Calendar issues

luckyguitar

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Over two years since my original post here and nothing has changed. Why in the world is it so difficult to achieve something that should be so simple? To globally choose absolute or invariable time and never have to worry or think about it changing should be an option. WTF?
 
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BrianBaughn

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Unfortunately, you're two years further away from getting that developed...not two years closer.

In the ensuing time since your original post I haven't seen anything anywhere about anyone else wanting this. Not that I don't think it ought to exist.

It wouldn't work for me, though. I have subscribed calendars that are time-zone based and adhere to the protocols that exist. They just wouldn't work with a "digital paper calendar"…and I'd never take the time to personally add each event (like a basketball schedule) to the calendar based on what time the game would be depending on where I am going to be that day. Also, I import events from other sources, such as medical appointments from the MyChart app, and that would be problematic or just wouldn't work unless the app I'm importing into follows the rules.
 

luckyguitar

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Interesting that you'd mention MyChart. The other day I was traveling in another timezone, looked at my calendar to make sure I'd make it home on time for an appointment. Sure enough, the wrong time was given. I understand that there are reasons why people would want this, like video conferencing, but there is a large population of people that could use a wysiwyg calendar. If you're telling me that the world's most powerful personal computer cannot do something this simple (import an event and convert it to absolute time) all I can do is scratch my head in wonderment.

You have a calendar that follows your "rules," apparently. I don't. Why in the world should I have to open a calculator to look at my calendar every time I cross the IDL? I'm not asking to replace your calendar, I'm asking for a feature that a lot of people want. Every couple of years I revisit the issue because it's a pita. The Apple advisor I spoke to a few days ago told me they hear about this "constantly."
 

UliS

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I second luckyguitar need, just for the record. And I have heard this request from several other people. Just in case any capable developers are listening. It shouldn't be so hard to implement: An App like iCal but with "floating time" as the default and ignores the system time zone (but pays attention to the current time for reminders). When it imports events from CalDAV or Exchange that are assigned a time zone, it would need to ask the user about the time they should be set to.
 

adrianlondon

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I only know of one workaround, and it involves the creation of a Floating event either on your Macbook or any other iCal compatible thing that allows it. Create an event titled "FLOATING" and set it a date/time in the past. Wait for it to sync to your phone.

Now, on iOS, if you need to create a floating timezone event, start by typing "FLO..." into the title and iOS Calendar should find the one you created and allow you to select the pop-up details. This creates a duplicate. Now, careful not to touch the timezone info, edit the rest to your liking.

Quite why Apply refuses to allow Floating as a valid timezone on iOS is beyond me. It's the same stupid simplification philosophy they use that means one can't create an event on iOS that has different start and end timezones. Makes it useless for flights. One would assume at least one person who works at Apple has taken a flight ...
 

luckyguitar

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Nov 4, 2017
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I only know of one workaround, and it involves the creation of a Floating event either on your Macbook or any other iCal compatible thing that allows it. Create an event titled "FLOATING" and set it a date/time in the past. Wait for it to sync to your phone.

Now, on iOS, if you need to create a floating timezone event, start by typing "FLO..." into the title and iOS Calendar should find the one you created and allow you to select the pop-up details. This creates a duplicate. Now, careful not to touch the timezone info, edit the rest to your liking.

Quite why Apply refuses to allow Floating as a valid timezone on iOS is beyond me. It's the same stupid simplification philosophy they use that means one can't create an event on iOS that has different start and end timezones. Makes it useless for flights. One would assume at least one person who works at Apple has taken a flight ...


It's insane. The workaround is event by event, and there's a lot to remember between devices (and I only have Apple devices). I've talked to many, many people who are as frustrated as I am by this. I understand that people need the system as it stands, but what about the rest of us? How hard would it be to implement a global setting? I've about given up.