BusySync 2.0 released: Sync iCal with Google Calendar

BusyMac today announced BusySync 2.0, a free upgrade to its calendar sharing utility for iCal. In addition to its existing ability to sync iCal calendars over a LAN or the internet, BusySync 2.0 now enables users to synchronize iCal with Google Calendar, providing web based access to calendars from anywhere.

BusySync is a Mac OS X System Preference Pane that adds peer-to-peer calendar sharing and synchronization capabilities to iCal. Designed for families and small workgroups, BusySync allows users to easily and cost-effectively share iCal calendars on a local area network and over the internet without the need for a dedicated server. Shared calendars can be viewed and edited by multiple users and changes are instantly synchronized between users. And now, with BusySync 2.0, users can perform bidirectional synchronization between iCal and Google Calendar.

Key Features of Google Calendar synchronization in BusySync 2.0:
• View and edit calendars online – Calendar events can be created/edited in both iCal and Google Calendar and automatically synchronized between the two.
• Sync calendars between home and work – Users can sync their home and office computers with Google Calendar (as an alternative to syncing calendars with .Mac).
• Share calendars remotely – Users in remote locations can share calendars with each other by syncing with Google Calendar, even while traveling.
• BusySync 2.0 supports English, French, German, and Japanese.

BusySync 2.0 will be released in February 2008 for US$24.95 per computer. BusyMac will demonstrate BusySync 2.0 at Macworld Expo (booth #S1338), January 15-18, 2008. A public beta will soon be available. BusySync 1.5 is currently available for US$19.95 per computer. Registered users of BusySync 1.5 will receive a free upgrade to BusySync 2.0 when it is released.

System Requirements: Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) or Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)

More info and screenshots here.

17 Comments

  1. What’s the advantage of BusySync vs. publishing my iCal to Google Calendar???

    Currently, I use Google Calendar because I LOVE getting SMS reminders and the ability to add an event to G Cal via text message. However, I was thinking of switching to Apple iCal so that I could add new events via my iPod touch.

  2. @MacMarc:
    Just the bidirectional updating? (Don’t get me wrong. That might be enough.)

    I was thinking of switching to Apple iCal as my main calendar app so that I could add new events via my iPod touch — while publishing iCal events to G Cal so that I still get my text message reminders. The downfall of this setup is that I would lose the ability to add new events via text message. Maybe BusySync is just the thing.

  3. I have started using busy sync to keep my travelling iBook (yeah I know, time for an upgrade) with my iMac at home. They sync without me having to do anything. As soon as the iBook logs in on the home network, busy sync does its stuff. Any changes I made on the road are seen on the iMac. Any changes my wife made at home, are reflected on the iBook. If both are running at the same time, any changes made on one mac are reflected within about ten seconds on the other.

    It can be configured to run over the ‘net too, but I don’t use that feature. There’s lots of other sweet things it can do. Worth checking out I’d say.

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