Any progress for Macs?

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Any progress for Macs?

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Apr 19, 2007, 3:35am

First of all, I absolutely love PalmThing. However, my PC is kaput, and I decided to purchase a Mac to replace it. Oh how I miss my PalmThing! I was wondering if anybody is currently working on a Mac installer? I know it was mentioned a few times on the other threads; I hope it hasn't been forgotten!

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Apr 20, 2007, 2:13am

I'll second that -- I'd love to see a Mac version!

May 8, 2007, 6:35pm

It's really not that it has been forgotten, it's that a Mac (and some development tools) is required to do it and I don't have one.

Jun 12, 2007, 12:30am

I have followed the Linux instructions and it worked OK on Intel iMac running 10.4.9. Had to use the terminal window of course. The pdb file was created properly, and I used the 'Send to Handheld' function to transfer the files over. I'll play a bit more to see how the conduit works.

Jul 11, 2007, 11:59pm

rodney, could you give any more explicit instructions, I know I'm Linux illiterate. Is this idiot-proof? I'm not sure what terminal window refers to, or untar, or GUI. I'd love to have a PalmThing too.

Jul 19, 2007, 12:52am

Hi quinaquisset,

Based on the instructions at I referred to the Linux intructions.

I ignored the first dot point as I already have the Palm hostsync software installed.
I also ignored the second dot point knowing that OS X 10.4.9 already has a Java runtime installed.
I clicked on the link for the archive and allowed the file to download to the desktop. Double-clicking on the downloaded file decompressed it, creating a PalmThing folder on my desktop.
I downloaded the tab-delimited export file and dragged it in to the PalmThing folder.

Now for the trickier stuff if you haven't used the OS X (Unix) command line interface before.

I started up Terminal from the Utilities folder inside my Applications folder.

I typed the following commands (the first moves to the PalmThing folder on the desktop, and the second generates the Palm file from the downloaded Librarything export file):

cd ~/Desktop/PalmThing
./ -read LibraryThing_TD.xls -sort 5 -dump PalmThing-Books.pdb

At this point you can quit from the Terminal program.

I then opened the PalmThing folder on my desktop, and dragged the PalmThing-Books.pdb and PalmThing.prc files onto the Send to Handheld icon in the Dock. If you download a new Librarything export file and recreate the PalmThing-Books.pdb, then you wouldn't need to send the PalmThing.prc file again.

I then Hotsynced my Palm as usual. Once the sync was complete, I had a new PalmThing icon in my home window, and upon opening it my LibraryThing collection was visible.

I'm writing this some time after I actually did it, so I hope that I've got all the steps right.

Jan 13, 2008, 3:09pm

I tried this and it still doesn't work for me -- I get a "you need to reset your handheld now" message, and no entries showing up when I open PalmThing.

Apr 25, 2008, 8:13am

The instructions in #6 were sufficient for me to get my 3353 books loaded to my zire 71
using my Mac.
I'm not entirely happy with the character set, but it could be a lot worse. Thanks!

Apr 25, 2008, 10:37am

Mac OS users may find that adding -record-encoding ISO-8859-1 to the arguments to before -read does a better job with accented characters.

Apr 27, 2008, 6:34am

Still not working -- the .pdb and .prc files are created, and the computer tells me it's transferring my titles, but when the HotSync is complete, I get a "you need to reset your handheld now" message, and no entries showing up when I open PalmThing.

May 8, 2008, 12:17pm

I'm having the exact same problem as cmraphael. The .prc file was clearly created, but something botches when you try to transfer it (although the log shows no error messages and HotSync does claim to be transferring the titles). Help!

Mar 19, 2011, 7:29pm

Any progress on getting the Palm to cooperate w/ the Mac? The odd thing is it works on my Palm hand-held but not on my Palm phone...