You'll learn about syncing managed data on a Mac running Snow Leopard with:
The cloud (i.e. MobileMe or Google)
An iPhone, iPod, or Apple TV
A non-Apple mobile phone
A PDA (i.e. a Palm or Blackberry, specifics are brief)
Types of sync data covered include:
Calendar items stored in iCal, Entourage, Google, and Yahoo
Contacts stored in Address Book, Entourage, Google, and Yahoo
Data on Exchange servers
Data on MobileMe
Dock items and Dashboard widgets
Apple Mail account settings, Safari bookmarks, and application preferences
Apple Mail and Entourage notes
Keychains (user names and passwords)
Items from software that uses Mac OS X's Sync Services, such as Yojimbo
Audio, video, photos, apps, and associated metadata from iTunes
Types of devices covered include:
Macs, with details on MobileMe and overviews of popular third-party options
The iPhone and iPod touch, via Microsoft Exchange, MobileMe, or iTunes
Old and new iPods via iTunes, with details on USB and FireWire connections
The Apple TV via iTunes
Mobile phones, smartphones, BlackBerries, and Palm OS PDAs via iSync and/or third-party utilities
Connection technologies and software examined include:
Bluetooth, USB, FireWire, Wi-Fi, and Ethernet
MobileMe, iTunes, iSync, IMAP (IMAP discussion is limited to Apple Mail), Exchange
Third-party products from BusyMac, Feisar, Mark/Space, Nova Media, PocketMac, and Spanning Sync
Sampler of special questions you'll find answers to:
What is the truth database? And what should I do if I think it's lying?
When a sync occurs, what's going on behind the scenes?
What is push syncing and how does it work?
What is the difference between syncing and a backup?
What does Bluetooth "discovery" mean, and what should I do about it?
Can I control exactly which audio and video files sync to my iPod?
How do I override automatic syncing when I connect my iPod to iTunes?
How does iTunes decide if a video file is a movie, TV show, or music video?
How does the Apple TV figure out what to sync if it fills up?
How do I sync everything possible to my iPhone—calendars, contacts, Safari bookmarks, the works?
How do I sync a mobile phone that Apple doesn't support?
Argh! Snow Leopard's iSync doesn't support the Palm! What third-party software can I use instead?
I want to sync directly with an Exchange server... what do I need to know?
What's the smartest way to sync keychains between Macs?
I have a syncing feeling about my data—what should I do?