Currently Being ModeratedJun 6, 2013 8:11 PM (in response to Lloyd Deane)
Why does the Calendar on what's touted as the most advanced operating system lack the funcitonality of Windows in the 1990s?
Windows wasn't really useful until 1995.
Birthdays show up for me in Calendar, on three different Macs. Other than your post, I've never seen any other evidence that this is an issue.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 6, 2013 8:43 PM (in response to Lanny)
While it's helpful to know it's working for you, providing some additional information regarding your settings or other system parameters would be even more helpful. But thanks for posting anyway.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 6, 2013 8:54 PM (in response to Lloyd Deane)
There are no additional settings or parameters beyond selecting Birthdays in Calendar's system preferences and having birthdays listed in Contacts. So, if it's not working for you, the problem is with your setup.
What have you tried to fix it?
Currently Being ModeratedJun 7, 2013 7:15 AM (in response to Lanny)
Thanks for the question. Initially I tried looking for the Calendar preferences (plist) but couldn't find one. I tried turning my Calendar and iCloud settings off and on, then quitting between each iteration, in a systematic way.
My latest attempt was to install the demo version of BusyCal2. It displayed the birthdays with no problem, so clearly the problem isn't with Contacts or iCloud. Maybe I should just swallow the $30 for BusyCal, which deals with snoozing alarms perfectly too.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 7, 2013 7:23 AM (in response to Lloyd Deane)
Have you tried doing a Safe Boot?
or, adding a new user and setting up iCloud with it?
Nothing out of the ordinary here:
Currently Being ModeratedJun 7, 2013 7:59 AM (in response to Lanny)
Thanks for the suggestions Lanny. Safebooting didn't resolve the issue, and as noted previously, my settings look exactly like those in your screen caps. I will try setting up a new user.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 7, 2013 3:16 PM (in response to Lanny)
Hmmm. Well, creating a new user (account) and creating a new entry in their Contacts book, with a birthday, worked. In Calendar the birthday showed up, although for some reason not initially. Nevertheless it did work, however I'm not sure why it's still not working with my own, administrator account.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 7, 2013 3:25 PM (in response to Lloyd Deane)
The purpose of this test is to show whether the problem is with your user account setup. It appears that it is.
Most likely reason is that, in the past, you installed some kind of 3rd party software, on that user account that is interfering with the process. It would most likely be a software that interfaces with Calendar or Contacts. Only you would know. By process of elimination, you could add them back to the new user account and observe which one causes the issue.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 12, 2013 12:22 PM (in response to Lloyd Deane)
Hi Lloyd, did you ever find a solution to this? I just encountered the same problem. Show Birthday Calendar is checked and the Birthday subscriptions button is checked. The birthdays are showing up fine in my synced iPhone but not on the calendar app on my MacBook. I had just synced all of my contacts so that I have the same list on iCloud, in my iPhone's memory and in my MacBook's memory and that's when the problem started.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 12, 2013 12:34 PM (in response to Brantman1)
Yes and no. I didn't find a solution to the issue with Apple's Calendar, so installed BusyCal2 instead. Not only does it resolve the birthday issue, it also resolves the issue I had with the Apple Calendar's inability to allow me to snooze an alarm for as long as I, me, the lowly user, chooses, instead of Apple dictating a 15 minute default snooze interval and providing only their snooze options. BusyCal is exactly what I need, but now I have to decide whether to pay $30 for a better calendar.
Best of luck, I know how frustrating the problem is. Btw, BusyCal2 has a 30 day trial version.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 12, 2013 1:28 PM (in response to Lloyd Deane)
I just used an app called CCleaner (from the AppStore) to clean up the caches on my mac and restarted and my birthdays magically reappeared in the calendar again, might be worth a shot for you!