Help with ICal !! Need to delete a date range

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  1. EricaV macrumors regular

    EricaV

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    First my huge problem is that after Mavericks forced me to use Icloud to synch my calendars- it does not work, will not upload my calendar to icloud without errors 400 and 403

    If I go on the hypothesis that it cannot handle all my data (7 years worth of calendars) than the logical thought would be to try to archive my old calendars (done) and then delete the old years/dates from my active calendar.

    Of course- there is no obvious way to do this - Can anyone help ??
     
  2. EricaV thread starter macrumors regular

    EricaV

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    I'm really desparate- Is there anyway to remove old data from an ical calendar ?

    so I just bought an app for $4.99 called "calendar cleaner" and all it does is remove duplicates after claiming it could remove data between or before certain dates- what a ripoff.

    What I really need is to be able to remove about 3-4 years worth of data on a single ical. It seems crazy to me that you cannot do this but right now it appears I can only delete the entire calendar. I really cannot start from scratch with this calendar and I absolutely need the past two- three years of it to remain intact.

    If there is any capability within any mac OS , or any app that can do this for me I am truly desperate to know. Mavericks has sent me into the biggest crisis I've had in years trying to synch my phone with my calendar.

    My god- any help appreciated !
     
  3. Honza1 macrumors member

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    Surprisingly,

    there is easy way to do this. Type . in the search field and hit enter. That creates list of all events, listed by date (at least on my iCal).

    Select range of dates and delete the events. Make sure you display only the calendar you want to clean up.
     
  4. Bear macrumors G3

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    Prior to Mountain Lion there used to be a preference for automatically deleting entries older than certain number of days. It's amazing the number of useful features have been removed from OS X with Lion and then Mountain Lion and again more removed from Mavericks.
     
  5. EricaV thread starter macrumors regular

    EricaV

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    Wow- great solution

    Thank you for this. I'm not sure why mac has to make these kinds of solutions so cryptic. It's staggering how many features they seem to delete with each "upgrade".

    I found another program called "busycal" that helped me out immensely (wish I had seen your post first !)

    I'll post more on that below. Thanks again

     
  6. EricaV thread starter macrumors regular

    EricaV

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    Solution with app called "busycal"

    Agreed- these "upgrades" are costing me hours of precious time I'll never get back !

    So I found a great program that I used on a trial basis. It saved my a$$ so much that I will probably buy it out of pure appreciation. Here's why. It not only allowed me to highlight and remove years of calendars and archive them by creating as many "new archive" calendars as I needed but it also allowed me to bypass the FAILED Maverick OS and upload my calendars directly to the cloud.

    So I resentfully acquiesced to being forced onto the cloud by Apple. Other CalDav programs are simply not as good and probably just as sketchy as far as privacy (google for example !). After proceeding with a sense of injury, insult was added when the OS kept freezing my calendar and giving me error messages 400 and 403. The problem is, if you have anything "complicated" on your calendar like a repeating appt. or a funky title. The new OS doesn't seem to know what to do with it. Once I had wiped my phone clean of it's calendar I had no way to get my calendar to upload from my macbook pro to the cloud. Enter "busycal". http://www.busymac.com/index.html

    Not only did it seamlessly allow me to downsize my calendars as I indicated above, but it seamlessly uploaded my active calendars straight to the icloud. I finally started sleeping again. Once the calendar is in icloud it seems to synch just fine.

    I'm just waiting for Apple to start charging for every gig of space on the cloud or something else equally dastardly- I know they'll figure something out quick.


     
  7. Bear macrumors G3

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    The first hit, err I mean 5 gigs is free. I would guess that is why it's not 5GBs free per device you own.
     
  8. GlenK macrumors 6502a

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    I switched to BusyCal about 2 years ago and never looked back. It's a great Calendar with a lot of features.
     
  9. EricaV thread starter macrumors regular

    EricaV

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    Other CalDavs and Clouds

    Good to know ! The busycal creators have been happy with fruux which offers cloud service compatible with Busy cal

    https://fruux.com/

    I'll be ready to move if Apple get's any more "funny" with the upgrades.

    Do you use busy cal to synch via a cloud ? I'll investigate myself but just curious if it will simply synch between an iphone and laptop.


     
  10. GlenK macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, I use BusyCal with iCloud and it sync's perfectly with all my devices and other calendars. Using Fantastical on iPhone. Works great.
     

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