Monday, March 3, 2008

Rainlendar Lite - The best calendar software available

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Those who have used Rainlendar will understand what I'm talking about. Among all calendar softwares Rainlendar wins hands down. It's certainly the most easiest, the most customizable and the most feature rich calendar software that you could find without being a bloated and a resource hog.

Rainlendar is easy to use and doesn't take much space on your desktop. The application is platform independent so you can run it both on Windows and on Linux. Rainlendar Lite comes with some powerful features under the hood. It integrates nicely with your desktop wallpaper and allows interactive access to selected dates, just click on a date to add an appointment or reminder. It also comes with a To-Do list that can optionally be displayed or maintained hidden. The calendar automatically supports one-time and recurring events and tasks with optional reminder alarms. It highlights dates that have appointments and you can quickly switch between months via keyboard shortcuts or your mouse wheel.


Rainlendar screenshot

Rainlendar blended with the desktop


Rainlendar screenshot

Rainlendar options


All the coming events are shown in a separate list where you can see the week's events at one glance. You can decide how many days in advance you want to see in the list. Different events can have a different appearance in the list so you can easily spot the important events from the others. The icons in the calendar are also available in the event list and other windows to make it easier to separate the events.

It is possible to have multiple months visible at the same time. The months can be laid out the way you want and they can even have different sizes. You can also have any number of calendars show at the same time. Different calendars can show e.g. holidays, tv programs, your personal events or what ever you like.

Rainlendar sits on the system tray where you can click on the little icon to display any events that you might have on that day. It is extremely customizable and comes with plenty of skins, not with the default application of course. The skins can be downloaded from various sites. Again, the skins can be of any shape and size and they can also contain buttons for additional functionality. It's also possible to combine different skins by using e.g. the calendar from one skin and event and to do list from another. The events can have different appearance depending on their category.

It is possible to use Rainlendar with other calendar applications too. Rainlendar uses the standard iCalendar format to store its events and tasks so you can easily transfer them between applications. You can also subscribe to online calendars and see your Outlook appointments directly in Rainlendar. However this feature is available only in the Pro version which comes at a price of 15 EURO

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