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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Sync Dystopia for Mac Users: Lotus Notes + CardScan + iPhone

A while ago, I moved from windows to mac, as I documented here. In general, when I wrote that article, there was a good amount of euphoria about the entire process, sprinkled with bravado and love for all things apple, as you might sense from the article. Fast forward a year and a half and I'm still very happy with the move, but have come to realize that you can't do without Windows, primarily because Mac Office (2011, 2012, whatever) mostly sucks. It may have been a big improvement from previous versions, but it still sucks. Its slow, not 100% compatible with Windows users in layout terms and kludgy. Eventually, after trying many many options, many virtual machines, trying hard to stick to Mac Office etc., I finally settled with Parallels Desktop 7 with MS Office and setting all office documents to open with the Windows office version running inside Parallels. Its great, fast and just what I need.

Anyway, this article is not about office. Its about the H*LL that you need to face for a simple task: How do you keep your business cards, email and your iPhone synced always. In other words, this basic requirement is a complete dystopia for Mac. Why do we need to sync all three? Let me explain from a business user perspective: