Universal looking for a calendar app that . . .

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  1. russell1256 macrumors regular

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    I am looking for a calendar app that does the following (1) looks like a calendar, see attached. On my phone the Google calendar does not show the whole month. (2) syncs to my phone and iPad (3) has a website that also syncs.

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  2. spitf1r3 macrumors regular

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    Have you tried using built in calenar app?

    You can take a look at Calendars 5 or Fantastical 2 - they are one of best calendar apps out there.

    As for 2) and 3) this is usually tied to the service you're using. Both Google, iCloud and Outlook are well supported for syncing and have the web apps.
     
  3. jsios macrumors newbie

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    I've looked at both of these apps but still need three things that are lacking
    1) Ability to handle multiple Google accounts.
    2) When I create a new calendar entry on iOS device, the ability to sync this new entry UP from iOS app to Google Calendar.
    3) Ability to sync down text and info entered in the "Description" text field in Google Calendar (web).
    4) [Preferable but not required] Uses Google Maps app on iOS rather than Apple Maps app when requesting a map of location based on calendar entry (address/location field of Google Maps web).
     
  4. GalFieri macrumors regular

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    I don't know about Fantastical 2, but as far as Calendars 5 goes:
    1) I think if you add multiple Google accounts through iOS's built-in mail/contacts/calendar account system, you can enable Local Calendars in Calendars 5 and have multiple Google accounts that way. Granted, push doesn't work because of Google not supporting it anymore.
    2) For both Calendars 5 and Fantastical 2, of course they will add a new entry on your Google Calendar. It wouldn't make sense for them to be unable to add things on your Google Calendar. These aren't read-only apps.
    3) This works in Calendars 5.
    4) That's an option in Calendars 5, and it probably is in Fantastical 2 too.
     
  5. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    Check out Informant. It's the Cadillac of calendar apps.
     
  6. jsios macrumors newbie

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    Many thanks! I got Calendars 5 and it seems to cover the bases. Re: Item #3

    But, could you please explain this part of your response?

    Thanks!
     
  7. GalFieri macrumors regular

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    Notifications or content comes to your phone (or computer or whatever) through one of two ways: push and polling (sometimes might be referred to as pulling or fetch). Polling is when your app or device or whatever checks a server for information at set intervals, so like every hour or 15 minutes or even manually. Push is when a server pings you with a notification or sends content to you when that stuff is updated on the server.

    So for example, email. Without push, iOS has 4 fetch/poll settings for the Mail app (and Calendar app and Contacts app): every 15 min, every 30 min, hourly, or manually. That means any new emails that come into your email account will only be received in the Mail app at those times (though you can manually trigger a refresh whenever if you're in the Mail app). With push, when a new email comes in, the server sends that email to your iPhone immediately. Obviously if your app or the device is polling more frequently, you're using more battery life because your phone is constantly doing something.

    Push isn't something you can enable with everything. Google used to support it on iPhone with their calendar, contacts, and Gmail services, but they dropped support for it a few years back.

    So what I meant by push not working is that because you might be using Calendars 5 with the Local Calendars functionality, Calendars 5 isn't interacting directly with Google's servers. It's getting calendar data that iOS pulled from Google's servers. I'm not sure if apps can force iOS to manually refresh calendar data (and contacts and email data).
     
  8. ScottNWDW macrumors 65816

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    Take a look at Pocket Informant by Fanatic Software. Really excellent product and they also have a Mac version called Desktop Informant. Together with their sync service it is the best calendar and task app out there.
     
  9. GalFieri macrumors regular

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    Seems like a harder sell considering their syncing service is $15/year and the OS X version is $30 (and the Premium IAP for iOS is $15). Not that I'm against paying for software and services, but iCloud or Google Calendar is fine for most.
     
  10. ScottNWDW macrumors 65816

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    Google and iCloud may in fact be free, but if they are not doing the job that the original poster wanted to do then what good is it. $45 and then an annual fee of $15 is a small price to pay for an app that does what I need it to do the way I need it to be done. Not only that the sync service is only an option since Informant also works with iCloud and the calendar and reminders apps. I've been using these apps since the first came out years ago and they are well worth the money. Anything Google branded in my opinion is a piece of crap.
     
  11. AlliFlowers Contributor

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    I don't use Informant's sync service, since it works fine with my various cloud calendars without that extra. But Informant does everything a calendar should do. Been using it since Windows Mobile!
     

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