Like many people, we're big fans of Google Calendar; it's easy to use, well-organized, and made for sharing with others. But we don't necessarily love the fact that we have to open a new browser tab every time we want to look at it. Enter Desktop iCalendar. This sleek program lets users view Google Calendar content right on their desktop.
The program's interface is modular, with boxes for weather, a calendar, a to-do list, and a list of events that displays information for whatever day is selected on the calendar. Each of these boxes can be moved around on the desktop or disabled, and users can choose from nine different skins to customize the program's appearance. We found it easy to connect to our Google account and sync our various Google calendars with the program; not only did Desktop iCalendar quickly import events that were already on our various Google calendars, it also exported events that we added within the application. We do wish that the program's to-do list was able to sync with Google Tasks; we'd love a way to have those on our desktop. We also had trouble getting the weather module to work; it would display the weather for some cities, but give error messages for others, even though the cities were included in the program's list of available locations. Desktop iCalendar's Help file could stand to be a little more detailed, but it does cover the basics. Overall, we think this program is a nice choice for users who want to view Google Calendar information on their desktop in an attractive way.
Desktop iCalendar installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.
Editors' note: This is a review of the full version of Desktop iCalendar 220.127.116.11. The trial version is limited to 30 days trial only.
Desktop iCalendar is a customizable desktop calendar which can sync with Google Calendar, Yahoo Calendar and CalDav servers. The program adds calendar, events, to-do list, and weather on your desktop. It allows you to edit your calendar offline and sync with remote when network is available. So you can edit your Google calendar offline, and share your calendar with your family, friends and colleague easily. With 7-day weather information, it allows you to plan your schedule without problems. It supports three types of reminder, popup, Email and SMS. With the reminder, you'll never forget your friends' birthday. Desktop iCalendar is easily customizable. It allows you to edit the font, color, and background. It works well with different wallpapers. You can even set it as a transparent calendar.
Zero support and doesn't seem to do what I bought it to do. Just use the free "lite" program and don't waste $10 on this.
I upgraded to Desktop iCalendar to be able to sync with Google Calendar. I can get iCal to import from Google, but it won't export to Google. So, kind of pointless. The "support" area on desksware.com is even more pointless. When you click on Desktop iCalendar to get to the support area for that product, it just takes you to the order area instead. I've emailed the given address for help and heard nothing. There also appears to be no way to save your customized appearance settings as a group. The process of customization is painstaking in its detail and I've had to do it three times since I downloaded the program.
Updated on Jul 27, 2010
After emailing with Mark at Desksware, I was able to get my events created in iCalendar to upload to my Google calendar. So, it works! They REALLY need to get a better support area on the Desksware site, though. Lots of frustration could have easily been avoided.
Style, Etc is unobtrusive, and if you ever figure how to use the "events" & "Need To Do" & weather features they would probably be quite useful. But there is no Help in doing this.
The "Help" function key is useless. NO, directions on how to use this program! You have to just play around to find out how it works! The free version might be worth the "Headache", not this $20.00 version.