- Reworked how Syncman interacts with the Keychain. This will hopefully fix some password issues a few users were having. And in any case there is now proper error reporting instead of silently failing when writing to the Keychain fails.
- Updated automatic updates to be more reliable and secure, and made the automatic update check interval configurable (hourly, daily or weekly).
- Made the help menu more helpful, especially when running in the menubar.
Small but important update in preparation for bigger things to come.
- Fixed a potential problem with running on Snow Leopard. Syncman is now ‘officially’ Snow Leopard compatible.
- Added a Feedback / Bug Report tool that can send application logs. This should make finding and fixing issues much easier for you and me.
Fixed a major bug with Syncman 1.2. When adding contacts to your Gmail account, Syncman would not add these contacts to the My Contacts group. This could cause strange problems, especially if you opted not to synchronize Suggested Contacts.
Now Syncman will add any new contacts in Address Book to the My Contacts group in Gmail. After updating, if Syncman still wants to delete a bunch of contacts from Address Book, the easiest solution is to empty the cache Syncman > Preferences > Advanced > Empty Cache and sync again. The downside to the ‘easy’ solution is that it leaves a bunch of duplicate contacts in your Suggested Contacts. The alternative solution, which doesn’t do this, is to manually move those contacts into My Contacts in Gmail.
I sincerely apologize for this lapse in quality control. If you’ve been bitten by this bug and need any assistance in getting your contact lists back in order, please don’t hesitate to contact us. And many thanks to Ross on the Syncman group for noticing and helping to track down this bug.
Finally! Thanks to some recent updates by Google, Syncman 1.2 now offers the option of whether or not you want to synchronize Google’s “Suggested Contacts”. This is a feature that a lot of folks have been waiting for, and it should help out a whole lot in keeping our Address Books nice and clean.
Note: For new users, syncing suggested contacts is off by default. For existing users, syncing suggested contacts is on by default. If you disable syncing suggested contacts, be prepared that Syncman will likely want to remove a bunch of contacts from your Address Book. Therefore, you might want to take a few minutes in Gmail to move any appropriate contacts from “Suggested Contacts” to “My Contacts”.
Additionally, more sync status information is now available in the menubar if you run Syncman in the menubar. That’s all for now… Thanks for using Syncman!
Syncman 1.1 adds what has certainly been the most requested feature to date… scheduled synchronization. Syncman can now also run in the menubar, staying out of the way and only asking for your attention when it’s needed. Here’s the full list of changes:
- Added scheduled synchronization with configurable ‘bother level’.
- New preference for running in the menubar instead of in the dock.
- New preference for starting Syncman automatically at login.
- Added proper credits to the ‘About’ box.
- Google Talk addresses in Gmail are now properly mapped to Jabber addresses in Address Book.
- Added workaround for Address Book bug where the ‘Last Name’ field could become inaccessible.
- Fixed an issue where Syncman would always want to update certain contacts on Gmail.
Since the changes made in this release can really change the way Syncman is used, Syncman will reset the trial days left for any existing or expired trials. Enjoy! And be sure to give any feedback you have in the new Syncman Discussion Group.
Syncman is ideal for organizations using Google Apps for Your Domain. If you’re interested in site licensing, we’d love to talk to you! Just a few minor changes this time around:
- Added a workaround that should eliminate “postal address must not be empty” errors.
- Added some web and email links to the help menu
- Internal changes to facilitate site licensing
Another quick bugfix release to take care of some minor issues.
- Fixed a bug that could cause Syncman to always want to update certain contacts on Gmail.
- Automatically handle situations that could lead to errors like “Phone Number must not be empty”.
- Syncman now tries harder to respect a contacts name structure (first, last, etc) in Address Book.
This is a highly recommended bugfix release. A few annoying issues were found after the launch of 1.0 and a few more popped up later (more on that below).
- Fixed a bug that would cause completely unrelated contacts to be merged during the initial sync.
- Give Company contacts a name on Gmail so they display properly in the list view.
- Display more descriptive messages for certain errors.
Google recently changed some things (unannounced) which could cause Syncman to think that it needed to replace all of your Address Book contacts. This seems to have only affected Google Apps accounts, or possibly those who were recently updated to the new Gmail interface.
Regardless, this release should fix the problem, but of course if it doesn’t then please let me know.
And one last thing… You can now stay up to date with Syncman news by following the new Wateree Blog.
Syncman synchronizes your Mac’s built-in Address Book with your Gmail Contacts. Syncman offers three different synchronization strategies:
- Sync Address Book with Gmail Contacts
- Replace Gmail Contacts with Address Book
- Replace Address Book with Gmail Contacts
The following contact fields are currently supported:
- Name, Company, Title & Notes
- Email Addresses & Phone Numbers
- IM Accounts (AIM, Jabber, MSN, ICQ & Yahoo)