Hi I'm thinking about creating folio invitations for a congress and wonder if its possible to have the events program page with button that can add the calender events on the day/time in iCal on the iPad?
i.e. I click onto a button, and the iPad opens iCal and opens the event ready for teh user to write in the details. I'm sure this would be possible but need some guidance.
The calendar app isn't listed in the Apple URL Schema Reference. You may be able to use a ical URL (http://www.sitename.com/eventname.ical) in your button, or you might try using the ical prefix to add an event, such as ical://www.sitename.com/eventname.ical. I haven't tried it. Let us know how it goes.
Beginning with iOS 5, Mobile Safari will recognize an .ics iCalendar file and give the user the option to add it to their calendar. Not sure whether it can be used in a web view or if you'd have to open it up in the in-app browser, but it should work.
have you got any further on trying to add the iCal calander feature into your folio.
I was also wondering if this approach could be used to add a custom wallpaper from a folio when a user clicks on a button, making it available for viewing inside the photo album of the ipad.
I am also wondering about this feature. We recetnly added a calendar of events to our Table of Contents. Since we are a medical publication there are tons and tons of events to keep track of. It would be great for our readers to be able to add it to their calendar.
I fear that what you are asking for differs greatly from the functionality discussed in this thread.
The simplest answer to your request would be to add the image within a web-page that is opened in an in-app browser. Because the in-app browser is essentially Safari, users have the ability to press-and-hold on an image to download it to their devices camera roll.
You can have a "download this wallpaper" link in your article that opened up a webpage. That webpage could then have some text over the image explaining the press-and-hold technique in greater detail. Sadly, that's about as good as it gets.
Check out the following URL to see a demonstration of the functionality I've described:
This page includes a link to open up the file "USITT.ics" that, when tapped in Safari, will ask the user if they want to open it using Calendar or some other app.
Tapping the option to Open in Calendar will give the user the option to ultimately add the event described in the ics file to their calendar.
This process could be shortened by linking directly to the ics file (http://www.habituallycreative.com/ics-test/USITT.ics) without an intermediary page, but it still isn't a great technique.
Given that this isn't something I have a need for right now, I haven't given it much thought.
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