

    1. You can use the Copy… option from the menu in your Palm application launcher. This will copy Palm databases to \PALM\Launcher and that is all. This is a very limited function.
    2. You can use the Install Tool to install databases to the card. This too will add files to \PALM\Launcher.
    3. You can use a camera that supports MMC/SD/Memory Stick or Compact Flash and take some pictures. These pictures are often (not always) stored in the \DCIM directory of the card.

    4. You can use one of the many card file managers that are available to move files from main memory to the card.
    5. You can use Launcher helper applications such as PowerRUN to move files from main memory to the card.
    6. You can use utilities that convert files to and from PC formats to Palm formats to move files to the card.

    Once you have moved files to the card using one of the methods listed above, you can hit HotSync to synchronize the PC directory with the Palm. The files that you added, or moved on the Palm will be added or moved in the PC directory.

    Source: Blue Squirrel's BlueSync Help File

    Everything is extremely easy to use and well documented in the help file. If you just used it for the purpose of safeguarding your data by having a PC copy of your SD, it would be worth the cost. What I have found to be the best reason to use BlueSync is upgrading the size of my SD. For most of us, it is a struggle to go through multiple steps to copy our SD to our PC; unless you have a progam like Card Export, the Treo is not recognized as a system drive and you have to use a card reader. With BlueSync, all I did was exchange cards in my Treo (256MB-> 1GIG), rename the new card to the same name as the old card using the Cardinfo util found on the Treo, right click the hotsync icon and after choosing the "Custom" option, tell BlueSync to have the desktop overwrite the handheld. A short hotsync later, everything - including reg numbers - was transferred to my new card. No muss, no fuss.

    You also have the option of archiving or discarding files you no longer keep on your SD. You can change this option at any time.

    But wait - there's more! You can choose exactly what you want to sync each time and what you want to exclude. For instance, you don't need to sync your media files (pictures, music, movies, etc) everytime, so just exclude them from being copied. You can set exceptions to be individual files or entire directories. It's quite easy to do with the included desktop browsing component of BlueSync. On top of that, you can tell BlueSync how often you want it to do it's thing: everytime, daily, weekly, or monthly.

    Blue Squirrel has written an excellent program with an easy to use interface that gives any user complete control over what is on their SD and in what order. You can create a complete directory structure for a card on the PC and have it copied over verbatim to the SD.

    Overall, this is a program that has almost no learning curve at all yet is extremely useful for the power user as well as the novice. The price tag? $19.95. You can find BluSync here. Give it a test drive and see what you think.
    Last edited by dsilver; 08/10/2005 at 04:15 PM.

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