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Is software available to allow 4 LAN connected users to share a common calendar and synchronize with PDAs without having to install a server?

Posted on 2009-05-16
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We are a 4-computer LAN office on a hard-wired router. We use Windows XP and Vista, and a calendar program named AnyTime (Independent Software, Inc.) that allows each computer user to make entries and deletions to and from a common calendar that is simultaneously viewable from each computer. The calendaring software synchronizes with our PDAs for field reference to the common calendar.

Does anyone know if calendaring programs such as Outlook, ACT, or LotusNotes allow multiple users to modify a single, simultaneously open business calendar, and synchronize with a PDAs, without having to install a server? Any leads or answers would be greatly appreciated.

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Question by:sirenudette
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by:Mike Lazarus
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ACT! will do it... one of the workstations can be the database server and the others access it
http://blog.glcomputing.com.au/2009/02/sharing-act-network-or-sync.html
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by:Cuteadder
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The Windows Vista calendar can be shared... just publish it to a windows share... problem solved...

Or what kind of email solution do you have? is it possible to share a calendar there?
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by:moorhouselondon
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I would recommend Time & Chaos

www.chaossoftware.com
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Thank you all for your suggestions and your promptness! We've decided for now to stick with the AnyTime calendar program which we like and we will keep our contacts on a simple Excel spreadsheet (our contact list has gotten too big for the AnyTime program). We've ordered a NetBook which is larger than a PDA and smaller than a notebook computer. The NetBook has a very fast bootup time so we will use it in the field to take field notes, look up addresses, quickly consult our AnyTime calendar. We'll retire our PDAs. We've been very successful at using the Laplink software program to synch our field computers with our home/master computer. The sticking point for us was the slow bootup time our previous field computer had - it took over 2 minutes to get to our calendar and addresses - now we will be down to around 40 seconds on the NetBook. Our other sticking point was getting the PDAs to successfully synch the AnyTime calendar - there were too many times the synch was unsuccessful. So we eliminate the PDAs and that problem and get to keep our AnyTime calendar. Thanks a lot for your help.
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