Palm OS Address Book import/export
Palm Desktop, the free software supplied with Palm OS devices, allows import of contact information in comma-delimited, tab-delimited, or vCard (.vcf format). It can also export your Address Book as a delimited text file.
You may like to look at AIMEX from linkesoft.com - This shareware program can convert contact entries to CSV format.
Palm OS Address Book to Outlook If you're looking to convert
Address Book entries from your Palm or Visor into another format such as
Pocket PC, then going via MS Outlook is probably the best route. Supplied
with your Palm is a program called Pocket Mirror, from Chapura which lets
you synchronise to Outlook. Psion or Pocket PC can then be synchronised
* Intellisync from www.pumatech.com has data synchronisation solutions for Palm, Pocket PC and Symbian OS handheld devices to the following desktop formats: Microsoft Exchange, Outlook, Outlook Express and Schedule+, as well as Lotus Notes and Lotus Organiser. It's also the solution used by Microsoft for Calendar synchronisation over the Internet with Microsoft MSN.
* If you have a Yahoo account set up you can import Palm date book information (.dba) to Yahoo's calendar and then export it directly to MS Outlook format. Before you do this conversion you must install a program from Yahoo called Intellisync. Overall the process is fairly simple and works very well. I was able to transfer 640 palm date book records over to Outlook without a problem.
* I used a program called "Outlook Connect" when I bought my Axim. It exports your Palm dates, addresses, tasks, and notes to Outlook. It's easy to use and it seems reliable. I downloaded it from Handango. It DOES require Palm desktop version 4.1, but that's a free download from www.palm.com if you don't already have it.
Right out of the box, Palm users can choose to sync their handhelds with either the Palm Desktop or Microsoft Outlook. The only out-of-the-box option Pocket PC owners have is to sync their PDA with the Outlook desktop application. (Third-party options are available, however.)
This means converting from Palm to Pocket PC typically requires you to migrate your Palm data into Outlook. Here's how:
1. Start by HotSyncing to back up any data recently added
to your Palm. You should also copy your Palm data files (the default location
is usually c:/applications/palm) onto an external hard drive, a CD-R, or
another storage device.
2. Insert the Palm software CD and reinstall the Palm Desktop. During installation, choose Microsoft Outlook as the desktop program to which you'll synchronize.
3. When you finish the installation, restart the HotSync Manager. Then HotSync your Palm to import your Palm application data into Outlook.
4. Now insert the CD that came with your Pocket PC. Once you've installed the Pocket PC software, perform an ActiveSync to copy your Outlook data onto the Pocket PC.
The Palm to Pocket PC translation isn't entirely 100 percent. For example, Palm address book categories such as Business and Personal don't translate into Outlook. That's where third-party programs can help.
Several third-party programs offer more robust options for moving data from Palms to Pocket PCs (and vice versa).
* Chapura offers several Outlook-to-Palm software utilities, such as KeySuite 2.0 ($50), which installs Microsoft Outlook-like utilities on your Palm. PocketMirror 3.1.3 Professional ($50) adds more Outlook-like capabilities to the standard, built-in Palm apps. And PocketMirror 3.1.3 Standard ($40) offers basic syncing between Outlook and the standard Palm utilities.
* DataViz's Beyond Contacts ($50) installs its own Outlook-style programs on your Palm PDA for more extensive support of Outlook fields, such as birthdays and anniversaries. You can check the PCWorld.com Product Finder for the latest prices.
* Pumatech claims that its Intellisync ($70) is the only program that lets you simultaneously sync PDA data with multiple applications, such as Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express, Lotus Notes and Organizer, Symantec Act, and others. Other features include "intelligent" field mapping and custom filtering, the company says. For the latest prices, go to our Product Finder.
Can use as a Source or Destination
# CSV (comma-delimited files)
# Microsoft Outlook 97 through 2003
# Netscape 4.x
# Outlook Express
# Outlook Personal Address Book/PAB
# Palm Desktop (before v4.1.4)
# Windows Address Book/WAB
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# Mozilla 1.2 through 1.8
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PDAssistant is an interface utility that provides Palm OS and Outlook users with a bridge to port contact information from one application to the other. It doesn't communicate directly with either database, rather it relies solely on the ability to read/write from an Access and an ASCII file. The actual import and export of the data is performed within both the Palm Desktop software and Outlook.
This is the first release of PDAssistant. It's a wonderful time-saving utility for those users that need to port contact information back and forth from Outlook and the Palm Desktop application. As it's the first release, I found a few areas that could be improved upon. For example, some of my contacts have middle initials. I had configured PDAssistant to convert non-standard Palm OS fields/columns into the memo field. I would have expected a person's middle initial to be appended to that person's first name instead. Another anomaly was contacts that didn't have a birth date entered in their record now have '0/0/00' instead of a null field.
Still, PDAssistant is fast and simple to use and saved hours, if not
days, of frustration. At a current price of $4.95 [outdated, see below]
Sorry, PDAssistant won't convert Calendar data...
If you need to transfer calendar information, visit the following sites for information about their products:
CompanionLink from CompanionLink Software [ http://www.companionlink.com/ ]
Desktop-To-Go from DataViz [ http://www.dataviz.com/ ]
IntelliSync from PumaTech [ http://www.pumatech.com/ ]
PocketMirror from Chapura [ http://www.chapura.com/ ]