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Other General Questions / Re: Combine two software providers?
« Last post by droidmin on November 17, 2014, 01:34:24 AM »
gentilr, What are the programs not mentioned on this site that you looked into, but found poor reviews?
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Other General Questions / Re: Combine two software providers?
« Last post by gentilr on November 05, 2014, 09:54:47 PM »
Thank you both for your responses - much appreciated.

I've found a number of programs not mentioned on this website but their reviews were so poor, I didn't look into them further.

I've been giving VC Organizer (Lite version) a trial run on my Android and so far I am quite pleased - very smooth set up and operation. When my 14-day trial runs out I'll likely buy the full version with USB add-on since I keep my laptop WiFi off most of the time. One observation is I find there are too many clicks to get to the point where I can edit a calendar event note, but maybe I'm not yet doing it the right way since I'm still learning it. There are some other inconvenient idiosyncrasies here and there but overall a good product.

Upon further reading I realize that even if I use Outlook.com to sync my email, it all has to be in the cloud which I don't like. I remember back when I used a Palm there were at least two programs (DataViz and Versamail) that would sync Outlook emails and some of the email folders. I could read and also compose emails using my Palm and they would be synced and "sent" on the next Sync Operation. I am astonished that 14 years later a similar technology doesn't exist for smart phones.

If anyone hears about a new program that comes out offering to do non-cloud Outlook email syncing, I'd love to hear about it.

Thanks again!
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CompanionLink for Outlook / Re: Any serious alternative to CompanionLink
« Last post by droidmin on November 05, 2014, 09:19:41 PM »
I can understand your dilemma, living with limited bandwidth and a large amount of data.  CL is supposed to have an option to sync to DejaOffice and then DejaOffice automatically syncs with the local calendar and contacts - which then get synced automatically with Google.  So, you should actually have the solution already with CL.  I don't personally use that option, but I understand it is there.

Akrutosync may also work for you.  I understand it uses a PUSH method with Outlook like Exchange does.  This should decrease your bandwidth and only sync when a change is made.  If you set it up correctly, it should sync through your wireless.
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Other General Questions / Re: Combine two software providers?
« Last post by droidmin on November 05, 2014, 08:31:03 PM »
lvplm,  Thanks for answering.  I'll throw in a few of my own comments, too.

1. Why does NO non-exchange server solution on the list sync EVERYTHING: contacts/calendar/notes/tasks/email. There is always one or more missing.

>> It is correct that only contacts and calendars apps are on Androids.  Notes and Tasks are not on all Androids, so you need a third party app to perform the sync to their own Task or Note app.  Email is also a completely different beast and is why you don't see email syncing with most software.  For the MOST part, you only see email syncing with Exchange compatible email, although there are a few alternatives.

2. What does "wireless" sync mean? Is that Infrared? Or do i have to use my laptop's wifi card. If so, that's undesirable since i keep the wifi card turned off when on a wired connection which is 95% of the time.

>> In my chart, wireless refers to your devices wireless 3G or 4G connection with your provider (Verizon, Sprint, AT&T, US Cellular, Orange, Vodafone, etc.).  Wi-Fi specifically refers only to Wi-Fi, not wireless.

3. From what I can see the best option for me is to use both Outlook.com (for email)  AND  VC Organizer (for everything else) in order to sync ALL of my Outlook data without having stuff on the Cloud. It looks I will have to sync twice each time though, which is a minor inconvenience. Does anyone see a problem with this approach that I am missing?

>> I use multiple solutions.  I started using CompanionLink for calendar and contact sync and VC Organizer for Note sync because it was the only solution at the time to provide encryption.  Although CompanionLink now provides note encryption, I still use my VC Organizer solution through local Wi-Fi transfer.  It meets my needs and keeps my notes off the cloud.

4. If i start off with Outlook 2003 but then later upgrade to a newer version, will this mess up my configurations with these 3rd party providers? In other words, am i better off upgrading my Outlook FIRST?

>> Most software does work with Outlook 2003 as Microsoft support for it just ended last spring for Outlook 2003.  Most software also works with all other versions of Outlook, but be careful to check before you upgrade if you go with Outlook 2013.  Also, be aware that not all software supports the 64 bit version of Outlook, so if you decide to go with the 64 bit version, be sure to verify your sync software supports it.  While I try to keep my chart up to date, sometimes a vendor will upgrade their software to work with Outlook 2013, unbeknownst to me.  So please do perform your own research just to be sure!

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Other General Questions / Re: Sick and tired of CompanionLink...
« Last post by lvplm on October 28, 2014, 08:57:24 PM »
Considering I've been storing contacts since my Palm -- more than 10 years' worth! I have a lot of contacts (6k+) and no time to clean it up. I also have a lot of notes, long ones too. That said, I find www.akruto.com the best fit for my needs especially since I have Android, iPhone and iPad. Sync with all three is seamless. But that's based on my own needs, which is to sync calendar, contacts, tasks and notes without going through the cloud, use my devices' own apps (I don't like having two apps that do the same thing -- wastes space -- as it's usually not possible to delete built-in apps) and syncs with multiple OSes.

That's why this place is great -- you can see the comparison chart and find one that meets you needs. But of course, it's focused on Androids as it should be. Some of us have other OSes.
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Other General Questions / Re: Combine two software providers?
« Last post by lvplm on October 28, 2014, 08:52:26 PM »

1. Why does NO non-exchange server solution on the list sync EVERYTHING: contacts/calendar/notes/tasks/email. There is always one or more missing.

>> Androids vary on whether they come with notes and tasks. And those that do -- may or may not be compatible with the sync software.

2. What does "wireless" sync mean? Is that Infrared? Or do i have to use my laptop's wifi card. If so, that's undesirable since i keep the wifi card turned off when on a wired connection which is 95% of the time.

>> Depends on software. It can be wireless with Wi-Fi (does not use data plan -- but if it's public Wi-Fi, you risk sharing your personal information), Bluetooth (does not use data plan) or Internet (typically uses data plan).

3. From what I can see the best option for me is to use both Outlook.com (for email)  AND  VC Organizer (for everything else) in order to sync ALL of my Outlook data without having stuff on the Cloud. It looks I will have to sync twice each time though, which is a minor inconvenience. Does anyone see a problem with this approach that I am missing?

>> There are several solutions that avoid the cloud altogether. So you're not required to go to Outlook.com.

4. If i start off with Outlook 2003 but then later upgrade to a newer version, will this mess up my configurations with these 3rd party providers? In other words, am i better off upgrading my Outlook FIRST?

>> Quite a few solutions work with Outlook 2003 and later. Some may not work with 2003. So upgrades shouldn't be a problem.

HTH!
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Other General Questions / Combine two software providers?
« Last post by gentilr on October 27, 2014, 09:15:14 PM »
Hello community members. And thank you Corey for this useful site. I am a home user (not MS exchange server) and would like to sync my Outlook 2003 (I may upgrade to a newer version) with my Android and have looked at many solutions on the list. I do not wish to use a cloud service, I want to keep it local. I'd prefer to use USB but i can see i may have to sacrifice that and do wireless sync to get the features i want.

Before I proceed i'd like to ask a few clarification questions if someone knows the answers:

1. Why does NO non-exchange server solution on the list sync EVERYTHING: contacts/calendar/notes/tasks/email. There is always one or more missing.

2. What does "wireless" sync mean? Is that Infrared? Or do i have to use my laptop's wifi card. If so, that's undesirable since i keep the wifi card turned off when on a wired connection which is 95% of the time.

3. From what I can see the best option for me is to use both Outlook.com (for email)  AND  VC Organizer (for everything else) in order to sync ALL of my Outlook data without having stuff on the Cloud. It looks I will have to sync twice each time though, which is a minor inconvenience. Does anyone see a problem with this approach that I am missing?

4. If i start off with Outlook 2003 but then later upgrade to a newer version, will this mess up my configurations with these 3rd party providers? In other words, am i better off upgrading my Outlook FIRST?

Thank you everyone!

Robert
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CompanionLink for Outlook / Re: Any serious alternative to CompanionLink
« Last post by Chawki on October 24, 2014, 02:32:09 PM »
I am trying now Sync2.

Looks OK at first glance.
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CompanionLink for Outlook / Re: Any serious alternative to CompanionLink
« Last post by Chawki on October 23, 2014, 11:09:22 PM »
Thanks, CL.

I am a confirmed CL user and I guess you want me to use DejaOffice with USB or a Wifi synching to my Android.

I do not like that solution: DejaOffice contacts will not be synced with Gmail. That means my Outlook and Android will be synced not my Gmail. Not a good solution. Not a good solution either when I add a contact: will not be synched to Gmail. And not a good solution to maintain several contacts databases...

The real solution would be that CL improves its synching process to Google. I don't like DejaOffice but I love CL. However CL has become far too slow for Internet synch and frequent synching errors do occur...

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CompanionLink for Outlook / Re: Any serious alternative to CompanionLink
« Last post by companionlink on October 23, 2014, 05:40:05 PM »
Chawki,

CL can be configured to "not" use the Internet as a method of synchronization. You can sync direct from Outlook to Android using a USB cable or your WiFi router; both options do not depend on your internet or bandwidth. Syncing 8000 records should take seconds after the first sync is made. If it is taking longer than that, there is something wrong with the configuration.

If you need help configuring CL for direct sync, we can arrange to call you. Send us an email at social@companionlink.com.
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