March 31, 2005 at 9:14 PM
For several years now I have been searching for a decent calendar app being that I have long since abandoned any use of Outlook (due to its nature to seemingly attract security attacks and viruses [virii?]). At any rate I checked all of the usual shareware and freeware sources and it seemed that every calendar app out there was either complicated to install (read: "you'll need a PHP server and a SQL database for this app") or bloated with features (integration with every little app known to man and functionality that I will never use). Then Matt Haughey pointed me to Sunbird made by the Mozilla group. So I checked it out. This is exactly what I had been looking for. It's light weight, simple features, simple interface, easy to install, and does exactly what it is suppose to do and no more. If you haven't checked it out and are in the market of an app that can track your client meetings, project deadlines, tasks to complete and so forth, this is pretty handy. Even offers the ability to import iCalendar, vCalendar, XML and other formats.
Yeah, I had started using Sunbird when it was 0.1 on my PC laptop. When I got my Powerbook, I liked iCal better, so I went with it. Sunbird 0.1 wasn't running well on my Mac anyway. I have yet to take a look at 0.2, but am sure that it is moving in the right direction.
Right at the moment, I don't have a Mac. So that's why it was so appealing to me.
I love Sunbird too. The Tasks-list is really neat! It's also great that it uses the open iCal standard so you're able to download calendars for different stuff you might need (lots of mac users are sharing their calendars, and you can use apples own too - check iCalShare) and then color code the different calendars. Sometimes I print out a month or week view, bring it to a meeting and add stuff, and then insert it into Sunbird afterwards. Firefox, Thunderbird (I use the adress book alot too) and Sunbird is all I need!
I use it but... it is not too simple?