Four excellent add-ons
Wish Google Apps could do more? A piece of add-on software might help. Here are four of my favorites.
1. Address Book to CSV Exporter (free) exports your OS X Address Book in comma-delimited format so you can import it into your Gmail account. Note that this doesn’t solve the problem of syncing your contacts—if they change, you’ll have to import them again.
2. gDisk (free) lets you put ordinary files and folders in your access-from-anywhere Gmail storage space. That means you can use your Gmail account as a convenient backup location when you're on the road.
3. Google Notifier (free) displays alerts in your menu bar when you have an upcoming event in Google Calendar or new messages in your Gmail inbox. If you’re using the Google Apps package for your domain, a third-party utility called Google Hosted Mail Notifier can alert you to waiting e-mail messages.
4. Spanning Sync (one-time purchase, $65; yearly subscription, $25) lets you perform two-way synchronization between your iCal calendars and Google Calendar.
[ Joe Kissell is the senior editor of TidBits and the author of Real World Mac Maintenance and Backups (Peachpit Press, 2007). ]