For anyone who relies on a digital calendar to keep them on track, Google Calendar Sync is a must-have application. The free download isn't fancy or even pretty--a simple log-in and options list comprises the system tray icon. However, the meat of the application is what it can do, which is flawlessly add details of Outlook calendar items to Google's Calendar, and vice versa if you so choose. At any time, you can make it unidirectional in the options, and how often the tool updates is entirely up to you.
A few months later, Google released a free program that not only moves data between the two calendar apps, but it also syncs the calendar entries automatically at the interval of your choice.
When we reviewed Sprint's Samsung Instinct earlier this year, there were several things we liked about the device. Naturally, we had a few complaints as well, not the least of which was the lack of corporate calendar syncing. The Instinct could get some Outlook e-mail, but without calendar syncing it had a limited appeal as a business handset.
Yet, starting Thursday, Instinct owners can get calendar syncing through a software update to the device's Mobile E-mail application. The new feature will be free of charge (provided you have a Sprint "Simply Everything" plan) and will work … Read more
Google on Monday formally announced full support for the CalDAV protocol along with the release of a small piece of software for Mac computers that lets users easily link up their Google Calendars with the iCal application.
Google had previously launched CalDAV support back in late July, however, consumers had to manually add their calendars directly to CalDAV-supporting applications like Mozilla Sunbird and Apple's iCal. The new Mac utility, named "Calaboration" simply lets users plug in their Google Calendar username and password to send Google calendars over to iCal. The benefit of doing this is the two-way … Read more
Yahoo plans to begin a beta test of a major overhaul of its online calendar Wednesday, a redesign that brings new advertising and social-networking possibilities.
The new site brings a more polished Web 2.0 interface, with drag-and-drop abilities, color-coded entries, Flickr image backdrops, and a slick "zoom" feature that expands a single day's schedule to a usefully large size when browsing in the monthly view. And picking up an ability from No. 2 rival Google Calendar, the new design finally moves beyond the narrow single-user calendar idea of the earlier design.
For example, people can subscribe … Read more
The Lightning add-on for the open-source e-mail client Thunderbird (for Windows and Mac) updates officially to Version 0.9, and Mozilla promises that it will be the last one before it's rolled into Thunderbird 3.0.
This update doesn't introduce quite as many new features as the last one did, but there are still plenty of major changes. Interface enhancements include a visual indicator for events that span multiple days, an overhaul of both the "minimonth" calendar in the upper left and the main day/week/multiweek/month calendar views, a progress indicator for when remote … Read more
If you've been on the fence about ditching Outlook for Google Apps you might want to give Google's efforts another look. In a blog post this morning the company outlined some of the ways Google Calendar has improved over the past month with a handful of small, but important features. Many of them are aimed squarely at business users.
One of the new improvements, flexible reminders, seems like the most minor--but it's not. Setting up reminders in the previous system had presets on when you'd be able to get the message. The new system is far … Read more
Cisco Systems announced Wednesday plans to acquire e-mail and calendaring software maker PostPath in a $215 million deal.
The acquisition, which is scheduled to close by the end of October, is designed to bolster Cisco's collaboration portfolio by including PostPath's Linux-based e-mail and calendaring software with Cisco's "software as a service" platform.
Cisco's collaborative platform includes instant messaging, voice, video, data, document management, and Web 2.0 applications. PostPath will be folded into Cisco's Collaboration Software Group.
"The acquisition of PostPath complements our strategy to develop an integrated collaboration platform designed for … Read more
Like Twitter it centers around a blank box on the top of the screen where you can drop in text, along with a timeline of what's on your plate for the next five days. To create a new plan or item you can simply jot down what you want using conversational text, so writing "grab a beer at Dave's pub at 6" will convert that to a recognizable event that goes in your schedule. You can also accomplish the same thing by typing "Beer@Dave's 6."
The system rewards advanced users fewer keystrokes by learning some basic shortcuts, but those looking to create a more detailed entry can toggle an advanced view that lets you pop in things like addresses, specific times, and RSVP options.
Right after you make an event anyone who has subscribed to you will be alerted, and depending on their notification settings that means they could be getting real-time updates by SMS or a simple e-mail. From there users can interact with the event like they would on Facebook or Upcoming to make time or location suggestions, add photos and videos, or leave a note to explain why they're not going.
One thing to note up front is that Mixin doesn't sync up with Microsoft Exchange or any other calendar data feeds. Instead, you must include email@example.com as a guest when creating or planning to attend an event in any calendaring tool you're using and it will parse that data and convert it into an event on your Mixin calendar. It's not a perfect system, but if you're not worried about two-way sync this is a viable solution.
I'm still a little wary to recommend Mixin to the the casual user. As a standalone tool it offers little in the way of organization compared to most calendaring tools. Where it shines, however, is the social integration with other Mixin users. Like tools that help find a consensus for a single meeting time, Mixin does something similar with your social or work life. If you and your friends are willing to hunker down and log your schedules onto Mixin's servers there's a lot of power here, however I think Google's Calendar service is far easier for basic scheduling and appointments. It also includes daily and monthly views, which I think are a must-have.
If you're wary of using silly things like calendars to keep track of to-dos and reminders, Resnooze is worth checking out. This tool lets you schedule in weekly, daily, and monthly reminders to do something. Every time you get said reminders delivered to your in-box there are three simple options to get rid of it, or be reminded yet again--either a week or month from then.
Used reminders are set up in a small queue where you can tweak their frequency or get rid of them entirely. What's nice is that it will automatically register you for an … Read more