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FoneLink 2.0 Targeted At Apple Macintosh Users

May 30, 2008 (02:05 PM EDT)

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Despite its user-friendly reputation, getting your smartphone to sync with a Macintosh can sometimes be a pain.

Sure, if you have an iPhone or use PocketMac for BlackBerry, then it's not an issue. But Nova Media's FoneLink 2.0 can bridge the phone-to-Mac gap for the rest of the smartphones out there.

FoneLink 2.0 enables users to synchronize data, manage SMS text messages, and back up and restore cell phone contents on a Macintosh computer. This latest version was completely rewritten, according to a Nova Media spokesman, who said it's "basically a new program with the same name."

This overhaul of the engine has greatly improved the speed and stability, he said. It now supports a drag-and-drop user interface, has an activity monitor, and can back up your cell phone's data in the background.

The sync manager includes built-in support for Sync Services, so it synchronizes with Microsoft Entourage and Apple iCal and Address Book, as well as other applications that recognize Apple's Sync Services technology.

FoneLink can also help with the fun side of your cell phone, as it automatically converts music, videos, and photos on a Mac to formats that are viewable and playable on your mobile device.

Additionally, iTunes playlists can be synchronized, and an integrated ring tone editor allows the creation of individual ring tones from any compatible music file.

The software supports many models from Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson (a full list can be found on Nova Media's FoneLink site). It's priced at $39.99 for one license, and system requirements call for Mac OS X v10.4.9 or later.