Previously, I wrote about how I managed to say goodbye to MS Outlook and just use Gmail and gCal for my PIM. I also mentioned that with the use of any internet connected computer and the iPhone, I could access and manage my schedules, emails & contacts.
However, there are times when I am working on the road (read: no web access) that I want to have access to my calendar. Sure, I could grab the iPhone for that but it is just more convenient if I could do it right in my netbook. Finding a solution to sync OS X’s iCal with google would not only be nice but would also serve as a redundant or a backup system where I can have all my schedules stored.
This may be old news to some but I just discovered that the free CalDav software is all it takes. Take note that CalDav will only work with OS X 10.5 and higher.
Here is how to do it:
1. Download the set-up tool here. Just click on Calaboration 1.0.2.zip to start downloading.
2. Open the tool and you will be prompted to enter your Google Account username and password.
3. Click Sign in.
4. Select the calendars you'd like to add to iCal (Note you may only add calendars for which you have ownership privileges), and click Add to iCal.
5. Add your email address to your Address Book card by selecting Add Email. You'll be prompted to add your email address only if your address is not already in your Address Book.
You can now launch iCal and all the entries in the Google Calendar you selected, in #4 above, will appear. From this point on, everything you input in gCal will automatically appear in iCal, and vice versa. (NOTE: When inputing in iCal, be sure to have your gCal calendar selected or the entries will not sync to the web.)
To get more information about CalDav, open your Google Calendar and simply click on the Sync tab at the upper right corner.