Calendars.net Just Got Better


Calendars.net has been working with Brown Bear Software, and has now moved to a new calendar system. The calendars.net site had gone many years without improvements, but we've now implemented many suggestions and significantly improved performance. Your calendars - and Brown Bear Software - will always be available and responsive. (See message on Calendars.net home page.
All your calendar's events, settings, and passwords remain unchanged in the new system.
If you'd like to create new calendars, do that here.
And if you have any questions, comments - or suggestions! - please contact us.

Notable Changes

Security and Passwords
The new system keeps the same four levels of security: Administration/Setting, Editing/Deleting, Adding, and Viewing. The old system required both a login name and password; in the new system, the login name is no longer used. Now when prompted for a login, you only need to enter the password.
Recurring Events
Recurring events were handled in the old system with special Periodic and Duration event types. This scheme has been replaced with much more flexible and powerful repeating options available with each event. All existing Periodic and Duration events have been converted to have the appropriate repeat options. You can now set an event to repeat every week, every other week, every 3rd week, etc.; or have an event repeat only on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays every 3rd week; or the 2nd and 3rd Tuesday of every other Month, etc. It's even possible to set events to repeat more than once a day - for example "every 3 hours".
Add-In Files
Add-In or IDT files included in your old calendar are not carried over to the new calendar system. The new system supports including remote calendar files from anywhere on the Internet, as long as they're publically accessible and in the standard iCalendar format.
Advertisements
The new system is supported by advertisements. These ads can be removed from your calendar for $50.00 a year.

New Features

Time Plan View
The Time Plan is a new calendar view selectable from the navigation bar. This view has time vertically on the left; it can display a single day, a week, or a full month. If more than one day is displayed, they go horizontally across, from left to right.
iCalendar Subscription
iCalendar Subscription is a feature that allows you to pull calendar events from other calendars on the Internet. For example you can could pull the events from a Google calendar into your calendar.
Events Can Span Day Boundaries
For example, an event can begin at 10:00pm and end the next day 6:00am. The calendar display will banner this across two days. You're not limited to 2 days; an event can be any length, such as June 3rd at 3pm, until June 28th at 9pm. You can also have "all day" events, i.e., events with no times; these can be on a single day, or can also span multiple days - like "Vacation", from July 1 through July 18th.
Sidebar Category Filter
Clicking on the Filter link will bring up a sidebar list of event categories and included calendars. You can click any category or calendar in the list to toggle whether or not corresponding events are displayed.
Custom Event Sort Order
There are many options for specifying the sort order of calendar events; you can choose to display events in the calendar sorted by Start Time, Event Text, Category, Location, or Created/Modified Date.
Location and Contact Fields
Location and Contact fields are now available for a calendar entry. The Location field can be a clickable map link in the popup text; you can choose whether to use Google, Bing, or Mapquest maps. If the Contact field is an email address, the event Details popup window will have a "Send Email" link, to allow users to send mail to that address directly from the calendar.
Customize Event Entry Form
The event entry form can be customized by including or removing a variety of fields: Details, Category, More Categories, Location, Contact, Start/End Times, Repeat Controls and Email Controls. The time entry can be defined as 1 minute increments, or restricted to any of 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, or 1 hour increments.
Mandatory Fields
Events can optionally require the entry of certain fields: Category, Details, Time, Location, or Contact.
Default Values for New Events
Predefined values for can be assigned for these fields on the Create Event entry form: Summary Text, Details, Category, Location and Contact.
Event Restrictions
There are a variety of restrictions and limits that can be applied when events are created. Events with overlapping times can be prevented. This can be qualified by category, meaning time conflicts are checked only for events that share a category. Other restriction options include not allowing editing or deleting of events older than the current date; not allowing new events too far in the future to be added; no "Last Minute Changes", which prevents editing of an event by a specified amount of time prior to the start of the event; and a minimum and/or maximum time duration for an event.
Timezones
Timezones are now supported. This allows people viewing your calendar from anywhere in the world to see event times listed in their local time. Different users can view the same calendar using their own timezone.
Multiple Categories per Event
Multiple Category assignments allows events to be presents on a variety of category filter operations.
Many Miscellaneous New or Improved Features
  • Create periodic or duration events infinitely into the future (previously limited to 3 years)
  • Batch delete events infinitely into the past and future (previously limited to 3 years)
  • Disable HTML tags in your calendar
  • Make the events in every day sort by any combination of start time, event text, category, location, or date created/modified
  • Include Location and/or Contact in events and make those fields mandatory
  • Display and print a "printable view" of the calendar, with or without its title, date header, header, footer, or subfooter
  • Import or export events from/to an iCalendar file or CSV file
  • Subscribe to your own calendar so that the events also display on Google's calendar or an Apple calendar
  • Set the size of the pop-up text window (previously, it had been a fixed size)
  • Limit ability to view the pop-up text to users with Edit permission
  • Establish automatic default values for any event element
  • Implement a CSS style sheet on your calendar
  • Provide users with an RSS feed to the calendar