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Lloyd Deane Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

Birthdays entered in Contacts are not showing up in the OS X Calendar, even though the "Show Birthdays" option is selected in preferences, and I'm "subscribed" to that calendar.  I have iCloud synching my calendars and contacts, and birthdays show up on my iPhone calendar app. 

 

Any suggestions?

 

The last time I posted this question it was removed by censors at Apple, who apparently don't like people criticising their software.  Personallity I don't consider the birthday issue, or the ability to snooze an alert for as long as I deem fit, as advanced functionallity.  Why does the Calendar on what's touted as the most advanced operating system lack the funcitonality of Windows in the 1990s?


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion, 8GB Ram
  • 1. Re: Birthdays don't show up in Calendar
    Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,480 points)
    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.

  • 2. Re: Birthdays don't show up in Calendar
    Lloyd Deane Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    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.

  • 3. Re: Birthdays don't show up in Calendar
    Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,480 points)

    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?

  • 4. Re: Birthdays don't show up in Calendar
    Lloyd Deane Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    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. 

  • 5. Re: Birthdays don't show up in Calendar
    Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,480 points)

    Have you tried doing a Safe Boot?

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1564?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US

     

    or, adding a new user and setting up iCloud with it?

     

    Nothing out of the ordinary here:

     

    Screen Shot 2013-06-07 at 10.21.07 AM.jpg

    Screen Shot 2013-06-07 at 10.21.58 AM.jpg

  • 6. Re: Birthdays don't show up in Calendar
    Lloyd Deane Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    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. 

  • 7. Re: Birthdays don't show up in Calendar
    Lloyd Deane Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    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. 

     

    ?

  • 8. Re: Birthdays don't show up in Calendar
    Lanny Level 5 Level 5 (4,480 points)

    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.

  • 9. Re: Birthdays don't show up in Calendar
    Lloyd Deane Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Thanks for the insights. I'll investigate further. 

  • 10. Re: Birthdays don't show up in Calendar
    Brantman1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    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.

  • 11. Re: Birthdays don't show up in Calendar
    Lloyd Deane Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    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.

  • 12. Re: Birthdays don't show up in Calendar
    Brantman1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'll check it out, thanks.  Sure wish everything just worked like it was supposed to...

  • 13. Re: Birthdays don't show up in Calendar
    Brantman1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    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!

  • 14. Re: Birthdays don't show up in Calendar
    Lloyd Deane Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)

    Thanks for the tip. What settings did you use?

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