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10.4: View Address Book birthdays in iCal System 10.4
Tiger only hintTo get the birthdays of your contacts in Address Book to show up in previous versions of iCal, I had used a little tool which took all those dates and made a recurring event in iCal. Annoying, since I had to run an application everytime I added a birthday.

I just found that in 10.4, this is no longer needed. In the iCal preferences just check the Show Birthdays Calendar checkbox. This made a new calender show up in iCal with all birthdays of the people in my Address Book. The events cannot be edited, and the information pane has a link to the contact's card.

A welcome new feature if you ask me. There is room for improvement, though, as it would be nice to have the birth year or age added, and it would be nice to be able to set a reminder or what not.
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Old manual method had actually better sync support
Authored by: sabberworm on Jun 06, '05 11:09:52AM

I'd also used iCal Birthday Shifter in 10.3. When I synced my calendars with my Nokia 6600 via iSync, the birthday entries got nice little gift icons next to them. When i sync now with OS 10.4, the entries that iCal made directly from the address book just have normal icons.
Of course, this could also by iSync-related and not have anything to do with the iCal and the new birthday-calendar, I can't tell since I switched both simultaniously.



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Old manual method had actually better sync support
Authored by: callefjant on Jun 06, '05 02:47:52PM

(While on to these more or less hinty hints, there is an Age-plugin for Adress Book available on VT/MU that automatically calculates the age. This was btw, in my opinion, the single most valuable feature in Tiger).



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10.4: View Address Book birthdays in iCal
Authored by: adrianm on Jun 06, '05 11:43:54AM

How is this a hint? It's a very public new feature of iCal/Addressbook.



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10.4: View Address Book birthdays in iCal
Authored by: delGrey on Jun 06, '05 12:25:23PM

Hear! Hear!
Some of these "hints" are bordering on the ridiculous.
RTFM



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10.4: View Address Book birthdays in iCal
Authored by: osxpounder on Jun 06, '05 01:10:23PM

It's a hint because I didn't know about it. Thanks, gadg, for taking the time to share this helpful hint!

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10.4: View Address Book birthdays in iCal
Authored by: dan55304 on Jun 08, '05 11:39:54AM

Who made you the editor? Don't waste our bandwidth. Why did you read it the hint if it was so trival? We don't need this kind of trolling.



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10.4: View Address Book birthdays in iCal
Authored by: willjwade on Jun 06, '05 01:59:27PM

I have to agree with the previous comments - this isnt much of a "hint" more of a repetition of whats on the feature list for tiger (e.g: http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/ical/ "Happier Birthdays"). However I won't *censored* - its a easy mistake to make..

what I want to really know, is as the original poster noted, is there a way of setting alarms for birthdays with this feature? It's pretty useless without it!! (I've "blamed" this current "feature" on me missing my sister and brothers birthday last month..)



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10.4: View Address Book birthdays in iCal
Authored by: GlowingApple on Jun 06, '05 06:22:07PM

I agree that without having the ability to set alarms for these, it is fairly pointless.

The reason I have birthdays listed in my calendar is to remind me that I have to buy presents or wish someone a happy birthday, so not having the ability to set a reminder for these defeats the purpose.

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Jayson --When Microsoft asks you, "Where do you want to go today?" tell them "Apple."



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10.4: View Address Book birthdays in iCal
Authored by: n8gray on Jun 08, '05 01:52:05AM

So send Apple feedback asking for the feature! You'd better believe I have.



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10.4: View Address Book birthdays in iCal
Authored by: mark hunte on Jun 06, '05 03:26:38PM
Heres one that I wrote for my address book.

It calcs the age of the person, and shows it when you click the birthday tab in addressbook.

it needs to be compiled and put into the addressboog plugins folder

using terms from application "Address Book"
	on action property
		return "birth date"
	end action property
	
	on action title for p with e
		
		return (first name of p & " is " & ((year of (current date)) - (year of e)) as string) & " yrs old,  " & (day of e as string) & " " & (month of e as string) & " - this Year"
	end action title
	
	on should enable action for p with e
		return true
	end should enable action
	
	on perform action for p with e
		
		return true
		
	end perform action
end using terms from

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10.4: View Address Book birthdays in iCal
Authored by: scamper on Jun 06, '05 05:47:16PM

I'm missing something obvious, but where is this feature? I'm using Tiger, Address Book 4.0.1, and I don't see this anywhere in the app's Preferences. Which prefs "tab" is it supposed to be under?

I'm either going blind or I'm somehow using an pre-Tiger Address Book!



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10.4: View Address Book birthdays in iCal
Authored by: mumblingmynah on Jun 06, '05 06:42:35PM

It's in the iCal preferences, not the Address Book's. Under 'General,' check 'Show Birthday Calendar.' Note however that in Address Book, you DO need to turn on the birthdays field under 'Preferences> Template.'



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10.4: View Address Book birthdays in iCal
Authored by: scamper on Jun 06, '05 08:58:20PM

Thanks! Actually this same answer just occurred to me as I was pondering it elsewhere. I knew it was something obvious... ;)



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10.4: View Address Book birthdays in iCal
Authored by: rhowell on Jun 06, '05 07:01:14PM

Interestingly, if you enable the Birthday quasi-calendar in iCal on Tiger, then sync up via .Mac to a Panther system, the birthdays show as normal events, with reminder features, etc on the Panther system.



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10.4: View Address Book birthdays in iCal
Authored by: jmakeig on Jun 07, '05 12:32:39AM

Am I a complete dunce? I can't seem to get this to work. I see the Birthdays calendar in the iCal list and I've entered birthdays in my address book, but nothing ever seems to show up in iCal. I must be missing something very obvious, no?

Justin



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10.4: View Address Book birthdays in iCal
Authored by: callefjant on Jun 07, '05 03:13:34PM

Content-menu -> Show full-day events (or whatever it says on English systems).



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10.4: View Address Book birthdays in iCal
Authored by: jmakeig on Jun 08, '05 12:06:17AM

View -> Show All-Day Events

Thanks for the tip, but I already had that enabled. Weird.



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10.4: View Address Book birthdays in iCal
Authored by: kaz219 on Sep 21, '05 07:07:40AM

Did you use the "Birthday" field of the address book or did you create one yourself? The "Birthday" field should be between the emails and the "friend" "assistant" etc fields and you should see "Birthday" deemed in the Birthday field if nothing is put in it and your are editing the card. If not, you probably created it yourself using the "custom..." option of the phone numbers fields e.g.

In the preferences of address book, go to "template" tab, click the drop menu "Add filed" and select Birthday.

Hope it helps.



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10.4: View Address Book birthdays in iCal
Authored by: meercat on Dec 20, '07 01:45:15PM

I can't get this to work either. I have done all the steps outlined here and it still does NOT show up in ical. Is there a way to sync them? Or is it supposed to be automatic as soon as you add a birthday to the address book?

Please help... I find lots of blogs telling how to set it up (which I have done repeatedly) but none to deal with it not working.
Thanks!



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