Here's a sneak peak at the startup I've been working on for the past two years. It's called CalendarTree.

It's for coaches, project managers, and anyone who schedules multiple meetings with folks who use different calendar types (Google, iCal, Outlook).

CalendarTree is a website that allows the schedule-creator to easily enter a list of coming events - such as a team schedule for the coming year - and share it via email, Twitter, LinkedIN, or Facebook. The recipient gets a clickable link that loads the schedule to their personal calendar of choice, which could be Google, Outlook, or iCal (Apple). Whenever the schedule owner makes a change, it flows automatically to your calendar and sends an email describing the change.

Yes, I know you can just use Google calendar and ask the Apple, Google, and Outlook users to sync with your calendar. But do you want to be tech support for that? And will most people even bother?

CalendarTree also allows you to create your own schedule download "button" that can be added to your existing website. Users click the button and get a choice of what calendar type they want to download the schedule to.

If you are in a family that is juggling multiple schedules from work, school, and sports, you'll see the need for this product right away. Single folks will mostly go "huh?" But your day will come.

CalendarTree is free for small-scale users. Have a look and let me know what you think.

If you have comments about CalendarTree, let me know at dilbertcartoonist@gmail.com.

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Dec 20, 2013
I don't think you said CalendarTree enough. :)

(Nice hypnosis trick there.)
Dec 20, 2013
Quinn, from CalendarTree was able to help me and tell me how to link to my Google calendar. Thanks, Quinn!

But, what it does is link CalendarTree into my Google Calendar. Not the other way around -- it doesn't link my Google Calendar into CalendarTree.

And I don't want to "import" my Google Calendar into CalendarTree. I want it linked.
Dec 20, 2013
[Sorry if this is a duplicate post -- my browser crashed on me just as I hit "post".]

Since the CalendarTree apparently has no useful support resources, I'm complaining here. I tried twice to create an account, but the confirmation email never arrived. Yes, I checked my spam folder.

Also, your FAQ makes the claim that using a shared Google Calender requires Google Calendar. This is false, and you acknowledge this in the blog post. However, it's not nearly has hard as you make it sound. I can just email (or SMS or tweet or...) an ICS link, and the other person usually just has to click on it and OK the calendar subscription.

Oh, hey! 38 and 26 minutes later, my confirmation emails arrived! Maybe you're getting swamped with registrations. I hope so -- good luck with this service, even though it's probably not for me.
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Dec 20, 2013

The password validation has an error or the wrong verbage. Tried to signup and even though the password said '1 Capital letter, 1 Number' which mine had. I got an error "Password must be at least 6 characters, with one upper case letter, one lower case letter and one number."

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Dec 20, 2013
For inspiration: You might look at the events for the pcal program (prints postscript calendars including schedules and holidays).

http://pcal.sourceforge.net/pcal-help.html (<- just look at the examples for a start)
Dec 20, 2013
I've signed up. Tried it.
So far: FAIL.

It says that it's compatible with Google Calendar.
Ok, I already use and share a Google Calendar with a few people -- how do I link it with CalendarTree.

I click on My Calendar, and it shows me a calendar.
I click (or double-click) on a day - and nothing happens.
How do I add an event or appointment?
It appears I can add a schedule. Then I add events to a schedule. Then the events appear on the calendar.

That seems logical. It also seems like the programmer decided that since it was logical, than that is the only way it should be done. How about I click a day in my calendar, and it offers to create an event? And then add to (or create) a schedule?

In other words, why do I have to figure out how your programmer decided it should work, rather than have it work the way I use it?

Or, at the very least, put some on-screen instructions to tell me what to do.
Dec 20, 2013
The site is clean so 1 on that.

I created a yearly birthday event for my 2 years daughter.
It forced me to put an end date for that -1000 for that.

Other than that, I think this sort of thing might work better as a widget within another website
e.g. Evite or Meetup or as plugin in Outlook or Apple Calendar like at least one other person suggested.

Whatsapp and other chat apps are super hot these days, if you could send a reminder
as whatsapp message I think you would become unique and cool at the same time.

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Dec 19, 2013
Ok - I just created an account and looked around a bit.

Good concept. I created a test schedule - and I like the interface a lot. It was easy to set up a weekly meeting. I like the idea of being able to choose to e-mail updates to subscribers.

I'll need to set up a second account and subscribe to this one - in order to understand what the subscriber view looks like.

I do have one question: Can I limit subscribers to only those to whom I send a link? If not, can I view subscribers and delete ones I don't recognize? (We occasionally have issues with restraining orders. Work with enough youth programs and all sorts of things crop up…)

I assume the subscribers are managed per schedule. I would build different subscriber lists for each program, correct?

I use Facebook to communicate schedules with two different groups. It would be great to be able to sync with that - so that I only had to update the calendar in one place. As it is, not everyone is on Facebook - but for those who are (especially teens) it is far and away the most effective way to communicate.
Dec 19, 2013
Apparently, my last post requires translation. Three words were bleeped out. The first one is meant to say S H I T L O A D S, and I spelled it wrong in an attempt to make the content filter ignore it, but I guess I did it wrong. The other two are both meant to say E N T I T I E S, and I did not spell that wrong, because it did not occur to me that the content blocker would target this word. Although, now that I think about it, it does contain T I T.

I think this kind of reinforces my point, if anything.
Dec 19, 2013
I would not use that. Nevertheless, I think you will make !$%*!$%* of money off it, presuming that it works, because it appears to address a major problem with calendar software: it was designed by multiple !$%*!$%*! all of whom hate each other.

This actually reminds me of your last post about replacing government with software, which sounds to me like proper dystopian nightmare. It's not that I don't think we will have the technology to do all the things you talk about. The problem is that there will be multiple versions created by multiple !$%*!$%*! all of whom hate each other. It baffles me that you can see how badly the calendar software works together well enough to design something that looks like a solution (even though it isn't) and your reaction is: Let's give this total power over our lives!
Dec 19, 2013
Until those calendar clients make it a feature... That's the thing about add-ons.
Dec 19, 2013
Two years seems like a long time for a site like this. I see that the site is "powered by bluechilli". THEIR website crashed all three browsers on my iOS device (safari, chrome, atomic). If they were my development house, this would give me cause for concern. Unless of course they didn't develop their own website. Also, when can we expect this blog to resume being a wonderful forum for humor and thoughtful discussion?
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Dec 19, 2013
I have signed up - and this is something I've wanted for a long time.

Cursory look - one missing feature it really needs!

Please could it have an "import and consolidate my existing iCal/Google Calendar/Outlook calendars" option?

Otherwise, nice idea. I would pay for this.

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