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    Looking for Linux-Windows cross-platform PIM


    I do development on Windows and have been moving more to Linux to do development there. Under Windows for many years I have used Starfish's Sidekick 98 as a PIM, giving me a calendar, address book, and notes options. I can export the address book and notes portions to CSV file formats from Sidekick 98.

    I am now looking to get off Sidekick 98 in order to use a cross-platform Linux-Windows PIM application where I can share my calendar, address, and noted information on a common directory of a FAT32 drive.

    I have searched for such a cross-platform PIM but the few I have found seem inadequate, and a few others appear to have stopped development in the past.

    My needs are a program that runs under Linux and Windows, is able to share data, allows for me to import my data from Sidekick 98 through CSV files ( I realize some massaging of the data may be necessary ) and has an interface which, like Sidekick 98, allows viusal folders of data for addresses and notes.

    Among those I have tried are:

    1) Aethera: which has no functionality to import notes, and little to import addresses, as well as no way to share data which I could see.

    2) SqlDesktop: looked good but was broken as far as the tutorial and help goes right off the bat. Appears to have no way to share data.

    Among others I have looked at are:

    1) Evolution: it's Windows port seems a long time ago and far away and not necessarily in sync with Evolution on Linux.

    2) Pi-Sync: Development of this appears to have stopped a long time ago.

    3) Chandler: Not ready for prime time yet.

    Is there really no easy to use cross-platform Linux-Windows PIM which offers calendar, address book, and notes shared data, with adequate import features and ease of use ? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    I'm not sure if either will meet your needs, but Treepad and Winzig are both cross-platform personal information managers.

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    Mozilla Sunbird: http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/sunbird/

    Does that work for you?

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    Only a calendar

    Quote Originally Posted by bryansmith
    Mozilla Sunbird: http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/sunbird/

    Does that work for you?

    Bryan
    Sunbird is only a calendar program. I am looking for a combination of calendar, address book, and notes, ala Sidekick 98.

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    PIM cross-plarform

    Quote Originally Posted by Marsolin
    I'm not sure if either will meet your needs, but Treepad and Winzig are both cross-platform personal information managers.
    Thanks, I will check them out. I had heard of Treepad but thought it did not run natively under Linux. I had not heard of Winzig before. Hopefully one of them will meet my needs.

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    Try running sidekick on Wine.

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    Treepad and WinZig

    Quote Originally Posted by Marsolin
    I'm not sure if either will meet your needs, but Treepad and Winzig are both cross-platform personal information managers.
    WinZig is way too limited.

    Treepad has possibilities but its comma delimited file import is broken unfortunately, since it does not recognize quotes ( " ) as delimiting a field with an embedded comma. Also the latest Linux version is 4 years old, so it does not seem it has been updated in a long time. Still I am going to try to use it in order to keep my notes and addresses in a tree structure. It is really no PIM, just an adequate tree-structured data organizer.

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    I just realized that Kontact wasn't listed among those you have tried. Have you ever looked at it before?

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    Kontact on Windows ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marsolin
    I just realized that Kontact wasn't listed among those you have tried. Have you ever looked at it before?
    I see nothing which says Kontact runs on Windows. Does it even run under Gnome ? It appears to be purely a KDE application, as http://kontact.kde.org/ tells me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eldiener
    I see nothing which says Kontact runs on Windows. Does it even run under Gnome ? It appears to be purely a KDE application, as http://kontact.kde.org/ tells me.
    You're right. When I looked back at the thread today I forgot you were looking for a cross platform solution.

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