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I was looking for an iCal-compatible desktop calendar, but couldn't find one I liked. So instead, I did the following:
  1. Opened iCal.
  2. Selected Print.
  3. Saved to a PDF. This gave me a PDF file with all my calendars, a key and a small display for the previous and next months.
  4. Made the PDF my desktop picture (centred).
Next, I'll try to make an AppleScript to do the same thing every time the calendar is updated.
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A simple iCal-compatible desktop calendar
Authored by: Crimson Napkin on May 12, '04 05:39:15PM

But... but... that's too SIMPLE! Isn't there some way to do the same thing with a shell script, cron and Adobe Acrobat?

OK... serious now. I like this tip... it's one of those "DOH!" ideas (to me, anyway). Sooper simple and useful. Thanks!

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A simple iCal-compatible desktop calendar
Authored by: M0rtimer on Nov 13, '07 01:20:41PM

What is going on with this topic? Anyone got a script ready?

When i print to pdf, the file doesn't include a white background, så the print, when set to desktop, is transperant over a black background. Not very clever ;-/

Olnorth: How did you cope with this.

Tried all the suggestions on other applications, with no real conviction.

Morten



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A simple iCal-compatible desktop calendar
Authored by: mark hunte on May 12, '04 06:41:24PM

When you're in the Print to File part , click on the layout tab and you will see an option for iCal,
which gives some control over whats printed.
Also on my powerbook (jag) I had to set page size to landscape.

You can also do week view, which I like.

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A simple iCal-compatible desktop calendar
Authored by: bluehz on May 13, '04 12:45:29AM

Interesting that it displays the calendar with transparency over my current desktop picture... hmmm. The calendar boxes themselves are filled white - but the month name, and mini-calendars are sitting on transparent bakcground and display the image behind them.



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A simple iCal-compatible desktop calendar
Authored by: smkaiser on May 13, '04 08:31:53AM
Rather than going through this process manually or by creating an applescript to do it would be to enable personal web sharing (and php), install phpicalendar (open source) and configure it to look at your ~/Library/Calendars/ directory for the calendars, and use an application such as webdesktop (freeware) to display your phpicalendar enabled iCal information.

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A simple iCal-compatible desktop calendar
Authored by: RandyInLA on May 16, '04 06:12:12AM

After looking through the phpicalendar website forum, i found that you can't reference the ~/Library/Calendars directory directly. The way I found around this was to enable full access to the phpcalendar/calendars folder (teminal: "chmod 777 calendars" from within /Users/username/phpicalendar folder) and use the publish feature of iCal. when publishing from ical, use http://localhost/~username/phpicalendar/calendars/publish.php as the url and set iCal to 'auto publish.' Now, whenever I add/update something in iCal, it publishes to my phpicalendar/calendars folder which is the url chosen within webdesktop.
(note: read through phpicalendar config file and publish.php for instructions on how to turn on the WebDav emulation publish feature)



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A simple iCal-compatible desktop calendar
Authored by: Didier on May 13, '04 10:45:48AM

Did you get a look to iCalViewer ?

iCalViewer is an application and screen saver which displays calendar events as boxes dynamically ... see http://www.iCalViewer.com/.



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A simple iCal-compatible desktop calendar
Authored by: hoosker on May 13, '04 11:17:22AM

I really like MenuCalendar. Version 1.8.0 now sinks with iCal. It is small out of the way but ready for quick access (date icon is displayed in the Finder menu bar) and best of all it is free. Works with Panther.

http://www.objectpark.net/mc.html



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A simple iCal-compatible desktop calendar
Authored by: kupietz on Jul 03, '09 06:20:13AM

Hey there, just sticking a note on here in case anybody finds this thru Google like I did.

Save yourself the frustration - don't bother with phpicalendar. It's everything that can be terrible about Open Source software - poor documentation scattered randomly through comments in a million files, buggy, requires installing php and monkeying with Apache config files, has a million weird poorly-explained settings, etc.

Not to mention the fact the the download links from Sourceforge only give you corrupt zip files... you've got to google around just to find an older version that can be unzipped! Somebody on this project is a really, really lackadaisical developer.

Than, after 6 hours of jimmying with it, including troubleshooting and finally just disabling entire sections of code which simply are broken and prevent you from publishing your iCal calendars to it, I am finally left with a semi-functional calendar that displays all my iCal calendars, but with all my events displayed 8 or 16 hours off from when they should. IE events that are set to June 23 at 8pm in iCal, it displays in phpicalendar at 4am on June 23, and evens set for 11am display as 7pm. They do have clearly marked defaults to manually set the time zone - none of which do anything. This thing is the best argument for commercial software I've ever seen.



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A simple iCal-compatible desktop calendar
Authored by: wheel0513 on Oct 11, '07 07:55:45AM
MenuCalender Clock works great for me.

http://www.coolosxapps.net/2005/07/08/menucalender-clock/

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A simple iCal-compatible desktop calendar
Authored by: wheel0513 on Oct 11, '07 07:59:11AM
MenuCalender Clock works great for me.

http://www.objectpark.net/mcc.html

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