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Jasmine Maki, Forum News Service, Published February 10 2014

Review: Sunrise app syncs multiple calendars

Stop cross-referencing multiple calendars every time you need to schedule a meeting; download the free calendar app Sunrise.

It syncs Google Calendar, iCloud and Facebook to allow users to combine all of their various calendars into one app. It also has a quick-add feature allowing users to add new events, meetings and deadlines in an instant.

The calendar can be viewed one of two ways, either as a spreadsheet with colored blocks marking the appointments or as a list with bulleted events and times.

When viewed as a list, the app also displays the predicted temperatures for the morning, afternoon and evening.

For Facebook events, the listings will include several photos of attendees. If the user clicks the photos, she’ll be able to see more info about the event including the full Facebook description, attendees and a map, which connects with the Google Maps app for on-the-go directions. Users can then access the event wall or attendees’ Facebook profiles.

When it’s a friend’s birthday, his or her name and photo will be shown at the end of the day. Users can click the photos to post on their friends’ timelines or send them a text message, provided the user has the phone number.

The app distinguishes between individual calendars by using different colors. My favorite part about this app, though, is in the details. Sunrise uses simple little graphics to distinguish different types of events. For example, a little present indicates a birthday, whereas a music note signifies a concert and a ticket stub tells the user it’s movie night.

The only thing missing from this app is a search function. But with the convenience of having all of one’s events in one location, Sunrise is definitely worth the download.

Maki covers arts and entertainment and life and style for the Grand Forks Herald. Call her at (701) 780-1122, (800) 477-6572, ext. 1122, or send email to jmaki@gfherald.com.