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  • Joe 21:26 on January 23, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: Address Book, Calendar, fruux, ICal, osx, sync   

    Fruux: sync addresses and calendars between macs 

    fruuxIf you want to keep your contacts and your calendar synchronized between macs, you had the only option to subscribe to mobile me. For me that was not really an option, as I don’t use any of the other services and then $99,- p/a is a bit hefty.

    But now there is Fruux, just a single preference pane addition, which keeps all of your addresses (Address Book) and calendars (iCal) and even your safari bookmarks in perfect sync. Best of all, it is in active development and there are some really nice features ahead, like online access to your data and “social sync”, whatever that may be (yes, I’m curious, maybe a replacement for Plaxo?).

    Your data is stored at the Fruux servers, securely transported using https (that’s what they claim). You still need to trust the Fruux team with your contacts and calendars.

    A quote:

    fruux is a lightweight and convenient system preference pane, that syncs your Address Book, Calendars, Tasks and Bookmarks between different Macs. fruux supports sync conflict resolution which will help you when you changed a record on more than one machine. fruux is currently localized in dutch, english, french, german, italian, spanish and romanian.

    Oh, and the app is free (as in beer) and still in beta (all warnings apply, but for me it just works as promised for over a week now). The Dutch localization has one mislabeled button (version 0.9), that’s just a minor issue I found.

    Highly recommended!

    Update: I sent the folks at Fruux more details about the Dutch localization issue and they corrected it right away, it will be fixed in the next release!

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  • Joe 22:17 on February 11, 2008 Permalink
    Tags: , osx, , update   

    OSX Updates! 

    Finally, the long awaited Leopard update is here, bringing the current Mac OSX version number to 10.5.2. Hopefully, a lot of annoyances of one of the worst OSX releases will have been fixed.

    It’s still too early to tell, I just upgraded a few minutes ago. First impressions are not bad, but I’m not seeing a lot of difference either.

    Other good news from the update front: only a few days or so ago, Shirt Pocket released their Leopard compatible update of SuperDuper! (see also my post on “Forced Features” in OSX).

    Feeling much more secure to upgrade OSX on a fully backed-up system, so reverting is as easy as attaching my external USB drive. I’m a happy camper now, let’s see the coming days…


    [ratings]

     
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