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Handhelds Syncing w/ Web-Based Calendars?

Cliff posted more than 10 years ago | from the using-the-same-data dept.

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hacker asks: "I have been asked many times over the past few years to support "web-based calendaring" with pilot-link, so people can syncronize their PalmOS handheld devices directly with 'online' calendaring software. The problem is...what calendaring software? I've looked at the various alternatives (PHP iCalendar, WebCal, and about two-dozen others) free and commercial, and none of them really offer a good, powerful, flexible way to integrate the same kind of data that resides on a Palm handheld device. I would write the conduit between Palm and calendaring software. Has anyone actually used a web-based calendaring product they like, and if so, which one, and why? Would the ability to syncronize your Palm handheld with your web-based calendaring software be useful?"

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Already exists (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8415561)

Its iSynch and works with iCal and my address book alsonf with my .mac account. Oh wait I bet you meant for PC.

Re:Already exists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8415635)

No, but I bet he meant free , which the .mac accounts are not.

Re:Already exists (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8415774)

No, but I bet he meant free , which the .mac accounts are not.
If you had bothered to RTFQ(uestion) you would see that he has tried both free and commercial solutions.

Go troll somewhere else.

Re:Already exists (1)

Hungus (585181) | more than 10 years ago | (#8415823)

Not to feed trolls but there is always phpiCalander [sourceforge.net] which would take the place of a .mac account.

Re:Already exists (1)

Hungus (585181) | more than 10 years ago | (#8415831)

which if i was more awke I would have noticed he tried and didn't like. Works well for me though and no $99 a year for .mac

Re:Already exists (1, Flamebait)

teridon (139550) | more than 10 years ago | (#8416401)

you're either trolling or ignorant, or you can't read. He said "flexible and powerful". iCal does not fit that description. I love my Mac at work, but iCal & iSync just doesn't cut it for calendaring.

1. The palm conduit for iSync is slooooooooooooow. About 10 times as slow, by my estimation.
2. iCal does not support categories for tasks on your to do list. With Palm software you can sort your tasks by categories such as by customer or, separate your sysadmin tasks from other work.

Re:Already exists (1)

Bud (1705) | more than 10 years ago | (#8427928)

you're either trolling or ignorant, or you can't read. He said "flexible and powerful". iCal does not fit that description. I love my Mac at work, but iCal & iSync just doesn't cut it for calendaring.

1. The palm conduit for iSync is slooooooooooooow. About 10 times as slow, by my estimation.
2. iCal does not support categories for tasks on your to do list. With Palm software you can sort your tasks by categories such as by customer or, separate your sysadmin tasks from other work.

The fact that you personally had some issues with iSync/iCal/AddressBook does not imply that it's not flexible and powerful. It's arguably the best synchronization software available at the moment, although not in common use because it requires a certain not-so-very-widespread operating system.

Palm OS "categories" are replaced by "calendars" in iCal. Each todo in iCal is attached to a calendar and you can group the tasks exactly as you wish. Granted, it doesn't affect the Palm category (at least I've never noticed).

The iSync conduit itself is just as fast as the Palm Desktop conduit. It's not in itself ten times as slow as... some other unspecified synchronization thingy. However, the iSync application does a lot more things than the Palm Desktop application during a HotSync, e.g. shuffling data to additional devices like iPods and cellphones, and connecting over the network to .Mac. Yes, it's slow --- so what! Relative slowness is the price you pay for more functionality. And network transfer always introduces a certain latency.

These "problems" are not showstoppers in any way. They are mere inconveniences. The real showstopper (which you neglected to mention) is that calendars on .Mac are read-only, which makes them almost useless as personal on-line calendars.

--Bud

Yahoo Calendars is GREAT (5, Informative)

bfgimpexe (208666) | more than 10 years ago | (#8415576)

I've been using Yahoo Calendars for a couple months now and it does everything I need, as well as syncing well with Outlook and Palm Desktop. In Windows it's convenient to make it your active desktop--you have your entire month laid out in front of you.

Re:Yahoo Calendars is GREAT (3, Informative)

samael (12612) | more than 10 years ago | (#8415798)

Agreed. I synch my Palm with Yahoo calendar and it's incredibly easy to use.

Re:Yahoo Calendars is GREAT (1)

splungent (629257) | more than 10 years ago | (#8416508)

Ditto on Yahoo. I sync it to my outlook with there sync utility and then I sync to my zaurus.

Re:Yahoo Calendars is GREAT (1)

RevAaron (125240) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419696)

I too agree. I don't use it much myself, but keep the yahoo! cal in sync with Palm Desktop and my Clie- easiest way for my girlfriend tosee what my schedule is.

Re:Yahoo Calendars is GREAT (2, Interesting)

way2trivial (601132) | more than 10 years ago | (#8420261)

indeed great, my boss- out of town, killed a palm.. I went to the computer, backed the palm up to yahoo, and the new palm synched it immediately

Re:Yahoo Calendars is GREAT (1)

UNIX_Meister (461634) | more than 10 years ago | (#8421092)

But is there a way to sync from Yahoo calendars/contacts etc. to your PDA without going through outlook? It seems like IntelliSync will sync to outlook, but what about removing outlook from the equation and somehow syncing directly from your palm/visor/whatever to Yahoo?

Re:Yahoo Calendars is GREAT (1)

docanime (661259) | more than 10 years ago | (#8441670)

I don't use Outlook when I sync my pda w/ yahoo calendar. The Intellisync software should do it automatically.

ArcStream's Blackboard toGo! (5, Informative)

profet (263203) | more than 10 years ago | (#8415577)

If you go to university you probably have dealt with the Blackboard [blackboard.com] web application and its various features.

ArcStream makes a conduit for Blackboard called Blackboard toGo! [arcstreamsolutions.com] I have never used the software but it seems to be exactly what you are looking for.

Again...this all stems on you already using the Blackboard software...(from what I understand most Universities in the states already do)...and you getting your University to use the Arcstream software.

Note: I am not affiliated with ArcStream Solutions, Inc. or Blackboard Inc.

More general... (2)

chrisvdb (149510) | more than 10 years ago | (#8415673)

I was actually asking myself a similar, but more genral question. How can you have ubiquitous, but comfortable access to *all* your data? Email, calendar, 2do, ...

One possibility would be to always use some sort of groupware suite (e.g. phpGroupWare), but:
- they are focused on groups, not individuals
- it's more comfortable to use a real mail/calendar/... client when you have it available than always using a webclient

So, I was wondering if there is some sort of 'personalware', as compared to 'groupware' that allows you to have access to your data on multiple platforms (incl. pda's) both through a full client as through a webclient?

Cheers,
Chris/

Re:More general... (5, Informative)

biglig2 (89374) | more than 10 years ago | (#8415765)

Well, Exchange 2K3 springs to mind, although probably not a popular suggestion, and in your case probably way too big.
The web client is almost identical to Outlook, and every PDA syncs Calendars, ToDos etc. with Outlook.

Re:More general... (3, Informative)

kayen_telva (676872) | more than 10 years ago | (#8416181)

informative ? try outrageous. $1200 dollars is not a real solution to an individuals need to sync.

Re:More general... (1)

biglig2 (89374) | more than 10 years ago | (#8440463)

Read the post, I said it was probably too big a solution. But from reading the submission I can't actally tell for sure how big a user base he is talking about.

Re:More general... (3, Interesting)

benjamindees (441808) | more than 10 years ago | (#8416212)

- they are focused on groups, not individuals

There is no 'focusing' on groups. An individual is just a group of one. Designing for groups is the more generalized solution.

I am much more aghast at the number of solutions that *don't* include support for groups.

Re:More general... (3, Interesting)

stefanlasiewski (63134) | more than 10 years ago | (#8417030)

One possibility would be to always use some sort of groupware suite (e.g. phpGroupWare), but:
- they are focused on groups, not individuals


On the backend, it probably doesn't make much difference if the product is focused on groups or individuals.

In the Web UI, you could probably clean up the interface a bit to remove some of the more group-based features (We don't really need "Discussion Groups", etc.

However, it doesn't seem that there is a simple way to sync your handhelds with PHPGroupWare or eGroupWare (It still lack a complete implementation [phpgroupware.org] .

Re:More general... (1)

Brandybuck (704397) | more than 10 years ago | (#8420563)

I've only recently been forced to use this kind of software, but I've found KDE's new Kontact to be very good. Of course, I don't publish my appointments and other personal information on the web, but you can do it if you want to.

It doesn't do everything Outlook does, but since Outlook sucks like a Hoover, this might actually be a Good Thing(tm).

Don't know about PDA support though.

I started to scratch this itch 10 months ago... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8429034)

I wanted everything you guys have been talking about, but couldn't find anything, so I wrote my own. It is still beta, and is GPL. It is on SourceForge at http://ssis.sourceforge.net/. It uses coldsync to syncronise the contents of a MySQL database, and PHP to give a web interface. It also does a basic sync with an LDAP server as well.
I am about to do a major re-write and I could do with some help, guys !

Mobical.net (3, Informative)

d99-sbr (568719) | more than 10 years ago | (#8415770)

For SyncML-devices, Mobical.net [mobical.net] offers a good service. They let you synchronize contacts and calendar for free.

I use it primarily as a backup of my contact info, in case I'd lose my cell phone. However the web interface is quite neat.

Re:Mobical.net (3, Interesting)

gouldtj (21635) | more than 10 years ago | (#8418619)

Anyone tried this with MultiSync [sourceforge.net] ? It seems to provide the Palm to SyncML translation (and it will do Evolution). That would be a really cool solution if it'd work (I may have to try it now) -- but if anyone has experience that'd be great.

Re:Mobical.net (1)

hacker (14635) | more than 10 years ago | (#8420287)

They let you synchronize contacts and calendar for free.

The SyncML backend of Mobical is Tactel Blues, which is fairly arcane (and nowhere to be found). They apparently developed a SyncML client for Palm about 2 years ago, but it is probably wildly out of date, and won't work on current Palm handheld devices (OS5+ API, larger screens, smaller fonts, network capabilities, etc.).

Trust me, I've looked into a lot of these solutions VERY heavily (as mentioned in my original article submission). I didn't just try a bunch of projects from Sourceforge. I really did some digging and tried out these alternative products.

I'm still very unimpressed with the playing field. Nobody seems to get it right.. yet.

Thanks for the suggestion though.

Web-Basec? (2, Funny)

Bob Cat - NYMPHS (313647) | more than 10 years ago | (#8415999)

Is that some kind of new technology?

Screw it, it's too early in the morning to make fun of /. editors.

Well, compared to others, Yahoo is OK. (0, Redundant)

Anthony Boyd (242971) | more than 10 years ago | (#8416009)

Based upon your mention of PHP-based calendars, you're obviously trying to have a fully home-grown solution. But just for fun, I thought I'd mention Yahoo's calendar [yahoo.com] . It uses Intellisync to sync up their Web calendar with Outlook, Outlook Express, Palm OS handhelds, Lotus Organizer, and ACT. You might look at what they're doing, if only to see a system that works relatively well.

(If you can't find the sync link, after you login to your calendar, look for "sync" on the upper right side.)

Re:Well, compared to others, Yahoo is OK. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8433425)

everytime i see the word: "Act"
i just shudder.

Steltor CorporateTime (5, Informative)

stonebeat.org (562495) | more than 10 years ago | (#8416357)

Check out Steltor CorporateTime [oracle.com] by Oracle. It has a web based Calendering Client, integrates in Outlook, and support Sync to Palms and other PDAs.

Re:Steltor CorporateTime (1)

i.r.id10t (595143) | more than 10 years ago | (#8454200)

We use that here at work... nice little apps, they have clients for Win32, Mac classic and OS X, and Linux

Re:Steltor CorporateTime (1)

hp46168 (740846) | more than 10 years ago | (#8513506)

It's now part of oracle. We'll see how it survives that soon enough here...

Spelling (0, Redundant)

innerlimit (593217) | more than 10 years ago | (#8416393)

I don't mean to bitch, but did the editor even look twice before posting this? Web Basec ...

Anyway I think the question has been answerred pretty much by current posts.

(sure it's redundant...)

Re:Spelling (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8416428)

No, actually the only thing that comes close, is still a proprietary solution, tying the user to a Yahoo! account.

None of the solutions provided seemed to actually come close to answering what he wanted.. which was to sync with a Palm handheld, or at least, provide an interface that has the same kind of data that a Palm holds. Calendar, Contacts, Notes, Tasks.

Suggesting a costly proprietary solution to a problem where he is obviously developing the conduit to give away, for free, is not a good solution either. Having to pay $40k for an Oracle solution, just so he can interface a Palm device with it, is ludicrous.

Re:Spelling (1)

hacker (14635) | more than 10 years ago | (#8416978)

I actually spelled it right, and the editor misspelled it when he reworded it to fit into the editorial space.

These things happen.

CGPro (1)

ctdean (202870) | more than 10 years ago | (#8416888)

Communigate Pro [stalker.com] works for me!

Re:CGPro (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8417168)

it is costing too much, for a personal person.

And you can sync with some handhelds (4, Informative)

stefanlasiewski (63134) | more than 10 years ago | (#8416919)

In addition, you can sync your Yahoo Calendar, Addressbook, Todo list, etc with Intellisync [yahoo.com] , which is a free (beer) program.

Installation is pretty straigtforward. It's Windows only.

For the first fews syncs, or if the data on either Yahoo or your Palm gets out of sync, you'll have to spend some time telling Intellisync which entry is the correct entry.

Now, if Yahoo would change their email GUI to display message threads, and let me have more then one level of subfolders, I'd be really happy.

Re:And you can sync with some handhelds (2, Interesting)

hacker (14635) | more than 10 years ago | (#8420268)

Unfortunately, this does not work with tasks. I've emailed the primary Yahoo! contact within the Calendar project group, and will see what his take on it is.

As you can see in this Outlook task [gnu-designs.com] entry, everything looks kosher. That hash in the Note field is for DateBk5 [pimlicosoftware.com] 's icons.

When I sync to Yahoo!'s Calendar, I see something that looks like this [gnu-designs.com] . Opening the Tasks form, I see this [gnu-designs.com] output. No titles for any tasks.

Let's focus in on the 9/18 task. Opening that one, shows this form [gnu-designs.com] , where you can see the Note field is in the Title field of the Task. That's a problem. It showed an empty title in the main Tasks screen, but now shows the Note field instead of the Title.

It works fine in Outlook. It works fine in J-Pilot. Why does Yahoo!'s Calendar screw it up? (I await the reply from their maintainer).

If they had an API that was public, I could write a conduit to sync directly to it, from Linux. Judging by the fact that Intellisync is a Pumasoft product, and Pumasoft holds many patents on SyncML technologies (some of which have recently been rejected by the USPTO), I can assume that this is SyncML + authentication.

I'd rather write the conduit using a documented API, than a sniffer, however.

So you see, all is not as easy as it seems.

Re:And you can sync with some handhelds (1)

stefanlasiewski (63134) | more than 10 years ago | (#8420288)

Well, I'm not sure the maintainers are still around. The original company that made Intellisync was Pumatech I think, and I remember they had a pretty nasty downsizing a few years ago. I think the current company is mostly just selling the software, but isn't maintaining it.

Re:And you can sync with some handhelds (1)

3waygeek (58990) | more than 10 years ago | (#8428105)

Pumatech is still around, having recently changed their name to Intellisync [intellisync.com] . They're apparently doing OK financially, as they've been buying up other [intellisync.com] companies. [intellisync.com]

Related question... (1)

rthille (8526) | more than 10 years ago | (#8417162)

I publish some Apple iCal calendars on my webserver and they're great for anyone who uses OS-X and iCal, they can subscribe. But what about when people just have a web browser and want to take a look at my calendar? Any iCal->HTML (or Zope) translators out there?

Re:Related question... (3, Informative)

lanej0 (118070) | more than 10 years ago | (#8417189)

PHPiCalendar will parse iCal files server-side and display them as HTML

http://sourceforge.net/projects/phpicalendar/

Re:Related question... (1)

rthille (8526) | more than 10 years ago | (#8420972)

Thanks, I'll take a look at it, though I'd like something that doesn't rely on Apache/PHP, if only because it's something I'm not familiar with yet...

Re:Related question... (2, Informative)

hacker (14635) | more than 10 years ago | (#8422073)

phpiCalendar is read-only, and does not allow modification of the iCal calendar files without significant restructuring of the back-end (i.e. adding MySQL, adding hooks to all of the PHP code to allow edits, locking, and so on).

It is great, for a static "events" calendar, but it really isn't remotely close to a solution for an interactive web-based calendaring/PIM solution.

Re:Related question... (1)

Tsuzuki (442471) | more than 10 years ago | (#8425559)

I don't know how much this will help you, but you can publish an iCal as HTML to a WebDAV-enabled server. I've got a .mac account so I publish mine [mac.com] that way, but WebDAV is obviously cheaper. ;)

Re:Related question... (1)

rthille (8526) | more than 10 years ago | (#8426486)

Yeah, I publish to my Zope (webdav enabled) server, but I'd like to make it available via just a web browser as well. Someone else pointed out a PHP module for converting the iCal format to straight HTML, but I'm hoping to find something for Zope.

Re:Related question... (1)

Tsuzuki (442471) | more than 10 years ago | (#8426535)

But I can view the link I mentioned in my last message with a browser on OS9 (which I'd class as "just a web browser", since you can't run iCal on OS9)... or do you mean you're trying to remove the bloat from the auto-generated HTML?

Re:Related question... (1)

rthille (8526) | more than 10 years ago | (#8471068)

Oh yeah, I just don't want to pay the $100/year for Dot-Mac just for the calendar...

Re:Related question... (1)

Bodhammer (559311) | more than 10 years ago | (#8437193)

It would be nice if this went to the Plone calender as well.

I did find this link: http://starship.python.net/pipermail/triangle-zpug /2003-August/000211.html

and this: http://cmf.zope.org/Members/andrew/projects/CMFCal endar/examples/talkback/1051263512

and this http://weblog.infoworld.com/udell/2003/09/23.html

Seems like enough to get started...

OpenGroupware (1)

hatless (8275) | more than 10 years ago | (#8417191)

Doesn't OpenGroupware [opengroupware.org] have pretty extensive Palm sync?

Re:OpenGroupware (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8418191)

In fact, no, they do not.

Re:OpenGroupware (2, Informative)

hatless (8275) | more than 10 years ago | (#8420484)

That's funny. Then why do the OpenGroupware mailing lists have people helping each other configure the Palm syncing features? Are these poor users just imagining that they're syncing their PDAs to OpenGroupware?

It does rely on Network Hotsync if you're syncing directly to your OGo server, so unless you have a decent VPN setup, remote users aren't going to have a good time of it, but I recokon you could let those people connect with something like Outlook and have them sync locally using Intellsync or the like.

Reinvent(ing) the Wheel (0, Troll)

Aiua (688192) | more than 10 years ago | (#8417362)

I use the Intellisync for MSN that comes with my MSN Subscription. It is capable of syncing the Address Book, Calendar, Memo Pad, and Task Lisk between my Palm and MSN Subscriptions. I have experienced a few problems, but there are bound to be problems with any syncronization software. My suggestion would be to not reinvent a wheel that someone else has already written.

use iSync on the Mac... (1)

jkpetsu (198848) | more than 10 years ago | (#8417604)

Both of the options you suggest are compatible with iCal on the Mac. It's pretty straightforward using iSync with that data to synchronize with a Palm.

It's a bit magical: Here's my calendar on the Web, no -- here it is on my Desktop. Look, it's the same data on my Palm!

For what its worth, PHP iCalendar seemed the most reliable to me when I used it.

Web-based Calendaring and more.... (4, Informative)

BluEyeZ (464959) | more than 10 years ago | (#8417966)

I currently use a little known product called InFone [infone.com] . You can access your address book and calendar on the web, and by phone. They'll even connect you out to any number you want. They have an advanced directory assistance system that will help you find the business you're looking for, even if you don't remember everything about it. The software conduit is a simple plugin that works with most of the popular PIMs (Outlook, Palm Desktop). The only drawback is for Blackberry users, as it seems to cause more than a few problems with the sync software for that device.

Also available is a service called TeleConcierge. Most restaurants in their system allow for the operator to make reservations on your behalf. Hotel reservations are also available. Flight status, movie times, horoscopes, weather, driving directions, it's all there. Just $0.89 per call for up to 15 minutes, and just $0.05/min after that. Automatic debit from most major credit cards and there's no contract. You can access the service from any phone, home, cell, or pay. Just dial 888-411-1111.

Best of all, the operators that answer will be in the area you're calling from, no matter where you are in the country, including Hawaii, so you'll always have a local to give you advice when you're away from home.

Webcalendar.sourceforge.net? (5, Informative)

millisa (151093) | more than 10 years ago | (#8419542)

Webcalendar [sourceforge.net] 's features include:

# Export events to iCal, vCal or Palm

# Import from vCal or Palm

# Optional general access (no login required) to allow calendar to be viewed by people without a login (useful for event calendars)

# Users can make their calendar available publicly to anyone with an iCal-compliant calendar program (such as Apple's iCal or Mozilla Calendar)

Re:Webcalendar.sourceforge.net? (5, Informative)

hacker (14635) | more than 10 years ago | (#8420234)

#Import from vCal or Palm

Unfortunately, it can't import the standard Palm data. I have 697 events in my calendar, which show up in Linux under Evolution and J-Pilot and with a Perl dump of DatebookDB.pdb. They also show up in Windows under Outlook and Palm Desktop.

Following the instructions in Webcalendar, to import the datebook/datebook.dat file from the Palm Desktop setup, only imports 53 entries, mostly holidays.

If it can't handle the format supplied, it should not advertise that it can. Clearly nobody tested this capability (and yes, I'll be reporting the bug with the Webcalendar maintainers).

That's a blocker for me, so I stopped testing it right there.

Check out Mozilla Sunbird (Standalone Calendar) (1, Offtopic)

pmsyyz (23514) | more than 10 years ago | (#8420432)

I don't have an answer to the question, but I'd like to suggest that people check out Mozilla Sunbird for their calendaring needs.

I just learned that it does not yet synch with Palm Pilots.

http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/ [mozilla.org]

Sunbird nightly builds:
http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/calendar/su nbird/nightly/ [mozilla.org]

Re:Check out Mozilla Sunbird (Standalone Calendar) (1)

egghat (73643) | more than 10 years ago | (#8427824)

Syncing not available until 2.0.

So not an answer to the Askslashdot question and not an answer to the majority of PIM users ... (for now).

Bye egghat.

SUSE OpenExchange Server (3, Interesting)

invisik (227250) | more than 10 years ago | (#8420627)

Hey,

You can sync from Windows with Palm Desktop and the help of the SUSE OpenExchange palm conduits to their OpenExchange server. Works great. There also is a Linux client available, haven't tried it yet.

OpenExchange is getting there, people!

-m

php/oracle/java based pc/mac palm conduit (3, Interesting)

elvisior (230844) | more than 10 years ago | (#8420982)

We wrote a php/oracle calendar for our university and migrated all users (30 thousand plus) to it (previously we were using netscape calendar).

We also wrote a palm conduit for it for pc and mac..

It has been in production for over a year now with many thousands of users using it every day.

We were going to open source it but havent because of how oracle centric it is .. we really should have used pear to not be oracle centric.

Re:php/oracle/java based pc/mac palm conduit (4, Interesting)

Admiral Lazzurs (96382) | more than 10 years ago | (#8423227)

I would suggest open sourcing it anyhoo. From this two things will happen,

- Only personal users will use it, oracle is free for them

- People will convert it to the SQL backend of their choice

Either way you will get all of the advantages of opening the code base to the community.

Sidekick [danger.com] (1)

donovan3901 (677887) | more than 10 years ago | (#8424716)

There is a soap bar looking device made by danger.com, being widely sold through t-mobile cellular service. It does everything a PIM does, and it syncs automatically with a personal web interface that is included in the plan. AOL Instant messenging, and a full qwerty keyboard in a cellular phone is great. Check em out!

Re:Sidekick [danger.com] (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#8425477)

It isn't PalmOS-based, and doesn't fit the criteria of the original poster's stated goals.

Try again sparkie.

Pocket PC + PHPiCalendar + Mozilla Calendar (3, Interesting)

n3xu5 (205312) | more than 10 years ago | (#8433135)

My current PDA is a Pocket PC (Dell Axim for those interested). The only builtin way to manage calendar information with the Pocket PC seemed to be through syncing with Outlook (no big surprise...it is all MS after all). I wanted to have my calendar available on the web, and use something other than Outlook on my desktop to manage my calendar. Plus, I wanted this all available on my Axim. So I decided to use the iCal format. This lead me to Mozilla calendar, which could sync with ical files on a web site using WebDAV. I then found PHPiCalendar which does a decent job of using an ical file to generate a web-based calendar. Since there appears to be no mechanism with the calendaring software on Pocket PC for exporting to ical format, I wrote a little application to export the contents of my Axim's calendar and upload it to my website via WebDAV. Since I use WiFi at home on my PDA from time to time, I update my calendar on my PDA and upload the changes to my website. My web-based calendar is instantly updated, and Mozilla calendar can simply refresh and grab the latest copy of the ical file from the web site. So far I've been pleased with the results. The Pocket PC app is currently limited to exporting only. I plan on adding the ability to import and resolve any conflicts, but so far that has not been a priority. Don't know if that helps any of the Palm folks much, but maybe some of the Pocket PC users out there may be interested.

WeSync - the unsung application (1)

LandGator (625199) | more than 10 years ago | (#8446469)

http://www.wesync.com
had a Web i/f prepared; but the droids 'in charge' of Palm, pre-split, buried it, just like they buried the PalmOS5 version of WeSync (which, BTW, WORKS GREAT!).

WeSync syncs up to fourteen calendars, and has a Windows desktop component so you can see what's going on without a Palm. Wireless syncs work just dandy, have ever since I got my first wireless Palm.

It also does address book syncs for shared contacts. It is the Killer App for married Palm users. Really. And, it's free.

Sure would be nice if WeSync got a breath of life from the New PalmSource folks.. hint-hint / wink-wink / say no more / aye

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