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BusySync 2.0 brings Google-iCal sync

updated 11:05 pm EDT, Fri April 18, 2008

BusySync 2.0 released

BusySync on Friday released an update to its iCal sync utility. BusySync 2.0, a free upgrade for all existing customers, brings new Google Calendar syncing features and fixes many bugs. Users have the ability to sync iCal with Google Calendar, including the ability to map iCal Message alarms to Google pop-up, SMS or Email alarms as well as the option to filter out Alarms and To-Dos from subscribed calendars on your LAN. The developer says the update brings LAN/WAN synching improvements, VPN compatibility, IPv6 and Back to My Mac compatibility. In addition, version 2.0 features improved performance, fewer conflict resolver disputes, auto-repair of damaged iCal databases. Users can install the upgrade by opening the BusySync prefpane and clicking the Check Now button. For a limited time, BusySync 2.0 is available at an introductory price of $20 per computer (offer good until April 30, 2008 when the price will increase to $25).




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  1. mr100percent

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Whioch?

    Now which one should I get? BusySync or Spanning Sync? They both do the same right? Can someone make a review comparison?

  1. akulavolk

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    RE: Which one?

    You might also try Plaxo. It's free and syncs iCal gCal. I tried Spanning Sync early on, but had a bunch of reliability issues with it (duplicate contacts, deleted contacts). Good thing I backed up my calendar first. SS may be more reliable now, but it's still not cheap.

    I think both BusySync and Spanning Sync charge too much for those of us who happen to use multiple Macs (work, home, laptop). Especially since this is a feature that's a no-brainer for either Apple or Google (or both) to implement in the future. The iPhone plays better and better with Gmail and Google Maps...iCal will probably do that soon, too, with Gcal.

    I just started using Plaxo, so I can't say with 100% certainty that it's perfect, but if you back up your contacts first, it can't hurt to try...

    Another free option is GCALdaemon... http://gcaldaemon.sourceforge.net/ But the setup, alone, is enough to scare off most sane people. How about a double-click installer and Prefs pane administration, GCALdaemon folks?

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Great Product

    Been using the beta, updated to the 2.0 version, best $20 I ever spent.

    @mr100percent: http://www.busymac.com/faqs.html implies BusySync replaces SpanningSync.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    vs. spanning sync

    It costs a lot more than Spanning Sync. Spanning Sync charges $25/year per calendar shared, not per user. Our whole office syncs between iCal and Google Calendar for $25. With BusySync it would cost us hundreds of dollars.

  1. JackWebb

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    GCALdaemon

    I tried GCALdaemon just a couple months ago and it took me a little while to figure out it would not work with Leopard because of the way iCal changed not only the location (which I could solve) but the file structure and naming of iCal events. It could not work with Leopard the way they had it written. Maybe that's changed now but be advised.

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