Here at MakeUseOf we are always looking for the latest and greatest free applications and websites. I thought I would share with you today how much I love the free calendar online called 30boxes. It is available for you to check out here. I have replaced my Google Calendar with it some time back.
But the best part of the story is that there is another free application called Calgoo that allows you to sync your cloud calendar program such as 30boxes or Google Calendar with this offline application making this a great tool for presentations or meetings where you are not online.
I will show you how 30boxes works and how Calgoo can synchronize it with your desktop.
Let’s start with 30boxes. Visit their website and sign up for a free account. You will have to give them your email address and verify an email but not to worry, they have never bothered me with any spam. After you are logged into the 30boxes website you will see your free calendar online. Mine looks like this:
To add an event you can go the old school way of double-clicking on a date. That will bring up that date on your screen.
Now to enter data, simply type in that box at the top like so:
Once you hit add, it will schedule it with your default settings. You will probably want to edit these but for now let’s see how to edit the event you just created.
Hover your mouse next to the event and two icons will appear – one for trash (a trash can) and one for edit.
Click on the edit key and we will see our advanced calendaring options like so:
You will see everything you are familiar with in all other calendaring programs like start and end times, reoccurrences, invites (for emails), tags (which is very powerful) and of course a notes field and a way to mark it private.
Modify your event, click update event and it will create it for you. You can create tags by simply tagging an event. It will be automatically created for you and we will show you next how to change it’s color of appearance on the calendar.
I created a tag called test here:
Then I can choose the color for the tag by hovering over the find button that you see below and clicking the colored square next to the tag like so:
Choose your color, save it and then you will see your event with a color like so:
This application is chock full of features as I mentioned before. It can share your calendar, it can email attendees reminders and so much more. What more could you want? Being able to use it offline. So that is where Calgoo Calendar comes in.
It is also a free download available here. You will have to sign up for this as well. Download and install it. When you have it up you will see a screen that looks like this:
You will easily be able to set it up to sync with your 30Boxes calendar – even your tags! And have it all offline! Very very nice.
Anyone have another on and offline solution? We would love to hear about it in the comments!