By now, you’ve probably heard that Apple’s just-released 10.5.3 Leopard update fixes meeeeelions of issues. The hefty update also brings at least one significant new feature that we felt was worthy enough for a post of its own: built-in contact syncing with Google Accounts and Gmail.
Announced prominently on the Official Google Mac Blog, Address Book’s General preference tab contains a new “Synchronize with Google” option, which appears below the “Synchronize with Yahoo!” option initially introduced in Leopard. Checking this option presents a warning about the general nature of syncing (“You acknowledge and agree that the synchronization process may read from, change, delete or overwrite data in Google contacts. Google strongly recommends that you make a backup copy of your data before your first synchronization attempt…” etc.), then requests your Google Account/Gmail credentials to get the ball rolling.
Of course, since Google’s recent announcement of (finally!) opening up Gmail’s API for syncing contacts, at least two solutions for doing this have appeared. Wateree Software’s Syncman was the first on the scene with a true two-way Gmail contact sync, and we covered Spanning Sync’s announcement of Gmail contact sync features coming to a 2.0 beta. The catch with Apple’s new solution, however, is that the feature sounds like it’s only for iPhone users. As Google states in its announcement: “To try it, go to the Address Book menu, choose Preferences, and then check Synchronize with Google. It’ll ask for your Google account and password, then automatically update your contacts every time you sync your iPhone.”
If you aren’t an iPhone owner, or you simply have reasons for not wanting to use this new solution, Syncman and Spanning Sync 2.0 (when it arrives) should still be viable options.”
(Via arstechnica .)