iSync support for Sony Clié TH55
By Frederic Pariente-Oracle on Feb 06, 2009
My Palm PDA, a Sony Clié TH55, is a bit of an antique. To get it to work with the Apple laptop I received from work last summer --I was switching to Mac for the first time--, I had to perform a few hacks, that I googled here and there. The most useful instruction page now being a broken link, here are my notes, for Mac OS X 10.5 aka Leopard.
- Download and install Palm Desktop for Mac 4.2.1 from http://www.palm.com/. It seems that it is now available as a .dmg package; it was a .sit archive when I downloaded it last summer, I had to install Stuffit Expander first to decompress the file. The software that you find on the Clié CDs is Windows only.
- Open for edit the (3)
Info.plistfiles located under:
- /Applications/Palm/HotSync Manager/Contents/Plug-ins/USBNotifier/Contents
- /Applications/Palm/Transport Monitor/Contents/Plug-ins/USBNotifier/Contents
- /Library/Application Support/Palm HotSync/Transports/USB/Contents
vi). If you wish to navigate down the directories through the graphical interface, you will need to right-click --oops, ctrl-click ;-)-- "Show Package Contents" to navigate into the applications.
<dict> <key>USBVendor</key> <string>1356</string> <key>USBProduct</key> <string>324</string> </dict>in the USBDevices section. Any text editor will do, as well as the Property List Editor application that comes with the Apple Developer Tools. If your Clié is a different model than the TH55, the USBProduct ID will be different.
With these steps, you can now sync your Palm as part of the iSync framework, i.e. you get a multi-way sync between your Palm, your cellphone, the various Mac applications, etc.