Customize Your iSync Palm Device Icon

Nov 13, '02 09:21:41AM

Contributed by: clmensch

I have a Sony Clie T-615C, and I was slightly irked to find that the iSync Palm conduit uses an icon of the Palm V as my Palm device. After some investigation, I found that the conduit has a generic Clie icon (as well as Handspring and other Palm icons). For some reason, it didn't recognize my device as a Clie and gave me what is probably the default Palm device icon. So I took matters into my own hands, made my own icon, and replaced the Palm V icon with my custom icon.

I imagine my Clie is not the only device improperly recognized out there, so if you are incorrectly using the Palm V icon and want to customize it, here's how. In Terminal, enter the following (all one line, and other than the first two spaces, the only other space character is shown by [space], replace that one with an actual space):

 % sudo cp /System/Library/SyncServices/PalmBladeConduit.bundle
/Contents/Resources/palmV.tiff[space]
/System/Library/SyncServices/PalmBladeConduit.bundle
/Contents/Resources/palmV.tiff.old
This will backup your current Palm V icon. You can restore it by copying the ".old" file onto the updated "palmV.tiff" file. Enter the admin password when prompted. Now you're ready to replace the icon with your custom icon (again, all on one line, same "space" rules as above):
 % sudo cp /custom/icon/dir/new_isync_icon.tiff[space]
/System/Library/SyncServices/PalmBladeConduit.bundle
/Contents/Resources/palmV.tiff
Replace "/custom/icon/dir" with the path to the directory you saved your new icon in, and "new_isync_icon.tiff" with the name of your new 60 x 60 TIFF format icon (don't forget the transparent background!). Again, enter your admin password when prompted at the sudo command.

Now you can start iSync and enjoy your new icon! If you'd like a copy of my iSync T-Series Clie icon, you can get it here. Enjoy!

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