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How to publish browser-vieable iCal calendar - gone with MobileMe?

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Chris Ratledge Calculating status...
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Jun 5, 2012 8:14 AM

I've searched here and elsewhwere online unsuccessfully and I'm hoping somebody can help with this. 

 

In the MobileMe days, you could publish an iCal calendar and it would not only provide a subscription link, but a browser-viewable online calendar to which the published iCal source was synced - you get two links; a link to subscribe and a link to view the calendar as HTML in a browser.  Now with iCloud and the end of website hosting via Mac.com/MobileMe, it appears this function is gone from with in the iCal application itself, so I'm looking for a way to (free) publish my syncronized iCal calendar online so it is browser-viewable, instead of the only option I'm finding thus far being publish options to separate servers - which only publishes the subscription link, where the person wanting to view it would have to add it to their iCal or Google calendar or whatever.

 

Has anyone else found a solution now that MobileMe is less than 30 days from extinction?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4), 15" MacBookPro3,1 4GB RAM
  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (64,065 points)

    You cannot publish either a MobileMe or iCloud calendar to a web page: you can only do this with a calendar listed under 'On My Mac' (this was true in MobileMe since the change to the 'new' MobileMe calendar).

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (64,065 points)

    I've answered you in that thread: you cannot publish an iCloud calendar to a web page. Period.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (64,065 points)

    OK, I did some testing and what happens with a private server is that it publishes as an .ics file, which appears as a messy text page. If you publish to MobileMe it turns up as a proper web page because MobileMe's scripting will turn CalDAV into a web page.

     

    I just looked in the manual for Tiger, and there it's also the case that you have to publish either to MobileMe or a WebDAV server - it was never the case that you could publish as a web page to an ordinary server (I had seemed to remember that it was, but evidently not).

     

    Box.net presumably claim to offer the same WebDAV facility, so if that's not working you'd have to take it up with them. You may have run into a glitch of some sort.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (64,065 points)

    Chris Ratledge wrote:

     

    wow, and they sensored me from typing "5ucks?"  terrible

    The word does have certain connotations when used as an expletive which some might find marginally offensive. Box.net do specifically claim to offer a WebDAV server so it should work; I should persevere until it does.

  • MRossetti Calculating status...

    Are you saying that if I have my calendar on iCloud, I cannot share it via the publish method?  Are you saying that if I have my calendar "On my Mac" I can publish it?  If so how (if MobileMe is going away)?  Is there a method to have my calendar both "On My Mac" and in "iCloud"

     

    Just how does one share an ical calendar with people?

     

    I work at a major university. I simply would like my students to be able to see my calendar on-line. This was doable via the Publish method under the old MobileMe system.  I don't think that it is feasible for students to "subscribe" to my calendar.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (64,065 points)

    MRossetti wrote:

     

    Are you saying that if I have my calendar on iCloud, I cannot share it via the publish method?  Are you saying that if I have my calendar "On my Mac" I can publish it

    Let's list the options clearly because it's a bit confusing.

     

    •Calendars on iCloud can be shared, either publicly (non-editable) to anyone to read on a CalDAV clients such as iCal or Google calendars (not a straight web page): or privately (editable if you wish), but only to people with an iCloud account.

     

    •Calendars listed under 'On My Mac' can be published either to MobileMe, which can display as a web page (but of course only for the next 13 days); or to a 'private server' - e.g. webspace, where is is stored as an .ics file which can be subscribed to in iCal etc. Only if published to a CalDAV server (which ordinary webspace servers aren't) can it be displayed as a web page.

     

    Your students can subscribe in iCal very easily: I don't know whether this is possible in Windows but I would have though it would be - if they can subscribe to other calendars such as football fixtures they can subscribe to yours.

    24 inch iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 13 inch Macbook Pro (10.6.8)
  • MacLady Level 2 Level 2 (250 points)

    Roger said that 'Box.net presumably claim to offer the same WebDAV facility, so if that's not working you'd have to take it up with them.'

     

    Did anyone find out about this?

     

    I just don't have TIME to move my iPhone and Laptop to 10.7 and the new iOs to comply with iCloud.

     

    I really just want to PUBLISH my calendar online so it can be seen and to be able to sync it from iPhone to computer as in the past.

     

    When I moved to iCloud it ERASED my whole calendar in iPhone..... very frustrating..

  • MacLady Level 2 Level 2 (250 points)

    Answer as of July 5 from  BOX:

     

    We don't currently have the feature you asked about, but we're glad you let us know – we'll make sure your idea reaches our developers, who are 100% committed to making Box the smartest, simplest way for you to share your content from anywhere.

  • MRossetti Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Roger,

    In your first case: Calendars on iCloud. The sharing is via subscribing to the calendar, correct?

     

    In your second case:

     

         1) You are saying that it must be a calendar "On My Mac" to be publishable, correct?  In other words, iCloud Calendars are not publishable.

     

         2) If I have a "On My Mac" calendar and I have a CalDav Server, then I could publish it as a web page, correct?

     

    Two Comments:

         1) The use case of having students be on iCloud AND subscribe to my calendar is completely ridiculus.

         2)  What is the technological reason that prevents a calendar that I have on iCloud to ALSO be published to another CalDAV server? 

     

    Thanks!

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (64,065 points)

    MRossetti wrote:

     

         1) You are saying that it must be a calendar "On My Mac" to be publishable, correct?  In other words, iCloud Calendars are not publishable.

    Exactly: iCloud calendars can be shared, publicly or privately, but not published to an ordinary web page.

    2) If I have a "On My Mac" calendar and I have a CalDav Server, then I could publish it as a web page, correct?

    I believe is correct but servers are outside my knowledge.

    1) The use case of having students be on iCloud AND subscribe to my calendar is completely ridiculus.

    Since you wanted to use a web page I assume you want the calendars to be non-editable - if you publish them publicly the calendars will be non-editable, viewable in iCal or other CalDav client, and an iCloud account is not required.

    2)  What is the technological reason that prevents a calendar that I have on iCloud to ALSO be published to another CalDAV server?

    I don't know.

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