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Is there a decent Google Calendar app for PC and Mac? I have it synced on my iPhone and it's incredibly easy to use because it's always one click away. I would love to find something for PC and Mac as well as I find myself using it quite frequently and it would be nice to have it all sync up.

Can anybody recommend software for that or do you just use Google Calendar in your web browser when away from the phone?

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Thunderbird + Lightning add-on is what I use. Set it up and everything stays synced no matter where you make changes from.

I always use the browser version when I'm at my desktop, but I leave Thunderbird running in the system tray to receive alerts since I obviously can't rely on my phone always being right next to me or Google Calendar being open in a browser when a reminder is scheduled to hit.
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I downloaded Thunderbird and Lightning for Snow Leopard. Is there any way to sync mail as soon as you get it? I have this issue with Gmail notifier, it only checks every 15 minutes but my iPhone will let me know as soon as new mail arrives in my inbox.

Also, for Lightning, I can't seem to get it to sync with my Google Calendar account? Went into options but couldn't find it there. Hiding somewhere else?
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Just create a gmail account in Thunderbird and follow the instructions. I have my Gmail account synced to it and it seems to get messages as soon as they arrive for me. You can also change the default check time usually.
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Thanks! +rep
I downloaded Thunderbird and Lightning for Snow Leopard. Is there any way to sync mail as soon as you get it? I have this issue with Gmail notifier, it only checks every 15 minutes but my iPhone will let me know as soon as new mail arrives in my inbox.

Also, for Lightning, I can't seem to get it to sync with my Google Calendar account? Went into options but couldn't find it there. Hiding somewhere else?
Yes, you would set it up using IMAP instead of POP. IMAP is a push system whereas POP checks on regular intervals.

Also, with IMAP, any changes you make to the mail happens real-time on the server as well. You read a message, it's marked as read on the server. You delete a message, same thing. Using IMAP can be sluggish though because it downloads messages real-time each time you open the client or check different folders. There is an option to save client-side with IMAP, like POP does, by going to Account Settings...->Synchronization & Storage> and then ticking "Keep messages for this account on this computer." Now you have copies saved on your computer in case you ever don't have internet for whatever reason, and it will make navigating through things on the client as quick as with POP.

Thunderbird has tags, but those don't sync with Gmail labels in any way, so I just use the browser Gmail. I just leave Thunderbird running in the tray, like I said, so I have the offline copies of my email if I ever need them and to get the calender alerts.
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If your on MacOSX then iCal and Address book has built in calendar and contact syncing. You can set it up in preferences of each program. This is the best option. If your on PC the your only option is Thunderbird + lightning(this is what I use at work and home).

I personally love the Mac Mail, Address book, and iCal set up. It's about the only thing I enjoyed while using MacOSX. Sadly nothing like this exists on PC.
    
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