22 Aug 2012 - Münster (by James)

Introducing public calendars

A mere three weeks after our last major release, we are proud to announce the release of our next major version of fruux, v1.1. Apart from the usual bug fixes and under-the-hood optimizations, we’ve included some great new features that will suit all of our account holders, no matter whether they have Basic or Pro accounts!

With fruux v1.1, you don’t have to define specially who you want to share your calendars with, as we’ve given you the ability to share calendars via a public link. Simply click on Calendars underneath Settings in the left-hand toolbar, click on the calendar you wish to share, then click on Publish calendar. You will then be provided with a link to your calendar in ICS format, which you can then share with anyone you want. ICS is supported by most calendar software, including Microsoft Outlook, Calendar on OS X and Evolution on Linux systems, and can be imported or merged into existing calendars with a couple of clicks.

This feature is great of course if you want to share calendars with family or friends who don’t use fruux or don't want to setup an account. You could also use it in the office environment as well – simply send the link to your co-workers for them to import into their calendar software. And remember: it really is a true calendar subscription, so any updates you make will be available automatically out to everyone who has subscribed to your calendar. At the moment, this feature is only available to Pro users however we know just how cool this feature is, so we’re giving all our Basic account holders two calendar shares, on the house of course :-). We’re also working on a way for Basic account holders to “earn” more shares – keep your eyes peeled for this in upcoming releases.

And for the more observant of you, we’ve also completely redesigned the Calendars and Address Book interface to make it easier to use. We hope you all like it!

Now go ahead and test it!

All of us here at fruux would like to thank all of our users for their loyal support and for making fruux what it is today! We have, of course, got plenty of new features in the pipeline so stay tuned to find out what’s in store!

About James

Nothing pleases James more than the smell of the countryside and the atmosphere of his university city of Birmingham. Follow him on Twitter.

fruux is a free service that looks after your contacts, calendars and tasks so you don't have to. It makes sure that they are always in sync, no matter which device or operating system you're using. If you've not tried it yet, then why not check us out and let us know what you think! And if you're already using fruux, then we'd love to hear your thoughts and comments. You can also suggest a feature for any upcoming releases or tweet us: @fruux.