17 Apr Online calendar systems showcased at NAPO 2012
Every year the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) hosts its annual organizing conference in a different city. This year it was in Baltimore. Can you imagine 800+ organizing and productivity professionals in one spot?! It’s a great time to gain valuable information from workshops as well as examine both “old stand-bys” and new products that are showcased in the Expo Hall.
Here are some of the online calendar systems I learned about:
Google Calendar – www.calendar.google.com
This calendar is free and syncs with your phone via a Google app. You can share the calendar, invite people to events, schedule reminders for events and color code activities. A lot of business folks use Google Calendar, but it’s hit and miss with families, depending on what their needs are. One of these days I’ll write about the quirks I’ve had to get used to with this system.
MeadCal – www.MeadCal.com
This calendar is free and is more robust than Google calendar. It is powered by Cozi, which is another online calendar. You can track your family schedule as well as organize shopping and to-do lists. You can even keep a family journal with text and photos. Like Google, the program is cloud based, so you can reach your info from any computer or smartphone.
AboutOne – www.AboutOne.com
The basic plan is free. The upgraded plans cost $40-$80 per year. It appears to be very robust, with calendaring, contacts, lists, filing cabinets, etc. The newest version will launch this spring, so I haven’t test-driven this one yet.
Hatchedit – www.HatchedIt.com
This program is free and seemed very user friendly to me. I met the developers and had a chance to pick their brains about their program while going through a demo with them. They are busy moms who couldn’t find an “all in one” system that worked for them, so they created their own. It’s part Facebook, part calendar, part Evite, part contacts…all rolled into one. It is cloud-based as well.
If you missed the post about showcased office supplies, read it here.
Next week: Apps and digital options for your office