Good thing to have an iPhone…

Bigger festivals have many stages, with many performers. Running around with a Pesti Est magazine on BalatonSound is not cool, we need a XXI. century solution. If you happen’ to have a smartphone in your pocket, we problem is somewhat smaller: just bookmark the page. If it works (currently, the site is down). Also, it’s not a bad thing to have WiFi or GPRS reception.

What if we host a page on our own static web-page, perhaps tailor made for mobile-device usage? Not bad, but then we have to deal with making it usable, adding some optimizations, etc…

A (somewhat more) off-line solution would be better. Perhaps an Excel file. We don’t depend on a connection - there won’t be any reception anyways, so that’s good. But, reading a spreadsheet on a small device is a big pain.

iPhone calendar beállítás

How about registering the events in my calendar? Even better, since this is what a calendar is made for. But what if I don’t want to cram 100 events into my calendar? And how should I distribute it to my friends?

Enter the iPhone OS 3.0’s new feature: the “subscribed calendars”. Let’s stick to our example (BalatonSound): paste the web-page into an Excel, do our little magic, and we have a stage - driven calendar files (iCal format - RFC2445). Upload to the net, the links are set in the Settings - Mail, Contacts, Calendars - Add Account… - Other - Add Subscribed Calendar on the phone. Here are the complete program of some of the main stages:

The calendar will look something like this:

iPhone calendar teszt

If there are more calendars, the one of main interest can be selected. You have an option to see all of the subscribed calendars at once, or just one of them - whichever you prefer.

If I were to made a festival homepage, and had energy, I would put up an official calendar, and filling the events’ description with Google Map link of the stage, and some description on the performers. I made the first step, dear sponsors, you know my number :-)

The best part is, upon ending the festival, the subscribed calendar can be deleted without disturbing the tightly kept order in your time-scheduler application.

This is it. Elegant, quick, efficient solution. And it looks great.

Okay, enough of work, full speed ahead to Zamárdi!