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Use Spanning Sync to Link Your Google Calendar and iCal

My best friend uses iCal, but my sister uses Google Calendar. How do I keep up with their invites?

I recently found the Spanning Sync application, which synchronizes Google Calendar and iCal and allows you to share calendars between multiple Macs. It also connects Google Calendar to your iPod, iPhone and other devices.

All you have to do is download Spanning Sync, share your Google Calendar, then sync it with iCal on your computer. From then on, any changes you make in Google Calendar show up in iCal and vice versa. When I tried it the sync was quick and effective but the application wasn't 100 percent intuitive. I had to create new "calendars" in my Google calendar in order to transfer over my iCal calendars, a step that isn't clear when you look at the sync page. The application is free for 15 days, after which you can sign up for either a $25 one-year subscription or a $65 one-time purchase.

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CrazySexyCool CrazySexyCool 9 years
Just what we need, technology to simplify our technology. This is one of those areas where I wonder why there just isn't a standard for communication so that all calendar and appointment programs can be made to just be compatible. Its not like there is an incredible amount of innovation required in this area that each program would need its own proprietary format.
megnmac megnmac 9 years
I really will need to try this, I have been favoring Google calendars since I got my iphone since I can do it at work and put all my appointments in and then have them everywhere, but I miss ical and the easy sync into my apple life. So if this works it would really help me figure out how to access my life..
erniew erniew 9 years
This is pretty cool and I look forward to trying it out. It would be great if there could be one "sync" method for Yahoo/Google/Hotmail so you could get all of your contacts and mail and calendar on one device. Plaxo is trying to do it but they haven't worked out all of the kinks...
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