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Apple iCal to-do sync

tyee77 says:

After reading some posts by those who wish for Outlook sync, I wanted to voice my interest in synchronizing Apple iCal's "to do's" with Rember the Milk. I believe there are plenty of Mac users out there who would agree. If you are one, please let it be known.

One potential solution could come from Spanning Sync (spanningsync.com) which is Mac software for synchronizing Google Calendar with Apple iCal. It is currently in public beta but is already enjoying THOUSANDS (not a typo; see their blog) of new users. If even a small majority of those people could use RTM/Apple iCal sync then this is serious stuff!

I read some posts on their website requesting third-party RTM sync to which they gave a positive response (depending on resources and customer interest and [take note] if Google provides their own COMPETING task manager). In my opinion, the vast majority of Spanning Sync users would JUMP at the possibility of RTM>Apple iCal synchronization!

I wouldn't mind at all if the RTM folks wanted to implement this but, as I read in the Outlook sync thread, they may not mind if a third-party produced a solution. Please let both RTM and Spanning Sync know if you're interested.

Posted at 7:36pm on February 6, 2007

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sutehi says:

I'd like to echo this request. My husband & I are looking for a way to sync our calendars (including ToDos) between 2 MacBooks, one desktop, a Black Berry, and a mobile phone. Spanning Sync handles calendar events gorgeously, but ToDos remain thorny.

I use RTM (managed through Google Calendar, and subscribed to through iCalendar) for my personal ToDos, but in order to use it for work, I would need to have proper syncing with iCalendar.

In my ideal world, there would also be tighter integration between the ToDos and calendars. For instance, the ability to attach a ToDo to a particular iCal calendar (rather than having them in a seperate, subscribed RMT calendar.)

Posted 7 years ago

sarahbanko says:

I want this too!

Posted 6 years ago

davebc says:

Another Mac user who would dig iCal sync. I can also help get the word out by writing it up at Ars Technica.

Posted 6 years ago

harryalverson says:

Aye aye, another RTM and Spanning Sync User voicing a need for this!

Posted 6 years ago

bradbane says:

I too would love this, especially since a lot of Mac programs already sync with iCal's todo list. I use Filemaker to keep track of everything for my business and it integrates out of the box with iCal. If it could sync with RTM that would be a killer app for me, and I'm sure plenty of others as well.

Posted 6 years ago

sofrankly says:

GCalDaemon does exactly what Spanning Sync does and much more and it is open source, free, and platform independent. Setup requires the command line though.

Posted 6 years ago

mystwillow Pro says:

I'm so on board with this. I would probably even pay for Pro if I could fully manage tasks (or even just mark them complete!) in iCal and/or Mail.

Posted 6 years ago

dcoops says:

ditto

Posted 6 years ago

aoberoi says:

i REALLY want to see this happen! If the Remember The Milk developers don't have the time and resources to commit to a project like this, I would love to get into trying to do it on my own using the API that is available. But, if this sort of this is in development, could you let the users know so that someone like me doesn't waste the time doing it (since my implementation would probably be buggier, not as clean, and more poorly integrated)? If there are no plans to do such a thing, then let us know too!

Posted 6 years ago

alexjartos says:

Me too..

Posted 6 years ago

joeq says:

agreed.

Posted 6 years ago

andreas.marnevall says:

Me too... :p

Posted 6 years ago

jomis Pro says:

iCal + RTM ToDo integration is what I've been waiting for.

Posted 6 years ago

max.edmands says:

I would very much like to see this as well

Posted 6 years ago

tensaiji says:

Ditto

Posted 6 years ago

simon.knight says:

please! anyone know of ANY half way solution - I'd love to publish my OmniFocus todo list somewhere on the web to access remotely!

Posted 6 years ago

niksterg11 says:

ditto

Posted 6 years ago

kutlay says:

+1

Posted 6 years ago

aesthesiac says:

+1

Posted 5 years ago

rodrigofoca says:

That would be great!

Posted 5 years ago

houweb says:

+1

Posted 5 years ago

mrwulf says:

+1

Posted 5 years ago

danyul says:

yep! +1

Posted 5 years ago

elsey.jack says:

can has ical sync? kthnxbai

Posted 5 years ago

dlw says:

Gotta say...Love the LOLspeak. But I think you misspelled thx.

:-)

D

Posted 5 years ago

ipallete says:

count me on

Posted 5 years ago

cjdelrosario says:

Would be awesome.. +1

Posted 5 years ago

drjasonharrison says:

Count me in as a Pro subscriber if iCal to/from Rememberthemilk is supported.

Posted 5 years ago

tripful says:

Along with my recent vote for Symbian sync or app (or both), iCal sync would seal the deal for me to become a Pro subscriber. Let's get this up and running!

Posted 5 years ago

ro33y says:

+ 6
I'll buy Pro accounts for everyone at my office when you deliver this.

Posted 5 years ago

yozz says:

+1!!!!!!!!

Posted 5 years ago

wnknisely says:

Plus one for me too. And for my office as well.

Posted 5 years ago

sabbatical says:

i'm frankly surprised this doesnt exist yet!

Posted 5 years ago

lucac81 says:

+1
This is absolutely needed
Since the iphone is not able to manage todos I need RTM, but it has no sense that when I'm home using iCal I cannot edit or add new tasks.

Posted 5 years ago

loadupscott says:

Another vote here.

Right now I'm using a mashed up solution using Fluid.app and the RTM iPhone interface as a menu bar drop down. Hopefully we'll see an update soon!

Posted 5 years ago

canelson says:

Count me in! +1

Posted 5 years ago

paulking.us says:

You can count another vote.

Posted 5 years ago

macoholic says:

I have to second this. That feature is missing!

Posted 5 years ago

pslate24 says:

here, here.

Posted 5 years ago

rhonda.saylor says:

yes, please :)

Posted 5 years ago

aoberoi says:

i would also LOVE this feature.

I would also be willing to develop and work on it myself, but the API for RTM is not open.

Posted 5 years ago

qasim says:

+100!!!

Posted 5 years ago

richardjn says:

+1 <--Pro User

Posted 5 years ago

jtg says:

+1

Posted 5 years ago

fork4k Pro says:

ditto

Posted 5 years ago

jantanner says:

meeeeeeeeeeee, tooooo

Posted 5 years ago

obscuredcelery says:

same here

Posted 5 years ago

ronderick.henry says:

i agree and it please

Posted 5 years ago

peter.strom says:

Would love to have this!

Posted 5 years ago

metherington48 says:

me too!

Posted 5 years ago

dkjj says:

Excellent idea. It would fatten up The Milk from 2% to Full Cream. May we please have some RTM feedback?

Posted 5 years ago

daxdavis says:

+1
Mee too

Posted 5 years ago

chris.neville says:

please - this is crucial for mac users!

Posted 5 years ago

mmurray says:

++++++

Please? I want it.

Posted 5 years ago

m.yellow says:

I would love that!!!

Posted 5 years ago

jacksoncage says:

+1

Posted 5 years ago

glovestudio says:

Me too :)

Posted 5 years ago

timgossett says:

+1

Posted 5 years ago

mario.mosca says:

+1

Posted 5 years ago

nichole.thomason says:

anyone try this....

http://www.rememberthemilk.com/help/answers/icalendar/appleical.rtm

Posted 5 years ago

swinhoe says:

+1 YES !!!

Posted 5 years ago

plamparello says:

ditto

Posted 5 years ago

darrel.vaughn says:

ME Too

Posted 5 years ago

iliask says:

and me!

Posted 5 years ago

abeznes says:

+1

Posted 5 years ago

nick.henry Pro says:

Sign me up

Posted 5 years ago

scharlow says:

yes plz

Posted 5 years ago

stefan.schwietert says:

+1

Posted 5 years ago

pete.kyle says:

+1

Posted 5 years ago

donadio says:

@sofrankly:

GCalDaemon syncs your local ical calendars and/or Lightning calendars with Google calendars, but i don't see how it would be able to sync ical files with lightning or remember the milk files. Perhaps its possible to sync your remember the milk calendar in GCal with an ical calendar? I feel the items would show up as events as opposed to tasks. If you know of how to do this, please post back. Also I've found that the sync does not really work with deleted items. I always wind up having to delete items manually from both ical and google calendar.

You can sort of do this if you have set up imap email accounts with Apple Mail. Then you can create calendars on those imap accounts in ICAL, which in turn appear in an "Apple Mail to Do" folder in said account. If you use gmail and firefox's remember the milk extension, you can theoretically convert all emails with the "apple Mail to do" label into a task. However, that extension doesn't work all the time because gmail is constantly changing its code. Therefore, I use Thunderbird to drag the messages from "apple mail to do" to the activities pane, where they are converted into tasks. It's the best workaround I can come up with.

For me, this is the missing link, ability to sync tasks in Ical with those of thunderbird's lightning with those of remember the milk. My workaround is to use

Posted 5 years ago

donadio says:

the remember the milk provider extension for Thunderbird in conjunction, but this should be a hella lot easier.

Posted 5 years ago

julien.hurlot says:

+1, I'll buy pro account if RTM is able to sync to do list with ICAL

Posted 5 years ago

mattpeltz says:

+1 Please!!

Posted 5 years ago

bluehorns says:

+1!

Posted 5 years ago

ran.michal says:

+1

Posted 5 years ago

jr78 says:

+1 ... I'd love to have an iCal integration as well (not only subsription).

Posted 5 years ago

michagrandel says:

+1, same here
and yes, I'll by a pro account, if RTM will be able to sync with iCal in both ways (iCal->RTM; RTM->iCal), too.

Posted 5 years ago

deqose says:

+1 =)

Posted 5 years ago

darthus says:

+1

Posted 5 years ago

rwl4 says:

+1

Posted 5 years ago

waju78 says:

+1

Posted 5 years ago

lauryced says:

moo te !

sorry... I got overwhelmed by the "ical-compatible cow" effect.

>>> me too !

Am currently warming up the credit card to get RTM pro in case this feature becomes available.

Posted 5 years ago

travismanint says:

please! +1

Posted 5 years ago

tinu.cleatus says:

me too... BIG PLUS ONE !!!

Posted 5 years ago

sailesh says:

+1

Posted 5 years ago

raiko Pro says:

Yes, please!!

Posted 5 years ago

mjbanks says:

I would pay for a Pro account for this functionality. Hoping RTW developers are working on this.

Posted 5 years ago

noosphereious Pro says:

This would be great!

Posted 5 years ago

steven.merrill says:

+1 - This would definitely lock up my Tasks situation across Windows Mobile, iPod touch and my OS X desktop.

Posted 5 years ago

fheyder says:

+1

Posted 5 years ago

ldipenti says:

+1

Posted 5 years ago

2sjohnston says:

I would love this

Posted 5 years ago

kellygrape says:

+1

Posted 5 years ago

neilio Pro says:

This would be huge for me, as it would open up the ability to sync with other application that do not currently support RTM (Things, The Hit List, Omnifocus, etc.).

Please?

Posted 5 years ago

akeech says:

+1

Posted 5 years ago

scoober says:

+1 for sure

Posted 5 years ago

mototom says:

I'd go Pro for this. I love the ability to kick any bit of text in Apple Mail over to a To Do, but then that To Do is sadly trapped on my Mac.

Apple iCal To Do support is pretty limited, but if I could just get that Email --> To Do --> Web & iPhone, I'd have everything I need.

Posted 5 years ago

ciaran.rogers says:

Id also go pro to do this along with 5 other mac users at my org

Posted 5 years ago

davexr says:

I'd go pro for 2 way ical sync too.

Posted 5 years ago

milkiglo Pro says:

Hiya RTMers,

I am going to take an opposing view here.

I used to sync tasks between iCal and my palm pilot and it was a HEADACHE. Sorry for the caps but I have painful memories. So many duplicated tasks. So much dropped information because the iCal task manager was so limited! Really-compare it to RTM. The worst part about it was trying to bring my cal headings inline with my task headings. You know, David Allen (GTD baby!) draws a clean line between tasks and calendar items-they're just different animals.

You all want to email tasks. I understand. YOU CAN. Look in your RTM settings and there is a tab called something like 'Info' and there you will find an email address called something like: 'yourRTMname+wq8023409@rtm.com'

Go into your Address Book app, mac users, and add that email to your contact card.

Now you are free to email your tasks till the cows come home with the milk. Just compose your emails in Mail app, type your own name in the 'To' field and send that task straight to your RTM inbox. -Be sure to get the proper address, for me it is a nobrainer as I type my rtm profile name and it is there in three keystrokes.

So, please, lets all forget about iCal tasks. Apple did-why do you think they left it out of the iPhone? Honestly, there should have been a tasks app from the start. But Apple realized that there are better solutions out there for tasks than what iCal tasks (yuck!) could do.

And Hooray for RTM for doing it. No really. After a year of task management on a palm and iCal I am never, never, going back to iCal tasks. Bottom line-Apple has moved on, you should move on too.

Posted 5 years ago

colleenwalsh02 says:

agreed!

Posted 5 years ago

krissy Pro says:

Thanks for your feedback everyone. I have added your suggestion to the list for the developers to have a look at.

Posted 5 years ago

ranbarton ProPower Poster says:

Krissy, I very much applaud your arrival here on these boards and think it bodes well for RTM as a product that they have someone like you here. I've been a RTM user since launch, and I think it's an invaluable service.

Without sounding too cranky, could I ask you to clarify something, please? This thread began on 2/6/07, over _two years_ ago, and you are just now adding this idea to the list for the developers to look at. Can I possibly have that right?

Posted 5 years ago

krissy Pro says:

Hi ranbarton,

This thread had actually already been added to the list for the developers, as have most, if not all, feature request threads. Of course simply adding it to the list doesn't mean it will be implemented - but it's a start. Hope this answers your question :)

Posted 5 years ago

ranbarton ProPower Poster says:

Thank you for your reply. I am reassured that this issue was already on the list of things to ponder, and I fully realize that list offers no guarantees about implementation.

Posted 5 years ago

s.sherriff says:

I would love two way syncing with ical too

Posted 5 years ago

makkura says:

Consider me a plus +1. Finding it kinda ridiculous this feature isn't available by someone else yet.

Posted 5 years ago

thetechninja says:

+1

Posted 5 years ago

mockelvis says:

Yes, RTM / iCal sync would be excellent.

Posted 4 years ago

jamiel says:

+1

Posted 4 years ago

valleyiah says:

Yes, RTM / iCal sync would be excellent.

And it should be able to open a small calendar with a week in one view.(like a timetable).

Posted 4 years ago

8collins says:

Yes, iCal sync with RTM please!

Posted 4 years ago

nfitzhugh says:

+1

Posted 4 years ago

slugglife says:

+1

Posted 4 years ago

julian.oes says:

would be good!

Posted 4 years ago

denisewithers says:

I'd love better Mac integration too - sync with ToDo!

Posted 4 years ago

julien.fortin says:

+1

Posted 4 years ago

chrillo.at says:

+1

Posted 4 years ago

zwise22 says:

+1

Posted 4 years ago

davekm3t says:

+1 !

Posted 4 years ago

twinstead says:

+1

Posted 4 years ago

danieleio says:

+1 please!

Posted 4 years ago

triblondon says:

Can I add (yet) another vote for this. I don't want it for ical itself, but because ical hooks into other areas of OS X - specifically, dashboard widgets. The dashboard widgets that integrate with iCal are far better than those that have been developed for RTM directly. Check out RememberTheMoof vs DoBeDo. No comparison - I want to use DoBeDo and have those tasks sync up with my RTM account.

Posted 4 years ago

johnohara says:

+1

Posted 4 years ago

raorou2 says:

+1

Posted 4 years ago

ariannagrumbine says:

This would be SO helpful! Please add this feature!

Posted 4 years ago

emetcalfe says:

+1

Posted 4 years ago

themorgantown says:

+20

Posted 4 years ago

ferrifer says:

+1

Posted 4 years ago

nfederici says:

me too.

Posted 4 years ago

florian.roth says:

that would be awesome!!

Posted 4 years ago

xxdesmus Pro says:

+1 ...this would be amazing.

Posted 4 years ago

hajush says:

I'm not using this app until this is available... please support this!

Posted 4 years ago

kabir.shah says:

+1

definitely needed

Posted 4 years ago

urke.leshem says:

+1

Posted 4 years ago

ajiovine says:

This would be wonderful!!

Posted 4 years ago

lovelaughterlife says:

+1!!

Posted 4 years ago

jsevilhano says:

This would make me go pro and use 100% RTM for task managing!

Posted 4 years ago

nathanielks says:

Can I do +12043157492859084103287512?

If so: +12043157492859084103287512?

else: +1

Posted 4 years ago

nejnas says:

+1, would be great for mac users.

Posted 4 years ago

dangribbin says:

absolutely. this is an amazing idea. +1

Posted 4 years ago

lytnngseed says:

+1

Posted 4 years ago

suarezja says:

+1

Posted 4 years ago

johnsalomon says:

+1

Posted 4 years ago

resocut says:

another one

Posted 4 years ago

sam.walker Pro says:

+1

Posted 4 years ago

tommy_b says:

+1 here as well.

I just want to point out something somebody mentioned like 2 yrs ago on this thread about his nightmare sync issues with Palm. I had the same problems - I couldn't stand it so I dumped Palm and got a Crackberry with some $20 add-on app that did the job just fine, I would have paid $100 after the messes Palm made with my calendars and to dos.

But the reason that sucked so much was because it was two different calendaring formats trying their best to talk to each other and failing most of the time. That's why standards, like calDAV which is how iCal and GCal and Mobileme sync (not perfectly but a million times better than iCal hooking up to a Palm years ago) are so important and RTM is already getting there with subscription to lists via iCal standard file protocols. Standards allow for more consumer choice as you don't get forced into outfitting yourself only with, say, oh Microsoft products, because they use proprietary format for something rather than a standard. When configured carefully - sync is pretty delicate and I think deserves it's own huge industry of consultants so people wouldn't have so many troubles by letting pros set it up - you'll likely experience a very small number of incidents related to a sync gone bad. I've been using GCal and syncing over calDAV to my iCal apps on three different Macs for just about a year now and there hasn't been one single instance of data loss. And I attribute that the use of the standards as well as my anal-retentive set up to ensure nothing would fail.

IN THE MEANTIME, those seeking a work around for true bidirectional To Do sync across any device that is iCalendar standard based should try... yes, I'm not kidding... the new Yahoo beta calendar. It works like a charm. If you have a to do list already, export it to an .ics file, upload it into Yahoo Calendar, and sync away. It's reliable. It works. I haven't lost any data.

I use GCal for my calendar syncing all across my machines, but they dropped the ball and there's no offline intergrated Task List, they already had calDAV sync set up, why they couldn't make their Task List a part of that is beyond me. And I need my calendars and to do's offline, it's a must, in a dedicated calendar (not an Adobe Air app or Google Gears iteration).

So Yahoo of all things actually saved the day - the whole calendar project is actually looking pretty solid. It's not targeted at business users so it's not filled with feature bloat like Gcal. They've done good work.

Posted 4 years ago

cweyant Pro says:

+1

Posted 4 years ago

geekdaddy says:

+1 (AND Pro Willingness!)

Also I'd LOVE to be able to export my iCal Tasks to RTM in some fashion. I currently use Appigo ToDo with iCal and am considering making a move to RTM so that it....works better with both my iPhone and the ability to email tasks to myself.

Posted 4 years ago

geekdaddy says:

Ah, my personal issue is now RESOLVED. As per above, I use Appigo ToDo....so I just went used the Switch Services option to change to RTM and I chose to Keep my existing tasks so that these were uploaded to RTM. Of course, I had to go Pro but it is worth it based on what I want to do!

http://www.appigo.com/appigo-sync/faqs/switching/switching-services

Posted 4 years ago

j.d.soberg says:

hear hear

Posted 4 years ago

will.t says:

I want this too, it's the must-have function which still missing.

Posted 4 years ago

many.garcia says:

i want this too!!! did anybody found a way for updating RTM tasks from ical??

Posted 3 years ago

yven Pro says:

Give us iCal todo-sync.

Posted 3 years ago

pashmeen says:

Yes please.. I will +340594574950445945 this :)

Posted 3 years ago

everardo.mancilla Pro says:

+1

Posted 3 years ago

m.sparakowski says:

+1

Posted 3 years ago

igor.tomych Pro says:

+1

Posted 3 years ago

tralston says:

+1 !!!!!!

I so want this too!

Posted 3 years ago

dir.mando says:

+1 (Give us iCal todo-sync.)

Posted 3 years ago

cfaber says:

I just signed up for RTM, thinking it could do this, only to find out it can't. I want to be able to have two way sycn, iCal to do list -- RTM -- Android.

It's just crazy, with so much demand for this type of thing out there, that RTM isn't doing it. :(

Posted 3 years ago

jonas.probst says:

+1

Posted 3 years ago

pobs says:

+1

That's about 120 +1's and 3 years. Remember way back when this thread was just a little newborn comment. So full of life!

Posted 3 years ago

meschultz1113 says:

all i can say, is yes please!

Posted 3 years ago

nordlys says:

Pretty please!

Posted 3 years ago

mblaya Pro says:

+1

Posted 3 years ago

ekarmouta says:

+1

Posted 3 years ago

mborsalino says:

+1

Posted 3 years ago

rama.guttula says:

+1

Posted 3 years ago

idaelisco says:

+1

Posted 3 years ago

brian.steck says:

+2

Posted 3 years ago

prometheusunbound says:

++

Will upgrade to Pro if this comes about...

Posted 3 years ago

marcin.jekot says:

++

me three

Posted 3 years ago

dbrown says:

+1 using the import icalendar feed is a nightmare

Posted 3 years ago

dbrown says:

...and being able to use Apple Mail to create tasks would be so useful.

Posted 3 years ago

nboychuk says:

+1

Posted 3 years ago

ivs.zgz says:

+1

Posted 3 years ago

chrismmiller says:

+1

Posted 3 years ago

philwearne says:

+1 (for what its worth!)

Posted 3 years ago

alyzak says:

+1'000,000 votes here!

Posted 3 years ago

hshahrokni says:

+1

What a wonderful Christmas gift it would make from RTM to the community!

Posted 3 years ago

julesrix says:

another vote here, would seriously want this to happen - yesterday.

Posted 3 years ago

willray says:

Another vote! and, any kind of update from developers would be very helpful re: consumers considering moving to pro.

Thanks! Love this product.

Posted 3 years ago

willray says:

In the meantime, here's an free app called taskSync that was just posted on LIfehacker that provides a solution to this whole problem.

It uses a preference pane app that does configurable syncs between RTM and sync task lists, it works in real time, and is 2-way. Very adaptable to needs.

http://bitbuiltsoftware.com/

The only caveat -- Snow Leopard 10.6 only.

Posted 3 years ago

jason.lemieux Pro says:

Has anyone had luck w/ tasksync yet? I can't really get it to work, even under 10.6. It seems like it's real close to working but the developer hasn't updated it in a while...

Posted 3 years ago

simeda.takasi says:

Nothing appears in "Sync lists" for 4 weeks. Under 10.6.6.

Posted 3 years ago

ronert.obst says:

+1

Posted 2 years ago

joskarp says:

+1

Posted 2 years ago

brookwarner says:

+1

Posted 1 year ago

mtchetch Pro says:

+2

Posted 1 year ago

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