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[Rapid Review] VueMinder Calendar Pro

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VueMinder Calendar Pro [1]

Version reviewed:

v8.0.1

Software description as per the developer:

Take control of your schedule and get reminded wherever and however you want. Instantly access your appointments, tasks, and notes with a simple glance at a transparent calendar that sits right on your Windows desktop. Share calendars and reminders in your home, office, or online. Automatically synchronize with Google Calendar and Outlook. Print calendars using a wide variety of layouts and styles. You can do all these things and much more with VueMinder Calendar.

Download size:

10.9 MB

Malware scan:

0/43 detections – VirusTotal scan results [2]

Supported OS:

Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Win7

Requires .NET Framework 2.0

Price:

$39.95 (USD)

Ashraf’s note:

This review was conducted on a laptop running Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. The specs of the laptop are as follows: 3GB of RAM, a Radeon HD 2600 512MB graphics card, and an Intel T8300 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor.

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{for=”Ease of Use” value=”9″}While there are some minor issues, such as the inability to “autohide” the calendar portion of the desktop widget, VueMinder Calendar Pro is very easy to use.
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{for=”Performance” value=”8″}Performs its job well, although there are a handful of minor issues such as the lack of password protection for published calendars. Also, while I have seen “lighter” programs, VueMinder Calendar Pro isn’t too heavy on computer resources and does very well in continually cleaning up its RAM usage. There are two major problems I see, though. The developer decided to split events, tasks, and notes into separate calendar and doesn’t allow users to add tasks/notes into the “main” calendars; and users can only share/publish the “main” calendars and not the task/note calendars.
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{for=”Usefulness” value=”8″}I can see a good number of people finding this useful.
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{for=”Price” value=”7″}Although $39.95 is a large chunk of cash, asking $39.95 is fair considering there is a VueMinder Calendar Lite version which is free for home and business use.
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This review was conducted on a laptop running Windows 7 Professional 32-bit. The specs of the laptop are as follows: 3GB of RAM, a Radeon HD 2600 512MB graphics card, and an Intel T8300 2.4GHz Core 2 Duo processor.

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The following are four free calendar/task management programs:

The following chart – created by the developer – illustrates the differences between VueMinder Calendar Lite and VueMinder Calendar Pro:

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{rw_verdict2}VueMinder Calendar Pro isn’t a perfect program; it is quite a few minor issues. However, most of the issues are just that: Minor. The only major issues I see with VueMinder Calendar Pro is how the developer decided to split the events, tasks, and notes into their own separate calendars – and does not allow users to attach tasks and notes to the “main” calendars – and only allows users to share “main” calendars, not task/note calendars. So, yes, VueMinder Calendar Pro can be improved; but overall, VueMinder Calendar Pro is a brilliant application. Not only is it feature filled, but it is also very easy to use. I especially like the desktop widget, a handy feature many developers neglect to add in their calendar programs. VueMinder Calendar Pro earns itself a thumbs up and a recommendation from dotTech, for those that want or need it.
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