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Some problems just seem to get harder the longer we work on them. Take keeping track of appointments, for example: you’d think by now we’d have that one all figured out. But somehow, between being online and offline, having multiple computers and mobile devices, it’s become […]

Calgoo logoSome problems just seem to get harder the longer we work on them. Take keeping track of appointments, for example: you’d think by now we’d have that one all figured out. But somehow, between being online and offline, having multiple computers and mobile devices, it’s become harder than ever to know where you’re supposed to be and when you’re supposed to be there. Some people have come up with elaborate schemes to keep all of their calendars synchronized, but as someone who has tried to do this across multiple computers and operating systems, I can tell you such things are tough to set up and prone to breakage.

Enter Calgoo. Currently in public beta test, Calgoo is a Java-based application that runs on Windows, OS X, or Linux. When you install Calgoo, it asks for your Google Calendar account information, and makes the calendars it finds there available for use in Calgoo. You can then use Calgoo as an offline client for Google Calendar, with periodic and on-demand synchronization when you’re back online. But beyond that, it also talks to Outlook on the PC and iCal on the Mac, making it a much more universal solution. If you like the location-independence of making Google Calendar your primary information repository, but still want a rich client and the security of having your information on your own box, you’re in Calgoo’s target market.

The Calgoo folks are also working to add value beyond simple calendar synchronization. Other features here include showing meeting locations on Google Maps, a task list (not synchronized with any other applications yet), and tagging and filtering options to help you manage truly cluttered calendars. The product is still definitely in beta (printing and the ability to invite Outlook contacts to a meeting are both missing, for example), but if you’re living a cross-platform life it shows definite promise for the future.

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  2. Perfect. Just what I was looking for!!

  3. I don’t see mobile sync offered by Calgoo, and IMHO that’s the single biggest obstacle that keeps users to dump their Outlook Calendar for good and switch to Google.

  4. Anyone remember anyday.com? I’m still waiting for a mobile-enabled, web-based, cross platform solution (used the outlook sync) like they had back in 2000 before they were bought out and bungled by Palm…

  5. Calgoo also supports buddy lists – which is like a sort of web calendar publishing solution from what I can make out.

    Presumably, to get location independence, you make your laptop’s Calgoo calendar a buddy with your other computers and share all the calendars.

  6. So, by giving them your gmail credentials, does this mean that Calgoo gets access to your full email?

    I would rather that Google just buy these guys!

  7. I just use Google Calendar. It is always there because I am always on the Web, regardless of where I am physically. I can share calendars with my clients and my family, which is not something every calendar lets me do. CalGoo sounds like it is really for people who use desktop calendars.

  8. there’s also Spanning Sync that provides bi-directional syncing between Google Calendar and iCal on the Mac – and it does so extremely well.

  9. there’s also Spanning Sync, which is out of beta, that provides bi-directional syncing between Google Calendar and iCal on the Mac – and it does so extremely well.
    http://www.spanningsync.com

  10. yes, I shall have to remember this when I have to use outlook and Google calendar simultaneously next year…

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