iSynCal
iSynCal 6.0.2
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Synchronize iCal calendars between different Macs.   Shareware ($30.00)
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iSynCal is built to synchronize events and todo from iCal calendars between two or more Mac computers using the standard Apple File Sharing shipped with Mac OSX. Using iSynCal, you no longer need a .Mac account neither to publish your calendars on an external FTP or WebDav server.

You can even use iSynCal to sync your iCal calendars with your iPod or between multiple users on the same Mac.

It is also possible to schedule the synchronizations and run them in unattended mode.
What's New
Version 6.0.2:
  • iSynCal now checks that the remote calendars folder is effectively present before running a Smart Sync; this sanity check has been added because a scheduled Smart Sync could perform unwanted calendar deletions if the remote Mac has become unreachable while the local Mac was in sleep mode
  • MenuCalendarClock iCal is now automatically quitted while synchronizing (and relanched when finished) because it locks the iCal's Calendar Cache file; this used to prevent iCal to refresh and thus properly show the calendars when running Leopard
  • Improved and more accurate local and remote apps quit and relaunch
  • Updated the French translation (thanks again to Stephane Carré)
Version 6.0.2:
  • iSynCal now checks that the remote calendars folder is effectively present before running a Smart Sync; this sanity check has been added because a scheduled Smart Sync could perform unwanted calendar deletions if the remote Mac has become unreachable while the local Mac was in sleep mode
  • MenuCalendarClock iCal is now automatically quitted while more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later, iCal 1.5 or later



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Justinian commented on 11 Feb 2007
1) Its would be reasonable and just to pay the developer for the improvements made in new versions except for his very clear promise never to charge for upgrades, a contract he made that is valid under Italian, EU, US, and international law generaly.
The develper pleads he "made a mistake" making that offer. That is not a defence. One can understand his problem, but not excuse his actions He should not expect others to pay for his mistakes, mistakes he alone is responsible for.
2) Speaking of mistakes, paying developers for correcting bugs after the initial purchase payment, is a commonly accepted but absurd practice that is tolerated nowhere except in the software industry. In this case however the same promise exists never to charge for such corrections.
3) The develper should reconsider his decision and apologize, in order to restore whatever good will and reputation he has earned thus far with his product.
[Version 5.6.1]


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ashkenaz reviewed on 09 Dec 2006
I choose my words carefully in this, my first negative review in years of MacUpdate readership.

The original e-mail receipt (dated November 13, 2003) states that "Once registered, the application will never expire and the MultiSync feature will be unlocked to sync all its items. No upgrade fee will never be asked to you, so any future release can be downloaded and used for free . . . " The no-upgrade-fee-ever policy counterbalanced a relatively high purchase price and seemed a good deal both for the purchaser and the developer.

iSynCal 5.6, however, requires an upgrade fee nearly as high as the original purchase price. While it is not unreasonable to charge for upgrades to support continued development, it *is* unreasonable/dishonest/sleazy to charge after explicitly guaranteeing that there never would be such a charge. E-mail to the developer has been ignored. I'd urge potential purchasers to consider the character of the developer before throwing good money after the bad.
[Version 5.6]

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Flrsoft (developer) replied on 30 Jan 2007
I have always replied to my users, even to those complaining about the iSynCal 5 upgrade fee.

Anyway, I have explained the reasons leading me to this unpopular decision here:

http://ww2.unime.it/flr/isyncal/upgradefee.html



Fabrizio La Rosa
iSynCal developer
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Andrew-Scott replied on 31 Jan 2007
I have some sympathy with the developer's predicament-he should be recompensed for his hard work and anyone can make mistakes in their early days. However this does seem like a breach of his contract with his early customers (and might be challenged on legal grounds if someone felt it was worth the effort).

Perhaps the developer could continue to fulfil his free-upgrades-for-life policy for those early customers, maybe asking only for voluntary donations, while asking new customers to pay for major upgrades. It would certainly avoid negative publicity and damage to his credibility.
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Anonymous reviewed on 15 Aug 2005
I am sure many will find this utility useful.
However, as a rabid iCal user I cannot let the mention of http://icalx.com go by. Its far more useful (and free so far) than this utility and in addition to publishing calendars on multiple Macs (you cant sync - but I dont need to), I can login to my account anytime to see my calendars on the web. I can have private and public calendars and can publish/subscribe notes and alarm. Its identical to all the iCal functions of .Mac without the price.

I am not sure how long iCalx.com will remain free - but I'll start paying as soon as I can.

I hope isynCal fill someones needs - I'm satisfied with iCalx.com
AM
[Version 5.2.1]

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peanut butter replied on 31 Oct 2006
"far more useful" is a point of view. icalx.com looks to be a neat way to "publish" calendars, but it doesn't sync.

iSynCal actually "syncs" calendars, which is a completely different and quite valuable. Instead of just seeing what others have to show you, you can collaboratively update and edit workflows on a shared calendar.

icalx.com's last website update was 10/9/03, and the author last mentions product compatibility with iCal 1.5.1

iSynCal is not Exchange or NUT&C, but those are server based calendars and a different class of product.
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Anonymous reviewed on 15 Aug 2005
A secondary download link for a zip file was already present on the iSynCal's web site, but now I have also changed the download link on MacUpdate to point to the zip file instead of the sitx one.
Thanks for the suggestion.
[Version 5.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 07 Aug 2005
Stuffit-Expander is no longer installed with the MacOS (OSX 10.4 Tiger).
In addition, since OSX was introduced, Apple recommends to generate disk-images (.dmg-files) for distribution of applications over the internet.
So, could the developer please provide a downloadable file in .dmg or .zip-format (also supported by MacOS X since version 10.3) and not this clunky, proprietary .sit file-format. Thanks!
[Version 5.2]


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Anonymous reviewed on 06 Jul 2005
After two years from the first iSynCal release, this is the first upgrade fee I ask for: look at the iSynCal version history and check how many (and which) new features and improvements there are in v4.6 when compared with the first release, and all this has been free for the customers until one month ago.

Most shareware developers require an upgrade fee after some period of time,
it's a basic rule of the shareware software industry: you pay a low price to buy a shareware app's license, then a periodic upgrade fee helps the developer keep on working to improve and maintain the application.

When I started developing iSynCal I was new to the shareware software, so I thought it would be nice to "never require an upgrade fee" ... Then I have seen the reality, and I started spending at least two hours almost each day working on iSynCal, to add new features (mostly based upon users' requests), fix any bug eventually found and give full and quick support to my customers; most recently, I have spent many weeks coding and testing to make iSynCal Tiger compatible: it was not so simple as it may appear to the end users, but I have put my efforts in making it totally transparent to the users (indeed you can seamlessly sync a iCal 1.5 calendar with a iCal 2 one) at the cost of much more work for me.

After all, I don't feel like I am asking a big price for my work.


Fabrizio La Rosa
iSynCal Developer
[Version 5.0.3]

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Anonymous commented on 16 Sep 2005
Fabrizio - you don't need to explain your pricing!
It's entirely up to you what you charge.
The market will decide on it's value.
At ten thousand downloads, I believe people think the price is quite reasonable.
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Anonymous reviewed on 10 Jun 2005
iSynCal is a great program -- I made a review below.

However, I find it difficult to put out more $$ for an upgrade since I purchased the program less than a year ago. C'mon.... $12? $12 is not much but it is the principal that I would have to argue. Not right, just not right.
[Version 5.0.2]

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Anonymous commented on 15 Jun 2005
I also agree about having to pay again. I only bought mine in February and the email acknowledging my purchase said I wouldn't have to pay for any upgrades in the future. Having to pay for compatibility with Tiger is a very poor show. It's all the more irksome as it's an excellent app.
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Anonymous reviewed on 02 Jun 2005
I've been a registered/paid iSynCal user for more than a year and consider it a five star app. After upgrading to Tiger, it would not work.
The developer now wants $12 for me to upgrade to the Tiger-compatible version. I have a lot of shareware and this is the only one where there has been a charge for the Tiger upgrade.
I'm not trying to start a flame war here.
Maybe it is just me. I am very surprised to have to pay about 50% of what the program originally cost to get Tiger compatibility.
[Version 5.0.1]


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Anonymous reviewed on 12 Apr 2005
Doesn't handle german vowel mutations (Umlaute) in Calender names.

Can't use it.

Welcome to the third millenium.
[Version 4.6]

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Anonymous commented on 02 May 2005
This issue has been fixed a long time ago with version 3.0.1.
Anyway, I have tested iSynCal again five minutes ago and its was able to synchronize, copy and backup a calendar whose name contains umlauts and accented characters.
The only known issue is that iSynCal is not yet Tiger compatible, but I'm working on this and a new release is coming soon.
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Anonymous reviewed on 09 Nov 2004
I originally had commented about the program being buggy and how it totally trashed my iCal events/to do list and one of my users iCal events/to do list on the same mac. I had contacted the developer and received excellent support with real-time solutions. Awesome!! After a full month evaluation I decided to purchase the shareware and am totally satisfied. Highly Recommended... Thanks Fabrizio! To others, this little program is a great solution to those wanting to sync their iCal calendars without having a .Mac account. Great program, awesome customer support. Bravo!!
[Version 4.3.2]


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iSynCal is built to synchronize events and todo from iCal calendars between two or more Mac computers using the standard Apple File Sharing shipped with Mac OSX. Using iSynCal, you no longer need a .Mac account neither to publish your calendars on an external FTP or WebDav server.

You can even use iSynCal to sync your iCal calendars with your iPod or between multiple users on the same Mac.

It is also possible to schedule the synchronizations and run them in unattended mode.


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