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iCal sends updates to invitees even when I tell it not to!

4063 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 3, 2010 10:10 PM by zmn RSS
TheHamma Calculating status...
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Jan 25, 2010 11:53 AM
This is a snow leopard ical issue that is so frustrating. I have an event on my calendar with one invitee. If and when I make changes to it, even something trivial, like the NAME of the event, it tries to send an e-mail notifying the attendee. It asks if I want to send it, don't send it, or cancel and continue editing it. I click don't send it, and it sends it. I click send it, and it sends it. I click cancel, and I can't back out of the event.

Meanwhile, my poor attendee gets 900 e-mails -- one for each tweak I make to the event (it's weekly).

Any ideas?
Macbook Intel, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • kevinbrock Calculating status...
    I'm seeing this too. Worse, if I want to cancel a change, it won't let me.

    I accidentally dragged an event to a new time, and it wanted to send an update. Dragged it back to original time, and it still wanted to send an update.

    No way to cancel.

    If I quit iCal, it will re-open the change next time it starts.

    Hope someone out there has an answer...
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2), iCal 4.0.1
  • Frankns Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
    I'd have to agree that this is a real problem. We're using iCal in a University Exchange environment. Most of our users are Outlook folks, and they quickly lose patience with multiple iCal updates. Some users simply ignore them - NOT a good thing. At a minimum there should be a way to CANCEL an action.
    MBP 2.4 Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.3), iPhone
  • garbardas1 Calculating status...
    I am having the same issue. I work using iCal integrated with an Exchange 2007 server. Invitations sent to my non-exchange email account which is personal get added to my personal calendar. When (if) I am able to change them to my work calendar, a message silently goes out to all those invited that the meeting has been changed. This seemingly happens whether or not I have the option to ask before sending checked or not. Also, if I so much as change the time or delete one invitee, a message silently goes out to the whole list again. My colleagues are getting sick of the spam messages this is creating!
    MB Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • C Habbe Calculating status...
    Ditto to all of those issues. I also can't figure out a way to forward an invite or add someone to an invite when I'm not the organizer, so I have to send a duplicate to add someone (I understand that you can do this in Outlook). I end up with multiple listings for the same meeting. I thought I had finally gotten my Outlook friends warmed up to the fact that I use iCal, but these issues are killing that.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • zmn Calculating status...
    Hi Guys,

    Might have a solution to your problem...

    Been dealing with an iCal-to-Outlook compatibility issue for about 3 years now. Since I'm a developer at heart, I decided to tackle the problem on my own and built a software product called Zamain for Mac to resolve the Apple iCal to Microsoft Outlook/Exchange incompatibilities. Although this application was intended to solve compatibility issues, it does intercept all outbound iCal invitations, so it will let you catch the invite on the way out an properly cancel it.

    Here are some of the other iCal problems that it solves:

    * Supports sending Apple iCal invitations from multiple Apple Mail email accounts

    * Resolves the "unable to Accept" Apple iCal invitations sent to Microsoft Outlook/Exchange recipients

    * Resolves incorrect time zones for Microsoft Outlook/Exchange recipients

    * Prevents multiple attachments when viewing Apple iCal invitation emails in Microsoft Outlook

    Although I know that this is a shameless plug for my product, I urge you to give it a try because it will solve your problem. I have been using it every day for past 6 months and I can tell you that it saved me a lot of grief.

    You can get Zamain for Mac at



    As per the terms of agreement, I must disclose that I may receive some form of compensation, financial or otherwise, from my recommendation or link above.
    MBP 13", Mac OS X (10.6.3)


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