The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Publishing your calendars without .Mac!

I have to admit that being able to share calendars between Macs was really one of the features that convinced me to get .Mac. .Mac is great, but it is pricey for what it offers especially if you are not interested in every features included in the package. There is a pretty cool website that offers the service of web published and shared calendars free. It is called iCal Exchange. To publish and share your calendars from iCal:

1. Go to
2. Choose "Create an account" in the right sidebar.
3. Follow the instructions to open a free account.
4. Once your account is created, you can login to get the URL to publish to. The URL should be for private calendars or for public calendars.
5. Now you are ready to go to iCal.
6. In iCal, select the calendar you want to publish at the left.
7. Go to "Calendar" and choose "Publish".
8. For "Publish on", choose "a Private Server".
9. Paste the URL in the "Base URL" field.
10. Enter you login and password for iCal Exchange.
11. Check "Publish changes automatically".
12. Click on "Publish".
13. It will display "Calendar Published".

You calendar is now on the Web. To get it on another Mac:

1. Copy the URL iCal gave you when it displayed "Calendar Published".
2. In iCal (on your other Mac), go to "Calendar" and choose "Subscribe".
3. Paste the URL of your published calendar.

You are done! You now have a .Mac like way of sharing your calendars between Macs and accessing them on the Web!


Blogger twjmiller said...

Is there a way to publish an iweb site if i don't have a .mac acount? i would really like to know!


May 28, 2007 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger liagiba said...

I'd love to know too! I love making iweb sites but I hate the fact that I can't publish them anymore. So sad.

May 29, 2007 at 1:06 AM  
Blogger Salim said...

are you guys serious? LOL ok ok ill help
i love iweb ad use it all the time but dont use .mac HERES HOW!
1.Get a domain name
2.get an ftp client like Transmit or Yummy FTP
3.create website on iweb
4.File > PUBLISH TO FOLDER in iweb
5. Use ftp client to login to server where domain name is hosted
6.Upload the entire folder you published.. VOILA

check out
and which i created on iweb in the next lesson ill teach you how to use paypal and flash in iweb

May 29, 2007 at 2:34 AM  
Blogger Salim said... well as making many different websites in iweb since iweb only creates one site folder, so sad....

May 29, 2007 at 2:36 AM  
Blogger Todd said...

You can just click File>new site if you want to make another site

May 29, 2007 at 4:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there a similar way I can share calendars with people not using a Mac?

May 29, 2007 at 4:54 AM  
Blogger Lisa Walton said...

This is wonderful but it only published the group that was currently selected. Can I do it for all groups?

May 29, 2007 at 5:36 AM  
Blogger Salim said...

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May 29, 2007 at 5:49 AM  
Blogger Jason said...

I've been using icalx for about two years now. Our whole family publish our calendars onto it, so we know who's doing what.
windows and linix users can use Sunbird (from Mozilla) as a standalone webcal client - works perfectly with icalx.
failing that, icax lets other users view you public calendars as a web page.

May 29, 2007 at 6:46 AM  
Blogger ClearlyEnlight said...

Well it's nice we can use iWeb without .Mac. I would think Apple would figure it out that they are charging to much, but maybe they are happy with their customer base that they have. I think it might be worth it if a person takes full advantage of .Mac per year. The problem is iWeb seems kind of limited. Can widgets be loaded in to iWeb?
Regarding iCal could that work being uploaded into blogger ?

May 29, 2007 at 9:53 AM  
Blogger TOM said...

How about Address Book? Can it be shared too? And how to do it? Does the method Salim gives work with Address Book? I would love to be able to share Address Book between my Macs.



Ps Keep all the great tips and comments coming. This is A great place to learn lots of useful stuff!

May 29, 2007 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Franco said...

Hi there people.... first... great page you have made, let´s keep communication flowing, i had learn a lot from here...... ok, I have a question... is possible to make a group of calendars and publish them (yes you can) but the thing is that other people that acces to it can modify it, can you?.... also as Tom, if you can sincro the Address book will be crazy... thanks, is much obvious english is my second language.

May 29, 2007 at 11:19 AM  
Blogger Doc said...


Thanks for the great tips. I wonder if PC users can also access this to make things more streamlined for calendars and addresses?

Great thread.

May 29, 2007 at 3:57 PM  
Blogger MacGeek said...

1. PC users can probably see the calendars online as well. I don't know if there is a PC application that could subscribe to the calendar the way iCal does it.

2. It only does one calendar at the time. You have to do each calendar one by one.

3. I'll take a look to see if there is something similar for Address Book. Maybe for a future tip!


May 29, 2007 at 4:32 PM  
Blogger Franco said...

Thanks.... by the way man I tell you one... to send a file from one disk to another one without copying it push the command and for make a alias push alt+command.


May 29, 2007 at 5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone had trouble with the site? I just tried to do this, but it says my calendar doesn't exist... hmmmm.

May 29, 2007 at 8:16 PM  
Blogger KIKE said...

im having problems with it, the other ends is not recieving things like colour of events and calendar, to dos, and other stuff. is there a list what do they get? or is it malfunctioning with me?

May 30, 2007 at 1:01 AM  
Blogger nekrosys said...

Thank you! I've always wanted to be able to have a function like this.

May 30, 2007 at 7:28 PM  
Blogger Marc said...

On a local network, address-o-sync uses Rendezvous to sync address books (or just specific groups). It's made my life a lot easier:

June 7, 2007 at 7:36 AM  
Blogger jan said...

In case you're having problems with that site, try this alternative, also does public and private calendar publishing straight from ical.

June 8, 2007 at 5:23 PM  

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