updated 12:45 am EST, Mon January 14, 2008
iCal and Google cal sync
BusyMac today announced BusySync 2.0, a free upgrade to the calendar sharing utility for iCal. In addition to its existing ability to sync iCal calendars over a LAN or the internet, BusySync 2.0 now enables users to synchronize iCal with Google Calendar, providing Web-based access to calendars from anywhere. BusySync is a Mac OS X System Preference Pane that adds peer-to-peer calendar sharing and synchronization capabilities to iCal. Designed for families and small workgroups, BusySync allows users to easily and cost-effectively share iCal calendars on a local area network and over the internet without the need for a dedicated server. Shared calendars can be viewed and edited by multiple users and changes are instantly synchronized between users. Version 2.0 also now offers bidirectional synchronization between iCal and Google Calendar.
The software enables users to sync calendars between home and work using Google Calendar, bypassing Apple's paid .Mac service (currently one of the only ways to sync calendars with other computers).
BusySync 2.0 will be released in February 2008 for $25 per computer. The company will demonstrate BusySync 2.0 at Macworld Expo this week (booth #S1338) and a public beta will "soon" be available on its website. Version 1.5 is currently available for $20 per computer; registered users of BusySync 1.5 will receive a free upgrade to BusySync 2.0 when it is released. It requires either Mac OS X Tiger or Mac OS X Leopard and is available in English, French, German, and Japanese.