- CrackBerry User
- 72 Posts
Using playbook with a mac
I have a playbook and back it up (when I remember ) using my very old pc. I also have sideloaded android apps using the google chrome add-on (but not many). Also copy photos from the playbook onto the computer.
I am thinking of replacing my pc with a new mac mini.
Will blackberry desktop work ok with mountain lion os x? (Apple would no doubt prefer me to get an ipad mini but I don't want one - and nor could I afford it either after buying a new mini). Will I still be able to use a the google chrome sideloading loading extension?
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- CrackBerry Abuser
12-27-12, 12:59 PM #4
- 302 Posts
Re: Using playbook with a mac
works fine for me with my macbook and mountain lion. blackberry desktop backups take an age, but sideloading all good. generally either wifi browsing of pb files or when attached via cable and transferring to the media folder is quite painfully slow. but using wifi transfer apps for the same purpose is faster.I own a Playbook - who says men can't multitask!
- 12-27-12, 06:19 PM #6
I haven't side-loaded anything yet but transferring files from my mac to my PB is a doddle just dragging and dropping within finder. Blackberry desktop manager works fine too but I believe it isn't quite as good on a mac as it is on a PC. IT only gives you the option to sync pictures through iphoto and music through itunes. It backs up and updates great though.
edit; Sorry, should have said I'm using the latest version of Mountain Lion and it works fine.
Last edited by Mellfee; 12-30-12 at 11:33 AM.I used to be indecisive but now I'm not so sure....
- 01-07-13, 09:23 AM #9
I'm using the Playbook with a Mac running Snow Leopard. Blackberry Desktop stuff is OK but file transfers using the built-in Wi-fi file sharing feature are agonizingly slow, peaking at 2 MBps or 16 Mbps on a 802.11n connection. Other SMB servers on the same network are much faster.
I've tried all sorts of changes to my router settings (WMM on/off, 20/40Mhz band, TKIP/AES encryption on WPA2, using only 802.11b/g) but the speed stays slow. I wonder if using a Windows VM running Blackberry Desktop would make it faster.
For sideloading I use Playbook_tools in Terminal based on this tutorial: How to load Android apps on your BlackBerry PlayBook from your Mac | CrackBerry.com
- CrackBerry Genius of Geniuses
01-07-13, 10:56 AM #10
- 65,420 Posts
Depending on the speed of your internet and file size and the number of file transfer. It's pretty easy to do wireless transfer. Just don't sit in front of your computer and keep staring at the download meter. Leave that to your cat.
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