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Can't add attachments to iCal events

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  • TominChicago Calculating status...
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    Mar 30, 2011 3:51 PM (in response to Duane Morrison)
    I think Apple knew about this issue,and maybe even intentionally designed the new iCal to create these problems.
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  • mgeorge20 Calculating status...
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    Apr 15, 2011 9:10 AM (in response to Duane Morrison)
    Dragging the file to the url field is a good work around. Problem is you only get to put one url there unless you drag a folder there. Then you get directed to the folder in the finder. So I guess we have to do a little more work organizing files in folders to attach to ical events.
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  • Kayte401 Calculating status...
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    Apr 18, 2011 3:32 PM (in response to Duane Morrison)

    This is so disappointing - http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4348 - no warning and no explanation.

  • the-oger Calculating status...
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    Apr 26, 2011 6:55 AM (in response to Duane Morrison)

    Wow.  The inability to attach files to an event certainly cripples the functionality of iCal!  And they way they did it... it WAS there...!  ***??  I recently switched to Apple from Windows for the very reason that Apple seemed to think things through and had a level of quality control that saw their products continually improve.  This is absolutely NO different from Windows where an update actually "breaks" something.

     

    Just... wow.

     

    I certainly hope someone with a clue at Apple has caught this bumble, and that they're working on this.

  • tribalvoice Calculating status...
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    Jul 25, 2011 9:17 PM (in response to the-oger)

    I just upgraded to Lion and now have the same problem.  It seems, however, that files are still attached to previous month's events.  In a pinch - what a drag - I've copied one of these former events, moved it to create my new event, altered the information and added a new attachment.

  • andrewfromberwick Calculating status...
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    Aug 4, 2011 2:36 PM (in response to Duane Morrison)

    Thanks for the idea Oscar, but add me to the list of disappointed folks!

  • uffez Calculating status...
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    Aug 18, 2011 11:51 PM (in response to andrewfromberwick)

    Is there any alternative programs to cater for the calendar functionality when using Google Apps? This is a complete showstopper for me. Must say - I´m surprised.

     

    Using ICal 5.0 on Lion.

  • RetiredArmyRANGER Calculating status...
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    Oct 1, 2011 6:19 PM (in response to uffez)

    Earlier in my blog I posted a work around to the iCal 5.0 issue of not being able to add attachments when setting up a new event. After a visit to the apple store for another product (Apple TV) I had a thought just before walking out the store. With my MBP in hand I showed, explained rationalized the issue to two (2) Apple Store employees. About an hour later we figured it out together. Long story short... you need to make sure when you create the new event that you do so on one of your "On My Mac" calenders and the option to add an attachment will be there. I had my default calendar set to my mobile me calendar. So i quickly took this one step further and jumped to iCal preferences and set my Home "On my Mac" calendar to the default. Presto! Fixed...Resolved... Solution. No need for the work around now. Thanks for reading. Hope it helped.

     

    Video Tutorials on my youtube channel and blog.

     

    Work Around alternative: http://http://www.retiredarmyranger.com/2011/09/ical-50-lion-os-mac-cant-add-att achment.html

    The Real Solution: http://www.retiredarmyranger.com/2011/10/cant-add-attachment-in-ical-50-lion-os. html

     

    RetiredArmyRanger

  • Hoondi Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Oct 11, 2011 8:45 PM (in response to RetiredArmyRANGER)

    The above isn't really a solution if you're calendar is via CALDAV such as google.  It simply removes the attachment alltogether (as per Apple's KB) with iCal 5 if you change the event back to a CALDAV hosted environment.

     

    This is definitely a regression, because Google permit attachments via their web interface, and yet iCal via the same CALDAV server does not.

    I'm a bit perplexed why Apple chose this route of "one rule fits all" when the issue is associated with opensource and open standards.

     

    R.

  • RetiredArmyRANGER Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 11, 2011 8:55 PM (in response to Hoondi)

    I agree about a possible regression. However, your last sentence you said "associated with opensource and opensource standards" . Last time I checked, Apple Macintosh products were/are NOT OPENSOURCE.

  • RetiredArmyRANGER Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 11, 2011 8:57 PM (in response to tribalvoice)

    Please see my post below. :)

  • RetiredArmyRANGER Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 11, 2011 8:59 PM (in response to Duane Morrison)

    Re: Can't add attachments to iCal events

    Oct 1, 2011 7:19 PM (in response to uffez)

    Earlier in my blog I posted a work around to the iCal 5.0 issue of not being able to add attachments when setting up a new event. After a visit to the apple store for another product (Apple TV) I had a thought just before walking out the store. With my MBP in hand I showed, explained rationalized the issue to two (2) Apple Store employees. About an hour later we figured it out together. Long story short... you need to make sure when you create the new event that you do so on one of your "On My Mac" calenders and the option to add an attachment will be there. I had my default calendar set to my mobile me calendar. So i quickly took this one step further and jumped to iCal preferences and set my Home "On my Mac" calendar to the default. Presto! Fixed...Resolved... Solution. No need for the work around now. Thanks for reading. Hope it helped.

     

    Video Tutorials on my youtube channel and blog.

     

    Work Around alternative: http://http://www.retiredarmyranger.com/2011/09/ical-50-lion-os-mac-cant-add-att achment.html

    The Real Solution: http://www.retiredarmyranger.com/2011/10/cant-add-attachment-in-ical-50-lion-os. html

     

    RetiredArmyRanger

  • Hoondi Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Oct 11, 2011 9:07 PM (in response to RetiredArmyRANGER)

    LOL – just back up a few words and you'll see that big acronym of CALDAV.

     

    oh, and some might be surprised by this URL too... and just for RARanger, these links (like my above comment) has nothing to do with ical, just so we're clear

     

    nuf said.

  • RetiredArmyRANGER Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 11, 2011 9:13 PM (in response to Hoondi)

    Touché. Well done.

  • Hoondi Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Dec 6, 2011 6:53 PM (in response to Duane Morrison)

    Mmmm,

     

    Having performed some testing with Google's CALDAV service, it would appear that Google could be the culprit.

     

    I used their web interface to attach a file to an event using Google's CALDAV service, e.g. the file was called: demo.jpg

     

    I then went back to iCal (configured to use the same Google CALDAV service) and noticed that the filename is not the same as what is diplayed via the web interface.

    In iCal, a very long string appears like: "URQ56HtcQ4Qnf0.... "

     

    Does this suggest that when uploading a file via Google's web interface, it obfuscates the process to include additional information associated with the CALDAV account?

     

    I can completely understand why Google have done this.

     

    When I open up the actual google created event and look at the raw syntax (simply drag the event from iCal to the desktop), it appears the attachment tag is denoted by "ATTACH;VALUE=URI:" where the info after URI: is a post/get http string that gets executed by Google's servers.

     

    However, a local iCal event's attachment tag uses:  "ATTACH;FMTTYPE=image/jpeg;VALUE=URI:file:/<path>/<to>/<file>".

    i.e. the latter is literal and does not need to be executed by Google's "backend" servers to retrieve/process the file.

     

    So it would appear that iCal ignores the attachment capability associated with Google's CALDAV service, knowing that the string needs to be executed by a web server before the file can be sort.

     

    Would this suggest that Google are not conforming to standards?  I don't think so because "helper apps" are mentioned in the RFC4791 (section 8.5) standard.  And I'm assuming that Apple now use this approach with iCloud.

     

    In the meantime, could someone running CALDAV on OS X server possibly do an attachment test with iCal and see what happens?  I'm guessing there's no "Helper App" in this equation.

     

    Cheers,

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