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Introduction
Wouldn't life be easier if it was more organised, if we all knew what we were supposed to be doing and when, well that's where this article should help solve some of these problems and take it from me a super un-organised person a good calendar program can make a difference to your life.
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Calendar Programs

Of all the calendar programs I looked at, Rainlendar Lite  ( also known as Rainlendar2 ) would be my preferred choice, a solid product which is highly customizable but a tad more difficult to use.
Rainlender is a calendar program that is not only a calendar but a reminder program and a To-Do list built in , in the form of the events / tasks manger, also a very capable "iCal compatible" desktop calendar, although the calendar feature can be turned off.
Used as a reminder and To-Do program, it's very feature rich with lots of options to personalize the software to suit the users needs. The actual calendar interface is attractive and very unobtrusive and can also be personalized with 
easy skinning. As it employs things like variable windows transparency, the calendar actually looks as though it is part of my Windows 7 desktop rather than software I added at a later date.
The desktop calendar also has mouse-over effect, just hover your mouse over the calendar for a quick check of what you've got going that month which is very handy. The user can also assign hotkeys for tasks such as create new event , show next month and a number of other useful actions. It also has the ability to synchronize events between clients, as well as Outlook appointment integration (Pro version). I liked, too, the way the tray icon shows the current date. the 
events / tasks manger and when the mouse is hovered over it shows any events / tasks for the day.
Another useful feature is Rainlendar supports a back-up and restore option. Unfortunately I found no way to import ICS calendar files from other calendars you may be using at the time like Google calendar or ReminderFox, only imports from Rainlendar Ini format and iCal format are available.
When installed the default setting is to have Rainlendar to run at Windows start-up I'm never keen on having programs run at start-up if they don't need to but this being a calendar/ reminder/ To-Do application I've left it to run at start-up so I don't miss any reminders or To-Do's . Although it does run at start-up I haven't noticed any change in my PC start-up time which is a good thing.
 
EssentialPIM is not just a calendar, reminder and To-Do program but a very capable all round organiser with a contacts address book, password manager and even a notepad built in.
So let's have a look at some of the features of this all in one calendar and organiser. There is a free android and iPhone/ iPad app available which gives the user the option to access their calendar on the move which will prove very useful The calendar app will sync with the desktop program so if a calendar entry is added on the mobile app it will be added on the desktop version and vice versa provided the user has internet connection, in this mobile age many users will find this invaluable. 
The desktop calendar it's self can be displayed in different ways to suit the user and the amount of appointments/ activity's they have on the calendar. It can displayed as day, week, month, year or as a timetable. I also like the option to display your schedule in form of sticky's .There are other options for personalization under the options menu. Another useful time saving feature is if an appointment time changes the user doesn't need to edit the entry they can just drag and drop it into the new time slot.
There is also an option to password protect the calendar and the option to print the calendar if needed. EPIM supports backup and restore, the backups can be set to auto-save every x amount of minutes or on minimizing.
EPIM supports imports from other calendars in ical format and exports from other calendars in HTML and ical format. In these formats reminders and To-Do's can be imported/ exported.
Here is a quick overview of the other feature EPIM has to offer as well as the calendar part of the program. As I mentioned EPIMs has a password manager which supports imports from Roboform, HTML and Keepass XML and also as a CSV file. Password can be saved or exported as a CSV file.
The notepad supports imports and exports in RTF/ TXT, Treepad and Keynote. The notepad also has a built in spellchecker. Your email or other contacts can also be imported in CSV and vcard and exported CSV, HTML, RTF, TXT and vcard.
There is another review for EssentialPIM on Gizmo's here.
 

Online Calendars and Browser Extensions

For users of the email client Thunderbird there is the Thunderbird add-on Lightning. Although not a full calendar program Lightning is full of features and integrates well into Thunderbird. When creating events people can be invited straight from Lightning because of it's Thunderbird integration, organise staff meetings or parties straight from Lighting by sending the email invites out via Thunderbird.
 
When creating events the user can adjust the privacy to just show the event date and time or have the event fully public or private. Webpage links can be attached to events. Although images can't be attached to events images url's can be so if you want to attach an image to an event upload the image to a photo/image sharing website and right click the the image to copy the image url and attach to the event. Much like ReminderFox only one reminder can be set per event or task, reminders are in the form of a pop-up.
 
The user can have multiple colour coded calendars on display at the same time for example one for work related events and one for personal events like birthdays. The calendar can can be displayed as a daily agenda, weekly or monthly. The user can import calendars into Lightning in the ICS format and export their Lightning calendar to other calendars in the ICS format.
 

ReminderFox has an attractive interface and is easy to use. Practically any type of repeat reminder can be set . One downside is the user is only able to set one pop-up reminder per event. ReminderFox has the option for the user to create their own event categories which is a useful customization option. Reminders and To-Do's can be saved as a ICS file and be exported into other online calendars such as Google calendar or Yahoo calendar.

ReminderFox now offers a very useful sync feature which allows the user to sync their online calendars with ReminderFox, I love this new feature. ReminderFox has tested the remote calendar feature with Fruux, OwnCloud and Google Calendar, however on their site documentation they say the feature may work with other online calendar servers. This is a new feature so make sure you have version 2.1.1 to use it. 

ReminderFox and Lightning offer the advantage of avoiding the need for running a separate reminder application but at the cost of not having reminders available when Firefox or Thunderbird isn't running.

Important Notice 

ReminderFox has been experiencing issues with users losing their reminders, ReminderFox's developer sent me an email with some links which have helpful troubleshooting information in them I'll post them below.
 

I would also like to include Google Calendar because of it's accessibility . It is available across browsers and as an Android app so although it doesn't have the most attractive interface Google Calender is very functional because of it's great access across devices. After all what is the use of a pop-up reminder for a dentist appointment on your PC at home when you are actually out and about. So hence a calender that is synchronized between your PC and Android device is a plus. 

When offline with the user is able to view and create events on the Android calendar app that will then be synchronized with the online calender when the user has a connection again.To view the calendar offline on the PC you will need to install the Google Calendar web app from the Chrome Web Store (see below for link) and when offline the user is able to view a read only version of the calender on the PC. There is also an option to print the calendar.
 
Google Calender has the advantage that the user doesn't need to download additional software as it is a online / web application all the user needs is a Google account. So that means your calender will be available across computers as well as your Android device. Plus with the ability to set multiple reminders for an event for those who are as forgetful as myself.
Another feature is the ability to create public events, for example a party. Straight from the calender the user can send email invites to the event and also add the option for the guests to be able to see the guest list , event details and even the option to modify the event , which may come in handy when creating a group event. Needless to say Google calendar integrates well with other Google products such as Google + , Gmail and the Google toolbar.
 
This Chrome extensions Checker Plus for Google Calendar, gives Google Calendar some extra functionality such as pop-up reminders with alram sounds ( a little like Reminder Fox does in Firefox). The ability to quick add events ( but not delete or edit in the free verison) straight from your Chrome browser toolbar. It also has an option which can be set to still give you calendar reminder notifications even when Chrome isn't running.
 
 
 
I use Google calendar a lot because of it's availability across devices and it's really easy to synchronise it with lot's of other calendars but like many other people I'm not mad on the GUI, Zoho calendar has many of Google calendars feature but the GUI is much more attractive, easy to use interface, Google calendar seems to want to invite guests to my doctors appointments even so I keep on unchecking option but privacy has never been top on Google's list of must have features, the trouble is Google has great compatibility and integration across devices and applications, but as I said that aside I prefer Zoho calendar.
Zoho calendar is also an online calendar so to use it all you need to do is create a Zoho account once created you have access to a range of Zoho products/services many completely free to use including Zoho docs ( a little like 
Google docs ) and notebook and other tools many geared toward business.
To get started with Zoho calendar
 
Zoho calendar is also an online calendar so to use it all you need to do is create a Zoho account once created you have access to a range of Zoho products/services many completely free to use including Zoho docs ( a little like Google docs ) and notebook and other tools many geared toward business.
 
To get started with Zoho calendar
 you can import an ics file from an existing calendar or subscribe to other online calendars via their url orjust start a new calendar by adding events manually. Zoho supports displaying different calendars at once differentiated by their different display colours so Zoho can be used for personal and business at the same time but clearly showing which is a work event and which is a personal event such as a birthday. Events can be set as one time events or recurring events. Web page url's can also be attached to an event, image can't be attached to an event but image url's like web page url's can be attached to an event so if you wish to attach an image to an event upload your image to a photo sharing website and attach the image url to the event and hence when the user clicks on the image they can view it.
 
Multiple reminders can be set for events and are in the form of of email or pop-ups but the pop-ups only seems to function in the calendar page is open in your browser and you are actually on that page, the calendar just being open in another tab doesn't not allow the pop-up to be visible, which makes the pop-up reminder feature a little useless.
Zoho calendar can be displayed by week, month, agenda or day. Zoho also has a search feature to search for events like birthdays or meetings. 
Zoho also as a print feature for easy printing and can be printed as a PDF. 
 
The calendar can be shared by email but the user you wish to share it with needs to have a Zoho account to access your shared calendar, the user can share just the events and times or just share basic information like when they are free and busy.If you wish to completely share the calendar and allow others to view and edit it you can do that too. Within the sharing options there is an feature to embed the calendar onto a webpage like a blog. The calendar can be exported as ics file so you can back it up or import it into another calendar. 
One rather odd downside is that I was unable copy and paste text within the calendar I had to use keyboard shortcuts.
 
 
Users who have a Yahoo email account already have access to Yahoo Calendar. The user interface is very similar to Google calendar but unlike Google calendar Yahoo calendar has no offline functionality , it needs to be viewed and edited online. The fact yahoo calendar is only available online may or may be an issue for some users it depends like anything in life on the users own needs. 
 
I really like the fact that I can really quickly check on my calendar when I'm checking my emails as it's just a case of clicking the calendar button when I have my yahoo emails webpage open.
Yahoo calendar offers no ability to import existing calendars but the user is able to 'subscribe' to other online calendars you may have like I have subscribed to my Google calendar so changes made on my Google calendar show on my Yahoo calendar and I have added my Yahoo calendar URL to my Google calendar so all changes appear on both calendars. This process can be done with lot's of other online calendars as I have also done the same thing with Reminderfox.
 
Yahoo calendar offers syncing with Apple iOS and Apple Desktop Calendar as well as Mozilla Lightning / Sunbird, no Android app but the calendar is available through the yahoo mobile page which may again be classed as a plus point as memory space on Android devices is often an issue so there is no need to install an app to view your calendar. 
Reminders for calendar events, tasks and to-do's are available in the form of an email or messenger alert. 
To use the Yahoo Calendar just create an Yahoo account no download required.
 

Basic Reminders Tools

Google Calendar is a good calendar and with it's availability across devices it's great to know if you add an event/ reminder to your PC version that it will be added to your phone as-well straight away without you needing to do anything it really makes life easier, but the fact it has limited offline capability is a major drawback.GMinder goes a long way to solve some of these offline issues, GMinder is a very lightweight Google calendar offline viewer so the user can view all the Google calendars events offline. While offline the user can also receive pop-up reminders with or without sound and configure how to be alerted. With GMinder the user can also add events/ reminders when offline and when the GMinder has an Internet connection again it automatically adds the event to your online Google calendar which I think is really great.
GMinder is really easy to use just download it and add your Google user name and password and download your calendars, it supports multiple Google calendars too. Within the options the user can choose when downloading the calendars how many days ahead to download and how often Gminder will refresh, in other words how often it checks online for changes to your calendars.

 

Kana Reminder is another good option. Its a lightweight free program which offers a simple reminder option.

It does not contain many options, but it does what it needs to. Its simple user interface doesn't require much of the skill to work with. It can schedule any program to run at specified time or even can set time to log off, shutdown or restart your computer. One main pro I noticed is its lightweight. It won't give a feeling that it is running there, but it is.

 
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Quick Selection Guide

Rainlendar Lite
5
 
Gizmo's Freeware award as the best product in its class!

Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Free Product Complement the Web based application
Shared calendars are available only for Pro version
2.11.1
21.2 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Feature limited freeware
This product is portable.
Windows XP SP3, Vista 7 , 8 ,Mac OS X Snow Leopard (10.6) or newer, Ubuntu 12.04 or newer

A commercial version provides extended abilities to edit Outlook, Google Calendar from Rainlendar.
Rainlendar2 FAQ http://www.rainlendar.net/cms/index.php?option=com_easyfaq&Itemid=26

EssentialPIM
4
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Lot's of features, a free iphone and android app also available.
Maybe too many features if you just want a calendar program.
http://www.essentialpim.com/
5.57
20.2 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Feature limited freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 8, iOS and Android
Lightning
4
 
Combines a web service with a stand-alone program
No need for a separate application
Thunderbird must be running
1.2
2.7 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Thunderbird 1.5 to 24.2 and Seamonkey 2.1 to 2.14

If you want a standalone application, use Sunbird. More information and downloads page can be found here http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/sunbird/

Thunderbird Add-on latest version 2.6.4 https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/lightning/
SeaMonkey Add-on lastest version 2.6.4 https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/seamonkey/addon/lightning/

ReminderFox
4
 
Combines a web service with a stand-alone program
No need for a separate application
Firefox must be running
http://www.reminderfox.org/
2.1.2
1.1MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
Works with Firefox 3.0 - 27, SeaMonkey 2.0 - 2.24, Thunderbird 5.0 - 27.

Reminderfox works with 64-bit browsers that use Firefox add-ons e.g. Waterfox and Pale Moon.
ReminderFox is also available for Thunderbird as an Add-on https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/thunderbird/addon/reminderfox/?src=search
and also available for SeaMonkey as an Add-on https://addons.mozilla.org/en-us/seamonkey/addon/reminderfox/?src=search
If you want to support the effort, do not hesitate to make a donation.

ReminderFox FAQ Troubleshooting
http://www.reminderfox.org/documentation-faq-troubleshooting/#r5

Anybody that thinks their data is gone should post to our Google Group for help. We'll do our very best to help them out.
https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/reminderfox

Google Calendar
4
 
Is a web service or web application
This Google web application has availability across browsers and devices without the need to download additional software.
Calendar can't be edited offline.
Version: 4.5.3
Unrestricted freeware
A portable version of this product is available from the developer.
Windows Vista ,7, iPhone and Android / supported browsers Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE), Mozilla Firefox, Safari for Mac OS X
Zoho Calendar
4
 
Is a web service or web application
Search events feature, import calendars from file or subscribe via url, embed the days agenda on a webpage and export calendar ics are all some of the great features Zoho supports.
No copy and paste function, so you can't copy and paste an appointment or event from another calendar to Zoho without using keyboard short-cuts , right click won't work on the calendar.
https://www.zoho.com/
Unrestricted freeware
Supports modern browsers such as Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE), Mozilla Firefox and Opera
Yahoo Calendar
3
 
Is a web service or web application
Easy to access while checking your email, attractive interface and simple to use.
User needs to be logged into to Yahoo email account to use it / view it, with no offline functionality.
Unrestricted freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8: IE 7.0 (with limited functionality) IE 8.0 and newer Firefox version 19 and newer Safari version 4.0 and newer Google Chrome version 25 and newer Mac OS X 10.4, 10.5, and 10.6: Firefox version 19 and newer Safari version 4.0 and newer Google Chrome version 25 and newer

Calendar webpage
http://calendar.yahoo.com/

Mobile Calendar webpage for access via compatible mobile device
http://m.yahoo.com/w/ygo-calendar?.intl=gb&.lang=en-gb

GMinder
3
 
Combines a web service with a stand-alone program
Adds great offline function to Google Calendar.
Only works in conjunction with Google Calendar. GMinder requires Microsoft .NET 2.0
http://reflectivecode.com/gminder
1.3.1
1.51 MB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Open source freeware
There is no portable version of this product available.
GMinder requires Microsoft .NET 2.0, Windows Vista / 7
Kana Reminder
3
 
Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer
Simple, Very low CPU usage
Category Option to save reminders is not available, also no synchronization with any other online or offline reminders
http://www.kanasolution.com/
1.5.0.61
562 KB
32 bit but 64 bit compatible
Unrestricted freeware
Windows 98 or above

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by WI_Debi on 21. August 2014 - 14:35  (118131)

I checked out this review of reminder programs because I was looking for an alternative to Google Calendar. I had been using FireFox Reminder & loved it. Then I started having problems with FireFox on my old computer & deleted it, when meant I also lost Reminder. I switched back to Internet Explorer on Windows 7, which is what I use at work, and started using Google Calendar. When I got my new computer, I continued with Internet Explorer & Google Calendar rather than go back to FireFox. Recently, Google Calendar has become unaccessable to me (even tho I can still access my g-mail acct). It tells me I'm using an unsupported browser (Internet Explorer!) and I MUST switch to Chrome in order to be able to access my Google calendar. For that reason, I highly recommend Google Calendar be avoided. I have heard nothing but bad things about Chrome, but even if that weren't the case, I do not like being virtually blackmailed into switching to a program I have no interest in just to be able to use my Google calendar. BTW, my cell phone provider is Verizon which is highly integrated with Google and another reason I wanted to continue to use Google calendar. I am now using the Outlook Calendar which I have set to email me reminders. I was looking for something similar to FireFox Reminder to use in conjunction with Internet Explorer. I loved FireFox Reminder, but don't want to switch back to FireFox at this time.

by sicknero on 21. August 2014 - 14:43  (118132)

Interesting, I don't use IE myself but I tried it a minute ago just of curiosity and google calendar appears to work perfectly.

Could it be something particular to your own set up?

by Misty27 on 13. March 2014 - 20:20  (114996)

Of the reminder / to do programs (reviewed or ones mentioned), do any have more flexibility than others, to enter new times (once a reminder pops up), for "remind me AGAIN in x minutes / hrs," etc? Or have far more times to choose from in a drop list for "remind again," than some do? Times that don't jump from 2 hr > 4 hr > 1 day. And have far more "remind again" times than Windows Calendar has?

Some only allow picking times from a very limited drop list, to "remind me" or "remind me again" . Often no user entry allowed. If drop list jumps from "remind me again in" 4 hrs to 1 day, & I want reminding in 6 hrs, too bad.

Probably the rest of features in most any would suffice. I looked at a bunch of screenshots - none showed this detail.
Thanks.

by Misty27 on 14. March 2014 - 16:04  (115013)

Thanks. I mentioned I wanted a wider range of time choices (or just enter times) for "remind me again in" times, when reminders pop up. Not just 10, 15 min., etc. But the choices not jumping from 2 to 4 hrs, either. Yes, the widely spaced times often work, but sometimes don't. That's the problem w/ a pre-defined snooze time list vs. a field to enter times, perhaps with pre-defined times.

UK's Kalender (program is kalender.exe, but Kaspersky shows as Calendar?) has ability to enter any time desired for min., hrs, days. It won't remind for ToDo items - only for "Events," which is fine. Must click icon to see ToDo list.
Seems pretty decent as far as creating events, setting reminder time & changing snooze times. In the main scheduled ToDo's or Events (these are separate), can look at ToDo list, or events by Week, "Fortnight," Month or Year views by clicking tabs.

I'm using these in Vista x64. Once, when hovered mouse over a scheduled Kalendar event, a long, vertical list of ? times popped up & flickered rapidly. But I couldn't repeat this.

Kalender's (pretty decent) included manual says don't get pop up reminders for ToDo items, but it's "sign" [tray icon] should turn "yellow sign if the todo enters the forewarn* time and a red sign if the todo reaches the deadline*. * (If it reaches the times set / entered for these values).

Tray icon didn't turn yellow for me when it reached forewarn time, but turned red after reaching deadline. Not sure of value of only seeing an indication that a deadline has basically passed. I guess you'd enter deadline times before the * actual * deadline.

In Vista w/ 8 GB RAM, Kalender uses only ~ 6.7 MB private / 21.4 MB working set memory - not much.

On FreeAlarmClock, I probably don't want to edit the orig. entry, every time a reminder for event still > 1 day away. Often, reminders appears in late PM & I want reminding again, say 10 AM next day. But there's no time choice to "remind me in (12, 14, 16) hrs." That appt may be at 11 AM. Reminding again in 1 day from the reminder - 6 PM, will (should) be 6 PM the next day - too late.

by Misty27 on 28. March 2014 - 21:40  (115379)

I've used UK Kalender for couple of weeks now & got the kinks worked out. Corresponded w/ the dev, Ulrich, a few times & he was helpful. Only real issue I had, which turned out not to be a Kalender (portable) problem, was I couldn't get it to start with Windows (Vista), even though it was supposed to have that capability.

It was Kaspersky IS (2014) that placed Kalender.exe in a less than most trusted group & was silently blocking it from making any registry change. Once I gave it permission, it worked fine. Just placing a shortcut for the executable in the Windows startup folder will also work (for me).

I've not used it on other OSes, but so far in Vista, it does exactly what it says it will. There's a very short learning curve. Almost everything in Kalender is customizable for font style, size & color; for background color. Similar to Windows appearance customization. Not your Grandpa's computer calender / pop up reminder.

It's a pretty flexible - pop up event reminders - allowing choosing background & text colors; size of text. Most time related fields allow entering custom times & selecting from drop lists. If you want reminders in 7 or 11 minutes / hours / days, you've got it. Edit all aspects of reminders from one screen on pop ups. I find it more intuitive than Windows / Vista calender.

It allows changing calender fonts & colors, for various objects - both on calendar UI objects & entered events. Customizable fonts for almost everything. No more "one font selection fits all" - no sir! :) If you like customizing UIs & entered data, you'll like this.

Haven't used a lot of other reminder apps w/ snooze, but it seems unlikely that others w/ the same functions could have *more* intuitive, straight forward options & menus. It's about as straight forward as most apps get. Or that many free ones would be this customizable for almost anything. Though some calendar / reminders may be *as* good.

I can't vouch for Kalender in other OSes - maybe others can check it out. I have no way of knowing how well it will be maintained in the future.

by Joe A.TT on 28. March 2014 - 23:04  (115380)

Thanks for reporting back. I'm glad you like it and it does what you want. I myself have only been using it for a few weeks on Windows 8.1 and I like it too. Previous to this I tried the portable version of Rainlender Lite which was nice but it's 10 times the size of UK's Kalender. :-O

by Juxxize on 15. March 2014 - 8:38  (115025)

For me when it comes to reminders / pop-ups Google calendar with various browser extensions or synchronized with ReminderFox in FireFox serves me well and the reminder pop-ups can be snoozed but you can't put a wider range of reminder times in like you want to, to get around this I just set multiply reminders for events.

by Misty27 on 28. March 2014 - 20:08  (115377)

The main thing I don't like about Google calendar is... Google. There may be other issues w/ it - or not, but I personally don't want to support a company that's made a career from privacy invasion. In spite of lawsuits they've lost over privacy issues, they're ramping up gathering even more *personally identifying* data.

Some may not care, or know about it, or understand why they should care about certain practices of Google & similar companies. That's their choice. This is just general observation - not aimed at Juxxize. If we're (many of us) concerned about adware,etc., rolled in w/ "freeware," but not concerned about anything w/ the name Google attached, I don't get it. To be sure (& fair), there are other companies just as bad as Google - they just don't get the same press.

Those not well versed on Google's seedier side might do a bit of research, before supporting them - especially when there are alternatives.

by Juxxize on 1. April 2014 - 9:55  (115435)

I do care about the privacy issues related to Google but the trouble is for me anyway I've found it the most functional calendar especially across multiple devices which is why I use it set to maximum privacy ( all my events are set to private etc. ) but people are free to use which ever program they like , that's why I've listed/ reviewed so many different programs and services in the review in the hope that people can find one that suits them.

by Joe A.TT on 14. March 2014 - 12:52  (115007)

UK's Kalender [ http://www.ukrebs-software.de/ ] is a calendar, reminder and to-do program that may do what you want. When it pops up a reminder you can snooze for minutes, hours, days or weeks. There are also buttons to edit or delete the event on the pop-up reminder.

I've been using it for a while now and it's very light on system resources. If you try the portable version and don't like it you could just delete it's folder - no uninstalling.

In case none of the included holiday packs in UK's Kalender suit you, there's also a holiday generator program available from the same developer.

by majoMo on 15. March 2014 - 17:09  (115038)

Using it some weeks ago and liking it.

Easy-to-use and not intrusive; very simple and nice.

by Juxxize on 15. March 2014 - 8:30  (115024)

I've not come across UK's Kalendar I might take a look at it , it sounds quite useful and light on resources .

by sicknero on 14. March 2014 - 11:34  (115006)

For simple reminders, FreeAlarmClock has snooze with 1 minute increments from 1 to 10.

If I want to set a later reminder then I just edit the original entry. Easy.

by sicknero on 21. February 2014 - 21:27  (114586)

The GUI of Google Calendar can be improved in Firefox with Grease Monkey scripts. I like this one - http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/107309 - which adds hotkeys to show/hide the sidebars and topbars. This makes the layout much more useable and more economic with your screen space.

by Paxmilitaris on 18. February 2014 - 4:54  (114518)

I don't want a calendar-agenda-passwordmanager-cofeemaker that happens to also have the reminder function.
I just want a reminder program. Preferably one that won't forget what i want to be reminded of.

by Juxxize on 18. February 2014 - 16:52  (114532)

To be honest I've struggled to find more basic reminder programs that aren't ... well a bit rubbish. I would love to have some more programs in my 'Basic Reminders Tools' section of my article so if anyone has any suggestions throw them my way. I take it you don't think much to my suggestions it all depends on what your needs are I love a calendar program that as well as reminding you of events can serve other functions too like Google tasks integrated in to the calendar, many calendars also enable you to attach attachments to events . I my self love all this stuff and I'm now super organised ( all my friends laugh at me but hey ho ). but yeah for-sure if anyone out there finds a great little reminder program that's basic but not rubbish pop it in the comments section ( and don't worry if it doesn't make coffee I can't drink it the moment any how )

by Paxmilitaris on 18. February 2014 - 17:27  (114536)

Maybe it's the Category that's not clear.
For me Calendar, Reminder and To-Do are 3 different types of software.
This is the "Best Free Reminder and To-Do Program" category, but there isn't a single To-Do program recommendation, luckily that's not what i need, but there are plenty of Calendars.

by Juxxize on 19. February 2014 - 18:34  (114560)

or maybe it's me writing about all the wrong stuff lol , but in my defence when I took over the category a couple of years ago it was already full of calendar reviews and I've just rewrote them, updated them, and added to them with new products . I might ask if I can have the review name changed to Best Free Calendar, Reminder and To-Do . The trouble is most reminder/ to-do programs I've looked have been lacking in features and all the calendars I've reviewed have these features so it ended up being a calendar party time on here . I have taken over the same review section on but the Android version and there are lot's of reminder/ to-do/ task managers available from Playstore ( as well as Calendars ) so I'm having a super organised time trying them all out :)I did mention when I took over that section that I wanted to pop a few calendars in the review as well but like I said I have plenty to choose from on android . Anyway I went totally off topic , did you manage to find something to meet your needs ?

by Paxmilitaris on 15. March 2014 - 0:36  (114564)

Not sure, i'm going to try http://www.snapfiles.com/get/effreminder.html and see how it works out.

by sicknero on 18. February 2014 - 9:13  (114523)

My favourite is FreeAlarmClock - http://freealarmclocksoftware.com/ - nice and simple, very lightweight.

If you're worried about Open Candy etc then you can scroll down the page for the non-installer zip version. That download link scores 1/53 on Virus Total and the fileitself 0/50.

Ignore the "HotAlarmClock" button on the program itself, that's a link to their sponsor's website.

For longer-term and more permanent reminders I use Google Calendar which I can set to e-mail me a reminder of, for example, people's birthdays.

by Juxxize on 18. February 2014 - 16:54  (114534)

I'll take a look it, thank you

by Paxmilitaris on 18. February 2014 - 4:49  (114516)

I was using Reminder fox, but it just lost all my reminders.
From what i read in the comments, the last update is a disaster for many, not just me.
Maybe it should be removed from the recommendations.

by Juxxize on 18. February 2014 - 17:15  (114535)

hi , which comments are the comments or here or else where ? point me in the direction of the comments about it's issues and I'll take a look at them . As regard to your lost reminders you might beable to get them back using the reminderfox backup and restore feature open up reminderfox> go to options ( via the little fox icon in the left top corner of the UI )> go to the general tab ( 1st tab ) > there at the top there should be a checked book saying to use reminderfox default location to store it's data, even if you changed the location the data will be in the location you selected > now you have a few options to import or export your data , to back your data up and what you need 'restore from reminderfox backup ' select that option > explorer will pop up and you just select backup file you need. You might want to not select the lastest back up as your lost reminders might be on a older file . Let me know if this worked for you and if you managed to get your reminders back.

by Paxmilitaris on 18. February 2014 - 17:33  (114537)

Thanks for the help, i already uninstalled the addon, but i found the back files.

I'm talking about reviews on the firefox addon site here:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/reminderfox/?src=ss

by Juxxize on 19. February 2014 - 18:42  (114561)

oh my goodness I see what you mean , I must be pretty lucky because I didn't loss mine. I'll look into and see what's going ,thanks for the heads up.

by Chess Writer on 16. December 2013 - 23:41  (112987)

Is there any reminder software into which you can paste pictures from the clipboard. And which shows reminders containing the pasted pictures?

I urgently need such a software.

by Juxxize on 19. December 2013 - 9:53  (113039)

hi there chess, I've had a look at the calendars I've reviewed and one I'm in the process of reviewing and although none of them have have the ability to send pictures I've found a way to do it :) upload the the image you want to attach to an event to a photo-sharing website like photobucket or even facebook and right click on the image and copy the image url then add/paste the url to the event, Thrunderbird and Zoho calendar support this feature well just click on the link and your image opens up but the only downside is you need an internet connection to view the image. I hope this is of some help.

by Epsilon on 28. June 2013 - 22:02  (108794)

What I would like in a "Reminder/To-Do" program :-

1) Starts with Windows.

2) Pops up a reminder message if there is one for that day.

3) Closes itself and removes itself from memory after a few minutes.

4) Easy to learn how to use.

5) Works on Windows XP.

Do any of the listed programs meet the above criteria or does anyone know of a program that does meet the criteria.

Thanks.

by Juxxize on 29. June 2013 - 10:53  (108811)

Rainlendar supports Windows XP SP3 or newer, it can also be set to start with Windows , go to settings> general settings and check enable on start-up. I think Rainlendar is easy to setup and use I set it up with-in minutes by just importing my google calendar into it in the ical format. Rainlendar has pop-up reminder feature too, but it doesn't close it's self you would have to close it ( but note if you close it you won't get the pop-up reminders ) Rainlendar has been designed to run in the background and not slow the users system down , and I haven't noticed any difference in my PC's performance , it's very lightweight. I hope this helps.

by alexxx46 on 29. June 2013 - 13:04  (108812)

+1

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