Palm Sync to Google Calendar

In the past 5 years, I have worked in environments using Microsoft Outlook, Novell Groupwise, and Lotus Notes. I find Groupwise and Notes as e-mail clients to be substantially inferior to Outlook from the user’s viewpoint, so I struggle with why their back office benefits outweigh usability when they’re just used for e-mail? Unfortunately, as the end user, I use what is installed on the desktop and currently it is Notes. My latest challenge was how to get my Lotus calendar so that I could view it on both my Palm T|X that I nearly always carry with me, and on Google Calendar where I like to have a backup.

There are applications that will sync from Notes to Palm, of course.  We use mNotes to synchronize Palm OS devices to our system.  It works for most content – not e-mail or … notes!  But I can take my calendar and tasks with me, and that’s really all I want to have on my Palm.

Google Calendar is a great resource because (a) I can build it into my iGoogle page, (b) it’s a nice little online calendar, and (c) I can share it.  But I didn’t want to use workarounds to get it to show my Notes / Palm content.  One that I saw while perusing the Web was to export each item from the Palm Desktop, and import them individually to Google.  Too much work.

A program called Companionlink offers an option to synchronize a Palm to Google for $29.95.  But my attempts at using their trial version didn’t work so well – and I noticed that it did something to my hotsync that caused some strange results.   If you’re looking for a sync tool to replace Palm’s hotsync, you might still want to take a look at it.

I ended up with Goosync by Toffa Inc., which grabs your Palm calendar and synchronizes it with your Google Calendar.  First, it’s $29.95 cheaper than Companionlink and, second, I can sync from anywhere with an Internet connection (as opposed to Companionlink, which required an install on a PC, which was never going to happen at my office due to IS restrictions).  It was easy to set up and it worked like a charm.  My Palm T|X makes a wi-fi connection, hits the Goosync server, and it passes on the information to my Google Calendar.  My needs are simple – I’m only syncing to Google Calendar, not both ways, and I don’t have complex or multiple Google Calendars – so this might not work for everyone.  But kudos to Goosync for having such a straightforward way to get information from a Palm to Google.

    David Whelan

    I improve information access and lead information teams. My books on finding information and managing it and practicing law using cloud computing reflect my interest in information management, technology, law practice, and legal research. I've been a library director in Canada and the US, as well as directing the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center. I speak and write frequently on information, technology, law library, and law practice issues.