gSync
gSync 1.4
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Sync iCal data with Google Calendar.   Demo ($20.00)
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gSync allows you to simply synchronise Mac OS X iCal with Google calendar. Features include:
  • easy to use and just works (we hope!)
  • choose which iCal calendars to sync
  • sync with Google calendar or override
What's New
Version 1.4:

- Tiger users should be able to upgrade seamlesly to Leopard
- We recommend everyone backup
- you have to reset and re-configure if you are using v1.0.4 or earlier
- addresses issues with Leopard 10.5.2 patch
- improvements to UI (hiding in background and has system menu now)
- added menu status icon
- new backend (uses sqlite)
- minor bug fixes

Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later, Google Calendar account, iCal.



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crater reviewed on 14 Feb 2008
Great stuff! It did take me a while to get everything set up and working but it syncs perfectly now.

I have 5 iCal calendars syncing with 5 google calendars. The issues I had were 'failing to create sync session' and inability to 'update google calendar' (or something like that).

Once I switched to normal syncing for all calendars and did the whole resetting thing (i.e reset iSync & gSync, log out and back in) it worked great. The was one problem in that resetting gSync does not seem to remove all of gsync's files from the hard drive, specifically files in ~/Library . I had to manually remove those to sort out the problems. All users should make sure to back up their calendars before messing around.

In general, this is a great app and once I've used the demo for long enough, my £10 will be on it's way. good work.
[Version 1.2.1]

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crater replied on 14 Feb 2008
Forgot to say.

I'm on 10.4.11
PowerBook 12in - 1.33Ghz PPC
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tunt reviewed on 12 Dec 2007
Somewhat too expensive, but cheaper than a .mac account. It's working fine for me!
[Version 1.2.1]


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lotus49 commented on 08 Dec 2007
I came looking for this because I was previously using gcaldaemon (which worked but was NOT easy to setup) and that doesn't work with Leopard. Spanning Sync is too expensive and I don't like the unnecessary use of an external server.

GSync did the trick for me. I haven't tested it extensively but it was easy to setup and seems to have synced my calendars properly. My tenner is on its way.
[Version 1.2.1]


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M Chang reviewed on 06 Dec 2007
Running OS 10.4.10 (home) and 10.4.11 (work). Both systems are syncing quite happily with my Google Calendar. Program does what it's supposed to. There are some items that aren't explained in the Help (hence my 4 out of 5 rating).
[Version 1.2.1]


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debtman7 reviewed on 05 Dec 2007
Well let me give a positive review here. I just tried the 1.1.2 release with leopard and so far with a few trials I am extremely happy. As long as it holds up and I don't encounter any problems, I'll be buying it.

Why? The alternative, Spanning Sync, costs 3 times as much. The free alternative, GCalDaemon, doesn't work with leopard and even if it did, it does not support subscribed private iCal's (i.e. my wife shared her calendar with me through google calendar, but GCalDaemon can't sync that). The free service plaxo can sync multiple calendars, but through my testing only syncs them with their own calendar and not with each other (so you can't sync iCal with google calendar, though you can sync them all with plaxo).

So far this one just worked. Can't beat that.
[Version 1.1.2b]


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jimfulleratMacness commented on 27 Nov 2007
I think this review is a little harsh.... the Leopard release changed both Apple iCal and Apple Sync Services.

Also testing at large scale could only happen once Leopard shipped.

We try to support the best we can and we believe that the latest BETA has solved all issues with Leopard and duplicates.

cheers, Jim Fuller
[Version 1.1.2b]


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VanillaIcee reviewed on 21 Nov 2007
This is a horribly supported product which I recommend people not even try to run. If you chose to you will only be frustrated and end up beta testing software that should not be released to the public.

The current version (in Leopard) will duplicate your all day events and improperly handles sync conflicts. The developer does not seem to prioritize testing before releases. Unfortunately GCALDaemon is not 100% in Leopard so I can't recommend that instead, but this program is not a solution for bidirectional syncing. Hopefully Google will release CalDAV compatibility soon and this program can die.
[Version 1.1.1b]


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sonicdeviant commented on 20 Nov 2007
For those among you who are more tech savvy (i.e., you're not afraid of the Terminal), give GCALDaemon a try. Works great and is FREE!
[Version 1.1b]


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ramonycajal reviewed on 13 Oct 2007
I have been using gSync for some time now, and have experienced nothing but frustration. Synching is erratic, with problems occurring sporadically and unpredictably. Problems include: duplicate entries, entries that disappear from the Google calendar following a sync, and unwanted invitations that appear in all recurring events. I have downloaded a demo of SpanningSync, and so far it has worked without fail. I recognize the shortcoming of SpanningSyc (price, use of their server), however, in addition to the absence of bugs, they have the added advantages that they handle recurring events, they sync alarms correctly, and they perform scheduled syncs in the background; gSync offers none of the above. The gSync website continues to mislead by headlining the claim "duplicates and recurrences solved"; this is not the case. Multiple users have been posting complaints on the developer's Google Group, but fixes are yet to appear (the developers lay the blame at Google's doorstep). In sum, this application is certainly not ready for prime time.
[Version 1.0.4]

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MikaelF replied on 15 Oct 2007
Try Plaxo. I did and it keeps all my address books and Calendars in sync. Basic version is free and 99% of what I need is in the free version. I did pay pay but I must admit that I rarely use the paid features.

On the subject if gSybc they said a refund was not a problem...well, I haven't heard from them since. Nor have I seen any money.

Stay away!

/Mikael
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MikaelF reviewed on 12 Jul 2007
Bought this one 15 minutes...5 minutes later my whole gmail calendar is gone! My entries..GONE! Instead it's filled with some other crap...

I'm so pissed right now....

F*ing piece of sh*t!

/Mikael
[Version 1.0.1]

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jimfulleratMacness (developer) replied on 12 Jul 2007
Hello Mikael,

come over to http://groups.google.com/group/gsync

and we will try to sort you out.

did you make a backup of your calendars before ?

cheers, Jim
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MikaelF replied on 12 Jul 2007
No backup of Google Calendar...only iCal but that didn't help. Google was cleaned out and my iCal filled with somebody elses crap...can you believe it?

If the developer is listening...why don't gSync do a backup on both calendare before potentially screwing things up? This new feature is a free idea from me.

Now that I have two clean calendars gSync seems to work...duh.

/Mikael
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jimfulleratMacness (developer) replied on 13 Jul 2007
I don't see you raising your issue in the support area over at

http://groups.google.com/group/gsync

If you do not give us any details, we can't help.

when u say 'filled up with someone elses crap', what does this mean ? you have another persons events in your Apple iCal?

cheers, Jim
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MikaelF replied on 13 Jul 2007
I haven't done it yet.

I will but what happend was that I installed gSync. Configured my gmail account, mapped iCal and Gmail calendar and synced. I got a conflict that I tried to resolve twice and sync again. The third time gSync threw an error. My entries in gmail was now removed....ALL of them. In iCal the caklendar I was syncing with was also cleared out. Both that one and gmail instead had a bunch of entries like "David back from London" David this and David that, "Brooklyn" in multiple locations.

Looks like either someone elses data or demodata. Not familiar to me.

What is there to do. Does Google keep a backup of my data? Would be a nice surprise. It was the gmail calendar that had all my entries of interest.

/Mikael
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jimfulleratMacness (developer) replied on 13 Jul 2007
this is a new one for us, we do not do anything with your event data....so this must be coming from Google.

the worst gSync has done to date is create duplicate events, which is definately irratating for all.

note we have 2 verbal groups of users, one who have probs (oddly enough everyone here at macupdate) and the other group love the software....then we have the silent majority (around 15,000 users) who we see are using the software on a daily basis with no probs...or perhaps they are not telling us of problems.

if you can post to the google groups mentioned in this thread, then we will open it as an issue....and we will try to sort out your general issue....note I can't make promises on getting your data back.

cheers, Jim Fuller
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MikaelF replied on 13 Jul 2007
What do you mean wit "We don't do anything with your event data?"

There is a setting in gSync that will override/overwrite Googles calendar data. This means it will potentially delete data in Googles Calendar..right?

I'm trying to understand how any type of misstake in gSync would allow ALL data in my Google calendar to be wiped out. It clearly happend exactly when gSync started throwing errors. I had the Google calendar open in a browser window and saw it reload with garbage.

I think you should consider having gSync do backups on both sides before touching anything. I know a little about software development. I'm working at Oracle in Development and have done so for the last 5 years (17 years in the industri). I'm just now so irritated at myself for not having a backup of my Google calendar. That will NEVER happen again.

/Mikael
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jimfulleratMacness (developer) replied on 13 Jul 2007
u are right, in override mode you would simply delete the google calendar and write all apple iCal data.

but in a transactional sense, this is all or nothing, partial updates are simply not possible from our side.

The 'override' mode is a feature, which perhaps we should warn users when they click it.

though all this doesn't explain the 'Dave' events which are particularly worrisome.

gSync doesn't insert random data into events, if event data was corrupt it is highly unlikely that Google API would even accept it via its interface.

With the information so far provided we cannot explain how Google Calendar API would return someone else's events...all sorts of privacy issues there.

It is understandable that you are irate, the best we can do is try to resolve the problem....any chance of you sending me a sample of the Dave data?

armed with this, I can speak to the Google API folks.

btw, do u have any other sync products in use ?

cheers, Jim
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[Version 1.4]


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akrobat had trouble on 27 Jun 2008
I'm envious of those that were able to get this to work. I tried countless times and finally deleted the thing.
[Version 1.4]


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umijin had trouble on 28 Mar 2007
Well, this version crashes when I start the app on my G5 iMac with OSX 10.4.9.

This is a significant upgrade?

Some documentation would be nice. An icon for the app rather than the generic one would also be nice.
[Version 0.9.3rc1]


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Date:12 Mar 2008
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  • choose which iCal calendars to sync
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