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Old 02-13-2008, 07:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Am I able to synchronize my BB with the Google calender? When I run the desktop manager, and go to configure synch, the only options I get are Yahoo and ASCII importer/exporter. I'm kind of new at this and any help would be appreciated.

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Old 02-13-2008, 07:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Am I able to synchronize my BB with the Google calender? When I run the desktop manager, and go to configure synch, the only options I get are Yahoo and ASCII importer/exporter. I'm kind of new at this and any help would be appreciated.

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The best option at the moment is to use the program offered by Google called Google Sync. It automatically syncs your online Google calendar over-the-air with your BB's calendar, so Desktop Manager isn't even required. The program has a few limitations (only syncs 24 weeks into the future, the events you add on your BB can only be synced to your default Google calendar), but besides those it works flawlessly, at least in my experience.

It's available at mobile.google.com
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I love google sync. Works almost like outlook except it is done over-the-air which is even more convenient. I like how you can enter events on the google calendar itself on your pc and it will show up on your blackberry. Nice!!
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google sync is awesome, use it all the time with no problems
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is there any way to use this without having a browser plan, just email?
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Blech! steer clear of google sync!!

I have a pretty intense calendar setup in my outlook, which then uses GSyncit to update google calendar. Well I was hoping I could make it two way with google sync, and well lets just say the results were ugly. All of my recurring appointments were trashed, and I basically had to start fresh.

There was another 3rd party app by some small time guy written to sync with google calendar, but it failed miserably as well. Too bad google dropped the ball on this one. I would have really enjoyed seeing a flawless sync to my blackberry.
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Blech! steer clear of google sync!!

I have a pretty intense calendar setup in my outlook, which then uses GSyncit to update google calendar. Well I was hoping I could make it two way with google sync, and well lets just say the results were ugly. All of my recurring appointments were trashed, and I basically had to start fresh.

There was another 3rd party app by some small time guy written to sync with google calendar, but it failed miserably as well. Too bad google dropped the ball on this one. I would have really enjoyed seeing a flawless sync to my blackberry.

I could be wrong, but I'm not sure that's a problem with Google Sync. I use Google Calendar exclusively and I have a bunch of recurring stuff, and Google Sync works just fine to move those events to my BB (and recurring events I create on my BB are transferred just fine to Google Calendar).

My guess is that the extra step of syncing events from Outlook to Google Calendar before they are synced to your BB messed something up. Maybe Google Sync only works if the events are originally created on your BB or in Google Calendar. Who knows...
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I haven't been able to get Google Sync to work correctly. Everytime I run it, it doesn't make any changes. I have read that there are some issues, but I don't know how to get around them.
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Blech! steer clear of google sync!!

I have a pretty intense calendar setup in my outlook, which then uses GSyncit to update google calendar. Well I was hoping I could make it two way with google sync, and well lets just say the results were ugly. All of my recurring appointments were trashed, and I basically had to start fresh.

There was another 3rd party app by some small time guy written to sync with google calendar, but it failed miserably as well. Too bad google dropped the ball on this one. I would have really enjoyed seeing a flawless sync to my blackberry.
I'm using the exact setup and have no problems. Maybe my calendar isn't as sophisticated as your, but still, no issues.
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Blech! steer clear of google sync!!

I have a pretty intense calendar setup in my outlook, which then uses GSyncit to update google calendar. Well I was hoping I could make it two way with google sync, and well lets just say the results were ugly. All of my recurring appointments were trashed, and I basically had to start fresh.

There was another 3rd party app by some small time guy written to sync with google calendar, but it failed miserably as well. Too bad google dropped the ball on this one. I would have really enjoyed seeing a flawless sync to my blackberry.
I used to feel that way but I have working at an acceptable level. I sync my Outlook to Google Calendar using SyncMyCal, sync Google Calendar to my BB using Google Sync, and removed the calendar option from DM when syncing my BB to Outlook. That last step was key, kept events from getting corrupted by using Google Calendar as the central calendar. With that setup, I am keeping my main calendar and 5 other Google Calendars synced up.

Google Sync definitely still needs work, it doesn't handle recurring events well (tends to split them up into individual events) and reminders can be an issue as well. Also, Google Sync will remove events older than a week from your BB, which is why keeping it synced to Outlook is key for me. Even with the shortcomings, the benefits outweigh the negatives.

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they continue to work out the kinks.
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