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iCal calendar publishing is pretty darned handy. It lets you view shared calendars by subscribing to them directly in the iCal application. Unfortunately, unless you have a .Mac subscription, Mac OS X Server, or some other WebDAV-enabled server at your disposal, publishing iCal calendars is impossible -- iCal publishing requires WebDAV. But now there's a way.

Box.net offers free 1GB accounts, and their servers run WebDAV. So here's what you need to do, in a nutshell:
  1. Set up your box.net subscription (easy and fast!).
  2. In iCal, publish your calendar (Calendar -> Publish) to https://www.box.net/dav, using your box.net account name (email) and password.
  3. Subscribe to the calendar in iCal (Calendar -> Subscribe) at http://www.box.net/dav/Your_Calendar.ics. NOTE: Do not use https here.
That's it! Your calendar will be automatically refreshed and synced between computers. I use this to sync my Home and Work calendars. It's great, and it's free. What could be better?

Shameless plug: I've written more detailed and illustrated instructions on my blog, but thought this might have wide enough appeal to share here. If you need more help, check out my detailed instructions.
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Publish iCal calendars without .Mac
Authored by: beber666 on Jun 15, '06 08:09:42AM
http://www.gregwestin.com/webdav_for_ical.php
On this page you can find a step by step to create your own WebDav server, only with the built-in Apache server of MacOS X client

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Publish iCal calendars without .Mac
Authored by: andrew_zinn on Jun 15, '06 08:34:51AM
I use iCal Exchange, www.icalx.com. Also free.

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Publish iCal calendars without .Mac
Authored by: ab on Jun 15, '06 08:35:11AM
Here is another example I wrote for use with the software I represent: http://mail.stalker.com/~ab/iCal/

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Publish iCal calendars without .Mac
Authored by: aaronclyon on Jun 15, '06 08:41:24AM

Is it possible to share a calendar between two users? I.e., can two computers publish the same ics file and not step on each other's toes?

I publish my family's calendar from iCal, and my wife reads it at work using a web browser, but she'd like to be able to edit and post events. She's on Windows XP. What software can she use to collaborate with me on our calendar?



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Publish iCal calendars without .Mac
Authored by: foilpan on Jun 15, '06 08:56:24AM

you could try sunbird on windows. find it here: http://www.mozilla.org/projects/calendar/sunbird/



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Publish iCal calendars without .Mac
Authored by: richmc on Jun 15, '06 10:05:57AM
You can always try out this free app called CalTalk.
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/19100

Works on a local netowrk.



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Publish iCal calendars without .Mac
Authored by: hsinha on Jun 15, '06 01:52:17PM

Works perfectly. It is one of the easiest to setup and no posting calender on internet.

TIP: It helps to open port 24080 for iCal bonjour in Firewall tab.



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Publish iCal calendars without .Mac
Authored by: djones on Jun 15, '06 09:00:07AM
I published a method here on macosxhints awhile back that also lets you do this on your own web server, even if they don't have WebDav, by using Automator.
Publish iCal without WevDav using Automator

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Multi-platform calendar sharing with DAV
Authored by: silas on Jun 15, '06 09:11:08AM
Here's an article I wrote on multi-platform calendar sharing (including iCal / OS X) using WebDAV. It touches on some similar topics and may be useful if you're considering unified calendaring in a mixed environment.

Silas

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This link might help too.
Authored by: SuperCrisp on Jun 15, '06 02:44:57PM
Publish iCal calendars without .Mac
Authored by: mc717990 on Jun 15, '06 09:43:53AM
There's another easy method too, which works with any standard web server with php support:

http://phpicalendar.net/

There's a plugin which lets you publish stuff from iCal. It's called calendars/publish.ical.php and is included by default with this application.

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yes, PHPiCalendar, without webdav :-)
Authored by: Herve5 on Jun 19, '06 03:20:33AM

I strongly support PHPiCalendar, and it should be underlined that once installed on your ISP or own server, it will "look like" a webdav server to iCal, while *not* requiring webdav in any way. Very nifty PHP code :-)

BTW, if you need "more" than just publishing a number of calendars from ical, you then have WebCalendar that will allow you to edit right on the server from anywhere, and you still can subscribe to it from iCal afterwards.
The only issue with WebCalendar is that contrary to PHPiCalendar, it won't digest iCal publishings automatically (it has a nice GUI to transfer iCal files manually, so that's OK for displacing an iCal calendar, but not at all for daily updates)
To some extent I wonder whether this is not an issue from iCal (not really being intended a collaborative, group calendar application)

I daily use both of them: PHPiCalendar to see a series of "home-created" schedules from everywhere, and WebCalendar to send back home events I create on my work PC.
When at home iCal sees all, when at work I get all in two tabs on Firefox (PHPiCal + WebCal)



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Publish iCal calendars without .Mac
Authored by: Zuul on Jun 15, '06 11:09:28AM
I use iCal Exchange (www.icalx.com) as well, and it's great. It also has the added bonus of being able to have password protected (called private) calendars. You can also have public calendars that are wide open. Very useful!

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Publish iCal calendars without .Mac
Authored by: pelorus on Jun 16, '06 12:12:40AM
Infurious, a new Mac software company, is about to release two interesting products in this area.

SyncBridge will duplicate .Mac functionality (allowing editable sharing of calendars) but for more than 3 Macs.

SyncBridge GE will allow you to use iCal to view and modify your Google Calendar.

Both to be released in the next month or so. (and yes, I am involved with them)

http://www.infurious.com/

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Problems with box and webdav
Authored by: SOX on Jun 16, '06 10:15:40AM

When I connect by webdav to box.com I am able to upload files by dragging them into folders. But then they Vanish from view. I can still see them on the box.com safari access but they are invisible to the finder mounted webdav folder. Anyone know how to fix this.



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Problems with box and webdav
Authored by: earlshango on Jun 17, '06 01:20:23PM
Check out this site:

http://www.uneasysilence.com/archive/2006/05/6506/

Apparently there's a bug in the Finder WebDAV client (or Box.net, I'm not sure which) involving filenames with spaces. The Automator action on that site replaces the spaces with underscores.

Also, I've found that Transmit works well with Box.net.

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Publish iCal calendars without .Mac
Authored by: osxpounder on Jun 20, '06 03:38:55PM

I think I got "publish" and "sync" confused, because I got all excited when I first saw this hint, thinking I'd finally be able to keep my iCal sync'd without a .Mac account.

I tried publishing, though, and the big drawback I saw was that I can't change the calendar I subscribe to.

I have an iPod -- isn't that supposed to sync iCals for me? I was already using iCal on 3 different Macs before I got the iPod, which might explain why I haven't found the magic combo of preferences that will just sync the iCal for any of these machines.

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What clown decided that the iPod calendar view didn't need to show you the Location field? I guess they always use the same room at Apple.



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Publish iCal calendars without .Mac
Authored by: osxpounder on Jun 20, '06 04:07:56PM

Just posting here must have lit a fire under me, because I think I just figured it out. Looks like I have 2 Macs synchronizing via iPod. I think the key was to delete all iCal calendars from one Mac's iCal, then import .ics files from the other computer. Now each computer has same cal files to start with, and it looks like it's synchronizing. I'll know for sure in a few days, when my iCals either stay synced or don't.

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What clown designed the iPod calendar reminder, which won't show you the Location field? Guess they always meet in the same room at Apple?



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Publish iCal calendars without .Mac
Authored by: jduffas on Nov 01, '06 08:29:58AM

hello,

I made a site called iCal Consult.
it' s a kind of "ical exchange" but with new ideas, like a "nomade" calendar, that you can change from anywhere on the web, and synchronize on yuor ical app.

everything is free.

jean duffas



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Publish iCal calendars without .Mac
Authored by: Euklid on Dec 14, '06 05:22:28AM
How to share the calendars among different users on the same Mac for OS X Tiger.

http://www.sight.ch/tricks/iCal_for_All.html

Works fine for us!

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Publish iCal calendars without .Mac
Authored by: whytoi on Sep 24, '08 02:54:55PM

Does this hint still work? I can't seem to upload onto Box.net's dav disk anymore other than through their proprietary browser interface.



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Publish iCal calendars without .Mac
Authored by: morbium on Mar 22, '13 12:38:30PM

box.net is box.com now



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