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Crappy calendar

Don't bother with this clunky calendar application.

We always like to try new calendar applications, because periodically we come across some really innovative programs. Occasionally, though, we come across programs like Kalendra. It's innovative, all right, but not necessarily in a good way. As the kids would say, this program is a hot mess.

Kalendra's interface is fairly similar to other programs of this type, at least as far as the layout is concerned. But it has a cluttered, amateurish feel to it. We set about trying to explore its features and were duly unimpressed. Kalendra allegedly functions as an e-mail client, but we had no luck configuring it to send or receive e-mail. It has daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly calendar views, and those all seemed to work well enough, although the weekly view seemed convinced that we were in the first week of January 1900.

We did like the fact that Kalendra lets users easily create both voice and text memos. The program's other features include a photo album, atlas, and contacts manager. Kalendra also allows users to create or purchase theme packs, which seem to be collections of photos that customize Kalendra's appearance. This is a unique feature, but not one that we particularly care about when so many of the important ones don't function as they should. The program's online Help file is really just a collection of FAQs; there's no comprehensive guide to Kalendra's use. Overall, we're not sure why anyone would choose this as their default e-mail client or calendar application. There are too many other choices that are more attractive and useful.

Kalendra installs politely but leaves a folder behind upon removal. We do not recommend this program.

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