Comparing Rainlendar and Rainmeter is roughly equivalent to comparing a wine glass and a placemat. While Rainlendar seeks to provide a customisable calendar application, Rainmeter provides the foundation for a total desktop modification, complete with calendar, news feeds, weather and whatever else is needed.
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Rainlendar is a highly customisable application for keeping track of to-do lists, dates and events. It supports the standard iCal format, works on all major operating systems and features a system for both events and tasks. Rainlendar's goal is to stay unobtrusive but keep your events and tasks always visible on your desktop.
Rainmeter's more recent versions come with a basic set of "skins," or addons, which display a news feed, the current weather, the time and date and a set of links to common programs. Rainmeter is completely mutable, and each skin consists of a plain text file describing how it works and what it looks like. This means that even if the skin you want isn't available, you can generally find something similar, and modify it to meet your needs. Rainmeter, like Rainlendar, is always present on your desktop.
Rainmeter is completely free, and doesn't have any premium features or settings. Rainlendar is also free, though to use some of the advanced features like online sync with Web-based calendars, you must make a one-time purchase of Rainlendar Pro. However, Rainlendar Pro does operate in trial mode, allowing users to get a look at the full feature set before they purchase.
Rainlendar can sync with any website or application that uses the iCal format, including Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook. Rainmeter skins can be found on the program's website along with external sites such as Deviantart and Customize.org.
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