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Saturday, November 1 2014 9:11pm

Off-site calendar access

Obviously, the default way to access the official site calendar is through your regular browser. Creating/editing events however, will still be done exclusively through the official site

But if you're an iCal user and would like to have events display (read-only) on your Mac or iOS devices then you can do so by following these steps.

Workaround for non-apprearing events

There are cases where the application sees the calendar, but fails to display the events. The workaround is use a Google Calendar account as a mediator.

Requrement(s):
1. Google account (GCal comes with it)
2. Attention to details
3. iCal for OSX

Google Calendar

  1. Using your browser, log into your Google Calendar account using your Google account credentials
  2. On the left hand side, you'll see add links on both My calendars and Other calendars - click on the link for the latter (Other calendars)
  3. On the context pop-up select Add by URL and enter http://www.bukaspalad.com/feeds/calendar
  4. Click Add Calendar to finish adding your calendar.

Adding to iCal

  1. Open and access iCal's preferences.
  2. Click on the Accounts tab.
  3. On the Account Information sub-tab, click on the + icon on the bottom left to start the process of adding a new account.
  4. Select Google or CalDAV as the account type (I guess you can also try automatic if you're feeling lucky)
  5. Enter your google account username (e.g. user@gmail.com)
  6. Enter your password.
  7. Once the account is verified, click on the Delegation sub-tab
  8. Check the calendars you want to be displayed on iCal's left calendar pane

Adding to iOS devices

Assuming you already have a Google calendar setup, here's how you go about accessing the calendars on iOS devices (iPhones, iPod Touches and iPads)

  1. Go to Settings->Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  2. click on Add Account and select Microsoft Exchange (yes, not GMail!)
  3. Go through whatever steps to authenticate your Google account.
    Should you need it, here are other strings you may need to put in:
    Domain: google.com
    Server: m.google.com (this might appear after you submit your credentials)
  4. After that's all done with, get back to the Accounts list in step 1, you should now see your newly added account there, click on that.
  5. Switch-on Calendars
  6. Open Mobile Safari (i.e. Safari on your iOS device) and visit https://m.google.com/sync/settings/iconfig/welcome?source=mobileproducts&hl=en
    (It's important you visit this via the mobile device because it will not show what you need to configure if you're on a desktop)
  7. Click on Sign in with your Google Account and login
  8. You'll now be taken to your device list. Select the device you're using.
  9. The next page you'll see is the settings for which calendars will be available on you iOS devices. Check Bukas Palad (Read Only) on the Shared Calendars section and click save
  10. Go to [mobile] iCal and click on Calendars on the top left.
  11. You should now see the calendars you set to be available on step 8, tap on Bukas Palad to check/enable it and you're done.

Feel free to comment below if you have any more questions


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