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Sync Your Rainlendar Calendars For Free With Dropbox

Do you use Rainlendar Lite on multiple computers, or would you like to share your calendars with others?  Here’s how you can keep your calendars synced and shared for free with Dropbox.

Rainlendar is a great simple desktop calendar application that looks stylish and runs on Windows, OS X, and Linux.  The free Rainlendar Lite has only one major problem: you can’t sync calendars between computers.  If you want to share your calendars with friends or coworkers or simply want to sync your calendars between all of your computers, here’s how you can put Dropbox to use to keep your calendars synced and shared quickly and easily.

By default, Rainlendar saves your calendar, including appointments, events, and to-dos, in a .Rainlendar folder in your user profile.  To keep your calendars synced, we’ll need to move the default calendar and make sure Rainlendar knows where it is.  To do this, right-click on Rainlendar, and select Options.

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In the Options window, select the Calendars tab, then select your default calendar or the one you wish to sync from the list.

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Select the Filename field on the bottom, and click the button to change where your calendar is saved.

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This will open the default Rainlendar folder so you can see where your calendar is currently.  Copy this file, then browse to your Dropbox folder and paste it there or in a Dropbox subfolder.

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Back in the Rainlendar settings window, be sure to check the Monitor changes box on the bottom so your calendar will automatically add any new events added from another computer once you’re syncing.  Apply the changes, and you’re ready to sync.

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Now, on your other computer, add your new calendar from Dropbox as a new calendar, or swap the default calendar with the one you just started syncing as above.  You can even share your calendar with coworkers, family, or friends by placing your calendars in a shared folder or sharing a new folder with them in Dropbox.  Or, you could place your calendars in your public Dropbox folder to share them with the world if you wish!

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With this simple trick, you’ll be able to keep your calendars synced for free with Dropbox while still keeping your calendar accessible and stylish in Rainlendar.  Dropbox makes syncing files dead simple, and it’s amazing what neat tricks you can do with a quick, dependable syncing service.

Hat tip to Richard Guay for the tip.  Thanks Dad!

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  • Published 10/18/10

Comments (10)

  1. Anne

    Rainlender.net has this question in their FAQ, which suggests using Google exchange or iCal exchange. I’m sure they’d really appreciate this tip.

  2. Justin

    Would this also work with a Outlook .pst file??

  3. Artur

    to Justin:
    This would work. I even use Nokia Ovi Suite to sync Calendar and Contact with my Nokia E72 phone. The only limitation is that you need to close Outlook to unlock the .pst file to allow it to be used by another copy of MS Outlook on another computer.

  4. Trent

    How to do you get Rainlendar to subscribe to your google calendar’s .ical feed?

  5. Matthew Guay

    @Trent – You’ll need the for-pay Rainlendar Pro to subscribe to Google Calendar.

  6. Trent

    @Matthew Thanks for the quick response! Know of any free 3rd party alternatives to get the subscriptions to Rainlendar?

  7. techandlife

    @Trent It can be done in Rainlendar Lite but it’s not automatic. Just export your Google calendars to your PC and get them into the My Dropbox folder. Obviously each time you update Google Calendar you have to go through this process. If you update Google Calendar a lot, you’re better off buying Rainlendar Pro.

  8. techandlife

    Tried to set this up with my Windows 7 desktop, Windows XP desktop and Acer Aspire netbook running Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10. Went fine with the Windows PCs but there’s currently a bug with Rainlendar running on Ubuntu 10.10. It installed okay on my netbook but opened completely transparent and unusable. Looking at the Rainlendar forum, people are experiencing it opening as black:

    http://www.rainlendar.net/cms/index.php?option=com_kunena&Itemid=42&func=view&catid=3&id=13098

    Hopefully this will be resolved in the next Rainlendar release for Linux.

  9. Matthew Guay

    @Trent & Techandlife – Ok, here’s another idea. This should work, but I haven’t tested it myself. Give it a shot and let me know how it goes:

    1) Export your Google Calendar to your PC
    2) Place the calendar in your public Dropbox folder (yes, you’d have to make the calendar fully public for this to work … that said, no one would see it unless they have a link to your public Dropbox folder…)
    3) Add the calendar as the main Rainlendar calendar as above
    4) Import the calendar to Google Calendar using the steps in this article: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/30834/add-an-ical-or-.ics-calendar-to-google-calendar/. To get the link of your calendar file, right-click on it, select Dropbox, then select “Copy Public Link.” Paste that into the import box on Google Calendar, and you’ll be ready to go.

    Now, this will only let you see your Rainlendar calendar in Google Calendar … if you add appointments to Google Calendar, they won’t sync to Rainlendar. However, if you make a change in Rainlendar, it will show up in Google Calendar. So it’s a read-only solution that half-way works (or should).

    Otherwsie, yeah, buying Rainlendar Pro would be a good option. Always nice to support indie developers anyhow :)

  10. Jean-Michel

    Hum…even with “Monitor changes” option ticked, I need to do a manual refresh to have my Events, To Do list and calendar updated.

    The synchronization with DropBox is of course, perfect, as usual. But I suspect a bug in the monitoring, my path to the calendar file contains a white space character.

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