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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.9.1
  • Total Downloads:
    44,030
  • Date Added:
    Mar. 20, 2013
  • Price:
    Free
  • File Size:
    2.74MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    1
  • Platform:
    Windows

Editors' Note: The Download Now link will prompt a local download of the Firefox extension. To install the extension directly, open the file using your Firefox browser.

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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Full Specifications

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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 2000/XP/Vista/7
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 44,030
Downloads Last Week 1
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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