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secret agent girl Calculating status...
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Jan 9, 2013 6:24 AM

I have:

  • iphone 4
  • PC

 

Partner has:

  • Android phone
  • (NO apple devices, hence NO apple id)

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I need a solution that provides BOTH of these:

  1. Ability for me and partner to share a calendar
    1. (I will also have my own private calendar, of course)
  2. A way to sync all my calendars with a desktop application
    1. MUST run on and save files to desktop
    2. MUST have a good search function

 

Please take a moment to help me out. I'm not even sure such a thing exists!

iPhone 4, iOS 6
  • chrisfromgastonia Level 5 Level 5 (4,185 points)
  • chrisfromgastonia Level 5 Level 5 (4,185 points)
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    Jan 9, 2013 7:59 AM (in response to secret agent girl)

    You can sync the items you want to sync, read in depth on the features.

  • KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (35,955 points)
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    Jan 9, 2013 8:08 AM (in response to secret agent girl)

    Once you throw an Android device into the mix, you pretty much marry in to the Google ecosystem.

  • paulcb Level 6 Level 6 (18,675 points)
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    Jan 9, 2013 8:35 AM (in response to secret agent girl)

    What desktop application would the calendar sync with? Online google calendar only is not okay.

     

    The desktop application would essentially be your browser.  Any device could then sync/access this calendar.

     

    I guess you could sync Outlook with the Google Calendar if you need some of Outlook's features.

  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    Jan 9, 2013 8:36 AM (in response to secret agent girl)

    I use a MacBook Pro at home, and a Windows 7 machine at work.  I sync my work calendar with Google Calendar Sync from outlook on my work windows machine, and then set up my MBP, iPad4, and iPhone5 to all have that gmail account and sync the calendar from that.

     

    On the MBP, I use the OS X 10.8 calendar app, on the Windows work machine I use outlook, on the iPhone I use Week Calendar, and on the iPad I use Planner Plus.  Both my personal and work calendars sync fine across all those devices and apps using google calendars/gmail accounts.

  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    Jan 9, 2013 8:49 AM (in response to secret agent girl)

    Any account you have on your iPhone that has a calendar function can be added to the list of calendars accessed via the iOS calendar app.  So yes, you can turn on the calendar feature in your iCloud mail account settings, and your gmail account settings and those two calendars will show up on your iPhone.  If you share your google calendar with someone, that has nothing to do with the iPhone itself - just set that up online in your gmail account settings and it should work.  Your iPhone is just going to populate the Calendar app with whatever entries are in the calendars enabled through the account settings.

     

    You may be overthinking this.  Just set up your private, personal calendar on iCloud and turn that on in the iPhone iCloud account settings.  Then, set up your google calendar online, with whatever sharing settings you wish.  Set up that gmail account on your iPhone, enable the calendar setting, and go.

     

    On your computer - if a Mac, just enable those two accounts in Calendar.  If on a PC, you would use the iCloud control panel to sync the iCloud account with Outlook, and Google Sync app to sync the google calendar with outlook.

  • paulcb Level 6 Level 6 (18,675 points)
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    Jan 9, 2013 9:07 AM (in response to secret agent girl)

    What 'files' are you going to keep in a calendar?  Files that need to be edited are not usually stored in a calendar.

     

    Outlook has email, calendar, contacts, notes, reminders, etc.  It's made by Microsoft and has been the most popular personal information manager for years, both corporate and personal.  That being said, Google stuff can replace most of it for personal use.

  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    Jan 9, 2013 9:10 AM (in response to secret agent girl)

    Yes outlook is an email program, but it is also a calendar program.

     

    What do you mean "files"?  Most calendar applications are designed such that you search the calendar itself, not static files on the computer.  Outlook and other calendar programs have their search function builtin using a standard search bar.

     

    I can save my outlook calendars as a web page, or as an *ics file, but those would be largely useless to me until reimported into a calendar app (unless you actually search files for text strings?).

     

    The iCloud control panel for windows - http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1455

  • Michael Black Level 6 Level 6 (17,835 points)
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    Jan 9, 2013 9:13 AM (in response to secret agent girl)

    secret agent girl wrote:

     

    No one has yet said I can see a google calendar and an icloud calendar visually merged into one interface on my iphone.

    Actually, yes I did - as I said, for any account you setup on your iPhone that has a calendar, just enable that accounts calendar setting, and it will appear in the iOS calendar app.  Each calendar will be displayed as a separate color entry, but all in one integrated calendar display.

     

    You can combine iCloud calendars, google, yahoo, aol/aim accounts, MSlive - any and all, as many as you need. If the account has a calendar, iOS will sync that calendar and display its entries.

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