Saturday, June 17, 2006

Publish your iCal to the web without .Mac

iCal calendar publishing is pretty darned handy. It lets you view shared calendars by subscribing to them directly in the iCal application. Unfortunately, unless you have a .Mac subscription, Mac OS X Server, or some other WebDAV-enabled server at your disposal, publishing iCal calendars is impossible -- iCal publishing requires WebDAV. But now there's a way.

Box.net offers free 1GB accounts, and their servers run WebDAV. So here's what you need to do, in a nutshell:
Set up your box.net subscription (easy and fast!).
In iCal, publish your calendar (Calendar -> Publish) to https://www.box.net/dav, using your box.net account name (email) and password.
Subscribe to the calendar in iCal (Calendar -> Subscribe) at http://www.box.net/dav/Your_Calendar.ics. NOTE: Do not use https here.
That's it! Your calendar will be automatically refreshed and synced between computers. I use this to sync my Home and Work calendars. It's great, and it's free. What could be better?


Jason

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