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caddstudio (TechnicalUser) (OP)
25 Mar 02 15:59
I have been using Sidekick 98 for years and love the software.  I can't for the life of me figure out why Starfish decided to discontinue the software.  I have tried '99 but went back to '98.
Question: does anyone know of a suitable replacement PDA software that will import the Sidekick Calender, Memo, and Address Files????  I have thousands of addresses that I use for mail sync and I need to keep them.  I don't have a need for a Palm Device but I would by uy one if it would import the Sidekick format.

Helpful Member!  doctorj227 (IS/IT--Management)
25 Mar 02 21:54
I had been using Sidekick97, I recently purchased an Palm IIIxe. I found that my Sidekick97 did not have any HotSync capability, or more important I had to purchaes Hotsync from Starfish. I wanted to transfer my Sidekick97 data to my Palm. So after posting a question on this forum and being redirected to a faq(check the other threads); I was able to aquire Sidekick98 with TrueSync 2.5.
 Now i have been able to Sync my Address, Card Files, and memos to my Palm.
You will have to do some minor fudging but it works.
I installed in order, Palm Desktop 4.01, then Sidekick98, DONOT install the Sidekick98 True Sync. First make sure that you can use the Sync from Desktop to Palm using the Palm Sync Manager. This assures you that all is working. If this does not work, then you can get assistance from palm. Once you have established that you can Sync, go back and install SideKick98 True Sync. Then REAL IMPORTANT, copy sisaddr.dll, sisdate.dll,sismemo.dll, sisn.dll, and sistodo.dll from TrueSync folder over to Pilot Desktop. Then you will be able to sync Sidekick98 and Palm, you have to rename some fields in palm if you are syncing card files.

Hope this helps

I love Sidekick98, too bad it has been discontinued.

"The Doc..."
JohnMorales
Guest (Visitor)
27 Mar 02 0:05
Okay, pretty nifty. But will this allow you to synch you Palm device with the Palm desktop and dump your addresses, calenders, and memos into Palm desktop?
  I've been faced with the same problem--years of Sidekick addresses and memos I don't want to retype. And as much as I like Sidekick, I'm wondering if it's not time to make the move to Palm Desktop, if only because it's likely to be supported for a long time.
  I got a copy of Sidekick 99, and got it to synch with my Handspring Visor Delux and my Rex card (cool!), but this arrangement still locks me into using Sidekick as my desktop program. I've tried synching with the Visor, and then uninstalling Sidekick99, hoping that then I can sych with Palm Desktop and move my data over that way. It seems to work with the calender, to do, and memos, but none of the contact files moved over. Any ideas?
tks,
Helpful Member!(4)  james33 (TechnicalUser)
27 Mar 02 14:35
Dear Caddstudio & Sidekick Loyalist,
See FAQ807-1409 for a way of transferring the Cardfiles and Card/Contact logs from Sidekick into: Access/Excel/LotusApproach/Lotus123 and pretty much everything else.
The only way to export the card/contact logs
(Short of a Few Thousand quid/euro/dollars)
is to get a copy of Internet Sidekick
(I'm not entirely sure that SDK97 is the same)
That (Internet Sidekick) version of Sidekick was the only one that allowed you to export the Card/Contact Log as just another field, funnily enough it was the ability to synchronise files in that version that spelt the end for Sidekick AFAIK..
Ironic really.
Regards Jim

Guest (Visitor)
31 Mar 02 17:56
Caddstudio,
A program called DESKTOP SET 6.5 by OKNA say they can import all Sidekick files.  Appears to be a more involved PIM than Sidekick.  I think they are at www.okna.com.

Guest (Visitor)
31 Mar 02 17:58
Caddstudio,
A program called DESKTOP SET 6.5 by OKNA say they can import all Sidekick files.  Appears to be a more involved PIM than Sidekick.  I think they are at www.okna.com.

Guest (Visitor)
31 Mar 02 21:44
I neglected to mention Desktop Set is also suppose to interface with Palm Pilot.  Don't know about other PDAs. They have a free trial period.
SmartSurf (Programmer)
26 Aug 02 19:26
Does anyone have a copy of Sidekick 98?  I bought this software from Starfish before it became ABANDONWARE and can't find the installation program (it was downloaded from Starfish).

Now Starfish doesn't support it anymore and I can't get it anywhere....
james33 (TechnicalUser)
27 Aug 02 7:32
Dear PDevans,
See the Faq area of this forum for the address of the download site.
FAQ807-1313

HTH
Regards Jim

Helpful Member!  DougSilver (TechnicalUser)
30 Aug 02 0:46
I am just an end-user but have stumbled onto this Sidekick forum (I guess there is a forum for everything).  I never used Sidekick back in the Dos days but have grown to be a real fan since Windows (starting with Sidekick 1.0 on Windows 3.1).  After year 2000 I changed to Sidekick 2.0 and eventually changed to Win95 then Win98SE.  I downloaded Sidekick98 but found it to be less useable than 2.0--plus I really missed the QuickMenu feature.  So I migrated back to 2.0.  Over the years I have perused other so-called PIMs (I am currently trying out Desktop Set) but never found anything that touched Sidekick's ease of use and overall features.  

What a pity that such a good program has been relegated by its developers to the software trash heap!
Helpful Member!(3)  caddstudio (TechnicalUser) (OP)
15 Oct 02 18:33
Where do you copy the following files into?  Just inside the basic palm desktop software or into a particular folder

"Then REAL IMPORTANT, copy sisaddr.dll, sisdate.dll,sismemo.dll, sisn.dll, and sistodo.dll from TrueSync folder over to Pilot Desktop."
tilltek (Programmer)
23 Nov 02 3:08
They just issued ACT! 5 (ACT! 2000) free on a magazine cover. I've been looking it over and it seems OK.
There is no denying that Sidekick 98, as simple as it is, has a hell of a lot going for it. Act! does it all and then some but it is quite a bit harder to use. Perhaps it's overkill.
gbeer (TechnicalUser)
17 Dec 02 20:09
Palm Desktop- SK 98 replacement.

I too was a loyal SL user from v 1.
Upon upgrading to windows XP, the problems with synching became too great.

I gave up and started using the palm desktop V 4.1.

It's not as good as SK 98, but it has most features.
I was able to do a final synch from SK to my palm V, installed the palm desktop (a free download )which then took all my SK data (addresses with notes, to- do, memos, calendars) into the app.

Palm's features are more rudimentary, but it is very fast and synch's perfectly in about 30 sec.

Unless you have specific SK needs that palm won't do, I suggest you give it a try.
Helpful Member!  tansu (IS/IT--Management)
27 Dec 02 2:56
Hi
First I installed palm cradle to com1 port. palm must be on cradle. (if you are using mouse at com1, change to serial port)
I installed side kick 98, truesync and  to my computer, after I started truesync you must respond all questions.
and push the hotsync button on the cradle. trusync will starting. Side kick's trusync is not enough for some palm applications.
after I close side kick, and install palmdesktop software. I install only trusync function, must install sidekick truesync directory. (programfiles\starfish\trusync) setup ask that do you owerwrite to the same filename (cardfile "yes", events "yes", to do "no", expense "no")
after I have a new truesync and I am using other palm applications for hotsync (for example : Take an order, On Hand, Dictionary, Outlook express mail).

regards
Tansu
ecbalpaca (MIS)
31 Jan 03 4:16
I have sidekick 98 on my computer.  I loved it because it connected with the rochelle call display and was wonderful --- but I have not used it for so long now I forgot the password.  (You know I named it something so simple that I didn't need to write it down at the time)  I paid starfish right over the internet and downloaded it from them, so they would know I am a registered owner. But they are no longer in business.  Does anybody know what to do? my emal is cotpub@nisa.net
james33 (TechnicalUser)
31 Jan 03 5:43
Dear ecbalpaca,
I have emailed you but I will copy the FAQ into here to show the highlighted parts:

This applies to SDK98 only and has not been checked on any other version
First of all be VERY VERY CAREFUL

Go to: Start|Run|Regedit
Then navigate through the Registry to the following branch:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE|SOFTWARE|Sidekick 98|version 1|PASSWORD

Highlight Password and go to:
Registry|Export registry File
and check the Branch at the bottom refers to the Password Branch

SAVE IT TO THE DESKTOP AS A FILE NAMED:
SDKPassword.reg

in the right pane of Regedit there is a name
pswd
Highlight that name and delete it
then exit Regedit.

When you next start Sidekick it will have a blank/Greyed out password box and 2 Boxes to enter and confirm your new password, I would suggest (V.Strongly) that you enter a
very simple one.

Start Sidekick

Once Sidekick is up and running
go to
Tools|Preferences|General

and untick the box that says 'Password at startup'

IMPORTANT IMPORTANT
Make sure you then click the password button in

Tools|Preferences|General

Then enter your password and leave the new password Text boxes both empty.
Ok that dialogue and then make sure
Password at startup
is still not ticked..

As I said before be very careful in the registry
any problems just
DoubleClick the Registry Backup

SDKPassword.reg on the Desktop

and you are back to where you were at the beginning.
If all goes well just delete
SDKPassword.reg
PERMANENTLY.
HTH

Regards Jim
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tropicalman (TechnicalUser)
1 Feb 03 14:05
I am about to switch to a new laptop and woudl like to continue using my SIdekick 98. Unfortunately, I bought Sidekick 98 via a download from Starfish and no longer have the install file. Does anyone know how I can get a new copy of the install program?
james33 (TechnicalUser)
1 Feb 03 17:19
Dear tropicalman,
I have just checked today Saturday 1st February at 22:10 GMT and both are working
SK98 Patch download:
ftp://ftp2.starfish.com/pub/sk98/sk98patch.exe
SK98 Program Download
ftp://ftp2.starfish.com/pub/sk98/skw98sea.exe
Do check the following FAQs before installing the Patch
On a related matter, for your own benefit it would be a good idea to copy the two FAQs under the title:
1Starfish Faq's new Addresses
in the FAQ area of the Starfish forum
Called:
FAQ807-2966
All the Starfish FAQs1
Last Edited 1/11/03

and FAQ807-3000
All the Starfish FAQs2
Last Edited 1/11/03

These FAQs give you the addresses of all the downloads still available.
HTH

Regards Jim
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tropicalman (TechnicalUser)
1 Feb 03 22:00
James 33:

Thanks a million. This is going to make migration to my  new laptop that much easier. I was really dreading having to settle for using the Outlook calendar instead of my old reliable Sidekick.
ecbalpaca (MIS)
1 Feb 03 22:27
to James 33

Thanks a million.  I am going to try that regedit fix on my old sk98 program
.. i appreciate your help -- in the meantime I downloaded SK99 and installed it and it works (synchs) perfectly with my Palm - Does anybody know how to convert quickbooks address list to SK - Thanks again - Carol
knblis (TechnicalUser)
7 Feb 03 13:22
Caddstudio and others looking for a Sidekick replacement,
I'd been a faithful Sidekick 95 user for years until I upgraded to Win XP Pro. With lots of data inaccessible, I started searching for a replacement, hopeful that my Sidekick data could somehow be imported. I didn't find that panacea, but I did come across AnyTime Deluse 8.3 from http://www.individualsoftware.com designed for Windows 98 and later versions up to XP. Then I stumbled onto this forum, downloaded Sidekick 98 and regained access to my data. The failure of ToDos to carryover prompted me to look more seriously at AnyTime Deluxe and it has a lot going for it.

PROS
As for To Dos, it has lots of options to set recurring ("repeat") items and I like the fact that overdue items persistently come up daily in an alert window where you can selectively mark them done, carry them over, update or delete.

You can send e-mails from the Address and To Do Details windows and, from the Address Details window, you can also launch a Web site or even get MapQuest directions for the entered address. You can also download schedules for major events, such as major sports schedules.

While I'm not a Palm or other PDA user, I've checked the documentation and there's a program (AnySynch) that purportedly will synchronize data for many PDAs.

CONS
1. Obviously, the biggest one is the migration of data from Sidekick to AnyTime. The good news is that I at least have access to the data now and I've been able to dump a lot of stuff that was obsolete.
2. You can't configure recurring items to repeat "indefinitely." So, if you only go out a year or two, you might inadvertently drop still active To Dos. It's possible there's an alert before that happens, but I haven't gotten there yet.
3. While you can assign a contact to a filter Group, add new Groups, and turn the filter on and off, when the filter is "on", you still have to go through each alphabetical section of the Address Book to see everyone in a selected Group.

CONCLUSION
Overall, I see more pluses than minuses, and it's supported!
Regards, Ken
 


 
james33 (TechnicalUser)
7 Feb 03 15:34
Dear Ken,
The only problem I would have with Anytime Deluxe is that you seem (and it is from reading their advertisement online) not to be able to have Custom Fields in your Cardfiles, is that correct?

Regards Jim
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knblis (TechnicalUser)
7 Feb 03 23:47
Hi Jim,
You're right. The Address Details window is where you enter data for each contact that displays in the Address Book. There are 3 tabs; General, Notes and Info. There are some 24 fields in the General tab for name, position, company, addresses (3), phones, and e-mails. You can send e-mail, launch a web site or get MapQuest directions from this window. The Notes tab is self explanatory and the Info tab contains the Group selection filter and space for birthdays, anniversaries and other special dates.

The help info indicates an ability to customize and it pertains to how data is displayed in the Address Book; i.e. sorted by first or last name, and whether 1, 2, 3 or 4 lines of data will be displayed for each contact.

Regards,
Ken
SMTHVIC1 (TechnicalUser)
8 Apr 03 1:40
CAN ANYBODY HELP ME FIND A DOWNLOAD SITE OR LINK ? {ONE THAT WORKS}
I AM SEARCHING FOR SIDEKICK 95 v2.0
IF YOU DO PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
THANKS SMTHVIC1
webwork (Programmer)
17 Apr 03 11:01
First visit to this forum.
Still using Sidekick95 !
Bought it for TAPI, but never was successful in getting that feature to work.  Refused to upgrade until a version supported that claim.  Anyone have any idea:
1) If/how upgrades can be made? (Where available?)
2) If TAPI was ever successfully part of a version / is supported under Win2000?

Thanks !
Peter
Helpful Member!  chelo (TechnicalUser)
19 Apr 03 13:02
Sidekick 98 -- My Sidekick 98 EXE file has disappeared from my hard drive. Of course, I cannot find the installation floppies.   I have been using the program legally for years and all my contact info is in there.  Does anyone know the best way to get this working again, or does anyone have a copy of the installation disks?  By the way, I hated Sidekick 99.
james33 (TechnicalUser)
19 Apr 03 16:34
Dear chelo,

First, do please post as a new Thread as it allows people that haven't marked all the pages for notification like I have, to help you too.
The answer to your question is:

See Q09 on the following FAQ for the download address:
FAQ807-2966

Copy that FAQ to your hard drive and the following one too:
FAQ807-3000

and then you will have a lot of the Links that are required.

the actual download site for the program is:
ftp://ftp2.starfish.com/pub/sk98/skw98sea.exe

and the patch is:
ftp://ftp2.starfish.com/pub/sk98/sk98patch.exe

Also see the installation instructions for the patch and follow them faithfully then you will be up and running again.
HTH

Regards Jim
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james33 (TechnicalUser)
25 May 03 5:47
Dear All,
The latest address of the Site for the Patch
download is in:

FAQ807-3643

That FAQ will be updated if it changes

You need a password though for the Program download at Starfish and even though I registered, and I had a password
I can't seem to get in.
I'm not sure what Starfish are up to, as there are still a lot of us users, even just in this Forum.
As of today 25 May 2003 there are at least 1230 users...

Regards Jim
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krlv (TechnicalUser)
23 Jun 03 15:40
This is for doctorj227, regarding his solution to converting Sidekick 98 data to Palm OS 4.1.  [I haven't figured out how to send this to him directly, so I am hoping that he reads this thread.]

John,

This is in regard to moving the Sidekick 98 data to a PDA.  Apparently, your PDA must have been compatible with a serial port.  The Setup program (Local tab) through HotSync Manager 2.0 does not list a USB option, only serial com ports.  My Sony CLIE SJ33 only synchronizes through a USB port.  Would you kindly offer a solution for myself and others with a similar problem?  Or did I possibly miss something in all the installations I performed today?

Thanks,

Rick V.
877-233-8355
boyc (TechnicalUser)
26 Jun 03 19:56
Looks like I'm not the only one gone over to xp and find that SK98 will not carry forward "to do's" Does the patch for 98 repair or solve this problem or is there another way around it or is an alternative program available that I can download all my addresses to?
Seems that Starfish should either relaunch or let someone else develope the prog. further as it has so many followers.

boyc
james33 (TechnicalUser)
27 Jun 03 8:15
Dear boyc,
The patch appears to solve the problem if you check out the other threads related to Sidekick98 and WinXP.
There appear to be some people it works for and some that it doesn't.
I believe that it all comes down to installing the Program and Patch correctly, following all the procedures that have been worked out by those that it DOES work for.
See the various posts in this forum (see advanced search and use "Winxp or just "XP" and "Only in the Starfish Sidekick forum" as the search criteria) and you will come up with the answers.
See also the FAQ area of this forum for the Patch download address.

Regards Jim
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boyc (TechnicalUser)
30 Jun 03 11:25
James 33
A Big thank you.  Lovely to see a to do list carried forward as it should. The patch worked for me.
Boyc
jeffbeal (TechnicalUser)
6 Jul 03 14:37
the last version I have is 98- which I upgraded from 95- where did you get the 99- are there any later updates available?
james33 (TechnicalUser)
6 Jul 03 16:28
Dear jeff,
the latest update is SK99 but it is not as good as SK98 so don't bother as it is a crippled version of SK98,
See other posts in this forum regarding SK99.

Regards Jim
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tilltek (Programmer)
2 Aug 03 21:08
I have been using Sidekick for years but the time has come to move on.
I've looked at dozens of replacements. Desktop set, Gold Mine etc etc.
The winner by a county mile was Act! 5 (not 6) and the good part is that it was free on the Australian mag' APC in December 2002.
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