Desktop Manager for Mac Support for BlackBerry PlayBook coming this summer

BlackBerry Desktop Manager for PC... just need it for Mac now
By Kevin Michaluk on 20 Apr 2011 11:29 am EDT

Desktop Manager for PC (pictured) supports the PlayBook... Mac support coming this summer

One of the questions that has been popping up a lot in our BlackBerry PlayBook Forum is in regards to BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac support. As it stands now, if you have Desktop Manager for Mac installed and plug in your PlayBook, nothing happens. It doesn't recognize the device. The reason for this of course, is that DM for Mac currently doesn't support it. We reached out to RIM for an estimated timeline on when Desktop Manager for Mac will get PlayBook support, and were told:

Desktop Manager for Mac will be available this summer. 

Of course, this doesn't mean that Mac users are left high and dry. Upon connecting a PlayBook to a Mac via microUSB cable for the first time, you'll be prompted to install drivers onto your Mac. Once installed, your PlayBook will appear as a network drive and you can easily drag and drop to transfer your pictures, movies, documents and other files onto the PlayBook. You can even transfer files via WiFi. So you can survive without worries without Desktop Manager, but for those of you waiting on Desktop Manager for Mac support, you now have a better idea of when it's coming.

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Desktop Manager for Mac Support for BlackBerry PlayBook coming this summer


You should really put MAC or Apple in the title. It's misleading reading it on twitter/here with a headline that isn't specific to which OS. I was panicked for a second. lol.

Mac's are nice,but with Windows pcs,your options are limitless,but at least its coming for mac users in the summer

At least you can still drag and drop, I'm not too happy about needing a different computer to update the software if I'm not within WiFi

Prime example why RIM is never going to make it in the tablet industry, great device, horrible, horrible OS and software.


It's alright, by the time RIM adds this no one will care about this thing anymore anyway. If you didn't have time to do it before unveiling it, don't you think in the 6 months between then and now you'd have been able to finish at least this? Way to go RIM. The potential this device had has been totally lost in the substandard software for the product, OS included, and in the rollout. Two thumbs down.

This worked (installing the drivers) on my iMac (older gen) but when I tried the same thing with my new iMac, it does nothing. Is this because it's a one time thing? Once they're installed on machine x they won't install on machine y or is that the drivers won't work with iMacs 2011?