Mozilla Lightning

Mozilla Lightning

Download Editors' Rating:
5
Spectacular
Average User Rating:
3.3
out of 32 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.9.1
  • Total Downloads:
    43,467
  • Date Added:
    March 20, 2013
  • File Size:
    2.74MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    25
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7

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Editors' Review

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Lightning makes Thunderbird soar above Outlook for home use, and places it on nearly equal ground in the office. It includes an overhauled interface with easy-to-use buttons for jumping between email and your calendar, LDAP directory support for event invites, and Sun Java Calendar Server support.

Work on the plug-in is now handled by Mozilla as they prepare to integrate its code into Thunderbird for the big version 3 update coming later this year, but that doesn't mean the plug-in isn't ready for prime-time now. A menu bar for switching between mail and calendar views can live either above or below the folder tree on the left. On the right side of the main pane is a new panel for quickly viewing and managing events and tasks. Option-heavy, it can show only events, only tasks, both, or hide the pane completely, as well as make changes to and create new events and tasks.

Events are searchable at the calendar top. Just below it is a hideable pane showing upcoming events in a spreadsheet format. There are built-in presets for the next seven, 14, and 31 days, and they can be arranged by start date, end date, title, location, and calendar. Lightning supports multiple calendars, including iCal, and has bidirectional support for Google Calendar with the Provider for Google Calendar plug-in.

There is also support for Exchange servers, although for enterprise use fans of Thunderbird/Lightning will likely have to talk to their tech support teams to get the servers configured properly. That, of course, is the biggest drawback compared to Outlook. Old bugs relating to timezone management and invitation responses have been eliminated, though, making this add-on an absolute requirement for all users, both at home and in the office.

 
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  • 2 stars

    "No provision to hide tabs"

    September 02, 2012   |   By KeenAnalyst2

    Version: Mozilla Lightning 1.6

    Pros

    Google sync.
    Cancelled events crossed out.
    Multiple calendars.
    Independent repeated events, i.e. modification of a single event does not leak into the rest of the trail.

    Cons

    Ugly humongous tabs take up too much workspace and ruin otherwise perfect application.

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  • 4 stars

    "Very nice plug-in that replaces Outlook nicely"

    August 12, 2010   |   By ggeist

    Version: Mozilla Lightning 1.0 beta 1

    Pros

    Seems to have all of the functions and features I need to replace Outlook. The address book has a nice interface and I really can't complain about it. (especially for free!)

    Cons

    I have not yet found a plug-in to work with my Blackberry's schedule synchronizer which is a major aggravation... still looking though.

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  • 5 stars

    "Awesome addon & a must-have for Thunderbird."

    August 06, 2010   |   By hellknight_mnd

    Version: Mozilla Lightning 1.0 beta 1

    Pros

    Integration with Google Calendar & Yahoo Calendar too. The integration with Yahoo is easy using CalDAV protocol.

    Cons

    Integration with GMail calendar requires a little workaround which might not be pleasing to beginners.

    Summary

    A must have extension if you love Thunderbird. Integrates with online calendars. Yahoo mail users will have no problem integrating Yahoo calendar with it. Proper instructions are given at Yahoo calendar page. GMail users will have to look for a workaround which involves addition of another addon called Provider.

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  • 4 stars

    "Nice add-on calendar for Thunderbird"

    December 04, 2009   |   By jolilakame

    Version: Mozilla Lightning 0.9

    Pros

    Similar to Outlook Calendar

    Cons

    So far, I have not found out a way to sync this calendar with my BlackBerry Desktop software!

    Summary

    I added the calendar feature to Thunderbird and it worked integrated without any problem.

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  • 2 stars

    "Very disappointing."

    October 16, 2009   |   By rodt

    Version: Mozilla Lightning 0.9

    Pros

    Small footprint and clean interface, both of which likely result from a lack of features and utility.

    Cons

    Lacks a great many features I require in a plausible task organizer and scheduler.

    Summary

    Still a sophomoric stab at an Outlook alternative. I've been looking for years for an Outlook replacement, but this ain't it.

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  • 4 stars

    "Great Calendar"

    July 21, 2009   |   By tamara_mr24

    Version: Mozilla Lightning 0.9

    Pros

    Manage your daily schedule

    Cons

    None as yet

    Summary

    I like to keep track of birthdays, other events and tasks, and this is a great way to do it while I am checking my email. It also allows them to be displayed in various colours based on the category the events belong to.

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  • 4 stars

    "Easy to use. Works well"

    October 17, 2008   |   By mauries

    Version: Mozilla Lightning 0.9

    Pros

    Better than Outlook calendar and simple to operate

    Cons

    Plain and simple

    Summary

    Bit hard to see all entries

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  • 1 stars

    "Did not survive the first Thunderbird upgrade 2.0.0.17"

    October 04, 2008   |   By alioopoop1

    Version: Mozilla Lightning 0.9

    Pros

    worked well

    Cons

    T'bird automatic update decreed it incompatible and turns it off

    Summary

    does not work

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  • 5 stars

    "Easy Sneezy!"

    October 03, 2008   |   By tigerjim48

    Version: Mozilla Lightning 0.9

    Pros

    Great program, easy to use, easier in fact than Outlook, prettier too!

    Cons

    Haven't found any yet; I'll let you know IF I do.

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  • 4 stars

    "Works well for tasks, I use it for my daily to do tasks."

    August 17, 2008   |   By Thad Taylor

    Version: Lightning 0.8

    Pros

    The task portion works well, its simple easy and right there with my mail.

    Cons

    The event portion of the program is weak from the point of not being able to modify category names and colors. I use Sunbird for that. I hope with the scheduled update later in the year it is a really great program. A fully functional Sunbird integrated into Thunderbird would be perfect.

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    General
    Publisher Mozilla Calendar Project
    Publisher web site http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar
    Release Date March 06, 2013
    Date Added March 20, 2013
    Version 1.9.1
    Category
    Category Browsers
    Subcategory Firefox Add-ons & Plugins
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows XP, Windows, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 2000
    Additional Requirements SeaMonkey 2.14, Thunderbird 17.0
    Download Information
    File Size 2.74MB
    File Name lightning-1.9.1-sm+tb-windows.xpi
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 43,467
    Downloads Last Week 25
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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