Jan 14, 2012
I am hearing some good things from my users about gSyncit, an Outlook add-on that syncs Outlook data with a number of cloud services. I haven’t tested it myself yet, but it looks like it may be a reasonable way to sync ToodleDo tasks into Outlook. It also syncs calendar and contacts data with Google, and notes with Dropbox. But I am most interested in its ability to do a ToodleDo tasks sync, and it looks good for that.
It’s not exactly what I am looking for since I am an Exchange user and gSyncit does not sync directly between the Exchange Server to ToodleDo server; you need Outlook running on your computer to make the sync. Why is that an issue? Well, say you are traveling without your computer and just using mobile devices… if your computer at home is not running, the sync may not happen. But that’s a “corner case” as they say, and this should still work for most cases with Exchange users.
That said, I think the main customer for this product would be Outlook users who do not use Exchange. In other words, you are using Outlook to access your email from a POP mail server or equivalent (e.g. Gmail, Yahoo mail, AOL, Hotmail, and so on). For users like that, Outlook tasks are only stored on their computer, and they have no way to put their tasks in the cloud. So, gSyncit provides that way—you can now use ToodleDo as your tasks server and then use any of ToodleDo’s mobile apps to access your tasks on the road.
One other possible use of gSyncit is this. If you are a ToodleDo user and normally travel with your laptop, you can use gSyncit to allow you to use Outlook as your offline client for ToodleDo. Think about this. If you normally use the web version of ToodleDo to access your tasks, what if you are on a plane and cannot access the web? How do you access your tasks then? You’d need to use one of ToodleDo’s third-party Windows applications (like Task Angel) and have kept that in sync before you got on the plane. Well, now you can use Outlook’s Tasks module for that solution, even if you do not normally use Outlook tasks otherwise.
So gSyncit looks like it can fill a much needed niche. If I actually start using gSyncit I’ll write up my experience. But in the meantime, if you are using it, share your experiences here.