iCal icon that follows the real date!
One of the real downside that came with the latest OS, Tiger, is that the iCal icon doesn't follow the date anymore. Before Tiger, after you opened iCal, the icon remained with today's date. Not anymore, so we don't have the choice but to solve the problem ourselves. I thought it was really cool when I saw iConiCal on MacUpdate. I thought someone finally solved the problem. Well, they did but it's not automated. I was working on an Automator script to get that more user-friendly, but it didn't really work out. I was always missing an "action" to close iCal afterwards. After giving up on Automator and thinking that I would just use the iCal alarm (even if it wouldn't close iCal afterwards), I found the solution in iConiCal's preferences. To get everything running:
2. Once it is installed, it will load. Go to the settings tab.
3. Choose the color of the icon iCal will have when it is closed.
4. Uncheck the box "Leave iCal open after changing the icons".
5. Click "Okay".
6. When you close iCal, the icon should have kept the date.
The only problem is that it is not automated. To automate it:
1. Open iCal.
2. Create a new calendar called "iCal icon".
3. Create a new event in this calendar.
4. Set a time for the event to happen (I chose 1:00 AM so that the icon would be updated then).
5. Set the "repeat" to "every day".
6. Choose "Open file" in alarm.
7. Select the iConiCal application you installed earlier.
8. You can uncheck the new calendar you created at the left so that you don't see the event among the other events.
That is it! Your iCal icon should now update automatically at the set time. The only downside is that if you put your computer to sleep at night, it will probably wake it up. You can solve this by choosing a time during the day that your computer will most likely be awake.