RIM To Officially Launch BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac on October 2nd!!

BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac
By Kevin Michaluk on 30 Sep 2009 07:03 am EDT

It's the last day of September and RIM promised to have BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac officially available by then. Unfortunately, you can't download it today but they did fire off a press release letting us know it will be here this Friday, October 2nd, at 1pm EDT. A couple more days won't kill us, so it's allllll goood. THANKS RIM!!!!! 

Press Release

RIM Launches BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac Users

New software makes it easy to sync data between Mac applications and BlackBerry smartphones; free download scheduled to be available on October 2

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 30, 2009) - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) has exciting news for Mac(R) users that want an easy and reliable solution that syncs their contacts, calendar appointments, tasks and notes with their BlackBerry(R) smartphones. A new version of the BlackBerry(R) Desktop Manager software has been developed specifically for Mac users. The new desktop software is scheduled to be available for free download from www.blackberry.com/mac on Friday, October 2 at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time.

The new BlackBerry Desktop Manager software allows Mac users to smoothly and seamlessly sync data from Mac applications like iCal(R), Address Book, Microsoft(R) Entourage(R) and others, as well as add and remove applications, schedule automatic backups, encrypt backup files and install software updates for their BlackBerry smartphone.

BlackBerry Desktop Manager Software also integrates BlackBerry Media Sync, enabling Mac users to sync their iTunes(R) music collections with their BlackBerry smartphone(i). From within the BlackBerry Desktop Manager software, users simply select the desired iTunes playlists and the music, including song information and album art, is quickly transferred onto their BlackBerry smartphone.

BlackBerry Desktop Manager software is designed to run on Mac computers with Mac OS 10.5.5 and higher and supports BlackBerry smartphones running BlackBerry OS 4.2 and higher.

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RIM To Officially Launch BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac on October 2nd!!


That's cool. I'm 1st on something wish this was a SWEEPSTAKES but that's great to know. I wish I had my MAC instead of this HP even though I love this LAPTOP. This DESKTOP MANAGER seems more user friendly and easier to use.

I REALLY wish I was a MAC instead of a PC.

It will be a huge disappointment if they push out the same thing as the Beta. It's no different from PocketMac and MissingSync - tempermental. Sometimes it works perfectly. Other times, not so much. It all depends on how many times (and when) you rebooted your Mac and your BB and whether or not the Mac even recognizes the BB.

Give credit where credit is due, the PC BBDM works. Let's hope we can say the same thing for the Mac version. This may be the first time that a PC is better than a Mac. (Let the flaming begin...)

Its about time they released it! I had to do a complete mem wipe for the beta to work properly... And I'm really glad it does. Now I can sync my iCal (which i use for EVERYTHING) to my BB without using other crappy 3rd party software.

And I agree with the guy above, it better be much different than the beta. Although I have no problems with it (since the mem wipe), it has a very limited range of things it can do. I will be downloading this as soon as its 1PM. =]

edit: It better have bluetooth syncing available too! although I might be asking for too much too soon.. xP

wonder why the 8900 in the picture has Blue number buttons and a Blue colored End Call button?
MAC doesnt like the color Red? WTH!

Hopefully, this will be on of those things that the old adage "good things come to those who wait" applies to!

glad they updated their mac site to reflect this, oh wait they did not. its still "Coming in September!". youd think theyd have change that by now.

that screenshot at the top of the page has a BLUE end call button.
an no - i am not colorblind.

you're right, I see blue buttons on the screen shot at the top. I don't what these crack smokers are talking about. There's no red buttons on that screen shot!

really, its red, go take a colorblind test. cause its red. why would they be so dumb as to make it blue. honestly, i would choose to believe your colorblind before i would beleive everyone else who has read this wouldnt catch that and/or they wasted time and money to change a simple color like that. and if thats not the case i dont know whats wrong with your screen, cause its red red red. red. red.

anyone else really annoyed that theyre delayed? they had a whole month to release it. not to mention that pocketmac doesnt really work with 10.6, in fact mine doesnt work at all.

I know people are excited, including myself. But should we really be thanking RIM for completely dropping the ball? I know it's only a couple days past when they said they would have it but way to not update your website and wait until the very last day of your deadline to let us know you would miss it. If I pulled this in corporate world I would be fired! I also hope this is a lot better than the Beta..

I totally agree with you on this. How can you thank them for dropping the ball? It was posted on their website saying "COMING IN LATE SEPTEMBER". Well, even if you're off by 2 days, it's still not late September by a long shot. If any of us were to do this at our jobs, we'd be canned for sure!

RIM, you get nothing but a shaking fist from me...no thank you's.

Another thing I'll shake my fist at...the pushed back release date of OS 5.0 *SHAKING FIST* HURRY THE F UP!

what AT&T did with MMS on the iPhone. You completely ruined and killed the excitement.

It's OK to apologize to your customers, that you spoke too early and in the future, will be a bit more realistic about release dates of RIM hardware/software. Don't do this crap again...seriously.

I have a stupid question... Why does RIM make the Mac version look so nice a sleek, then you look at the PC version and it's garbage lol...

We'll see if it comes out. Hope it's not just the same old beta that leaked. Haven't been able to sync my Tour with Missing Sync v1 and had no intentions to pay again for v2 when this app was around the corner.

No offense to RIM, but I jokingly earlier this month said they will wait until the end of sept to release this because they took FOREVER to even start making this program, when it has been requested for so long. Low and behold, they are not even releasing it until after the month they promised it will be released. I will only believe that they will release this until I see it. It is ridiculous at how long it is taking for them to release software that should have been out years ago... It is sad.

After years of syncing problems, am I the only one who expects this to bomb? I bet by the weekend we have threads all over the Mac forum discussing the many the aspects of this thing that aren't working right.

I'm jaded when it comes to syncing my BB. :\

You are not the only one ;). You are one of many. I am just glad that now we don't have to rely on a 3rd party's software to even sync. There will always be problems. If not, there wouldn't be jobs, haha.

Tried the beta, it syncs well. I have had no problems syncing my contacts, music, calendars, and tasks! When this comes out I'm sure you wont be disappointed.


i realllyyy hope this has something more than the beta... either way should i delete my beta b4 installing the official version or just upgrade?

Hope this works better than the leaked version. When I did a sync,.... I couldn't edit my contacts anymore. I had to go to the cell phone store and have them reload my contacts. Then I was able to edit my contacts again.

Hi was using the beta but it messed up my contacts. Everytime I sync'd it duplicated the contacts. So after 3 syncs I had 3 of each contact. Plus it wouldn't let you edit and then save any contact. Said it is controlled externally and changes will not be saved or something.

Eventually on 4th sync, it failed to sync and messed address book up totally so much i had to reset my bold to factory. So I am a little leary of what will come out unless they specifically say they have fixed these issues.

Anyone else get same issues?

Very dissapointing, what about the rest of us who love our $3,000.00 laptop but still use the 10.4.11 OS version !!!!!

Well, it is about time. They finished the beta formatted application in September 2008. I know they wanted to make sure that there were not any bugs since Mac users are regarded as far more intelligent and scrutinizing than PC users. However, twelve months! Who ever heard of trouble-shooting a piece of software for such a long period of time. Since Apple was a software company before it became the computer company we have all learned to love and appreciate, no wonder Mac software is so far superior to that put out by Microsoft or made for the PC. This BBDM for the Mac better outshine the BBDM for the PC, if RIM is to make up for trying to shove PocketMac down our throats for all this time. This means that the BB pseudo-smartphones will finally have the appropriate software to be called compatible with Mac computers.My CONGRATULATIONS to all my fellow BB Mac users who have put up with no true BBDM all this time.

Does not recognize my media card, Why? Anyone having same problem? Everything else works great. Thanks RIM and I hope Verizon releases a new OS for the Storm. Mine keeps acting up pretty bad and was thinking on replacing my Storm with the new HTC Touch Pro 2.. anyone out there has one with Verizon? Any Comments?