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Mon 07 May 2007

Examining online calendars

Category : mac and the internet

I abandoned Entourage this year and reverted to pen and paper for my calendar. Its been rather and clear, but museum events, volunteer events and activities, field trips, outreach and gallery bookings are flooding my collaborators and myself.

I need something for others to reference online.

Google rules, again!

A shared Google Calendar seems the best option for the museum volunteers and myself - most of the ring leaders have gmail accounts now and that's where all my volunteer email goes these days. I've gradually cleared out NUS email for teaching and admin only in preparation for the heavy load next semester. The non-GMail Toddycats can be 'persuaded' to hop on board under the guise they are supposed to be young and savvy :-)

I might need a desktop version of the calendar during critical offline situations (like hunting for an address in a building and no one is answering their phones) and of course, there is always joy in using a lovely and integrated Mac application. Well, apparently, iCal can subscribe to Google Calendar and iCal can publish to Google Calendar!

Easy to use to encourage use

Ideally my choice of online calendar for the other anarchic, non-IT loving staff to use has some of the following attributes:

  • sharing (multiple user entry possible),
  • platform free,
  • publishing (anyone can view),
  • an attractive presentation,
  • add entried with few steps, preferably in the same view,
  • a friendly, even attractive interface for keying in entries,
  • tags, although I could live with multiple calendars,
  • free is nice but not critical.

Freecal - fast, useable but US$50 to remove ads

I found freecal quite user-friendly last year! For museum activities and especially gallery bookings, it seems ideal. Curious about developments elsewhere since, I asked Danliang for suggestions and after five minutes, she suggested freecal.

Its readable, didn't require any subscription to use, was immediately useable and very easily edited. It has categories too and multiple views, seems well thought out and possibley the easiest to learn and use. A password restricts the world from editing the page. Only thing is the ads are tiresome and cost US$50/year to remove - I would have paid a few years ago but now I'd have to try GMail Calendars wit them first.

Game over? But searching "Web2.0+calendar"

At this point, I'm just about ready to persuade staff that we'll use Google Calendar. Just in case there is something easier, I'd better check the web.

The easy way to do it, of course, is to peruse del.icio.us and digg.

Lots of Google Calendar references, but also stuff like this "list of 14 applications that can be used as a calendar" and other that I have begun to bookmark in delicious.

I have to confess I liked the idea of installing phpicalendar.net and using Backpack Calendar. Silly, aren't I?

Oh well, we'll see...

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