Creating a New iCal Event Using Quicksilver Tutorial

Previously, we discussed Quicksilver plugins for Gmail and Google Calendar, which enable users to dispatch emails or schedule events directly through Quicksilver. For those who prefer using iCal over Google Calendar, Quicksilver provides a similar plugin. I had misplaced this information among my bookmarks, but Tim Gaden at Hawk Wings recently clarified how to add an event to iCal using this plugin, and it turns out to be quite straightforward.

Here’s how you should enter the information:

  • event name – date and time

  • task name – date and time

  • !!! task name – date and time (use exclamation points to indicate priority, with three indicating high urgency)

Although Tim suggests starting with the date and time, I’ve noticed that the plugin can also interpret entries where the event or task name comes first, which might help in keeping the titles clear. Additionally, this plugin allows you to choose which calendar to add the event or task to.

For those unfamiliar with setting this up in Quicksilver, here’s a quick guide. First, ensure you have the iCal plugin installed, which you can find in the Quicksilver plugin preference pane.

Follow these steps, illustrated above:

  1. Activate Quicksilver, hit the period key to open a text entry box, and type something like “dinner and a movie – 9/30/06 6:00 pm” without the quotes.

  2. Press Tab to move to the next pane, where you’ll specify that this text should be converted into an iCal event. I usually type ‘ic’ to find an iCal event and ‘ict’ for a task, but your mileage may vary with Quicksilver.

  3. Tab again to choose from your calendars. Hit the right arrow key to see a dropdown list of all your calendars, or start typing to find a specific one.


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