I don't use Outlook, so I'm in need of a small calendar program to display a calendar and keep track of my appointments and "to do" items. I don't need a complex program and I'd prefer one that can always be visible on my desktop. There are a huge number of commercial programs that provide these services, but most are far more complex than I need -- and I really don't want to pay for such a small program.
After searching the Net and trying a number of programs, I found Rainlendar. This small, freeware calendar program is small and lightweight, allows me to set up different types of events (which be set to appear differently and can sound/show an alarm when due), can synchronizes events between several clients, supports iCal files, can show Outlook appointments, has the all important (for me) "to-do" list, and has hot keys for quick access. It also has several other less important but nice features: it supports transparency, it can stick to the desktop (i.e. it doesn't hide when you press "Show Desktop") without being "always on top," it displays the current date in a tray icon, it has language files for a large number of languages, and it is skinnable (with a large number of skins -- different visual styles -- available on the Internet.
This program is very nice. I have it set to appear as part of my desktop right over my system tray, so I can easy tell what today is (and what day it will be a week from now) when I glance at the time in my system tray. It is easy to set new appointments/events and "to do" items -- right clicking on the calendar brings up a program menu. While this program doesn't have much to do with webmastering, it is a very useful program. Try it, you'll like it.
[Originally posted Summer 2005]