I’ve had a rather bumpy relationship with SpanningSync, and as a result several friends have recommended I try BusySync 2.0 beta. I’m very glad they did.
BusySync works differently than SpanningSync. Instead of a service, it works directly with Google Calendar with no intermediary service. It does not suffer from any of the issues I had with SpanningSync (forgetting to sync, forgetting which calendars to sync after an upgrade, stopping working when an upgrade was required – BusySync has Sparkle built-in, and alarms sync).
I’ve had two issues with BusySync so far:
- A “BusySync Conflicts” calendar has been created a few times on my Tiger desktop; this contains events that BusySync apparently isn’t sure what to do with. I haven’t seen this with either of my Leopard machines, so it may be a bug/issue with Tiger.
- One of my Leopard machines stopped syncing for a time entirely. I tried the “Reset Sync History” options, tried unchecking and rechecking the calendars to sync. It stayed broken for about a week. Finally I deleted all of the calendars locally, reset everything, and re-added them from Google. Since then, smooth sailing.
If you need to sync iCal and Google Calendar, I recommend using BusySync based on my experience so far.
I’ve been using the beta for about a week on Leopard as well, and so far it’s been working perfectly.
Yes, BusySync works great, we have 11 guys sharing 1 calendar. (google). so far so good.
Tried an early beta of BusySync, and reported those issues to them. These were apparently fixed in subsequent. The current beta 2.0b9 works great for me. Apparently this is the final beta version.