Learn how to sync and share calendars effectively!

Take Control of
Calendar Syncing and Sharing with BusyCal

Joe Kissell

Download this free ebook by Joe Kissell to learn how calendar servers and clients work, when to use iCloud or Google Calendar for syncing and sharing, and how to construct a sensible calendar strategy for BusyCal 2 on your Mac, even if you or others also use other calendar apps. Thanks to BusyMac for sponsoring this ebook!

This product has been discontinued.

Why a free ebook about BusyCal?
For one, we have long been fans of the software, preferring it over Apple’s iCal and Calendar. For two, BusyMac asked nicely, and made it possible for us to give the ebook away for free. Enjoy!

Is there anything more embarrassing than missing an appointment due to a calendar misstep? (Yes. Showing up late, in your pajamas.) Operating calendar software isn’t hard, but if you don’t understand how calendars sync among devices, how you can share calendars with other people, and how meeting notices work, it’s all too easy to fall prey to problems.

The goal of this brief ebook, then, is to explain how calendar servers and clients work, when and why to use iCloud, Google Calendar, or Office 365 for syncing and sharing, and how to construct a sensible calendar strategy for BusyCal 2.5 on your Mac—even if you also use other calendar apps or share calendars with people who do. Author Joe Kissell also guides you toward practices that will make your life easier and tries to dissuade you from those that will add unnecessary complication.

What Is BusyCal?

BusyCal is a calendar client program from BusyMac that does everything Apple’s Calendar app does (and a number of things Calendar doesn’t, including full support for Microsoft Exchange servers!), but is easier to use, more attractive, and more customizable. It’s ideal for those who dislike Calendar’s leatherette look and awkward interface. BusyCal and Calendar can (with a few minor exceptions) share the same data—whether local calendars or calendars hosted on iCloud, Google Calendar, or Office 365—so you can switch back and forth seamlessly if you wish. BusyCal 2.5 requires OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion.

How Do I Get BusyCal?

BusyCal is available only from the Mac App Store for $49.99. You can learn more about BusyCal and download a demo version at the BusyMac Web site.

Joe Kissell

About Joe Kissell

Take Control publisher Joe Kissell has written more than 60 books about technology, including many popular Take Control books. He also runs Interesting Thing of the Day and is a contributing editor of TidBITS and a senior contributor to Macworld.

What’s New in Version 1.1

Version 1.1 of this book covers BusyCal version 2.5, which adds support for Exchange accounts (including Office 365). As a result, I’ve made extensive changes throughout the book and added several new topics, including Office 365 and Share Office 365 (Exchange) Calendars.

  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • Calendar Syncing and Sharing Quick Start
  • Understand Calendar Basics
  • Sync Calendars with the Cloud
  • Share Calendars with Other People
  • Share Calendars over a Local Network
  • Manage Meetings
  • About This Book
  • Additional Information