BANGALORE PRESS E-Calendar

Concise User-Guide

(For a detailed User-Guide, hold down the ‘shift key’ and right-click on the e-calendar) 

What is BANGALORE PRESS E-Calendar?

Bangalore Press Calendar is a full featured calendar application. It can store your daily events and tasks and keep them visible on your desktop all the time.

Features

Platform independent Bangalore Press Calendar can be run on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.

Localized Bangalore Press Calendar supports localization so you can have the user interface in your own language. Bangalore Press Calendar is a Unicode application so different character sets can be used at the same time.

Compatible Bangalore Press Calendar uses standard iCalendar format for it events and tasks to maximize the compatibility with other calendar applications. You can easily transfer the events from the calendar you are currently using to Bangalore Press Calendar.

Multiple Calendars You can have any number of calendars show at the same time. Different calendars can show e.g. holidays, tv programs, your personal events or whatever you like.

Import & Export Events and tasks can be transferred to and from other calendar applications in the standard iCalendar format or CSV format (Pro only). You can also import the data from the old version of Bangalore Press Calendar.

Backups Integrated backup and restore functionality makes it easy to make sure your events safe if something bad happens.

Alarms Get notified in advance before the event is due so that you don't forget any important events. The alarm works with tasks too.

Recurrence The events and tasks can be made to repeat automatically so you don't have to enter them multiple times. It's also possible to have exceptions in case the event doesn't happen on one particular day.

Printing Print your events and tasks as a separate list or as a month view.

Search If you have a lot of events and tasks you can find the one you are looking for easily with the substring search in the Manager dialog.

Change fields You can change fields from in multiple events or tasks in one go. It's also possible to convert events to tasks and vice versa.

Arranging windows

When you start the application the first time the windows are usually stacked together on the center of the screen. You can just drag them to the place where you want them to be. The window position is saved to the configuration so the next time you start the application the windows will be where you left them. When you move the windows you can notice that they snap to the screen edges and other Bangalore Press Calendar windows automatically when they are close enough. This is to help you to align the windows exactly next to each other or the screen borders. You can temporarily disable this feature if you keep shift key down while moving the window. You should note though that if you leave the windows too close to each other they will snap together when they are opened the next time you start or refresh Bangalore Press Calendar.

Changing months

Bangalore Press Calendar shows the current month by default (the date is taken from your system). You can change to the next or previous month from the arrow buttons in the window. You can also use shortcut keys to change the months (the window must have keyboard focus):

Other functionality

Context menus: You can access most of Bangalore Press Calendar's functionality from the context menu. You can open the context menu from the secondary mouse button either over a window or on the tray icon. Note that the context menu is context sensitive (hence the name) so if you open it e.g. over the event list the menu is specific for the events. You can always open the complete menu by holding shift key down when you click the mouse button.

Windows: You can quickly hide and show the active windows from the context menu. You can also use the shortcut keys (from alt + 1 to alt + 0) to toggle the windows.

Calendars: It's possible to enable and disable the calendars from the context menu. You can use this to quickly hide/show some of the events from the calendar that don't need to be visible all the time. You can also use the shortcut keys (from ctrl + 1 to ctrl + 0) to toggle the calendars.

Refresh: The refresh menu item reloads all settings and the plugins. If you have made changes to the settings files yourself you can use this to apply them without restarting Bangalore Press Calendar.

Task list: The task list can be arranged by different criteria (alphabetically, by due date, by category, ...) from the context menu. You can define a primary and secondary sorting order. It's also possible to use a custom sorting order where you can just drag the items to different positions. The context menu also has options to hide the completed, canceled and/or upcoming tasks from the list.

Alarm: The alarm window allows you to either dismiss the alarms or snooze them. If you open the context menu over one of the items in the window you can also dismiss/snooze it individually and choose the desired snooze time. You can also right click on the snooze button to select the snooze time for all items in the alarm dialog.

Balloon tip: The balloon tip window can be left open by holding down the shift key. This is useful e.g. if the window contains a link.

Create new event or task

There are several different ways to create new events and tasks. The easiest way to create an event is to double click the day on the calendar. If there are no other events on the same day, the event dialog will be opened and the start date is automatically set to the selected day. If the day already has an event, a new event can be created by selecting "New event" from the menu.

The event and to do lists can be also used to create new events and tasks. If you double click on the header of the lists the new event/task dialog will be opened and the appropriate field is set automatically. Eg. if the event list has an event for next Monday you can double click on the header and the new event will be automatically created on next Monday. Similarly if the to do list is arranged by priority you can just double click on the High Priority -header and the new task will have priority set to high.

New events and tasks can be also created from the context menu that can be opened from the tray icon or from any Bangalore Press Calendar's window (hold shift key down to get the full menu). Or from the manager dialog's menu. If you open the context menu over an existing task you have an option to create a subtask under the current task (note that not all calendars support subtasks).

The summary field in the event editor is what you should at least fill in. The text is shown in the lists, tooltips and alarms. The large area in the bottom of the dialog is the place where you can write more details about the event. The location text, if given, is displayed after the summary. The url field can contain a web address which will be shown as a clickable button on the event and to do lists.

You can also get notified when the event is due by adding an alarm for the event. The alarm can be added by pressing the alarm clock button in the bottom left corner of the dialog. You can also add a file to the event that is played (if it's an audio file) or executed when the alarm is displayed. 

Modify existing event or task

You can open the event or task for editing just by double clicking it on the event or task list or select edit from the context menu. Events can be also edited by double clicking the day from the calendar and selecting the event from the menu.

The manager dialog shows all the events or tasks as a single list. You can double click an item in the list to edit it. The search field in the manager is a handy way to find the event if there are lots of them. You can write part of any string to the search box and the item list will automatically filter away the items that do not match with the string. This way it's easy to find the event or task that you are looking for. If you want to create a new event from an existing one you can open the event, make the necessary edits and instead of clicking the Ok button choose the "Save As New" from the File menu. This will create a new event instead of changing the existing one.

Deleting events and tasks

The events and to do items can be deleted either from the context menu that can be opened from the secondary mouse button over the item or from the manager dialog which can be used to delete several items at the same time. If the event is deleted from the context menu and it's a recurring one you have an option either to remove only the instance, all the following instances or the whole recurring event which will delete all instances of the event.

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