It is always a little tricky to recommend apps you don’t use yourself. There are some tells like popularity and developer’s reputation, but overall it is still guesswork and waiting for feedback.
Rainlendar is my blind shot recommendation for desktop calendar application and feedback was nothing but positive so far. Decided to take a look and get some first hand impressions.
What it does
App is essentially floating calendar with very flexible events/todos/alarms support.
It doesn’t sound like much, but really it takes a lot of thought and polishing to cram that many organizer options in package this streamlined to use.
Items are automatically marked on calendar with icons (according to their category) and also included into floating events and todo lists.
App is highly flexible, without being in your face about that. Whatever your workflow is you are almost certain to fit it in there the way you like it. Items can be templated, you can add own hotkeys to default ones and so on.
Can be switched into portable mode by creating rainlendar2.ini file in its directory.
Graphical skin is major part of application. For example even if you switch interface language it will mostly remain English with default skin, because text is hardcoded as images. There is no way to easily change font sizes and like – you have to look for script that looks morel like what you want for that.
Some people more than enjoy such approach, but certainly not all of us. If you want app that just blends with OS seamlessly this is not a match.
Free version limitations
Lite version is fully functional. The only feature that Pro version adds is capability to sync with Outlook and online services such as Remember The Milk and Google Calendar.
Excellent functionality, but high weight of skinning in experience is not a universal fit.