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Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Moon Phase Calendar in iCal!

Someone asked me if I had a calendar with the moon phase this week. What is great about iCal is that it is totally customizable. You can download calendars or subscribe to calendar feeds. I didn't find a feed for the Moon Phase, but I found a downloadable calendar on Apple.com that is good until 2015. To subscribe to a calendar in iCal, go to "Calendar" and choose "Subscribe...". You can enter the feed URL from there. For a downloadable calendar, you just have to double-click on the file you downloaded and iCal will let you add it to an existing calendar or create a new one. Here is the download link for "Moon Phase Calendar 2.0" from Apple.com.

4 Comments:

Blogger Steve said...

Here's a link to a moon phase ics feed:

www.la-grange.net/2002/09/13-MoonPhase.ics

November 15, 2008 at 6:26 AM  
Blogger Max Weaver said...

Apple almost totally crippled iCal with the release of Leopard. Like many others I was surprised when I saw how restricted it had become.

No longer can you easily edit appointments. They are also crammed into a thin column. It is now practically unusable. I use to live in iCal, it was my most used application on the Mac. I relied on it to organise projects, tasks and appointments.

Many in the Apple community are shocked that Apple is not planning to repair any of the functionality of the previous version that was stripped out in the latest version. A quick search on the topic will reveal hundreds of complaints on the topic.

Thunderbird anyone?

November 16, 2008 at 2:18 AM  
Blogger Pedro da Silva said...

@ Max Weaver:
I actually love the new iCal. It is true that in the previous version you would double click an appointment and edit it easily, but in Leopard you can quickly edit the title by clicking the appointment and pressing 'return', or edit it completely by clicking it and pressing "cmd-E". Not as easy and fast as double-clicking, but it's the only downside I find to the new iCal.
Not sure what you mean by crammed up in a single column... Everything seems perfectly spacious to me. Plus you can resize any part of iCal.

November 16, 2008 at 5:55 PM  
Blogger Max Weaver said...

@Pedro,
That's all good if you just want to edit the title of an appointment. It is practically useless if you want to actually use it to insert appointment information. You have a narrow column only. This is not resizable as you suggest.

November 18, 2008 at 5:40 AM  

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