6/16/08
6:57 am

MacMost Now 94: Subscribing to Calendars with iCal

Gary Rosenzweig shows you how you can subscribe to free and interesting calendars using iCal.

Video Transcript
Hi this is Gary Rosenzweig with another fine episode of MacMost Now. Let's go an take a look at iCal today. Now one of the coolest features of iCal is the ability to subscribe to calendars. Calendars that are not necessarily yours. You can subscribe to calendars that are publicly shared on the internet. Lets take a look at exactly what you can do with this feature:
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So here is iCal. Now if we go up to the menu into the calendar menu, we find a find and share calendars menu item. We go to that an it is going to take us to the web, and its going to take us to a spot on Apple's site. This spot list all sorts of shared calendars, some made by apple, some made by other companies. There is all sorts of things here, there are religious holidays, there's holidays for different counties, there's all sorts of sports teams and their schedules. If you want to subscribe to any of these, all you need to do is go ahead and click on the link there. For instance, here is the dvd new release calendar. Click on that, and it takes you to a page that tells you more about it and you can go ahead and download it. What happens is it will launch iCal if it isn't already launched. It will give you a link, instead of http, we've got webCal. We hit scribe, and what will happen is, it will download the most recent version. It should keep it up to date as it changes, and you'll get a chance to rename it if you want. Now you've got your subscriptions here, and you can go ahead and see the different releases. So for this week, we've got these new releases coming out.
Now there is also a variety of other sites that provide calendars that you can share. Apple site really isn't kept that up to date. The first one I like to go too is one call iCalShare.com. Go to this one and it will list tons and tons and tons of different calendars all by category. Another one I like to go to is called iCalWorld. Same kind of thing, just more calendars here, so you can check both places and find different calendars.
Now here is something else that is really cool. You can publish your own calendar. Select your calendar, and go ahead to your calendars menu and instead of subscribe, or find share calendars, go to publish. It gives you some options here, you can publish to .mac or your own private server. So there is a lot of different things you can do with this. You can create your own calendar for you favorite sports team, or little league team and then share it with everybody else on that team. You can also search the internet for calendars you may be interested in. Maybe your own organization, or some private organization has their own iCal calendar published only at their website., so its not going to be at one of these other sites. Anyway, this is a very useful thing, if you want to subscribe to various calendars find out what's going on or if you want to create your own for others to subscribe to. Until next time this is Gary Rosenzweig with MacMost Now.