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January 26, 2016

Retraction – Sort Of

Back last year in November I wrote about something I had received a lot of email requests about.  If you remember or were one of the writers it was regarding an application that could replace Google Calendar Sync.

Google Calendar Sync was a great application for those people who use a Google calendar as well as an Outlook calendar.  Usually that would be a combo between home and work accounts.  I recommended a new application I had discovered, used for the past year or so and found to be a good replacement for Google’s app.  It is called, "Calendar Sync +" (calendarsyncplus.codeplex.com) and is still a good app; however, I have found one that is even better.

As many of you may be aware last week I lost my job of the past 17 years due to a Reduction in Force of approximately ten percent of the employees.  This led me to find new ways to use Google and Outlook together.

Someone recommended a program to me called, "GO Contact Sync Mod." (googlesyncmod.sourceforge.net)  I have tried it and it is excellent.  It syncs calendar appointments very similarly to the one I mentioned before; however, it has one major difference.  As you can see from the title it also will sync your Contacts.  It will also sync Notes but that is not something that I have ever used. 

If you choose to give it a try the site will give you instructions. You basically start it and fill in a couple of blanks.  You start by entering your Gmail address in the upper left quadrant of the page.

The next thing you will need to decide is how you want it to sync the data.  There are five options.  Basically those options are for you to decide which way the sync flows (to which calendar) and which wins in case of differences.  Check the site for details and be careful as some of these settings could cause complications with your calendars if not done correctly.

Toward the end you need to enter your time zone to get everything accurate.  Then how many months in the past and in the future you wish to sync.  The last couple of items are pretty self-explanatory, one being if you want it to run automatically or not. 

If you try this out please let me know if it has been as useful for you as it has for me.  (Also, let me know of any positions that I may be able to fill.)

Ron's setup of GO Contact Sync Mod

November 10, 2015

Calendar Sync +

Filed under: Columns — Tags: , , , , , , , — Ron @ 5:24 am

I have written before about Google having rolled out many very good applications over time. I have also remarked that unfortunately they also kill many very good applications off when they should not. I have listed several of my favorites in earlier columns so I will not again. If you are interested read this for a history lesson.

Deceased Google Calendar Sync sign inSince I have received many emails from readers since 2013 when Google did away with “Google Calendar Sync” asking what to do, I have something to mention today.

Google Calendar Sync was a great app which allowed users of Microsoft Outlook to sync their work calendar with their personal Google calendar. That way they could keep track of their appointments no matter where they were. Many people do not want to put their personal calendar (Google) in with their work calendar (usually Outlook). That way they can keep their personal appointments away from the possibly prying eyes of coworkers.

You could set GCS to sync from one calendar to the other or make them both match.

I have had people ask me over time for a replacement for that application. But after searching for a long time, since I used it all the time too, I thought all was lost. I had even tried a few paid apps and found they did not function as well as Google’s product. The free ones were pretty much useless.

Calendar Sync+ syncing screenOver a month ago I read an article about Calendar Sync + which was apparently created in February of this year. It sounded just like what we have been waiting for and I have been trying it out since that day.

I am here to tell you that the Google replacement has arrived and it works as well as and does more than Google did.

Calendar Sync + is available at calendarsyncplus.codeplex.com.

Calendar Sync+ Preferences/Setup screenThey have very good installation instructions. Click on the Documentation tab and read on. You basically first choose which way you want it to sync; from Outlook to Google, from Google to Outlook or both ways. Next, you choose a range of time; the entire calendar for 10 years, specific number of days in the past and future, or a date range. I went for the second one and told it to get 31 days in the past and 365 days in the future. Then you select calendars, log into your Google calendar and you are pretty much done. You can also sync it on a schedule or manually. It is all up to you.

I used it first on Windows 8.1 and now on Windows 10 without any problems. I have purposely tried to break it and could not. I need to enter the date this article will be published but in which calendar…oh yeah, it does not matter any longer!


 

Here is a video I did for you to see how to setup Calendar Sync+ if you are interested.  Feel free to give me constructive criticisms on the video.  I have not done many so appreciate your comments on how they could be better next time.




 

 

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