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Provider for Google Calendar

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This add-on for Mozilla Thunderbird with Lightning might be a one-hit wonder, but it provides a impressive service: it allows you bidirectional access to your Google Calendar in Lightning. To use it, you need to grab the XML link for your Google Calendar, under the Settings tab. Then go to new calendar in Lightning, choose Google Calendar, and paste in the XML URL. Voila: instant Google Calendar access, so that you can create, edit, and delete events in your Google Calendar from within Thunderbird. Likewise, changes made to your calendar on the Web are instantly reflected in Thunderbird.

There are few drawbacks in the add-on, mostly related to buggy support of more esoteric Google functions. For daily use, we encountered no problems and Google users should find this a must-have complement to Lightning.

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    • 4 star: 1
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 0
  • Current version:

    3.5 stars

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Slick and to the point"

    March 28, 2013  |   By hawkpa

    Version: Provider for Google Calendar 0.6 beta 1

    Pros

    Transparent, it just does what it should do.

    Cons

    It wasn't clear when adding events to Lightning that you highlight the Google calendar and input them. I had the Main calendar (original Lightning calendar) highlighted and the events would not sync with my cellphone calendar.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "it works fine, sometimes errors"

    January 26, 2010  |   By Immo Sennewald

    Version: Provider for Google Calendar 0.6 beta 1

    Pros

    synchronisation is very useful

    Cons

    sometimes there are connection problems with gmail

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Not necessary anymore"

    January 25, 2010  |   By giessen

    Version: Provider for Google Calendar 0.6 beta 1

    Pros

    Adds a different option for connection to your Google Calendar: through the XML string. I can't think of a reason why this would be needed, though.

    Cons

    Adds a different option for connection to your Google Calendar: through the XML string. I can't think of a reason why this would be needed, though.

    Summary

    Use the CalDAV protocol when you add your Google Calendar in Lightning.The location you have to enter is https://www.google.com/calendar/dav/youraddress@gmail.com/events (replace 'youraddress' with your actual gmail address). See http://www.google.com/support/calendar/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=99358#sunbird foor Google's own explanation (Sunbird works the same as Thunderbird+Lightning).

    Updated on Jan 25, 2010

    Under Cons, I meant to add: why does CNET feature an obsolete extension in its Download Dispatch newsletter of January 2010, over a month after the launch of Thunderbird 3 and Lightning 1 which made it redundant? Puzzles me...

    Updated on Jan 25, 2010

    Just for completeness, as already mentioned by the previous reviewer, Thunderbird 3 + Lightning 1 using CalDAV gives you bi-directional updating -- the same function advertised for this extension.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Thunderbird connect via net, no need to copy/paste xml"

    January 14, 2010  |   By ziggeman

    Version: Provider for Google Calendar 0.6 beta 1

    Pros

    havent a clue infact ..I connect thunderbird to Google calendar with the expression:
    https://www.google.com/calendar/dav/(my gmail-adress)/events
    And the result is always bi-directional, no need to open the web-browser...Did I miss something??

    Cons

    No need to do this if you connect thunderbird with the calendar/dav option above

    Summary



    Updated on Jan 14, 2010

    With Thunderbird 3.0 and the extension lightning 1.0b1 its bidirectional.

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