samedi déc. 15, 2007

JSCalendarSync now officially supports Leopard

After weeks of distributing private builds to a selected few, I receive no complaints or problem reports. I therefore decided to release JSCalendarSync v0.40 to the wild.

I am running this build myself since 4 weeks, without problems whatsoever. Most visible change will be support for Mac OS X 10.5 (aka Leopard), others are summarized below :

  • more work on repeating event synchronizations (but still not working yet)
  • more special characters are accepted in passwords
  • Fixed the TZ issue when Sun Calendar returns no TZ (to be tested extensively)
  • All Day events are not duplicated anymore (to be tested extensively)
  • Fixed the crash at startup when iCal was never started before
  • Fixed the "Can not delete event" error

Please backup you calendars before using this tool, as it might delete all your events !

Should you enconter problems, first check my debugging tips, then, if not solved, send me an email with the log file.

Happy Synchronization !

jeudi févr. 22, 2007

JSCalendarSync v0.30 released

After being quite for some long weeks, I spent some time over the week-end to prepare release v0.30 of JSCalendarSync. You can download it now from SourceForge's repository

We are now several dozen, within and outside Sun, to use JSCalendarSync on a daily basis, with no major problem.

This release introduces some changes and many bug fixes. I would encourage every users to download it to replace the existing version.

I would like to thanks all of you for your testing, suggestions and encouragements, also for your patience when helping me to debug this or that annoying issue.

So, what's new in v0.30 ?
  • the GUI now provides an option to sync or not the "Description" attribute from events. Many users complained about this attribute being synchronized while they are using it to store conf call access codes or otherwise confidential information. You can now ask JSCalendarSync to not synchronize this attribute.
  • Event cancellation / modification notices are no longer sent by default. This request was very popular and caused many annoyances to all of us. By default, JSCalendarSync now asks Calendar Server to not send an email notice to event attendees when an event is modified / deleted on iCal.
    Should you want to enable this again, you'll need to open a Terminal application, type "defaults write com.sun.luxembourg.cso.JSCalendarSync notifyAttendees -bool true" and restart JSCalendarSync
  • And... last but not least..., a fellow Sun coworker started to implement support for recurring events. Preliminary code is in the CVS main branch. And we should expect some more announcements in the near future.


What's fixed in v0.30 ?
  • passwords and all text attributes are now URL-friendly, meaning that you can use special characters (like ?.:&%) in your passwords and event descriptions
  • international character sets (german's umlauts or french accents for example) are now correctly handled in booth directions
  • many small bug fixes


Users upgrading from a previous version might have a small GUI glitch because of the way Window size and position are remembered from your last run. Should you encounter this small issue, open a Terminal application and type : 'defaults delete com.sun.luxembourg.cso.JSCalendarSync "NSWindow Frame window"', then restart JSCalendarSync.

Finally, I would like to remind some of you that, the first time you run JSCalendarSync, you will be prompted by Mac OS X's Synchronization Manager to authorize, or not, JSCalendarSync to synchronize with iCal. You must answer "Yes" to this question ! Failure to do so will prevent JSCalendarSync to work properly.

As usual, do not hesitate to report me any issue you might have or improvements you would like to see in future releaseS (yes : recurring events and attendees are high on my priority list :-)

Happy synchonization !
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Sébastien Stormacq is a Senior Software Architect at Sun Microsystems. He uses his 15+ years of professional experience to design large scale, secured and highly transactional architectures based on Sun's middleware solutions.

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