Users can “publish” their iCal calendars on the web, so colleagues, friends and family members can “subscribe” and view them in iCal on their own Mac®. In addition, iCal can automatically check for updates to imported calendars on a regular basis, so shared calendars are always up to date.
“iCal lets you see all the calendars that make up your life,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With built-in Internet sharing, iCal opens a new era of wide-area calendar sharing between colleagues, friends, family and schools.”
With iCal, Mac users can:
- keep track of schedules, appointments and tasks, viewing activities by day, week or month;
- manage and view multiple calendars at once from within one unified window to easily identify schedule conflicts or free time at-a-glance;
- publish calendars on the web to share with colleagues, family and friends;
- subscribe to other calendars to keep up with work schedules, family events, school events and more;
- send standards-based email event invitations;
- organize and keep track of activities with built-in To Do list management;
- be notified of upcoming events on screen, by email or text messaging to a mobile phone or pager; and
- quickly find any event, task or name entered into iCal using its lightning-fast search tool.
In addition, Apple’s new iSync allows users to sync their iCal calendars with the new generation of Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones, PalmOS devices and the iPod™ for access to their most current address books and calendars on the go.
Pricing & Availability
iCal will be available as a free download this September and requires Mac® OS X version 10.2 “Jaguar.” Publishing calendars on the Internet requires a .Mac membership or a WebDAV server.
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