If you’re like me, organizing schedules of family members is one royal pain in the butt.

And while a number of companies have tried to solve that problem — including Seattle’s Cozi — each day passes in my family without any real solution. (I know the solution exists, but just haven’t had time to investigate).

Seattle startup Rodax Software is hoping to make some inroads in the very crowded market with the release today of Skedi, a $9.99 iPhone application that allows various family members to coordinate the trips to the store and soccer practice no matter which calendar program people use.

Creator John Boyer notes:

“Skedi lets parents avoid conflicting appointments or the need to go home to check everyone’s calendars first by managing everyone’s schedules on the go directly from their smartphone.  With Skedi, everyone in the family can continue to use their favorite calendar – Skedi automatically takes that information and combines it in a single iPhone app that can be managed by parents.”

That means you don’t have to retype in multiple appointments or check multiple calendars. It also allows users to import calendars from school, work or other activities, and plan new activities that show up on the shared calendar.

The price is a bit high at $9.99, but there’s no ongoing service fee. As this post shows, there’s no shortage of competition in the mobile calendar arena with services such as CalenGoo, GoCal and Pocket Calendar.

Comments

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get the value of this over google calendar.  It can combine multiple calendars.  I use it for my family – 2 kids, mom, dad.  Lots of things going on and it works great.   runs on phones, pads and PCs,  Free.

    • Pixelpusher

      Our family, too, use google calendar and love it. Brings in the team soccer calendar, etc. Gotta love the price. Tough market to try And break in to especially at $9.99.

  • Obvious isn’t it?

    As others have already said, Google Calendar already does this and more. You can color code each of the calendars, provide read only or read/write access to each calendar, publish it privately or publicly.

    What more do you want?

  • http://johnboyer.myopenid.com/ John Boyer

    I’m a busy parent too. My family uses different calendars at work, school, home—that is—Microsoft Exchange at work, subscribed calendars for school and other activities (some Google, some not), Yahoo!, MobileMe, and Google Calendar. So we built Skedi to combine all of our family member’s calendars into a single app. 

    While Google Calendar offers a great service, it does not offer the same features as Skedi. Skedi aggregates events, from disparate calendaring systems, for each family member; it enables parents to delegate events to other parents or babysitters; and saves every Skedi event in their favorite calendar – something that Google and other free services do not offer.

    We believe that everyone in the family should continue to use their favorite calendar. That’s why we are dedicated to making scheduling between family members and their calendars easier.

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