Very interesting release from The Mother of All Search Engines ;-)
The Google Calendar Folks write:
"Simplify. Organize. (And relax.) Organizing your schedule shouldn't be a burden. That's why we've created Google Calendar – our free online shareable calendar service. With Google Calendar, it's easy to keep track of all your life's important events – birthdays, reunions, little league games, doctor's appointments – all in one place.
Using Google Calendar, you can add events and invitations effortlessly, share with friends and family (or keep things to yourself), and search across the web for events you might enjoy. It's organizing made easy."
Matt has also posted today on his blog more detailes and practical examples on using the calendar.
Just noticed there seems to be a bit of inter-operability with gmail - anyone managed to have a play with that yet? I'm .co.uk, and I don't have any 'add to calendar' options, but maybe .com has?
I want to see the API or other interoperability interface.
Has anybody found country holidays in Google calendar?
I figured I'd try it out, so I signed up and the first event I went to put in was a repeating event, but they don't seem to support repeating events. That's a big omission. I'll check back in a few months to see if it's ready for prime-time, but for now it's not even as good as my current calendar program.
About the recurring events, jay5r, I managed to find them - before you create an event, click on edit event details - there should be a section at the top for recursion. Took a while to find this for existing events, but if you click the 'when' details of the event, it'll open up and bingo!
May need a couple of UI enhancements to get this all polished, but I think, in all, this is a very well-thought out product. Reminds me a lot of outlook's calendar, but a lot slicker. And I'm still waiting to see what happens with events in Gmail - if it's what I'm building it up to be in my head, then it's actually gonna be pretty cool!
I like google products in general.
However, the calendar still needs work. In the 10 minutes I tried it I was frustrated many times:
1. Sharing didn't work at all
2. Couldn't get access to calendars like "US holidays"
3. Times would default to am, so i would have to go in and manually change that.
4. Some keys moved me around the calendar when all I was trying to do was change am to pm - got irritating.
BTW, Google now offers horoscopes on the personalized google homepage. Maybe this is old news, but it seems like the final nail in the "10 things Google doesn't do" philosophy.
Seems like a move towards a replacement for Outlook.
The main feature I don't see is to import Outlook calendars.
Looks like they dropped a few more features in and got the Agenda working nicely.
[edited by: Demaestro at 3:32 pm (utc) on April 13, 2006]
OK, my bad. I got sharing to work - just took some time for emails to make it between gmail accounts.
You're all missing the point.
Step One: Invite a phony "site admin" account from your domain to joing GMail.
Step Two: Use that phony "site admin" account to create a Google Calendar. Make the Calendar fully public.
Step 3: Populate the calendar with "events" that are set to happen on your site.
Step 4: Use the XML feed to plug those events into a basic API on your site.
Step 5: Sit back, and enjoy more free traffic from the G-Man.
step 6: thank grelmar for some innovative thinking.
I think that this feature could really take-off if they added a desktop interface as well that can allow one to update and view their calendar/friends & professionals. I don't know if a web interface can be the sole way in which this can succeed.
it'd be pretty cool too if this could somehow be integrated with google toolbar. surfing and being notified of schedules or agendas that need to be accomplished. maybe a time management/efficiency feature integrated
I get the first few steps but not sure about step 4. Please give an example.
I know I'm embarrassing myself.
Is there a way to integrate it with gmail, or is still on a to do list?
I use a windows mobile 5 smartphone and the calendar function on it is great, but it only sync's with outlook (which is provided with the phone) using ActiveSync... but, as I dont use Outlook for my email, i'd love to see some kind of outlook import tool or sync function so that my mobile was kept in sync with this new Google Calendar too... something that bypassed Outlook completely would be ideal...
You can use
To find this, click on the down arrow beside the name of your calendar in the "Calendars" box on the left hand side of the screen. In the box that appears click "Calendar Settings." Click on the XML button beside "Calendar Address" to get the address of the XML feed.
The downside is that the links it generates as a feed will link back to the "event description" in google calendar. Any links you put into field 3 "Description" (under edit details in google calendar) will be active links to whatever you want when viewing the event in G calendar.
It's not particularly elegant, but it sorta works. I only had about 30 minutes to fiddle with it yesterday, and now I'm heading out camping and won't be back for a week.
There are better ways to turn an XML feed into something you can cut and paste into code, but that was, as I said, quick and dirty.
The whole process needs a more refined solution. I'm thinking some minor modifications of that jade ap will allow it to parse out links from the feed so they can go directly to your site.
Is there any way of using it like outlook is used in a clendar. ie you can look at their calendars to schedule a meeting when everyone is free. This could be useful.
Excellent. A place to BROWSE calendars instead of having to search. Its the only online Google product I can get at work (besides search, everything else is filtered), this will be a great way to organize my schedule. I just wish there were some Cricket Calendars
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Another product from Google,defenetly it will be used by some folks and will drive some additonal traffic to Google as well