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Achieve Next Level Time Management with These Top 10 iPhone Calendar Apps

Achieve Next Level Time Management with These Top 10 iPhone Calendar Apps


    As with a number of native iPhone utilities, the default calendar app may be adequate for the individual who’s looking for a simple basic calendar application. However, it’s not extensive enough for those of us who are looking for more advanced features, more ability to customize, and a wider application in our calendar app need to look for a more fully featured alternative application. For those of you who need more than what the native iPhone calendar can offer, I’ve compiled a list of some of the top 10 iPhone calendar apps to help you take the calendar experience on your iPhone to a whole new level.

    1. Pocket Informant – $6.99

    Pocket Informant may just be the top of the heap in iPhone calendar apps. It offers powerful functionality with a fully integrated calendar, task list, contacts, and most recently the ability to add notes. One of the most compelling features of pocket informant is its compatibility with both the GTD and Franklin Covey task management systems. It supports syncing with Google Calendars, ToodleDo, Outlook, and the native iPhone calendar. It also allows color-coding by category and includes customizable views: month, week, day, list view and the today screen, location mapping for events, reminders and recurrences and templates for creating events. Its price may make it more expensive than many of the other apps, but if you need all of its extensive arsenal of features, it’s worth the cost.

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    2. MiCal – $1.99

    MiCal has a neatly designed dashboard style welcome screen that allows you to see all of your events on all of your calendars in one single view. MiCal also has some unique features such as a detailed 3-day weather forecast, GPS location tagging for events and the ability to sync Facebook events. MiCal offers an optional task list add-on as an in-app purchase. Some of its other features allow you to invite event attendees via email, export events in iCal format to share with other MiCal users, show event address in map view, sync with native iPhone calendar, Google, Outlook, Exchange, and Facebook Events. A fantastic calendar app at a low price.

    3. Week Calendar – $1.99

    As with the most of the other calendar apps, it offers multiple views, compatibility with iCloud, Google, Outlook, Exchange, and CalDAV , color coding and event sharing. Where Week Calendar excels is in its ease of use. Move events easily by dragging and dropping, link contacts to events quickly, use batch editing. It also allows you to map locations, share events via email and hide hours of the day you don’t need to see. Its low price makes it a good buy.

    4. Calvetica – $2.99

    Calvetica has many of the common features of other calendar apps. It syncs with multiple platforms, integrates contacts, allows batch editing, drag and drop, color coding, templates, customized alarms and recurrences. It also features a snooze option, email sharing, attendee management, location mapping, and a 24-hour format. One of its more unique features is its Windows 7 style appearance. At its low price, it’s another good buy.

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    5. Awesome Calendar – $2.99

    Awesome Calendar has an attractive interface, multiple views, task integration and includes the ability to create notes and add photos. You can even add “stickers” to events. Awesome Calendar allows you to share events and group tasks. It syncs with iCloud, Outlook, Google Calendar, Exchange, and CalDAV. It also displays a localized current 4-day weather forecast

    6. CalenGoo – $6.99

    CalenGoo is not a newcomer to the app field and continues to be a great way to use Google Calendar and Google tasks on your iPhone. It allows Google users to view and edit events offline, matches color-coding to your Google Calendar and enables multiple calendar management, allows users to invite people to events and see their status. It’s a bit pricey, but might be a solid, stable option for those who just need to sync with their Google Calendar.

    7. Cozi – Free

    Cozi is an iPhone companion to its web-based calendar management system. It’s an especially useful solution for families. Although Cozi only uses a list view, it gives you a color-coded view categorized according to family member. It also includes shopping lists, to-do lists, and a journal to record memorable events with photos. It syncs with Outlook and also has the ability to sync with its Android app to keep all family members in the loop. It allows families to share, add, edit, and cross off items on shopping lists, to-do lists, and entries in the journal. Whether you’re looking for a family solution or not, it’s worth a look. You can’t beat free.

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    8. Agenda – $.99

    Agenda attempts to strip away the information you don’t need and provide a sleek, usable interface. It has twelve different layouts and allows fast event creation. Agenda supports syncing with Google Calendar, iCloud, and Microsoft Exchange using the local IOS calendar. You can quickly send an email or text message to update event status and share events. It also has a unique “Goal View” for tracking goals. Despite its paired down features its low price makes it an attractive option.

    9. GoCal – $2.99

    For those oldies out there, GoCal supports all iOS devices since the beginning, but it also makes use of the newer retina display. It has a day, month, and “What’s Next” view. It allows you to invite attendees, and create text reminders. Unfortunately, you cannot create repeating events, but if you can live with that, and have an older IOS device this is a good option.

    10. Calendars – $6.99

    Rounding out the list is Readdle’s Google Calendar client. It syncs with all your calendars, features day, week, month, and list views, drag-and-drop event management, and easy event/appointment creation. It has a clean, colorful, and organized interface and balances functionality, design, and user friendliness. It is one of the apps with a higher price point, but is another option for those who desire simple Google calendar syncing.

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    There are so many iPhone calendar apps available that it can be difficult to decide which one suits your individual needs. Consider the features you value most and look at the app reviews and track record. Price isn’t always the best indicator of quality, but at the same time, don’t be afraid to spend a little more if the app has more features or a better interface.

    (Photo credit: Paolo Neo)

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    Last Updated on May 14, 2019

    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    8 Replacements for Google Notebook

    Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

    1. Zoho Notebook
      If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
    2. Evernote
      The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
    3. Net Notes
      If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
    4. i-Lighter
      You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
    5. Clipmarks
      For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
    6. UberNote
      If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
    7. iLeonardo
      iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
    8. Zotero
      Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

    I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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    In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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