10 Replies Latest reply: Nov 12, 2010 12:37 PM by Ferd II
Eric333 Level 1 (15 points)
I have a question about the address panel in iCal. I believe it is supposed to take contacts from your address book and put them in the address panel within iCal, however whenever I open the address panel, it is completely blank and there is no where I see to add anything.

What's up with this? I'm trying to figure out how to send calendar invitations to people and I believe that could be the culprit. Even if it's not, I still would like to know what the heck it does or is supposed to do.

Thanks!

BTW, I am using MobileMe to sync my contacts. Not sure if that has anything to do with it or not. Thanks in advance for the help!!

MacBook Pro 2.8 Ghz 15.4", Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • Ferd II Level 7 (25,780 points)
    Eric,

    Could you clarify...where are you seeing an "Address Panel" within iCal?

    It is not a feature that I am aware of. When creating/editing an event in the Desktop version of iCal there is an "invitees" field, but no "Address Panel." That field will populate with entries from your Address Book application.

    There is an "Address Panel" in Mail. Is that the one you are referring to?

    I have not yet upgraded to the new MobileMe iCal. Is it located in the MobileMe Calendar App?

    ;~)

  • Eric333 Level 1 (15 points)
    If you go into iCal, then Window > Address Panel or CommandOptionA brings it up.

    It is not importing any addresses from my address book and I have no idea why and I think that might be the reason I can't invite attendees.

    Maybe it's supposed to be blank. EIther way, I have no idea what the point of it is. Is yours blank?

    And yes, to upgrade the new MobileMe you go into the calendar section on MobileMe =).
  • Ferd II Level 7 (25,780 points)
    Eric,
    If you go into iCal, then Window > Address Panel or CommandOptionA brings it up.

    There is always something I miss, or never noticed.
    Maybe it's supposed to be blank. EIther way, I have no idea what the point of it is. Is yours blank?

    No, mine displays my Address Book entries.

    It should not be blank. When I drag one of the entries to iCal it creates an event named "Meeting with..." (Name of contact).
    ...I think that might be the reason I can't invite attendees.

    Perhaps refreshing the iCal plist file may return the function. You will find the com.apple.iCal.plist file in your Macintosh HD/Users/yourusername/Library/Preferences Folder. Quit iCal, drag the com.apple.iCal.plist file to your Desktop, log out/in or restart.
    And yes, to upgrade the new MobileMe you go into the calendar section on MobileMe =).

    I am waiting to upgrade when IOS 4.2 is released for the iPad.

    ;~)

  • Eric333 Level 1 (15 points)
    Hey Ferd,

    Just to be clear, there are two different windows in iCal under the window section. One is "Address Book" (which opens up the application we all know, address book) and "Address Panel".

    You said you were able to view your contacts in the address panel not the address book?

    I trashed the preference files for iCal with no luck, still isn't showing anything. It'd be nice if I could find some detail on the whole purpose and reason of even having this "Address Panel". It doesn't make any sense.... >_<
  • Ferd II Level 7 (25,780 points)
    Eric,

    Just to be clear, there are two different windows in iCal under the window section. One is "Address Book" (which opens up the application we all know, address book) and "Address Panel".

    Yes, "Address Book" opens the Address Book application.
    You said you were able to view your contacts in the address panel not the address book?

    Correct.
    It'd be nice if I could find some detail on the whole purpose and reason of even having this "Address Panel". It doesn't make any sense.... >_< </div>
    At the bottom of the window it says, " Drag attendees to iCal to invite them to events." The reason that I have never seen this method, is because I have always used the "Invitees" field in the event window.
    I trashed the preference files for iCal with no luck...

    If you are inclined you could also refresh the com.apple.AddressBook.plist in the same way that you attempted to refresh the iCal plist.


    ;~)

  • Eric333 Level 1 (15 points)
    Actually, I tried that. I removed the address book .plist file and still no luck.

    However, I did notice something strange: My dad just got an iMac a few weeks ago, and so I thought I'd check his computer and see if it's working on his and to my surprise it was not!

    So now I'm confused. If it's not working on a brand new iMac, then what's wrong with it?
  • Ferd II Level 7 (25,780 points)
    Eric,
    So now I'm confused. If it's not working on a brand new iMac, then what's wrong with it?

    The only thing that I can think of is that it relates to the fact that you are using the new MobileMe Calendar. Is your dad also using it?

    Since I am still using the old MobileMe Calendar I am unable to test that hypothesis.

    ;~)

  • Eric333 Level 1 (15 points)
    Ok just tested something else out. There is also an "address panel" inside Mail, and that one works perfectly fine for me. I see contacts and everything. It's something to do with iCal.

    I'm not sure if it MobileMe or not, it could be, but not sure. I kind of doubt it though because it doesn't seem like this is a server thing cause I can't imagine it'd be trying to retrieve the contacts off the server. But I guess anything is possible.

    I guess it's just one of those strange mysteries in life that can never be solved....
  • Eric333 Level 1 (15 points)
    Ahhhh ok I just figured it out. Yup you were right it's definitely something to do with MobileMe.

    My calendars are linked with mobileme and it wasn't working, so I made a calendar under "On My Mac" and it worked. The contacts come up. But when I select an event that is on my mobileme calendar, the contacts go away.

    Thanks for your time! Just another thing Apple has to fix I guess
  • Ferd II Level 7 (25,780 points)
    Eric,

    Thanks for the confirmation.