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Offline Editing of Calendars

1. Download your calendar data file (ASCII text) at Calendars Net Download (which is http://www.calendars.net/caldown.htm) by entering there the calendar's name and its Settings-level password, if one exists. See Download Detailed Instructions below.

2. Edit the data file in either of two ways:

Method A: Edit with iCal running on your own computer.

Click HERE to download the free version of the program iCal 3.7. Install it on your computer. Copy your calendar's data file to the directory where you installed iCal and rename your file "default.cal". Use your browser to access and edit calendar; its address will be localhost/name of calendar (with no extension).

Edit the calendar (add new events, etc.) just as if you were connected to Calendars Net. The edits will automatically be saved to default.cal. When done editing, you must copy or rename "default.cal" back to the original name of your calendar (myevents.cal or whatever). Then go to step 3.

Method B: Use any pure ASCII text editor.

You can use MS Notepad, MS Wordpad, or any other pure ASCII text editor to do "search and replaces" or otherwise edit existing events in the file or specify calendar colors, etc.

Note: The structure of the data file is not at all obvious; adding an event in an incorrect format could make your entire file unreadable by Calendars Net and unrecoverable later. Do not use ASCII text editing to create new events. We can almost guarantee that you will regret it. And make sure your ASCII text editor is set up not to wrap text and that it does not insert new line breaks.

If you use this method, you should still download and install iCal on your computer (see instructions under Method A above) and use it to make sure that your edited data file can indeed be read by iCal, before you upload your edited file to Calendars Net. Use iCal on your own computer to read your edited file (renamed to "default.cal"). Or you can just make a backup of your unedited calendar file, then upload the edited file to Calendars Net and check it there. If it works, fine. If not, you can then upload your unedited file back to Calendars Net.

3. After editing and checking the validity of your file locally, upload your calendar's data file to Calendars Net Upload (which is http://www.calendars.net/calup.htm). Please, please remember to rename your file back to its original name before uploading it. Please do not upload your file while it is named default.cal.

Also, please send a message to Offline Editing Used to tell us that you have used offline editing, so we can know if this feature is worthwhile.

Download Detailed Instructions

After you fill out the download form and hit Download the File, a dialog box should appear and allow you to download your file to any directory on your computer, with the correct file name of your calendar. If clicking on the link does not work, try right-clicking on it and choosing "Save Target As" in IE or "Save Link As" in Netscape.

If none of the above methods work, you may need to establish a file association for "cal" files within Netscape or within Windows (if using IE as browser).

To do so in Netscape, go to Edit/Preferences/Navigator/Applications and create a new type. Fill in the 4 fields with iCal, cal, text/plain, and notepad.exe. Save your new type. Then, with the cursor on your new type (iCal), click the Edit button. Then click the radio button for Save to Disk. Click OK twice. Close Netscape completely (including all Netscape windows). Load Netscape. Go to Calendars Net Data File Download and again download your calendar. When the Save File dialog box appears, make sure that Netscape is saving your file as a .cal file and not as a .txt file.

To do so if IE is your broswer, load My Computer or Windows Explorer. Go to View/Folder Options/File Types. Create a new file type called iCal with extension cal and mime type text/plain. Create a new Action, SAVE, using notepad.exe. Check "confirm after download". Click Close twice. Return to IE. Go back to Calendars Net Data File Download and again download your calendar.

If you have not created a new application or file type for "cal" files, then the text of your calendar data file should appear in the bottom frame of this page and should begin with a few short lines of text. In Netscape, you can click anywhere in the frame and use menu choices "File/Save Frame As" to save the frame to your calendar's name (automatic) or to "default.cal" for editing with iCal running on your computer. In IE, however, you need to mark all of the text in the bottom frame (click anywhere on the text there and hit Ctrl-A), save it to the clipboard (Ctrl-C), open an ASCII text editor (such as Notepad or Wordpad), retrieve the text (Ctrl-V), and save it as your calendar's file name (name.cal) or as "default.cal" for editing in iCal running on your computer. If the text appears as a big blob and does not start with a few short lines, you have done something wrong and should again look at the instructions above.

 

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