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WeSync 1.5

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The Good Lets you share contacts and calendars with family and coworkers; displays multiple schedules side by side on your handheld.

The Bad Difficult for novices; confusing community setup; no support for high-resolution screens.

The Bottom Line For soccer moms and CEOs alike, WeSync is an invaluable scheduling tool with an unbeatable price.

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CNET Editors' Rating

8.0 Overall

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Palm-owned WeSync is one of the best things to happen to handheld computing since Bejeweled. This ingenious app lets you share your contact list and calendar with other users and view multiple calendars right on your handheld. For example, you and your spouse can keep tabs on each other by viewing your schedules side by side. As a manager, you can track the whereabouts of your team, or as a team member, you can share contacts with your coworkers. WeSync also lets you create multiple calendars, so you can maintain separate, color-coded schedules for business, personal activities, and so on. It's free, it's the only service of its kind, and it belongs on your Palm--pronto. Palm-owned WeSync is one of the best things to happen to handheld computing since Bejeweled. This ingenious app lets you share your contact list and calendar with other users and view multiple calendars right on your handheld. For example, you and your spouse can keep tabs on each other by viewing your schedules side by side. As a manager, you can track the whereabouts of your team, or as a team member, you can share contacts with your coworkers. WeSync also lets you create multiple calendars, so you can maintain separate, color-coded schedules for business, personal activities, and so on. It's free, it's the only service of its kind, and it belongs on your Palm--pronto.

You're on your own
To get started with WeSync, just download a 3MB setup file. The program walks you through installation, which takes about five minutes and includes creating a WeSync account. Unfortunately, the app doesn't guide you through any postinstallation setup; you'll have to refer directly to WeSync's excellent PDF-formatted QuickStart Guide, which you can find on the WeSync Web site, to figure out how to establish and sync calendars and contacts. Happily, the guide offers comprehensive instructions and lots of screenshots.

WeSync's handheld components, WsCalendars and WsContacts, can replace Palm's built-in calendar and contact applications, but you must manually assign them to your handheld's hard buttons via a simple visit to your Palm's Prefs screen. Using WeSync's desktop software in tandem with the Web site, you select data you want to publish--that is, to make available to other WeSync users. You can share your entire calendar, create an entirely new one to share, or choose contacts or contact categories (business, personal, and so on) to make available. Sounds complicated, but it's an easy process. In addition, WeSync works with whatever desktop PIM you're using, such as Microsoft Outlook, Lotus Notes, or Palm Desktop.

Share, but only with other members
To create and manage communities, or groups of users with whom you share data, you must visit WeSync's Web site, and it's not an easy process. The form used to invite others to join your community is confusing at best and annoyingly requires you to send invitations one at a time; you can't enter multiple e-mail addresses. Worse, all your recipients must sign up with and install WeSync, which could lead to some confusion if you don't forewarn friends and coworkers.

Secure viewing; slick idea
When you sync your Palm, WeSync asks permission to connect to its servers and either share your data or retrieve shared updates from your WeSync partners. If you have a Palm VII, a Palm i705, or a modem-equipped model, you can update your calendars and contacts wirelessly, without having to HotSync. Users can view only the data you choose to make available, and you can mark individual entries as private. In addition, WeSync secures your communities with password protection.

Best of all, WeSync deftly delivers seamless calendar sharing, to the point where you'll soon wonder how you ever got along without it. Like MyPalm before it, a splendid online calendaring and contact-management service that Palm shut down earlier this year, WeSync is one of the best-kept secrets of the Palm world.

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You can use your handheld or WeSync's desktop viewer to see multiple calendars at a glance.

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