Jotlet, an online calendar application we covered last September, was brought to our attention once again. While it seemed like a light-hearted challenger to Google Calendar back then, I’m now seriously considering making the switch from the Google world. And apart from the over all product’s rapid evolvement, today’s feature announcement of two-way sync with Outlook plays a big part in my thinking.
If you’ve previously tried to use a web calendar app for practical, everyday life use, you’ll know that it inevitably doesn’t work. For the 99% of your ‘offline life’ where you need to have a look at your day or input an appointment, it gets too overwhelming after a while to have to manage it all from a web browser, and you tend to switch back to Outlook and have it sync to your smartphone.
Now with the iPhone perfect for the job with nightly docs and a sync capability that works like it should, you’re left wishing for web counter-part to complete the multi-platform tri-some. Jotlet, I’m happy to say, is a worthy contender.
So, you’ve signed up for a Jotlet account and convinced yourself it kicks Google Calendar’s butt? All right, let’s go. Click “Sync” and then “Add Device,” download and install the Outlook plugin, and click “Next”. In Outlook, go under “Funambol,” “Options,” “Account” and enter the appropriate credentials. Admiring the impressive ability to sync not just calendars but everything — Contacts, Tasks, and Notes — click “Sync All.” Come back to the web interface, name the device and add an icon, and finish the process.
Now, your iPhone in your hand, Outlook on your laptop, and Jotlet on the web (cloud) will all be equipped with the same data. Whether you’re at a friends house with only his computer with Internet access, a remote location with your iPhone in hand, or at your work desk with Outlook quietly open in a Window, you’ll be able update and access your calendar with easy. Oh, and don’t thank me, thank Jotlet!