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10.4: Automatically handle iCal events in Mail Apps
Tiger only hintTiger Mail and iCal have a nifty new feature where events that come in the mail are automatically sent to iCal for entry on your calendar. However, if you get events from a mailing list, iCal will refuse to let you add the event because it is not addressed to one of your email addresses. So you add the mailing list as one of your email addresses. But then you get really confused when 'smart addresses' make it so mail to the mailing list appears to be to you.

The solution? Create another Address Book entry for the mailing list. It appears that smart addresses will prefer that entry over your own address card where it is just one of many. Phew. But really, it would be nice if iCal didn't try to be so picky and would just let you accept an event that was mailed to you, whether it is mailed to your actual email address or not.
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10.4: Automatically handle iCal events in Mail
Authored by: PinguiNeo on Oct 06, '05 09:14:57AM

Actually, I keep getting an error message, even when I am the only one to received the invitation.
[code] There was a problem receiving this invitation.
Someone invited you to an event using an email address that isn't on your "me" card in Address Book. Find your email address in the following list and add it to your card in Address Book.
[/code]

But I am listed in my address book, with the right address. Any clue?



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10.4: Automatically handle iCal events in Mail
Authored by: jessicao on Oct 06, '05 09:55:15AM

I am experiencing the same problem and thinking it might be a caps issue, I tried all kinds of iterations of my email username to try to capture the address the invite thinks it was sent to -- no good. It still doesn't work.



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10.4: Automatically handle iCal events in Mail
Authored by: chuckwm on Oct 06, '05 04:57:07PM

I had the same problem, it turned out that my palm pilot had put my phone number where my e-mail address was and vice-versa.



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10.4: Automatically handle iCal events in Mail
Authored by: nertzy on Oct 06, '05 04:52:09PM

I wonder if this bug will finally be squashed by 10.4.3.



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10.4: Automatically handle iCal events in Mail
Authored by: ticheler on Nov 14, '05 04:05:43AM

I think that Apple made a very ignorant assumption when implementing this!!! The Original behaviour of iCal worked very well as it was up to me to decide if I accepted an invitation or not, now it is the OS taking over a decision I can perfectly well make myself. This starts to look more and more similar to Windows OS's, something that many people just got so fed up with.
Jeroen



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10.4: Automatically handle iCal events in Mail
Authored by: tsanders on Feb 17, '06 08:50:22AM

I'm having this problem (can't accept invitation because email address mismatch) and neither the email nor the ICS event invitee list are to a mailing list. Both the email header address and the ICS event invitee list contain the same email address and that email appears exactly in my "Me" Address Book entry. Adding further confusion to the mix, another ICS event sent to me 2 days ago with exactly the same email address in both the email and ICS event worked... so I'm at a loss.

I even viewed the raw ICS files to compare them and they are very similar, no clue why it's choking all of a sudden.

OS X 10.4.4/Mail 2.0.5 (746/746.2)/iCal 2.0.3 (1055)



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10.4: Automatically handle iCal events in Mail
Authored by: mprudhom on Feb 17, '06 02:34:05PM

I just had this exact same problem, so I edited the raw .ics file before importing it, and I found that if I changed any part of the "RECURRENCE-ID" field (or just removed it altogether), the I was able to import it successfully. I don't know if that will screw up the event id for subsequent updates to the event, but it at least got it into the calendar.



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10.4: Automatically handle iCal events in Mail
Authored by: sanseref on Jun 29, '09 12:51:11PM

THAT WORKED!!!! Deleting the "RECURRENCE-ID" field allowed me to add it to iCal AND accept the event.



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10.4: Automatically handle iCal events in Mail
Authored by: rvbcave on Nov 24, '05 09:17:41PM

Hey Gang,

Happy Thanksgiving! I just stumbled on this site and I am glad I did!! This is my first post so if I sound like a simpleton please excuse me.

How do I enable this feature in mail to create an event in ical. I used to do this all the time in Entourage but I have switched fully to mail and ical. For instance, if I get an email bill reminder and I want to put it on the day that the bill is due in Ical. How do I do it?? I also schedule some of my patients that make appts. by email how do I take that mail email and create an ical appointment from the mail? Thanks in advanced!!!

My best to all!

Robby



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10.4: Automatically handle iCal events in Mail
Authored by: bengber on May 25, '07 10:46:18AM

I found that if manually edit the ics file in TextEdit and remove all the attendees except myself it will import.

Sometimes it works without doing this, sometimes it doesn't. But so far this solution has always worked for me.



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10.4: Automatically handle iCal events in Mail
Authored by: mjg on Jun 25, '07 07:32:43AM

I found this item while searching for a solution to this problem. Adding a new Address Book entry for the mailing list doesn't seem to work for me. I have found another workaround, though: just drag the .ics file from Mail onto the iCal window, and the event will be added. You can't reply with an acceptance, though.



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