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Google Calendar works with iCal

No, it’s not official, but there are strong rumors that Google Calendar (code name CL2) will work with iCal as they use the same file format.

CL2 is closely, very closely, integrated with Gmail. It includes now-standard web 2.0 features – Ajax, suscription feeds for integration with iCal and other desktop calendars, event creation, search, sharing, notifications (including SMS) and more. – TechCrunch (with screen shots)

This is good news as I use iCal more and more every day. If I could sync iCal and Google Calendar I’d be great as I don’t have a WebDAV server to publish to currently.

Could be weeks before we get the official announcement from Google, but it sounds like Google Calendar will be a welcome addition to Gmail and iCal!

10 Responses

  1. Chris Patti says:

    The issue is that AFAICT thus far it only supports *import from* iCal. This is critical in that you’ll have to manually import your iCal data to Google calendar each time you want to ‘sync’.

  2. Thomas says:

    Chris, I think this is an issue too, however you can work around it. You can get a free account and have iCal publish there then have Google subscribe to that calendar. It’s a round about way but it should work as long as your calendars are public. Myself, I’m just uploading iCal calendars to my website via FTP and having Google subscribe to them there. Yea it’s a pain, but it’s all I got for now.

  3. ati says: has free 1gb webdav accounts. I use it to publish my ical to and subscribe elsewhere (thunderbird etc). Not managed to subscribe with google calendar though.

  4. Thomas says:

    I subscribe to my Google Calendar via iCal, Thunderbird and use SyncMyCal to sync it to Outlook. 😀

  5. Lawrence says:

    I am so frustrated with this. I am trying to maintain a calendar in ical and to have it updated and displayed on my web page but I can’t seem to manage to get it done. I am subscribing to this post in the hope that someone will offer a suggestion.

    • Thomas says:

      I use BusyCal now to sync my Google and iCal. As for displaying on a webpage, not sure the best way to do that. PHPiCal maybe?

  6. Lawrence says:

    Thanks for the reply, I looked at phpical and it was pretty complicated for me to do the changes that would have been needed so I nixed it. I finally found a solution. I published my calendar to .mac, then I included a little piece of html code to make it pop up on a click. and that works great for me and for the site I have.

  7. Scott says:

    Please please please email me how to do this. I have searched for months how to do this and still fail.

    [email protected]

    • Lawrence says:

      Scott I finally figured it out.
      You publish your calendar to .me then you copy the address for your calendar and use the script below making sure to replace ‘THE ADDRESS OF YOUR CALENDAR’ with the actual address that ical gives you.

      Whenever you make a change in your calendar on your desktop it will automatically update on line if your turned on automatic update. You can find that setting by control click on the calendar itself in ical and you will see the settings. You can also copy the url from that window.
      Good luck

      function open_win()
      {“THE ADDRESS OF YOUR CALENDAR”,”_blank”,”toolbar=no, location=no, directories=no, status=no, menubar=no, scrollbars=yes, resizable=yes, copyhistory=yes, width=800, height=730″) }

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