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Capt Joe

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I am looking for software/app which will sync between Android phones/tablets and Windows computers. We are getting too many doctor appointments, obligations, etc to keep them on a paper calendar and being able to access them whenever and wherever. Some sort of calendar or organizational program that will keep all of our devices synced and up to date would be a great thing. Something that would give calendar, messaging, memos, etc and the like is what I am looking for.

 

Have thought about using the 'cloud' but haven't been getting a warm, fuzzy feeling about that. Maybe some of you folks are actually doing this by using the cloud and can help me get into using it to do this.

 

Any and all thoughts, ideas, suggestions, etc would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks,

J3

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I use Mozilla Thunderbird for our email with an add-on called Lightning for the calendar. It syncs very well with Google Calendar and automatically syncs to our two laptops and my android smart phone. Both my wife and I use Thunderbird to automatically download our emails from Gmail to our laptops. Reminders are easy and show up on both laptops and smartphone.

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Another Google calendar user here. My wife and I each maintain our own calendars, but have them crosslinked so we each see both sets on our laptops via our browsers, in Thunderbird with Lightning, and on our tablets and smartphones. Using different colors for each calendar type makes it easy to keep track of what belongs to whom.

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Thanks for the replies so far. Several options to take a look at to see if I can find something that will work in my configuration.

 

BTW, I am on Android 4.2.1 on my Asus tablet, 4.4.4 on my Samsung Galaxy S5 and windows 7 on my laptop. My wife has had her 'dumb' phone for several years (a LG Octane) and so far hasn't wanted to make the jump to a smart phone. I'm thinking that by sync'ing the calendars, etc, I might be able get her updated with her phone as I don't thing anything would work with her current phone as she only has voice and text.

 

Still open for comments. Lots of good support and info available here.

 

Tx,

J3

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I was making suggestions to answer for syncing Android and Windows. I used to try all that too. With the same unsatisfying results. Since I've dropped my Google everything. Not really because I dislike Google's products and software for their tablets/phones. My Windows environment is stable across the board. Windows phone 8.1 accesses OneDrive as do the others. Same for photos, Word Docs, PDF files, excel etc. Works perfectly. Why sync across different OS' lacking MS Office, when it can all be done with Windows devices now.

 

Jack, I know you haven't found a Windows phone big enough. Just me.

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Count me in for the Google Calendar crowd. I use Linux on laptops, desktops, servers along with Window 7 on desktops and Server 2008/2012 servers as well as Android tablet and smart phone. Google Calendar works on all of them so that's the easy choice. Plus, if I'm somewhere else I can still just access Google Calendar.

 

I do have reservations about Google's attitude towards my data but unless I create my own cloud (a PITA) I'm stuck. I do have a half-vast cloud setup in my offices but the hardware really wouldn't tolerate anything serious and I'm not interested in spending the bucks.

 

BTW, I set up an Amazon Cloud last year for a client and, as far as I can tell, he would have been better off setting up a personal cloud with a decent router in his office. It wasn't difficult but it could be expensive even if you had to pay someone like me to manage it.

 

So... Google.

 

WDR

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Honestly, in all the years I have done projects and common calendar-ing I have not found anything that is better than Google/Android based solutions. They work as browser based apps or as individual apps for various hardware platforms whether Android, WIndows, Linux, Mac, I-products, etc.

 

For me, I like to be able to have all my tools work together. Though I used to be a Microsoft MVP and ran my own Enterprise servers with full Exchange and all the bells and whistles, I am just as happy with the hands off Google/Android solution. It does not require me to be on a particular platform with all my hardware to make it work the same.

 

Mostly, on my Android devices, I use the Android aCalendar app instead of the regular Google Calendar app. Mostly because I like the views a little better.

 

Simply put, My calendars work seamlessly for me, my wife, my kids, friends, etc. without my having to be involved with each of them.

 

Like Dutch, my wife and I have our own separate calendars that we share with each other so I put my stuff on mine, she on hers but we both see each others without a lot of manual sharing, inviting,etc. I also keep birthdays/anniversaries on a separate calendar we can all access so whatever updates/additions anyone makes is instantly available to all.

 

I create a separate calendar for RV travel to both plan where/when venues and to provide a consistent track of where we were and when. That has been helpful more than a few times, looking back. This is particularly nice to have to just share with our families and friends without letting them see the rest of our daily lives. It also helps keep our own individual calendars much simpler and cleaner to work with.

 

When we are settled into a hosting/volunteering position, it is nice to have its own calendar where all of the stuff associated with that location is kept together and can be easily shared with upper management and/or others that should be kept on the same page. Having it all on a separate calendar also lets me make it visible to anyone without exposing any of my personal calendar information, doctor's visits or birthdays, travel plans, etc.

 

Each separate calendar can be made visible/invisible on any specific device with a simple toggle on/off by calendar in your list of available calendars. This is really nice when things get hectic or you just want to work on a single thing, like trip planning times/places. There's even a "Display only this calendar" toggle for each calendar to make it simple and quick.

 

I know this is a lot more than you meant to ask for but it is the kind of solutions that are available when you are ready for them. STarting with a good platform allows for growth without having to start all over when you find you need more than you started with.

 

The only other item I might offer is that moving forward means moving forward. Trying to do so with one foot still nailed to old technology will only cost a lot more in time, money and inconvenience. As James Brown would say, "Git on Up offa' That Thang!"

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Just found one fix for a Google calender frustration, all day items are nicely colored and you get about a dozen choices. Specific time items come with a white background but you can pick a tiny square of color, not very visible.

 

The fix is to load the background tool from the Google Labs tab and then make yourself a block of color JPEG file. I made a 200x200 pixel square of about 15% gray and use it tiled as the background. Now the short items show up as a nicely contrasting white against the background.

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I'd like to thank everyone for their suggestions, thoughts and comments. I've been looking through some of the apps suggested but haven't made a decision yet as to what to use in my situation.

One app I have seen lately and have downloaded but haven't had a chance to take a look at is called 'COZI'... (www.cozi.com). It looks to have most everything needed but I don't know yet how it operates or how your info is displayed etc. Have any of you folks seen or used COZI? First hand experience is sure great to hear.

 

Thanks Again,

Capt Joe

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My BIL's family has been using it for awhile and it seems to work for them. Or at least, it did until they wanted to start including a few friends and others that were not using COZI. There is a way to sync it with Google Calendar and a few other independent calendaring apps but he says it may take several hours to get changes synced across these various platforms.

 

Just his word about this. I think I tried it briefly a couple of years ago and just did not like the lack of integration with all the other things I use that play together on the Google platform. For me, it is more than just being able to see an item. I also want it to automatically alert me on whatever device I am currently using and be connected into my contacts, histories and other tools I use and I don't want to have to remember how to transition between differing technologies to keep it all together. But that's just me 'cause I never assume that what I think I will need will be all that I will want as I get better using something new. I just want it all to work and not fall apart when I try to do something new.

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One app I have seen lately and have downloaded but haven't had a chance to take a look at is called 'COZI'... (www.cozi.com). It looks to have most everything needed but I don't know yet how it operates or how your info is displayed etc. Have any of you folks seen or used COZI? First hand experience is sure great to hear.

 

we've been using Cozi for several years. It's designed to be used by several people each of who has his/her own schedule. It's free and easy to use.

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Thanks for the first hand experience with the Cozi product. I had a chance (between doctor appointments and such) to get it set up on my phone (Samsung S5), tablet (Asus TM 700) and laptop (Lenovo Win 7) and the basic free version seems to like my setup just fine. Syncs very well and even synced the family photo I put in on the laptop. Have only tried some calendar appointments (still have a bunch to put on) and a few notes to share. Seems to only take a minute or maybe less to update all the devices no matter which device the item is entered on.

 

About the only negative I see, for my use, is that they want $29.99 PER YEAR for the ad free version that also has a few added benefits such as allowing contacts and a birthday management system. I'd be fine with a one time fee but don't really like the PER YEAR charge. Just getting a bit more frugal... actually cheap..... in my old age I guess. Have to use it more in actual conditions to decide if I REALLY need the Gold Version.... or I might find another system that is charging a one time fee or maybe even FREE which is good.

 

Oh yeah, there is also a grocery list that is in the basic version but the Gold enhances that. It would be nice to be able to make a grocery list from any of your devices whenever and wherever you may be.... and to have hanging on your belt at most all times.

 

Thanks for everyone's help with this. I would also be interested in any other ways others are keeping up with their appointments and such,

 

Capt Joe

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