Palm finalises software for Mac OS X

The handheld computer maker adds its support to Apple's new operating system

Palm has released the final version of its version 4.0 desktop software for the Macintosh, the first full release of Palm Desktop to support Mac OS X. The software also improves synchronisation between Palm handhelds and desktop software, adds support for the vCard and vCal formats and is able to use multiple languages.

Apple is in the midst of moving its Macintosh computers from its older operating system to OS X, which is based on the FreeBSD implementation of Unix. Apple's biggest challenge has been gathering widespread support from major software vendors, so Palm's software is seen as a valuable addition to the OS X library.

Adobe, which makes Photoshop, InDesign and other imaging and desktop publishing tools, has also begun unveiling major new software for OS X after a slow start.

Palm said that several third-party applications, including FileMaker, Microsoft Entourage and DataViz, are being upgraded to support the new version of Palm Desktop. After switching to Palm Desktop 4.0 users will also need to upgrade their third-party applications, which allow databases, games and other software to connect to the Palm handheld.

More than 140,000 users downloaded the beta-test version of Palm Desktop 4.0 for the Mac, Palm said.


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