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What if Weird Birthdays or Other Events are Showing Up on My Calendar?

If you see events on your calendar that do not appear to be yours, and if you cannot seem to access these events by clicking on the number of the date on which they appear, it is very likely that you have inadvertently checked one of the numerous Add-In event lists that Calendars Net users have uploaded. To correct this, go to Administer This Calendar, Add-Ins, and make sure that only the Add-Ins you want are checked.

Putting Images into a Calendar

Images in Calendar's Header, Footer, Events, or Pop-up Text

You can embed into your calendar any image that resides anywhere on the internet, although this may cause your calendar to load slowly (depending on the responsiveness of the server where your image resides). You can also use the Calendars Net Upload System to upload an image to our server and then put that image in your calendar.  But, unless you have access to a decent web hosting server, by far the best way is to upload your image to one of a great many web sites that provide free image hosting and "hotlinking" to those images.

Just use HTML to put images in your calendar's header, footer, events, or pop-up text. Say you want to put an image named "myimage1.gif" anywhere in your calendar. It can go in the header, footer, or in any event (daily, duration, or periodic) Say that file resides at http://www.freeservers.com/thisuser/graphics/myimage.gif. Just put this code where you want the image to appear:

<img src="http://www.freeservers.com/thisuser/graphics/myimage1.gif">

You don't need to upload the image to Calendars Net, unless it is not on any internet site anywhere else. If you don't have any other server for the graphic, you can store it at any of dozens of web sites that allow the uploading of "hosted images" or "hosted files."  "Hosted" means that anyone can access the files, not just the person who uploaded them.  Another term for the same thing is allowing "hotlinking" of the uploaded files   Here is a list of 70 web sites that provide free hosting of images or files; many of them allow "hotlinking" to those files:

Free Image Hosts

We have only tried a few of them.  PhotoBucket looks good and even provides the HTML code to paste into your calendar.  ImageShack is extremely simple and also provides the code.  MooLoad looks amazingly simple and also provides the code.  But dozens of them are probably equally good.  Note that some will delete a file if it is not accessed for a period of time, ranging from 30 days to much longer.  So, if one person uses your calendar and sees the image per month, it should stay available.

For those sites that do not provide the HTML code, you can refer to your images there in your calendar by means of <img> tags.  This tag is formed merely by starting with <img src= and then pasting in the URL of the image, follwed by the end bracket, >.  You can copy the URL of just about any image merely by right clicking on the filename of the image and choosing Copy Shortcut in IE or choosing Copy Link Location in Mozilla or Firefox.

As a last resort (and one we may discontinue) you can upload it to Calendars Net Upload. You would then refer to it as:

<img src=/myimage1.gif>

Note that you must have a / in front of the file name. If you leave that off, the image will display only on the current selected month (or day or week or year) and not on any calendars you navigate to. This offers an interesting way to speed up calendar display. If you want the user to see your graphics once and do not care whether they then appear on other calendar views for that user, just leave out the / in the src= reference.

If you upload an image to Calendars Net, please give it a very unusual name, based on your calendar's name, so it doesn't overwrite any other user's graphic already on the site. If you calendar is named "thisnow", then name your images thisnow1.gif, thisnow2.gif, etc. Note that you must put a slash in front of the image name, or it will not always appear when you want it.

Background Images

You can also put a background image or texture behind your calendar, using the Page Background Image box on the Colors menu. You can embed into your calendar any image that resides anywhere on the internet, although this may cause your calendar to load slowly (depending on the responsiveness of the server where your image resides). You can also use the Calendars Net Upload System to upload an image to our server and then use that image as background for your calendar.

To use an image somewhere else on the internet, put a reference to the image in the Page Background Image box on the Colors menu, like this:

http://www.mywebsite.com/goodimage.gif

Please do not try to refer to an image on Tripod, because it probably won't work.

Or you can upload the image to our servers, using the Calendars Net Upload System. You would then refer to it in the Page Background Image box on the Colors menu. For example, if you want your background image to consist of the image clubeventsredpaper.gif (which you have uploaded to Calendars Net), then you would enter "clubeventsredpaper.gif" in the Page Background Image box.

If you upload a background image to Calendars Net, please give it a very unusual name, based on your calendar's name, so it doesn't overwrite any other user's graphic already on the site. If you calendar is named "thisnow", then name your background images thisnowbgnd1.gif, thisnowbgnd2.gif, etc. Or at least start the name of the image with the name of your calendar. This also helps us move the correct files to the Premium Server, should you later decide to put your calendar there.

By default, the background image shows through only around the outside of the calendar, not inside the calendar elements. But you can change this. If you want the background image to show through every day on the calendar, for example, then go to Administer This Calendar, Colors, Direct Color Assignments, and put a blank in the box for Day Colors-Background Color. This will allow the background image to show through all of the days of the month or week or whatever view option you are using. Similarly, you can let the background image show through all of the other elements of the calendar, merely by setting the Background Color for that element to blank on the Direct Color Assignments menu. So you can have the background image show through the title, header, footer, week day titles, navigation bars, etc. Note: This does not work to change the background of pop-up text boxes.

Some users of Netscape 4.x report that, unless there is some color indicated for Day Colors-Background Color, all days with events in them show up as solid black. To avoid this, go to Administer This Calendar, Colors, Direct Color Assignment and make sure there is some color name or number indicated in the Day Colors-Background Color box.

Why is a Big Image Missing from My Calendar?

Calendars Net servers are slowed down by loading calendars that link to huge image files that users have uploaded to Calendars Net.  This problem does not occur when the image is located somewhere else on the internet.

To speed up the system for everyone, we have occasionally removed all image files larger than 50k. If you see an image missing from your calendar, this is probably the reason. In 2005, we have taken a new approach and have used Picassa to reduce the size of all uploaded image files larger than 50k. If the resulting file is less than 50k, we have restored it to Calendars Net. In some cases, this step changes a .bmp or .gif or .png file to a .jpg file. So, if your uploaded image is missing from your calendar, go to where your calendar references the image and change the extension of it to .jpg. This may resurrect your image.

If your images are missing, you can restore them by saving your images as smaller files and uploading them back to Calendars Net. There are many programs that reduce the file size of images, including Google's free Picassa and shareware or trialware, such as Xat Image Optimizer. You can dramatically reduce the size of GIF and JPG files just by changing the color depth from to 256 colors using shareware programs like such as ACDSee (available at Download.com and eslewhere). You can also convert BMP files (very big) to GIF, JPG, or PNG formats (much smaller) with no apparent loss of clarity.

If you absolutely need to have us restore your huge image file, then please Request Restoral of Big Image File.

Exchanging Data with Microsoft Outlook and Other Programs

Data Importing: iCal 3.5+ allows the user to import data from a MS Outlook calendar and to export data that an Outlook calendar can use. It can also import and export files using the iCal field format, but that is pretty complicated.

To import your Outlook calendar data into your Calendars Net calendar:

  1. In Outlook, export your Outlook calendar to a comma separated values (.csv) text file.
  2. Outlook by default will name the .csv file it generates "outlook.csv." You must change the name of that file on your computer to the name of your calendar but with .csv on the end, like "johncalendar.csv".
  3. Outlook often produces a .csv file with a blank line at the bottom. You must delete this line, so that the last thing in the .csv file is the last character on a line that actually contains an event. You can delete the blank line using an ASCII text editor, such as MS Notepad or MS Wordpad.
  4. Use the Calendars Net Upload System to upload to Calendars Net the .csv file generated on your computer by Outlook.
  5. Then, on your Calendars Net calendar, go to Administer This Calendar, Data Importing. Choose "CSV MS Outlook" as the file type and enter the name of the .csv file you uploaded in the Import Server File. Then hit the Import File button.

Data Exporting: You can export your Calendars Net data into MS Outllook or other programs this way:

  1. With your Calendars Net calendar, go to Administer, Data Exporting and complete the form. The result will be the generation of a file with the name of your calendar but with a .csv extension. You will not be able to click on this file to download it; that is what we are working to fix. Instead:
  2. Use the Calendars Net Download System to download this CSV file. Just put the name of the file (your calendar's name with .csv extension) in the box calling for Full Name of Your Calendar Data File to Download.

These steps will produce a CSV file on your computer that MS Outlook can import.

Calendars in Other Languages, without Instant Translation

The various links to other languages in this site go to Altavista Babelfish, which provides instant translations of the page. These translations are not always good, and Babelfish gives up before providing full translations of long HTML pages.

All of the public (free) servers and Premium Servers now use iCal 3.6, which allows each calendar's administrator to choose to have the calendar and its menus displayed in English, German, Danish, or Dutch. Just click on General Settings on the Calendar Administration menu. Translations of the Calendar structure and menus into other languages are in progress (Norwegian is almost ready).

Anyone who contributes a complete and competent translation of the calendar template iinto any other language can choose from these services, free:

  1. Free Year of Premium Server Calendar on Calendars Net ($36 value)
  2. Free Year of a Multiple Merging Server on Calendars Net ($170 value)
  3. Free Registered Copy of Ical Professional ($395 value), which can be used on any Windows NT/2000 server (see Brownbear Software for details).

Just email us at I Want to Translate the Template and tell us your language.

In addition, you can also set the Month and Day headings in your calendar to anything you want, in any language. From your calendar, click on Administer this Calendar, Month/Day Headings, and fill in the form.

Instant Translation of Calendars into Other Languages

You can also offer users "instant translations" versions of your English-based calendar into Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portguese, Japanese, Chinese, or Korean.

  1. Get the HTML code here.
  2. Select the target languages.
  3. Change "CALENDARNAME" in the HTML code to the name of your calendar.
  4. Copy and paste the modified code into the header of your calendar.

Notes:

  1. For the calendar to display property, your users must have installed the proper fonts, particularly the non-Latin fonts for Japanese, Chinese, and Korean.
  2. Once the calendar is translated into, say, French, you cannot then click on Version Espagnole and expect the French to be converted to Spanish. To get the Spanish version, you have to go back to the English version and then click on Spanish Version.
  3. If you click on the List display, all of your pop-up texts are translated. In Block mode, however, if you click on an event linked to pop-up text, the pop-up text is not translated (and is not even found!).

 

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