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  1. rose stone

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    We are having problems moving our Palm Calendar (the handheld is a Palm TX) information into an Android Smart Phone. Our understanding is that this is a 3 step process:
    1. Upgrade Palm Desktop to v6.2 including converting the existing data
    2. Import the (Microsoft Access formatted) data into Pimlical
    3. Import the Pimlical formatted data into Android Calendar
    We are having problems with the first step. We can get Palm Desktop v6.2 installed, but when it carries over the calendar information, we lose all the categories. (I understand that we will lose the color code for the categories in v6, but we are losing the categories themselves.) We have not tried syncing the Palm TX with the new desktop to see if they return. That is the next thing we will try. (We are concerned that we might lose the categories on the Palm. Yes, we will have a full backup of the v4 data, but going back to that would require a full reset of the handheld data.)


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    The stock android calendar app won't even support categories, though there might be some 3rd party alternatives that do.
     
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    That is why I got Pimlical. But I am having trouble getting my Palm info ready for it.
     
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    You need to think of Google Calendars as categories. Using myself as an example, I set up the following calendars on Google (with a few extras thrown in as examples of what you can do):

    Ann Rein (this is my personal calendar)
    Pilates (this is my business schedule)
    Husband's Schedule (I don't have this, but it's for example purposes)
    Kids' Schedule (ditto above)
    Birthdays/Anniversaries
    US Holidays (offered by Google)
    Astronomy (also offered by Google)

    I followed these instructions. Working from fresh installs all around this will work. Good luck with it! Also, a great resource for Pimlical support is the Pimlical Yahoo group, you would do well to join it, or at least read it from the web.
     
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    Thanks! I didn't think of a Yahoo Group.
     
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    I did the Palm to Android conversion about 8 months ago. I cannot recall the exact steps. Go to the Pimlical website or the Yahoo group as suggested and they can help you. Pimlical desktop will convert your Palm type "categories" into google type "calendars". From Pimlical you can then upload everything to Google and then you should be good to sync everything over to your Android. On my phone, I am using Calengoo. Very well polished and full of features which are comparable to the features and functions of Pimlical's old Datebk, which I loved. I would have tested Pimlical/Android if it had been available at the time, but now I am committed to Calengoo. Also, Pimlical/Android may still be buggy and not yet fully developed. I only use Pimlical desktop to back up my data from time to time and do not use it as a destop calendar. Pimlical desktop has so many functions and features that I am afraid it will mess up my data. Easier and safer just to use the google calendar when using a desktop computer.
     
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    PS. If you have a large calendar which goes back many years, be aware that the Android phone will only sync back about 3 months by default. If you want all of your old events synced up on your Android, I know of two ways:

    1. Free way: just go to the date and time setting of your phone and set the date to some date preceeding all of your calendar data. Eg. July 31, 2001 if you want to go back 10 years. This will fool your phone and it will sync all of your old data. After the data is synced, you can reset your date/time back to auto. However, I found that as you add new appointments on your android, the sync can be quite slow.

    2. Calengoo (need to buy): is designed to sync all of your historical data. I also find that after all of the historical data has synced, the subsequent syncs of new appointments are quite fast compared to the built in Android sync (a few seconds compared to a few minutes).
     
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