Currently Being ModeratedJun 22, 2012 7:39 AM (in response to Patrick Thaddeus Jackson)
I have the same question--I haven't looked into all the alternatives yet, but on my list of things to check out:
Some of these aren't going to be useful for me (and others, I assume) because they seem to be poll-based and for scheduling a group meeting. My company needs something that allows potential clients to schedule a time to speak with someone so a static url that syncs with our calendar (outlook) is ideal.
Scheduly is a pay service but it offers the two things I need: a single url to share with those who need to schedule and outlook sync. It says it supports iCal and looks like it offers the same sort of privacy settings as Tungle. I believe either Timetrade or Timebridge were services that offered comparable features to Tungle when I was researching this last year.
Do let me know if you settle on something useful--
Currently Being ModeratedNov 8, 2012 2:09 PM (in response to Patrick Thaddeus Jackson)
Assuming you have probably found a solution by now, but I represent a company called SnapAppointments which likely offers the functionality you need. It's a CalDAV/iCal-standard online scheduling solution that allows you to set your schedule, block out unavailable times, and either link clients to your landing page on the SnapAppointments website to view your availability/book or embed the "booking module" directly into your website (if-needed.)
This post is a bit late to the game, but with the announcement of Tungle shutting down in December, we've noticed a lot of current/former Tungle users pouring in recently. The primary complaint we have received is that SnapAppointments seemed a bit too involved/slightly complicated to set up, but we do offer a free version for people/businesses that only need 1 calendar and a 30-day trial of the professional version (up to 30 calendars.) Also, our live chat support is very helpful in setting people up/answering questions/etc and has a lot of experience now with people coming over from Tungle.
SnapAppointments might have more features than you need, but at least it likely will do everything you want it to. Automatic appointment reminders via email and/or text are also free...and your clients can easily reschedule their appointments (if-needed) in the link sent out in the appointment confirmation email.
I have tested out a ton of systems out there and, while I'm obviously associated with the service I'm recommending, I can honestly say it is the best of the bunch in my opinion. The fact that you can literally use it for free if you only require a single calendar is just a bonus! If you search for "online appointments" on Google, SnapAppointments will likely be the top result.
There was a time when we actually referred people inquiring about our service to Tungle if they had extremely basic scheduling needs...and Tungle would refer people to us for those that needed something more robust. I think we've struck a good balance of a service that can be set up and ready to roll in 5-minutes...but can be customized beyond belief and truly become a full-fledged CRM system down the road.
If you have any questions, let us know. Hope to see you soon!
Currently Being ModeratedNov 8, 2012 2:20 PM (in response to SnapAppointments)
I am a sole user, but I have a business and a personal calendar on my iCal. With the free account from SnapAppointments, can I display as unavailable appointment times from both those calendars, as did Tungle.me, or would that require the $25/month version?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 8, 2012 2:46 PM (in response to netingenuity)
Yes -- SnapAppointments is an iCal server itself, which can be added to all of your iOS devices natively (instructions are under Options >> Connect/Sync once you log into your SnapAppointments account.) Anything you add on your iOS device will be blocked out as unavailalbe on SnapAppointments.
This feature is part of the core service, and is 100% functional in the free version. The primary differences between the free and Professional versions are the 1-calendar limitation on the free version, and a number of bells-and-whistles on the Professional version. On the free version, there are no limitations on how many appointments can be booked, there are no ads/etc anywhere, and it has all of the core functionality. A lot of people think there's a catch...but we're simply counting on our free users putting in a good word for us elsewhere or, even better, their business grows and they eventually have a need to upgrade.
Feel free to sign up and check it out -- no obligations, and just let us know if you have any questions.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 19, 2013 4:28 PM (in response to SnapAppointments)
Can SnapAppointments work with Outlook? I have Outlook for Mac and Outlook for PC. I am trying to migrate to Mac all together but find iCal too simple for what i need.
Thank you, Orly