iCalendar or iCal format for calendar data exchange was initially developed for use under Apple Macintosh operating system, and you can find tons of info how to show iCal on Mac desktop. Nevertheless, iCal calendar can be displayed on Windows desktop as well and there are short reviews of Windows desktop calendar tools that support iCalendars. They let you exchange iCal data between iPhone, iPod, Google Calendar or other web apps and your PC.
1. Desktop iCalendar – desktop calendar consisting of 4 widgets – monthly calendar, events, to-do list and weather widget. Allows to sync calendar and to-do list with Google calendar, exchange data with any device which use .ics (iCalendar) format.
2. Active Desktop Calendar – desktop calendar with appointments notes, tasks, alarms and contacts. Allows data exchange with Outlook and Google Calendar. Supports iCal and CSV formats for data import \ export.
3. Screen Calendar – desktop wallpaper calendar and reminder, shows small or fullscreen calendar for one or two month. Allows easy synchronizing events with MS Outlook. Supports iCal fully that lets you subscribe to iCalendar sources, import events from iCal calendars (including Google Calendar) to the desktop and export events to .ics files.
Desktop calendar software is the best assistant for everyday time management. Nevertheless, contemporary calendar planners offer not only scheduling features, but also other helpful options such as wallpaper management, contacts management, offline managing web calendar events and many more.
Here are my top 5 calendar planners:
A Better Calendar (SRO Software)
Active Desktop Calendar (XemiComputers)
Desktop Calendar & Planner Software (Eshasoft)
Desktop iCalendar (Desksware)
Screen Calendar (Flarium)
I’ve compared their features so that everyone can choose what best meets his needs. Look, consider and choose calendar program you like the most.
With huge amount of things to get done each day, it is really easy to forget important things that require your attention. How to stay focused on important task and remember everything. Here are 10 tools to help you get organized and manage your time effectively. I’ve listed both software and online tools – everything I tried and liked. They really help, so give them a try!
Backpack is a web-based service that makes organizing your information incredibly easy. Backpack lets you make pages which can contain any combination of notes, to-dos, images, files, etc. You can keep these pages to yourself or share them with colleagues, co-workers, friends, or family. Also use Backpack Calendar and Reminders, email to-do lists, notes, files, and images to a Backpack page.
Pricing – from $7/month for Solo plan to $99/month for Pro, 30 days free trial, free plan with limitations.
Screen Calendar creates custom desktop wallpapers with built in active calendar. Screen Calendar has all functions of PIM. It allows scheduling your day hourly, set reminder, print notes or calendar itself etc. Version 7.4 supports iCalendar synchronization, so events can be imported to the desktop calendar directly from iCal files – both local and remote (e.g. Google Calendar). Also, calendar look and background can be customized to your liking. There is Outlook edition for those who used to schedule in Outlook Calendar.
Pricing – $24.95 for a single license, free trial version.
30 Boxes is a web-based software application that allows an individual to keep calendar data online, to share their calendar data with an invited circle of friends and to aggregate public online information of friends. 30 Boxes is created for individuals looking for a robust, yet simple online calendaring solution that is easy to share with friends and family.
Pricing – free!
Daily Home Planner is the software that will help you to schedule, plane meals, keep contacts, manage family finances, etc. Handy scheduler let you view your entire family’s appointments and daily routine in one location. The Journal feature will store a daily record of the day’s events. Meals planner automatically add recipes ingredients to the shopping list. Goals and to-do lists help to keep track of plans and projects.
Pricing – $34.95 for a single license, 30 day free trial.
Toodledo is an easy to use, web-based to-do list. Use Hotlist to remember the high priority tasks, add or edit tasks without page reload to save your time, organize tasks into folders or projects, set personal goals, use online calendar, track time spend for specified tasks, attach notes to any task, share your to-do lists with coworkers, friends,family. Toodledo even have an iPhone app that you can use even when you don’t have an internet connection.
Pricing – free plan, Pro $14.95/year, Pro Plus $29.95/year
PlanPlus is a powerful planning software. Task List Gadget allows to quickly view and manage the tasks set up in PlanPlus without opening the program. Prioritized Daily Task List, daily notes, appointment schedule, weekly planning tools, MS Outlook synchronization, Palm applications.
Pricing – $79.95 for a single license, free trial
Evernote allows you to easily capture information in any environment using whatever device or platform you find most convenient, and makes this information accessible and searchable at any time, from anywhere. Everything you put into Evernote is always synchronized across all of your devices. That way, all your memories are available to you wherever you are.
Pricing – free account, Premium account – $5/month or $45/year