Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Turn addresses into pictures.

The little black bookan address book, keeping track of the names, phone numbers, and sometimes addresses of important contactshas been one of the most popular non-digital assistants, surrounded by its own social mythology. And it has become the must-have feature of even the most simplistic PDAs. We have address books on our computers, our cell phones, and our iPods, and ideally we like to keep this information synchronized between these different devices. Why not sync this data to your very sleek PSP?

Before Sony released their browser with Version 2.0 of the firmware, and before people figured out that they could redirect the Wipeout Pure browser to view the rest of the Internet, several people realized that you could keep a lot of information on your PSP using the device's built-in picture viewing capabilities. You can easily convert your address book to a series of images that you can view on your PSP. Just export your contacts in some sort of textual form, convert to PDF, and then convert the PDF to a series of JPEG images.

This can be time-consuming. Fortunately, if you are using a Macintosh computer running OS X, PocketMac for PSP (; $9.95 USD), shown in Figure 3-54, synchronizes the contacts in your address book or Entourage address book to an images folder on your PSP. Each contact appears in a separate image, and you can scroll through the names on the PSP and hit the X button next to any name whose details you need to view.

PocketMac for PSP can also sync pictures and music from iPhoto and iTunes to your PSP.

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