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Active Desktop Calendar

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Need to keep up to date? Try the unobtrusive but feature-rich Active Desktop Calendar. Launching at start-up, it displays an attractive three-month calendar view on, yes, your desktop. By double-clicking a day or the sidebar, you can quickly access tasks and see details of upcoming events. You also can display Outlook information and download and connect to other people's calendars via a LAN to see changes in their schedules. The program has a simple contact manager as well.

Considering all the cool stuff it does, Active Desktop Calendar doesn't consume much memory. We did notice a few shortcomings in this generally excellent program. For example, though the window for adding a new note contains a subject line and a body field, only the subject-line text appears on the calendar and in the sidebar. The monthly calendar view looks pretty clunky, too. On the bright side, you can switch among several desktop images and set the program as the default screensaver, which will display several world clocks.

Active Desktop Calendar also exports and imports iCal calendar files and can read your Google Calendar on the hour (though not, apparently, at specified intervals or on demand, which is a bit frustrating). Overall, this program's strong functionality and design make it a good choice for home and business users.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.7 stars

    out of 137 votes

    • 5 star: 61
    • 4 star: 24
    • 3 star: 18
    • 2 star: 12
    • 1 star: 22
  • Current version:

    2.3 stars

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star: 2
    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 2
    • 1 star: 6
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  • 1.0 stars

    "DO NOT DOWNLOAD"

    January 15, 2014  |   By shitnet

    Version: Active Desktop Calendar 7.96

    Pros

    None it ******* sucks

    Cons

    Gave me virus with storm alerts and a bunch of other crap. Thanks a lot CNet...maybe check your **** out every now and again.

    Summary

    Going to need my computer fixed because of this. Where do I send the bill?

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  • 1.0 stars

    "DO NOT DOWNLOAD!"

    November 8, 2013  |   By ehudd40

    Version: Active Desktop Calendar 7.96

    Pros

    It was a calendar. It served its one and only purpose.

    Cons

    The trial ran out and I didn't purchase it. I removed it from my computer completely and yet EVERYTIME I restart my computer, to this day, I STILL get pop ups saying, Upgrade now, Your trial has expired, yada yada yada. This is rediculous and it won't stop.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "it gave me a virus...."

    July 18, 2013  |   By Assistant123

    Version: Active Desktop Calendar 7.96

    Pros

    Probably keeps track of stuff.

    Cons

    I thought the interface was pretty ugly, but that might have to do with the fact that my monitor is an old 'tube' type and the resolution is pretty low.

    And, oh yeah, it gave me a virus.

    Summary

    I'm not an idiot with computers. I know a lot of the tricks that will make you vulnerable to viruses and the like. There is no way anything else I did today could have caused a virus to download in my system. It came from CNET, and specifically this program. It's called Sweetpacks.com and it's REAL annoying to get rid of.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good program with lacking essentials"

    April 16, 2013  |   By AtotehZ

    Version: Active Desktop Calendar 7.96

    Pros

    +Stable
    +Very adjustable
    +Detailed

    Cons

    ---No sync to other apps available!(catastrophic)
    -Only one desktop style

    Summary

    Active Desktop Calendar is a good program with a devastating blunder. It can't sync both ways, only from other programs to itself. This single issue makes me want to give it an even lower score(between 1 and 2 stars) than I have, but it wouldn't do the rest of the program justice.

    If they added proper syncing between programs, which is a MUST in the digital calendars of today, this program would easily haul in 4 to 4.5 stars. The last points would be gained by adding more layouts to the desktop and improving on easy to use in the settings menu. Personally I don't have a problem, but some people won't bother because of the way it looks.

    Updated on Apr 16, 2013

    By the way. Time for a bit of advise in case ADC has some people who look through these sites.

    If you want to improve the easy to use. Make an "EDIT" button on the desktop. This should make the calendar size, layout and style freely adjustable. You should be able to do it all via point-click-drag. Bothering with a detailed settings menu stops many users in their tracks.


    If people have chosen the setting that makes the calendar merge with the wallpaper, open an invisible overlay while resetting the wallpaper to standard. When the client is done editing the new layout should be printed on the wallpaper.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Desktop Calenders"

    February 2, 2013  |   By philw19642002

    Version: Active Desktop Calendar 7.96

    Pros

    Plenty big enough.

    Cons

    Way too big on the desktop.

    Summary

    I did not like it and uninstalled after 3 days usage.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Won't display Outlook 2010 calendar/tasks"

    January 15, 2013  |   By KA4MOY

    Version: Active Desktop Calendar 7.96

    Pros

    Works fine with Google layer
    Easy to set up and fit into desktop display
    Sales department was quick to provide a resolve for a download mistake (grabbed 32 bit instead of 64 bit).

    Cons

    Poor support. Multiple emails to get the staid old response..."you must have your spam filter on..." type of excuse.

    Response has been to follow the set up information already on display in the ADC forum...even after explaining that attempts to resolve the problem with the set up procedure and layer installation ISN'T WORKING.

    Summary

    Happy to upgrade my review...once Xemi comes across with the resolve for the problem that I am having on two (laptop and workstation) systems with the same problem.

    For the time being...save your money or go over to Rainlendar.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "With 4 kids, it keeps me organized!"

    August 8, 2012  |   By azfirewife

    Version: Active Desktop Calendar 7.96

    Pros

    Pretty easy to set up and use. Does not take up tons of resources on my computer either. Prints out nicely. I can get it to do what I need it to do without investing lots of time learning how to work it.

    Cons

    The layers data is a bit useless for me. I just dont bother with it, no biggie. Oh, and I wish you could import and use your own icons to use on the calendar.

    Summary

    Over all its a great calendar. I like that I can control how it is going to look and the position it takes on my screen. Alarm feature is useful. I bought the full version 3 years ago and still think it was a good investment. Cant say that for other software products Ive purchased. Defiantly a good purchase for busy moms.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Maximum 10 entry"

    July 5, 2012  |  

    Version: Active Desktop Calendar 7.96

    Pros

    None that I can think of.

    Cons

    Other than number of days before it expired for the free trial it also has maximum number of entries. More than 10 entries then you have to buy the software. What a waste of time.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "15% DISCOUNT COUPON found today"

    May 18, 2012  |   By alexeIIiot

    Version: Active Desktop Calendar 7.96

    Pros

    Easy to set up. Great for reminding of reoccurring things like birthdays, and bills. And I've found a good discount here:
    www.***********.info/active-desktop-calendar.htm

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "uninstalled after 1 hour"

    January 10, 2012  |   By tangenef

    Version: Active Desktop Calendar 7.96

    Pros

    if it worked at all I would give a pro

    Cons

    just sat there like a lump

    Summary

    I have used other calendars (tinnes) this one is use-less

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