OddCal Help

Overview

Use OddCal whenever you need to enter Events into your Calendar that are similar, but do not have regular, repeatable intervals. You define all of the details, assign the data to as many dates as you like, and OddCal will prepare the Calendar Events and write them to a calendar of your choosing. (You can edit the list of dates as much you wish; only by pressing Done - Send Odd Dates to Calendar are the Events actually written to your Destination Calendar).

In the default Standard mode, all of your Events share the same Title, Location, Start & End times, and Note. By switching on the option enabling Unique Events, however, each of your Events may possess as many unique attributes as you need, while still retaining the same properties as other Events, however you decide to set them up. As in the Default mode, the Events are only saved to the Calendar database when you tell OddCal to do so.

Standard Events

This is the default mode for OddCal; all of the Events you create will share the same Title, Location, Start & End Times, and Note. You can edit these parameters at any time during your session. Understand that whenever you press the Done - Send Odd Dates to Calendar button, All of the Events in the Event List will be written with the same information. Obviously (in default mode), a date can only be present one time in the Event List.

Your Event List can contain any combination of Standard and Unique Events; Standard Events appear light blue in the Date List. At any time during your session, you can slide the switch for Unique Events on or off. The switch setting only affects NEW Events, not those already prepared.

Unique Events

If your Events share many settings, this mode allows you to change only those that are different, without having to edit every parameter for every Event. The simplest method is to set all the fields that are common to each Event, then set the unique properties, add the Date to the Event List, and then only change what is different before adding the next Event.

You activate this function by sliding the switch labeled Unique Events. In addition, whenever you edit the details of an Event (by tapping an Event in the Date List View), that Event is designated as Unique.

Your Event List can contain any combination of Standard and Unique Events; Unique Events appear dark blue in the Date List. At any time during your session, you can slide the switch for Unique Events on or off. The switch setting only affects NEW Events, not those already prepared.

Setting the Time

Events can have either Start & End times, or be tagged as All Day Events. Sliding the switch on the All Day cell will either present or remove the cells for setting the Start and End times. To change either time, simply tap the cell, and a time picker will appear for your adjusting pleasure. Tapping it again (or tapping the other one) will set the time and remove the time picker. Whenever you change the Start time, the End time will automatically change to the interval you set in Settings (the default is 60 minutes). You are free to set the End Time to any time you wish; changing it does NOT affect the Start Time.

Destination Calendar

OddCal can write Events to any calendar that your device can write to. When you go to choose a calendar, OddCal only presents the names of those which you are allowed to edit.

Do not be surprised if you do not see a particular calendar in the list that you have access to on your handheld. Subscription calendars are Read-Only, and you may not add Events to those. You may also be able to read an Enterprise (or similar) calendar, but be unable to edit it. If you believe OddCal is not presenting you with a calendar that you believe it should, contact OddCal Support.

Settings

Strategic use of the options here can assist you in creating your list of odd Events more efficiently. If all of your Events need to be identified as All Day, simply turn that switch here, and you are done. If, on the other hand, they all have a specific duration, set that here as well, and then all you need to do is set the Start Time, and the End Time is automatically calculated for you, based on the interval you set.

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