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How can I subscribe to a calendar feed (iCal/ics) of my assignments and/or meetings and events?

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Last updated: 14 Oct, 2016
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To subscribe to a RefTown calendar feed in the iCal/ics format in another application you wil need to obtain a special RefTown address that is unique to you.

There are four ways to get to the addreses for the subscriptions (all take you to the same place)....

  1. Through your Profile
    1. Click on your account menu in the RefTown menubar
    2. Click on "Edit Profile"
    3. Click on "External Schedule/Calendar Subscriptions"
  2. From the Meetings/Events Page
    1. Click on the button labeled "Subscribe to Calendar Feed"
  3. From your individual Game Schedule
    1. Click on the button labeled "Subscribe to Calendar Feed"
  4. Go to  https://www.reftown.com/profile.asp?Focus=ShowPAK

Once there, you will then need to decide if you wish to access a single "global" feed for all organizations on one calendar or a separate single-organiztion feed...if you only belong to a single organiztion, the two choices are equivalent.

You will be provided three options that will grant read-only access to information from your account:  your game schedule, your meeting/event schedule, or a combination of the two.

You can use any  of these addresses in other calendar programs to show your schedule without needing to manually import your schedule to those programs. Updates to your schedule will automaticlaly be synchronized (a few times a day in most cases).

You can also share one or more addresses with mentors, spouses, etc. so they can stay up-to-date on your schedule in thier own calendar application without requiring you to communicate the details of your schedule to them.

At any time, you can return the subscription page to invalidate and replace the keys you've genreated. Doing so will block all further accesses to your schedule that use the old key.

Subscribing to the Calendar

Note: Changes to your RefTown schedule may take up to 24 hours to refresh in some calendar applications...particularly any web-based calendar application where the update rates are controlled by the calendar application provider.

Outlook and iCal and other desktop-based calendar applications can update more frequently as controlled by a combination of desktop application's settings and information from RefTown.

RefTown provides the calendar application suggested update rates that will depend on the contents of your calendar. If your calendar has no future events, RefTown will suggest daily updates. If your calendar has upcoming items, the suggested update rate will be more frequent....every few hours.

iPhone

See http://www.iphonefaq.org/archives/97782 and http://www.iphonefaq.org/archives/97922

Outlook 2007 or 2010

Outlook 2007/2010 has native iCal support.

  1. Click on the webcal link as generated under your RefTown profile.
  2. An Outlook box should appear asking you to “Add this Internet Calendar to Outlook and Subscribe to Updates”.
  3. Click Yes, and the Calendar will automatically be added to Outlook.

Google Calendar

  1. Sign into your Google Calendar account
  2. On the left side, under “Other Calendars,” click  â€œAdd by URL”

  1. Click on “Add by URL.”

  1. Copy and paste the calendar feed URL from your RefTown page into the URL field.
  2. Click Add Calendar.

Windows Live

  1. Sign into your Windows Live account
  2. Go to Calendar
  3. Go to Subscribe
  4. Select "Subscribe to a public calendar
  5. On Calendar URL field enter the URL provided from RefTown
  6. On Calendar name field write the name you want your calendar to have
  7. Click to "Subscribe to calendar" and "done"

Mac iCal

  1. Open iCal
  2. Right click under the region titled Subscriptions
  3. Then click Subscribe...
  4. Next, enter the RefTown calendar feed URL into the field titled Calendar URL.
  5. Click subscribe

Android

Android does not directly support calendar subscriptions. Follow the instructions above for Google Calendar.

Then, under your phone's calendar options, select/enable this calendar to be shown.

On the phone, go to

  1. Applications -> Calendar
  2. Menu -> More -> Settings
  3. Calendars
  4. Check the calendars you wish to view

Windows Mobile

Windows Mobile does not directly support calendar subscriptions. Follow the instructions above for Windows Live.

Then, under your phone's calendar options, select/enable this calendar to be shown.....

  1. Go to the phone
  2. Settings/email&accounts/Windows Live
  3. Long tap on Windows Live, till appears "sync"
  4. Press sync

Also read
item How can I transfer Games, Meetings, or Events to my personal calendaring program such as Outlook, Google Calendar, Palm Desktop, or other calendaring application?
item Calendar items do not transfer to Outlook properly.

Also listed in
folder Users Guide -> General Information and Tips

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