I’m going to say up front that this app is not for everyone because it requires a very specific mindset to use it.
ReminderFox is an app for use in the Mozilla Firefox web browser or Mozilla Thunderbird email client; it can best be classified as the “happy medium” between a full calendaring app and a to-do app.
What ReminderFox does is make it stupidly easy to have most of the features of a full calendar app without having a bunch of stuff you don’t need, and also is far better than just a simple to-do list app that doesn’t have enough features.
As said above, to use ReminderFox you have to be using Firefox or Thunderbird. In addition, you also have to be comfortable with a to-do/calendar app that does not sync, which ReminderFox does not.
For the super-mobile type of people out there who put everything in the cloud, ReminderFox is worthless. But for those who absolutely depise the cloud in all its forms and want a calendar/to-do app where the data within is all local and never goes outside your computer, ReminderFox is a dream come true.
There are several calendar/to-do apps available for both Fx and TB, but none of them seem to get it quite right. Emphasis is either placed too much on cloud sync, or the app is way too heavy and chunky to be used efficiently, or the app has so little features that it’s not even worth using; this is why I call ReminderFox the “happy medium” that gets the job done right the first time.
If you know calendaring and to-do apps, you already know how ReminderFox works, so if it sounds like a good idea to you, give it a try. My suggestion after first installing it is to examine the options area…
…as you will find there are many ways to use ReminderFox. And yes there is the “Network” tab which offers somewhat-sync options. I say somewhat because it’s the old-style FTP or WebDAV method of doing it where you sync the ICS file ReminderFox uses. In modern cloud usage this really isn’t considered sync anymore, but it’s there.
“Nope. Not good enough. I’d rather have a free standalone calendar/to-do system with more features.”
That’s what Sunbird is for. Or if you’re using Mozilla Thunderbird, the same thing is available and it’s called Lightning. However bear in mind when you have an app that has a ton of features in it (most of which you probably don’t need) like Sunbird/Lightning, it will be significantly more resource-intensive when running.
If you want to give ReminderFox a try, check it out at www.reminderfox.org.
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