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CalendarMaker for OS X  


Quick Start Guide (also available from CalendarMaker's Help menu)
For the "How To" articles available from CalendarMaker's Help menu, click here.
Included in the How To articles is how to bring OS 9 calendars forward to CalendarMaker 5.
SPECIAL: How do I get holidays for 2013-2017 and 2018-2022? click here.

CalendarMaker versions 5.0.4 and prior are not to be used.

MAC OS X  >>

10.0 to 10.4.2
Jaguar &
Panther

10.4.3 to 10.4.5
Tiger

10.4.6 to 10.4.11
Tiger

10.5
Leopard

10.6
Snow Leopard

10.7
and all
more recent

CM 5.0.4

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

NO

CM 5.0.5

NO

OK

OK

OK

NO

NO

CM 5.0.6

NO

OK

OK

OK

NO

NO

CM 5.0.7

NO

Recommended, but
update to 10.4.11

Recommended

Recommended

REQUIRED

NO
see #3
below


Tech Support Notes below are for problems. The "How To" articles are available at the top of this page.
  All versions of CalendarMaker 5
1. Known Issues with CalendarMaker (as stated in current ReadMe file).
  a) Color gradients will always draw 100% opaque when printing.
  b) Printing or exporting from an already saved document will mark the document as needing saving again.
2. There is a problem if you have military time turned on in System Preferences. Military time is where 1:00 PM is written as 13:00. This is an Apple problem in Leopard OS X 10.5.6 through 10.5.8 (and maybe prior versions of 10.5). If you type a 9 for 9 AM, you might get 21. Apple now wants you to type an "a" to convert the 21 back to a 9. Alternatively, if you want to enter 15 for 3 PM, you need to type a 3 and then a "p" to convert the 3 to a 15. This is not a CalendarMaker problem. Apple's own applications have this problem also. [Version 5.0.7 does not support military time in Snow Leopard.]
  v.5.0.7
3. Running CalendarMaker 5.0.7 or prior under Lion, Mac OS X 10.7 (and more recent) will result in the loss of your calendar data. (We are working on a new version that will work under current versions of the operating system. For current information, see the NEWS section on our Home page.)
4. If you updated to Safari 5.1 on or after July 20, 2011 and have the problem that CalendarMaker will not launch completely and icon bounces in the Dock, we have a solution. Click here.
5. Possible installation problem with Snow Leopard if an older version of CalendarMaker is already installed -- When trying to replace an older copy of CalendarMaker, you may get the message "The operation can't be completed because you don't have permission to access some of the items." Snow Leopard Mac OS X 10.6 tightened the security of the operating system. During the installation process you drag the new CalendarMaker's icon into your Applications folder. If there is an older version of CalendarMaker in the Applications folder, the new version should automatically replace and delete the older version. Snow Leopard is trying to protect your older version. To fix this problem you need to open your Applications folder and drag the old version of the CalendarMaker application to the Trash. The operating system will then ask you to enter your system password. Now with the old version gone, you can install the new version of CalendarMaker by dragging it to your Applications folder.
  v.5.0.6
6. Version 5.0.6 was intended for Snow Leopard, but it only fixed the printing problem, not the selection problem. This is an OK version for Leopard, but v.5.0.7 would be better.
7. If an event or a day is selected is will become deselected when you open the Inspector. It will also become deselected each time you make a change in the Inspector. The work-around is to re-select the event or the day before making each change in the Inspector. This has been fixed in v.5.0.7.
  v.5.0.5
8. Version 5.0.5 will not print in Snow Leopard. This was fixed in version 5.0.6.
9. Version 5.0.5 has a selection problem in Snow Leopard. If an event or a day is selected is will become deselected when you open the Inspector. It will also become deselected each time you make a change in the Inspector. The work-around is to re-select the event or the day before making each change in the Inspector. This was fixed in version 5.0.7.
10. A calendar background image may inadvertently change to zero. This was fixed in v.5.0.6



Versions 5.0.4 and prior are obsolete and may not be used.
  v.5.0.4
-- Note: Update--Apple appears to have fixed this problem in OS X 10.5.2. [We also fixed it in v.5.0.4.]

Critical bug found in Leopard Mac OS X 10.5 with applications that use Apple's Core Data such as CalendarMaker 5.0.4. READ THIS. If you save your file when you don't need to and then quit, you will lose all your calendar's data. While you're waiting for Apple to fix this problem or for us to find a work-around, you need to learn when not to save. The following is true of all OS X applications, though the problem only affects applications using Core Data (a particular portion of the operating system).
  The file below is not in need of saving because the red button does not have a black dot.
 = don't need to save, so do NOT save.
The file below is in need of saving because the red button does have a black dot.
 = needs to be saved. The Quit command will instruct you to save as part of quitting.
What do to -- if the file is dot-free, do not save and quit. CalendarMaker, as with all OS X applications, will not let you quit without saving if the file has the dot. There is never a need to do a separate Save command before quitting. You'll be OK if you just stop saving, unless the Quit command tells you to save as part of the Quit function.
-- CalendarMaker's import from iCal appears to be broken in Leopard Mac OS 10.5. We're trying to figure out what Apple changed. [Fixed in v.5.0.5.]
-- Known Issues with CalendarMaker 5.0.4 (as stated in current ReadMe file).
  a) Fitting the calendar layout size or margins to the useable paper size or margins may cause the calendar to print on too many sheets of paper. You may need to manually adjust the layout size or margins. If you experience this please contact us with make and model of the printer you are using and the version of the printer driver software. [We have had no customer reports of this potential problem.]
  b) Color gradients will always draw 100% opaque when printing.
  c) Printing or exporting from an already saved document will mark the document as needing saving again.
With version 5.0.4 we have removed from the list of Known Issues, "Event dates and times may need to be adjusted if document is used in different time zones."
-- Important: Version 5.0.4 informational note -- You will damage your calendar file if you open and save it using a version prior to 5.0.3 once you have updated it with version 5.0.4. Version 5.0.3 will prevent you from opening a 5.0.4 file. Version 5.0.2 and prior will warn you, but will not prevent you from opening and damaging your file. You should make sure that you don't have any versions of CalendarMaker prior to 5.0.4.
-- Warning: We have had a few reports (a very low percentage) with both v.5.0.4 and prior versions of calendars crashing, not opening, or opening with no data. The crash is not in the CalendarMaker application itself, but in the database software that is built into the OS X operating system. To find the cause we need to get a copy of the calendar file prior to the problem occurring. We have a request, which is also a good suggestion. Please make regular back-up copies of your calendar files. If you do get a crash you will have a recent back-up and we may be able to duplicate the event and fix it.

To do this, each time you save, locate the saved file on your hard drive. Click on it ONCE to select the file, then type a Command-D to make a Duplicate of the file. This will name the copy as "'your file name' copy" and then "'your file name' copy 1" and then "'your file name' copy 2", etc. Alternatively, you could name each of these back-up copies as follows--CM1-2007-11-08-PM06-15 where the digit after the CM is 1 for your main calendar file, 2, 3, etc. if you have multiple calendars. Then YYYY-MM-DD-(AM or PM)HH-MM.

The important thing to remember is, NEVER open any of the back-up copies with the CalendarMaker application UNTIL after you have contacted us and we have advised you.
-- CalendarMaker (all OS X versions) fails to launch -- CalendarMaker 5 requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or greater.
-- When switching from portrait to landscape, CalendarMaker will ask if you want to change your calendar layout size to the same as the paper. Normally the automatic adjustment will produce the correct result. If there is a problem, you may notice that a very slight portion of your calendar along either the left edge or the right edge did not print. If this occurs, open the Inspector to the first pane, Calendar & Layout Settings, and select the Layout tab. Try adjusting the Layout Size width downward two points and increasing the left and right margin each by one point. If the print area is still incorrect for your printer, repeat the adjustment of decreasing the Layout Size width by two and increasing both the left and right margins by one.
-- Certain printing problems have been reported with HP printers printing black as yellow --
HP C6180 with Mac OS X 10.5.1 and Intel.
HP C5280 with Mac OS X 10.5.1 and (not sure if Intel or Power PC).
HP PSC 1317 with Mac OS X 10.5.1 and Intel.
HP 7410 with Mac OS X 10.5.1 and Intel.
   If you have one of these printers, please contact us. We are particularly interested if you do or do NOT have a printing problem with these printers. This is starting to look like an HP problem with Leopard Mac OS X 10.5.1 and Intel. Let us know your printer make and model, your OS version, and your chip type (Intel or Power PC).
  Though this problem does not seem to affect all applications, it does affect many--not just CalendarMaker. To read an Apple discussion group on this problem, click here. (This and the next two links will open in new browser windows.) To read HP's comments for Photosmart and All-in-One products, click here. To read HP's comments for PSC 1310 series, click here. It appears that HP is not recognizing that there is a problem.
  Current hypothesis and work-around -- assuming that these printers will only print bit-mapped graphics, the following steps should allow you to print calendars until Apple and HP get this problem solved:
    Select Export As from CalendarMaker's File menu, then change the pop-up menu near the bottom center from PDF to TIFF, save with a temporary file name, then print this temporary file using Apple's Preview application, and finally trash the temporary file.
  UPDATE February 10, 2008: It appears that Apple's 10.5.2 and the related new HP driver have now fixed this problem.
-- Fitting the calendar layout size or margins to the useable paper size or margins may cause the calendar to print on too many sheets of paper. You may need to manually adjust the layout size or margins. If you experience this please contact us with make and model of the printer you are using and the version of the printer driver software. [We have had no customer reports of this potential problem.]
-- CalendarMaker (all OS X versions) fails to launch -- This will happen if you have an old version of the operating system. CalendarMaker 5 requires Mac OS X 10.4.3 or greater.



Versions 5.0.4 and prior are obsolete and may not be used.
  v.5.0.3
-- Version 5.0.3 (fixed in v.5.0.4) includes several revisions necessary for Leopard Mac OS X 10.5. It does not fix a problem with Picture browser. The Picture browser window contents will not show correctly which causes the Picture browser window to be unusable. We recommend for this version, 5.0.3, that you do not use the Picture browser and instead always use the Choose File button option when available.

  v.5.0.2
-- In version 5.0.2 (fixed in v.5.0.3) do NOT use the "Match appearance to entire calendar" button on the Grid Part Appearance pane of the Inspector if the selected item is already the same as the entire calendar. This will cause a non-recoverable crash.
-- Versions 5.0.2 and prior (fixed in 5.0.3) have a serious problem with Daylight Saving Time changes. You must update prior to the upcoming time change.

  v.5.0.1
-- Version 5.0.1 (fixed in v. 5.0.2) The fixes made to importing in Version 5.0.1 fixed one problem and created a new problem. Version 5.0.1 does not like importing CalendarMaker 4 files that have "icons" in an event but no text. Version 5.0.1 will also not import iCal files.

  v.5.0
-- Version 5.0 (fixed in v. 5.0.1) After using the Picture Copier it is a good idea to save, quit and relaunch. This will avoid an unexpected problem in another area of the application. The unexpected problem is the Picture Browser freezing (hanging). This is the Picture button on the toolbar. If this happens, it is just the Picture Browser that is frozen. You can still do everything else. The solution is to Save and Quit, then relaunch the program and re-open your calendar document. (If you think about it, you can avoid the problem by opening and closing the Picture Browser prior to using the Picture Copier feature.)
-- Version 5.0 (fixed in v. 5.0.1) There are two features that may not work properly if the Picture Browser is not initialized. To initialize the Picture Browser click on the Pictures button in the toolbar. Once the Picture Browser window is open, you may close it. You have now initialized the Picture Browser. This step is necessary (or at least highly recommended) before doing either of the following:
    a) Import > Events and Pictures From CalendarMaker 4 Calendar File, and
    b) Picture Copier (for importing pictures and icons from CalendarMaker 4 files without the events).
-- Version 5.0 (fixed in v. 5.0.1) There is a complex way to crash CalendarMaker when importing holidays. Import one batch such as General Holidays. Then "select all" in the Events List and delete them. Then import a different batch of holidays. Save and Quit. Then open the file and import General Holidays again. The application will hang in the import process requiring a "force quit."
-- Version 5.0 (fixed in v. 5.0.1) The menu command for setting the default characteristics of an event does not remember justification, such as centered justified. Also, if you select multiple days in the Event List, the justification choices are grayed out.