Sunday, December 9, 2007

iCal2Viewty 0.2

Just created this page to share the iCal export script for LG Viewty phone. Not sure if it is useful to anyone else, but it does what I want it to do :-)

************ READ ME 1st ***************

New Version 0.2 - added some onscreen feedback - Thanks for your feedback - It is very welcome.

THIS is NOT a 2-way sync you will lose your current phone calender.

Make sure you have taken a backup of your current events. You will need to clear the memory and it is always a good idea to have a copy:

Organiser > Settings > Backup calendar & to do > Calendar > Yes

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It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial Share-Alike (v2) license.
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/deed.en_GB

Instructions

Main

1) First you need to make sure your LG Viewty is paired with your Mac with bluetooth. If you need help with this try the apple site:
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=34744

2) Download the program

3) Clear the memory before running the program or you will end up with duplicate entries:

Organiser > Settings > Clear all > Yes

4) Run the program, which will end with the running of "Bluetooth File Exchange" to transfer to the phone.


Advanced Config.

By default the program only add events from the last month and into the next 3, ie, 4 months in total, however if you create a file called /tmp/ical2viewty.config you can override these settings if you have more or less events that fill the 100 event limit of the phone.

The ical2viewty.config file should contain only the following 4 lines :

<?
$months_history = 1;
$months_future = 3;
?>

If you want to have peek to see what it is doing the code can be found here - please excuse the very poor code in my parts - bad I know....

Older versions of the code can be found here


Thanks
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Thanks to Ben Barnett (http://menial.co.uk/) for great "iCalender File Parser" php function used by my program.


Known Limitations/Problems
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Lots, but here are the main ones.
  • This is not a Sync - It is one way only!!!!
  • Yearly everts are added always as Birthdays - Don't find many other uses for Yearly events so the script does not bother to parse them as anything else
  • Monthly events recurring x number of times doen't work too well - This is a problem with phone.
  • Alarms not working - again the phone has issues with the "common" format - This is a problem with phone
  • 100 items limit - This is a problem with phone

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To Do
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  • - Config file location
  • - Alarms

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Version History
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0.2  This version. Added Onscreen feedback with CocoaDialog

0.1 First Copy.

4 comments:

Andreas said...

It seems to save only 3 events from all my ical (and believe me there are more than three non-reecuring events over there). Also the To Do is not imported as well, any fixes?

Pat said...

what sort of events are they? All day? over lap? I one created/tested this with my simple calender - so need some more feedback to help...

Also - Todos are not copied - Only the Calender events.... No plans to change this at the moment. I have only just upgraded to OSX10.5, so the ToDo is all new to me.

Pat
ical2viewty@cm7.ch

Andreas said...

The 3 events that were copied were all day events that belonged to "Events"Calendar (I have the sorted in groups) I have other events exactly the same way that didnt copy. Strange!

Pat said...

not sure why - can you send me a screen shot of you ical so I can get an idea of the events you have.....