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BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac is finally here

Well, it was about time RIM showed some love to Mac users. While there were some limited solutions, like Pocket Mac and others third party software, it felt like RIM is leaving the Mac users out in the cold. From syncing to backups, upgrades to addins (such as Ewallet), I either had to use a Windows desktop or use a virtual machine running Windows.

RIM kindly sent over a final version of BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac for us to try out but the software is scheduled to be available today at

Blackberry Desktop Manager for Mac comes relatively in small size to its Windows counterpart, a mere 28 MByte file. But it is packed with goodness. The installation is pretty straightforward, it only takes couple minutes. Only minor issue is that it requires a reboot.

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After the reboot, I started the application, connected my Blackberry Bold and voila, it asked my password. Then it displayed a Summary screen where it lists critical information about your device, such as PIN, model, OS version, last time you synced the device, etc.

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The Sync portion is based on the Sync Services of OS X. The documentation refers to Sync application in Applications folder, but if you are using Snow Leopard, the name is iSync. You can sync your Calendar, Contacts, Notes and Tasks:

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As you can imagine, the Blackberry Desktop Manager uses your iTunes library to synchronize your music. You can sync the whole library or just selected playlists.

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Backup and restore are pretty straightforward. You have the option to backup the device automatically each time you connect the device or simply manually select and run backup. During the backup, you can encrypt the backup file and backup on-board device memory as well.


Interestingly, during backup it couldn’t backup on-board device memory, complaining about encrypted files. On Windows, I never received such errors, it backed up fine.

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Lastly, you can install/remove applications and upgrade OS as well. The upgrading the OS is based on the official releases and the desktop manager downloads required files over the Internet.

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I like the way Install/Remove Applications menu was designed, as you can easily scroll and sort by name, version or size (unlike Windows DM).

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Overall, it is refreshing to see RIM decided to support Mac environment better, it will help a lot of frustrated Mac users.

13 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. When I saw the first screen asking for a device password, I immediately thought I was looking at Bluetooth synching!! then I realized I was mistaken. Still, although they are very very very very late to the Mac party, this is welcome. I really hope they continue to innovate and develop this software. I think I can finally delete the Windows partition on my Mac as this is the was the last piece of software that I required it for.

  2. There are still apps, like Javaloader, BBSAK, etc. that I cannot live without, not to mention Windows DM’s capability of installing beta OS. But like you said, it is getting there.

  3. 9:04 AM CDT. Still no link to Blackberry Desktop Manager for Mac! Aaarrgh!

  4. Waiting, and waiting, and wwwwwwwwwwwwww.

  5. The app is up and read to download. I have successfully downloaded it to Macbook. I am about to install it…

  6. Got it this morning with my BB 8520. Its working save for my contacts all gone. Tried looking for answers at BB knowledge base but nothing. I just got this feedback from the Desktop Manager: KB19454 but can’t find it at the knowledge base.
    Can anybody help? Thanks.

  7. Hello… I use snowlepord, and when i am connecting my bold to the mac, the application is giving me:

    The Address book database cannot not be accessed for synchronization.
    For help resolving this issue, refer to KB19454 in the BlackBerry Desktop Manager Base.

    It will not copy anything. Any help?
    p.s. it says “cannot not”

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