Seems incredible that a simple task like getting a somewhat reliable clandar spanning across my various devices and platforms has so far eluded me, thanks to the quirky lock-in features that various vendors impose on us.
Simply stated, I want to be able to read and edit and sync entries on:
- Google Calendar (web)
- Calendar on Desktop OS X
- Calendar app on iPad
- Calendar app on Android
- Travel schedules from Tripit
and I want to have the same bloody color across all of them: orange for personal items, blue for business and green for travel.
The solution I found so far is the following:
- base everything on Google calendars
- use the native Calendar apps on OS X and iOS, and the Google Calendar app on Android
- ignore iCloud syncing
- sync the Tripit calendar DIRECTLY into OS X and iOS (subscribe to the .ICS feed)
- add the .ICS feed as a separate calendar on Google Cal using the “Add by URL” option and assigning the same color
Not the most elegant, as the Tripit feed gets split into two different streams, but I haven’t noticed any dupes or missing items so far or calendaring / scheduling errors.