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    Brian Tomlin
    Calendar ICS feed
    Topic posted March 21, 2012 by Brian TomlinJunior Member , last edited April 19, 2012
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    Title:
    Calendar ICS feed
    Summary:
    Does Shutterfly support a calendar ICS feed?
    Content:
    <p>We have set up a sports team share site with an events calendar. Our parents would like to subscribe to the calendar feed so that they don't have to export the calendar to their personal calendar every time a new event is added or updated.</p>
    <p>Does Shutterfly Calendar support ics feeds? If not, is there plans to include this functionality?</p>
    <p>&nbsp;</p>
    <p>Thanks,</p>
    <p>Brian</p>

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    • Roger (Worthy)

      I don't think there is a feature to do this.

      However, when you add or change an event you can get Shutterfly to send your members an e-mail message of the change which they can manually transpose into their local calendars.

      That will solve the problem. But it is a manual solution for each member. The work for each individual is small.

      As for the future plans; This is mainly a User to User forum so we are not privy to Shutterfly's plans.

      Roger. A Shutterfly User.

       

    • Brian Tomlin

      Thanks Roger. I guess I was thinking the Calender in Shutterfly would work more like Google Calender, or rather, I was hoping it would. I appreciate the response.

      Brian

      • John Bannister
         I had the same thought... what good does it do to share calendar with an entire sports team when the changes have to be made manually. All they would have to do is post the calendar url in in ical format so that changes would automatically come across to all the subscribers. Bummer. Perhaps they will monitor this site and see that this is an easy fix. I have several ball teams on other sites that I would move here if this feature worked.
    • r l

      Just copy the link to the download file and paste it into your subscription address field.  That should work.  (Works for me.)

    • Roger (Worthy)

       

      Just copy the link to the download file and paste it into your subscription address field. That should work. (Works for me.)

      Hi r l,

      Would you mind please expanding on your earlier post as I'd love to understand how to do this.

      Which link?

      What Subscription field address?

      Please ensure that you are answering the question that was asked:

      Our parents would like to subscribe to the calendar feed so that they don't have to export the calendar to their personal calendar every time a new event is added or updated.

      Does Shutterfly Calendar support ics feeds? If not, is there plans to include this functionality?

      Roger.

      • r l

        Roger - here are the steps:

         

        1. Determine the URL of your calendar file on Shutterfly. This is the only tricky part, as the URL is not obvious. The way I determined mine was to download my team's calendar, then view my browser's download list, right click on the calendar file, and select "copy address". This copies the URL of the calendar file to your clipboard.

         

        2. Open your calendar app and select subscribe to a calendar. This should bring up a dialog box or page that asks you to input a calendar URL. Select that field and paste the address you copied.

         

        Those two steps worked like a charm for me. My calendar now links directly to the calendar file on Shutterfly and updates automatically when the Shutterfly calendar updates. I've used it in both Apple's iCal program and in Google Calendar.

         

        The browser I used to download the calendar was Safari on a Mac, but I tried it with Firefox on a Mac and confirmed that also works as a way to pick up the URL.

         

        If you try this method, please post back and confirm it works for you. Also, if you need more explanation, let me know.

        • Shelley White

          This works. I had to modify slightly: 

           

          1. Determine the URL of your calendar file on Shutterfly. This is the only tricky part, as the URL is not obvious. The way I determined mine was to download my team's calendar, then view my browser's download list, [I USED CHROME TO GET THIS LIST] right click on the calendar file, and select "copy address". This copies the URL of the calendar file to your clipboard.

           

          2. Open your calendar app and select subscribe to a calendar. This should bring up a dialog box or page that asks you to input a calendar URL. Select that field and paste the address you copied. [IN OUTLOOK 10 ON THE HOME TAB I SELECTED OPEN CALENDAR FROM INTERNET AND PASTED THE URL THERE.]

           

          Those two steps worked like a charm for me. My calendar now links directly to the calendar file on Shutterfly and updates automatically when the Shutterfly calendar updates. I've used it in both Apple's iCal program and in Google Calendar.

           

          The browser I used to download the calendar was Safari on a Mac, but I tried it with Firefox on a Mac and confirmed that also works as a way to pick up the URL.

           

          If you try this method, please post back and confirm it works for you. Also, if you need more explanation, let me know. [THANKS!]

    • Roger (Worthy)

      Thanks for the info r l,

      I use Win 7 and Outlook 2007.

       I got the first part OK. My url looks like this:http://cmd.shutterfly.com/commands/sitecalendar/download?site=emanonbne&page=emanonbnex%2Feventscalendar&version=1331853111&t=1334815846&h=SvGnrq4fdN2dizr%2BjzedYLStGsKY%3D&nodeId=3

      However, I haven't been able to find anywhere in Outlook which will accept this url.

      I tried File > Import > Import from iCalendar but it didn't seem to work. Input the url instead of a file address, No error message , a request for a Shutterfly Sign In but no action as far as I can see.

      Have you any other ideas please.

      Thanks

      Roger

      • r l

        It looks like you have the correct URL.

        I have Outlook 2010 on my PC, so I can only explain how to add it there:

        On the Home tab, click "open calendar" then "from internet". You then paste in the URL you just copied, and your calendar subscription will be live.

        Let me know how it goes.

         

        Edit:

         

        Here are simple steps for performing this operation in Outlook 2007.

         

        http://www.ehow.com/how_2058421_add-internet-calendar-outlook-2007.html

    • Roger (Worthy)

       Brilliant r l,

      It took a bit of time to work out that in Outlook 2007 I should use the Tools >  Account Settings > Internet Calendars not the File > Data File Management > Internet Calendars as your link indicated. I don't know why there is a difference, but there is.

      At the end I have two continuously updating calendars from my choir websites next to my normal calendar in Outlook.

      That really solves this problem for Win 7 Outlook Users.

      Thanks for your help r l. You must be a nerd like HenryB and me. Laughing

      Roger. A Shutterfly User.

    • Roger (Worthy)

      INSTRUCTIONS for dynamically linking a Shutterfly Calendar to an Outlook 2007/2010 Calendar

      To determine the url of the Shutterfly Calendar in Win 7 I did this:

      On the Share Site Calendar page I selected Download Calendar and then Download.

      I selected SAVE and saved the file in a folder on my pc using the Pop-up which appears at the bottom of the page.

      Then after the download had completed I selected View Downloads in the Pop-up and then right click the Downloaded file and select Copy Download Link.

      The Shutterfly Calendar url is now in your Clipboard.

      Go to Outlook 2007 and paste that url into Tools > Account Settings > Internet Calendars and add the link.

      or

      Go to Outlook 2010 and On the Home tab, click "open calendar" then "from internet". You then paste in the URL you just copied, and your calendar subscription will be live.

      Your Shutterfly Calendar should now be dynamically viewable as a Calendar under the Other Calendar heading in Outlook. The Calendars are refreshed every time Outlook does a Send/Receive.

      Phew! It's a bit complex for most users but it does work really well.

      Roger. A Shutterfly User.

       

      • r l
         Good overview. It would be nice if Shutterfly made this an officially supported feature, as the work-around is complicated and hard to explain to team members.
      • Andrea G

        Anyone know how to do this:

        To determine the url of the Shutterfly Calendar in Win 7 I did this:

        On the Share Site Calendar page I selected Download Calendar and then Download.

        I selected SAVE and saved the file in a folder on my pc using the Pop-up which appears at the bottom of the page.

        Then after the download had completed I selected View Downloads in the Pop-up and then right click the Downloaded file and select Copy Download Link.

         

        On a Mac on Lion?  Either Safari or FF is fine, but I can't figure out the equivalent of "right click and select Copy..."

         

        Thanks,

        Andrea

    • Brian Tomlin

      Thank you guys for your posts and help with this!

      I too was able to get my Shutterfly calendar to post in my Google Calendar as well as my iCal app on my iMac. However, when I add events in Shutterfly they do not appear on my other calendars until I download the files again and update the URL. It appears that the download url is not a calendar feed, but rather an ics file with only the current events on the calendar at the time of the download.

      Are you two seeing the same thing on your calendars?

      Thanks again for you help!

      Brian

      • r l
         How often do you have your internet calendars set to auto-refresh? Have you tried doing a manual refresh?
    • Roger (Worthy)

       No Brian.

      My Outlook Calendars are updating dynamically. As I change them on my Shutterfly Share Site they immediately appear in my Outlook Calendars. The Calendars are refreshed every time Outlook does a Send/Receive.

      This is why I persisted with it after r l's first post. It's just what you wanted to do in your first post.

      Roger. A Shutterfly User.

    • Brian Tomlin

      You are right. Mine are also updating automatically. There must have been a delay in the internet refresh and I was just too impatient. :0

      Thanks again for the very helpful information. This is exactly what I was looking for.

      Brian

    • Roger (Worthy)

      The most difficult part of this process is the identification of the url of the ics Calendar feed. I wondered if after it was done once by the site owner that he could just publicise that url and it would work for everyone in that Share Site?

      I tried this on my wife's computer but got a different url. In fact, if I do it multiple times the url changes every time.

      What do you think?

      If this idea works then the instructions are reduced to this:

      If you use Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010 you can make the Outlook calendar automatically update from this Shutterfly Calendar by following these instructions.

      Copy this link into your Clipboard (ctrl C)

      http://cmd.shutterfly.com/commands/sitecalendar/download?

      Go to Outlook 2007 and paste (ctrl V) the url into Tools > Account Settings > Internet Calendars and add the link.

      or

      Go to Outlook 2010 and On the Home tab, click "open calendar" then "from internet". You then paste in the URL you just copied, and your calendar subscription will be live.

      Your Shutterfly Calendar should now be dynamically viewable

      Roger. A Shutterfly User.

       

    • r l

      If you delete the parts of the URL that are different the link still works, so the parts that are different must be irrelevant to the feed.  I tried keeping everything through "...&version=123456789" and deleting everthing that comes after, and it still works.

    • Roger (Worthy)

      Good work r l.

      That makes it all quite straight forward doesn't it and not much to do with Shutterfly until they wonder why they are getting all these calendar refreshes!!!!

      Thanks again.

       

      Roger

       

    • Roger (Worthy)

       I put this on my main Choir Website in a Text Section under the Share Site Calendar :

      Link this Calendar to your Outlook Calendar
       
      If you use Outlook 2007 or Outlook 2010 you can make the Outlook calendar automatically update from this Shutterfly Calendar by following these instructions.

       Copy this link into your Clipboard (ctrl C)

       http://cmd.shutterfly.com/commands/sitecalendar/download?site=etc... This is a sample

      • Go to Outlook 2007 and paste (ctrl V) the url into Tools > Account Settings > Internet Calendars and add the link.

      or

      • Go to Outlook 2010 and On the Home tab, click "open calendar" then "from internet". You then paste in the URL you just copied, and your calendar subscription will be live.

       Your Shutterfly Calendar should now be dynamically viewable as a Calendar under the Other Calendar heading in Outlook. The Calendars are refreshed every time Outlook does a Send/Receive.

       It should be also possible to link the Calendar to a Calendar on a MAC but I don't know how to do it.

      Use it if you like but don't forget to add your own link.

       

      • r l

        For the Mac you can give the instructions:

        Open iCal. From the menu select "Calendar" then "Subscribe." Past the link into the "Calendar URL" field, then click "Subscribe."

        For Google Calendar, you can:

        On the left hand side click the arrow next to "Other calendars", select "Add by URL", paste the link into the "URL" field, then click "Add calendar."

        Hopefully that will address the questions of anyone else who stumbles across this thread searching on the same topic.

    • angela trotta

      I have followed the process on how to "Subscribe" to a calendar and my events show up on my google calendar.  The only problem is that the event times are two hours off all of the time.  Does anyone know how to fix this?  When I look at my "calendar details" on my google account for the subscribed calendar the time zone states: (GMT+00:00) GMT (no daylight saving).  I have verified on shutterfly that the calendar has the correct time zone and my computer and google calendar show the correct time zone (UTC-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada).  I have several other calendars from other sites that I subscribe to with no problems.  Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

      Chris