30 Boxes is the sleekest calendar ever!

I briefly wrote about 30 Boxes right when it first came out early February. I played around with it for a few days, and I liked it quite a bit.

The reason I stopped using it was because my main calendaring tool is my PDA, specifically, my Tungsten E. That’s my right tool for the job. Barely any of my friends have a calendar of some sort, leaving the task only to their minds (at least, from what I’ve seen). This, my friends, is a post dedicated to them and anyone else that’s in a similar situation to me.

Why would I use 30 Boxes?

Easy tracking from other sites, especially with RSS feeds. Keep tabs on other people important to you. Print view looks simple, yet effective. Entering new items is a breeze with the One Box entry. Tags, map links, add colors, and SMS alerts. They have a vision: Track, organize, and share. Sounds good to me.

Real world use: Write things down during the day, then add the appointments to your calendar. Print out your calendar for offline use for the current and following day. Use that sheet throughout your day for adding stuff to your calendar. For more efficient entries when physically writing stuff on paper, use Todoque.

Why wouldn’t I use 30 Boxes?

I’m not always online, and it doesn’t have all the features like other more complete applications. I don’t like learning new things, especially having to sign up for it. I already bought DateBk5 that adds more functionality to my Palm PDA.

Respect the company for aiming at a specific audience

I can understand that you can’t please everyone. If you make that point clear, then people can’t blame them for not implementing certain features. If you tried to please everyone, then the whole application would become bloated, right? So, when using this service, keep this in mind before you complain to the developers.

Conclusion

I believe anyone without some sort of calendar should look into using 30 Boxes. If you have a bunch of calendars spread out all over the place, you might consider this service to consolidate the chaos.

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Bryan Villarin

Bryan is a Trust & Safety Wrangler at Automattic. He's also a photographer, card magician, and cat whisperer. (Thanks to my friend and colleague Steve Blythe for the sweet photo!)

3 thoughts on “30 Boxes is the sleekest calendar ever!”

  1. Hey Bryan,

    I did a small review of 30 Boxes a while back and to me its biggest failing is its inability to import from other calendars – I already have a desktop calendar app – an online one would be great – but I’m not about to lose all the info I have entered into my current calendar app (esp. recuring date entries) and I don’t want to have to re-enter them.

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