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Doodle introduces iCloud integration

July 23, 2013

iCloudLogoIf you’re an Apple user, then you probably know that iCloud enables you to store your content (including calendars) online and seamlessly share it with your other devices. As a Doodle user, you can now connect iCloud to Doodle so that your calendar data is synchronized with Doodle and iCloud.

This is great news for Apple users because the cloud-based integration means that the calendar data will always be available, current, and automatically shared with other devices.

To set it up, all you have to do is activate the option, sign in to iCloud, and you’re done. This feature does require a Premium Doodle account, and you can get additional information from this page.

Please try it out and let us know what you think!

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How to connect Doodle with Outlook 2013 or Outlook.com

February 26, 2013

Connecting your calendar with Doodle has a number of advantages. Watch the video at the end of this post to learn more about them.

Many of our users ask us how to connect Doodle with Outlook 2013 or with Outlook.com. And here’s how:

Update: Please refer to our extensive support section on that topic.

Let us know what your experience is. Either in the comments or via http://doodle.com/about/contact.html.

How to integrate your Facebook events with Doodle

January 3, 2013

Integrating your Facebook events in Doodle can have two major advantages:

  • You get reminded of events you might want or plan to attend while scheduling.
  • You prevent scheduling some other event/meeting when one of your Facebook events takes place.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Register for a (free!) Doodle account, if you don’t have one yet: http://doodle.com/open.
  2. Visit your Facebook events list: https://www.facebook.com/events/list.
  3. Click on the cogwheel in the upper right corner and select “Export”.
  4. Choose either your friends’ birthdays or upcoming events (or both, if you wish), right-click on the respective link and choose “copy link address”.
  5. Visit the calendar settings in your Doodle account: https://doodle.com/mydoodle/manageAccount.html#calendars.
  6. Paste the link you copied above into the “calendar feed URLs” textfield.
  7. Make sure to replace the “webcal:” at the very beginning of the URL with “http:”.
  8. Click “Add”.

From now on, whenever you create a new scheduling poll or participate in a poll, you can choose to use the calendar view and have your Facebook events displayed.

Please let us know if you use this feature or if some other form of Facebook integration might make sense for you.

Doodle welcomes Tungle users

September 19, 2012
MeetMe subscriptions peaking

MeetMe subscriptions peaking after Tungle’s announcement to shut down

Yesterday, Tungle announced the retirement of their service and recommended to switch to Doodle instead, which was also picked up by TechCrunch. We know that such a change is always a pain but we welcome all Tungle users warmly and hope that they soon feel comfortable with Doodle.

As we already see in our stats, most Tungle users who give Doodle a try look to MeetMe as a replacement for Tungle. At Doodle, MeetMe is one of the more advanced features and a pure 1:1 communications channel to fix appointments quickly. It is particularly useful when have your calendar connected, be it Google Calendar, Outlook, or iCal.

Group scheduling on Doodle, however, is handled via an event “poll”. This is basically a table of time slots in which all participants indicate their availability independent of the calendar system they use. Each participant can individually decide whether to connect an electronic calendar in order to let Doodle prefill choices and to see the own availability right in the same interface. But you don’t need to do so – you don’t even need to sign up for using Doodle.

We want to thank Marc and his team for having been a great challenger and for generously reffering to us. It was great to see a Canadian and a Swiss company shape and push the idea of online scheduling over the years. We wish you the best of luck and are looking forward to seeing your handwriting in Blackberry 10!

Access rights don’t expire any longer

August 14, 2012

With our latest release, access rights for third party applications (so-called OAuth tokens) don’t expire any longer at Doodle. This is an advantage for the following users:

In these cases, users remain logged in constantly. They no longer need to do recurring, cumbersome renewals of their login status.

Instead, we now offer our users a way to revoke access rights in the “Manage account” section of MyDoodle.

This change has no effect for all other forms of calendar integration or m.doodle.com because they are not independent applications.

 

Calendar connections: update

April 17, 2012

Being able to connect one’s calendar to Doodle is a great feature–and one we recently invested into making faster and more reliable. It works best with Google Calendar (both via individual Google accounts and via Doodle’s Google Apps integration), but our goal is to also play well with Apple and Microsoft.

Until there are calendar APIs for Apple’s iCloud and Microsoft’s Office 365, we want to provide Doodle connectors for iCal and for Outlook. The iCal connector already works reasonably well even though it is still in beta. While the Outlook connector also works well for the majority of its users, it does not work well at all for a large minority of its users. And in the case of the Doodle’s Exchange integration, the situation is even worse: it kind of works for a small minority and does not work at all for a large majority.

We apologize for this unsatisfactory state of affairs and are going to remedy it as follows:

  • The Exchange integration is going to be discontinued (by May 2nd) in order not to eat up more precious time that is better spent on Google Calendar, iCal, and Outlook.
  • The Doodle connector API is going to be modified according to the actual use of the Outlook connector. One important reason for the problems that the large minority of Outlook connector users experience is that some of the assumptions that we had made for Doodle’s connector API turned out to be wrong.
  • We try to outsource the maintenance of the iCal connector and the Outlook connector. We have developed them ourselves in order to verify (and, as it turned out, falsify) the Doodle connector API, but we are experts in Java and Web development and not in Mac or Windows development.

If you are a Google Calendar user, all is good. If you are an iCal user, keep updating the Doodle connector as it is maturing. And if you are an Outlook user, please remain patient (we realise that you have been patient with us already!): the Doodle connector API in general and the Outlook connector in particular are slowly but steadily going to improve over the next weeks and months.

by Paul E. Sevinç, Co-founder & CTO

Faster and more reliable calendar synchronization

April 11, 2012

If you have an electronic calendar, then you can connect it to Doodle. We provide connectors for all of the major calendar systems, including Google, Outlook, and iCal (beta). All other calendars can be connected via ICS feeds.

Today we’ve released an improved back-end that will synchronize with Google Calendar in a more reliable way. Calendar data that’s being exchanged between your calendar and Doodle will be persistently queued first, which massively reduces the possibility of events being lost in the process. The second major improvement is that you won’t have to wait anymore when you want to access your calendar data on Doodle, like when you’re using the wizard.

The calendar connectors with an online interface (like Google) will immediately benefit from the improvements, but the iCal and Outlook Connector are still under development and will benefit from the improvements with a future update (see update).

Our premium users are also getting an update because our design editor has been revised and extra fields that can request additional information from participants can now be activated after the purchase of a Premium Doodle subscription.

Survey shows Internet users could organize their schedules in a smarter way

March 29, 2012

A recent survey performed on behalf of Doodle (1) shows that while there are simple tricks and tools that can be used to maintain a lean calendar, most Internet users still organize their calendars in a rudimentary way. Nearly half (48%) of the respondents don’t use any of the tips and tricks, and 85% don’t use online tools for sharing calendar data or scheduling events. Earlier Doodle surveys showed that Internet users waste almost an entire week per year with scheduling, which highlights the huge potential for improved management of calendars and appointments.

Most Popular: One Central Calendar

Three of the tips are used more than the others. The first one is Consolidate, which means using one calendar as the central place for the entire schedule (38% of Internet users do this). The other two popular tips are Declutter (keep random notes out of the calendar) and Separate (don’t mix the To-Do List with the calendar).

It’s also interesting to compare the results in the different countries. For example, Americans are more positive about the tips (45% compared to 40% on average), and the Germans dislike the tips the most (14% compared to 8% of the Americans). The British were the most undecided, with the highest share of neutral answers (52%) whereas the French matched the overall responses in all categories.

Doodle Users Stand Out

A parallel survey of Doodle users (2) showed that they are more than twice as positive about the tips and tricks. 94% of Doodle users take advantage of at least one of the tips, which is a very high percentage when compared with average Internet users. The three most popular tips for Doodle users are Consolidate, Declutter, and of course, Simplify (by using Doodle).

See all tricks and tools that can be used to maintain a lean calendar.

(1) Online survey of Internet users from Germany, France, UK, and US by Toluna Inc. (2,000 people; 500 per country)

(2) Survey of Doodle users in the US and the UK (1,250 people)

Redesign: clearer interface for Calendar Connect

February 28, 2012

Some of the most helpful Doodle functionality is Calendar Connect, so we are delighted to reveal today our redesigned calendar view. The calendar integrations will be a big focus for us throughout the year and this fresh new interface with a purer layout makes single calendars much easier to read at a glance.

New design: a different colour for each connected calendar, Doodle-events hatched, selected option highlighted

2011 saw three times more users connect their electronic calendar with Doodle than the previous year, and we are working on a number of different projects that will let the major calendar systems talk to each other more efficiently in 2012.

Doodle’s calendar function consists of two central parts: a highly user friendly calendar interface that can be used as an alternative to the basic tabular view and the integration with the major calendar systems Outlook, Google and iCal (other systems can be connected via ICS-feed).

Infographic and more information about Doodle Calendar Connect

And we’d really like to hear what you think of our new redesigned cal view. We love it and hope you do too!

Doodle launches iCal Connector for Mac users

December 15, 2011

Today we’re announcing the launch of our iCal Connector (beta) that enables Mac users to synch their iCal calendars and use Doodle within OS X. We believe that everyone should be able to use Doodle no matter what calendar system they’re on, and with the launch of the iCal Connector, all of the major calendar platforms are now connected to Doodle, which means that scheduling collaboration can work across all boundaries.

The new iCal Connector is free and easy to install.

Overview of Doodle Calendar Connect

  • Synch: Synchronize tentative and final Doodle appointments with your calendar and avoid double-booking
  • View: View your existing calendar appointments during the scheduling process
  • Publish: Publish your availability in a personal MeetMe profile
 

Complete connectors are available for Google, Outlook, Exchange, and iCal (beta). All other electronic calendars can be connected via read-only ICS feeds. The Calendar Connectors are free and require a MyDoodle account (also free).

Get started with a few clicks!
Watch the Calendar Connect video!

If you use iCal on your Mac, please download the iCal Connector and let us know what you think!

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