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    1: <h2>Calendar Folders</h2>
    3: <p>
    4: <b>Calendar Folders</b> is an extension for future versions of Mozilla Calendar and Sunbird.</p>
    5: <p>
    6: It provides ways to:
    7: <ul style="margin-top:-8px;">
    8: <li>group calendars in folders</li>
    9: <li>filter entries, so you see only the entries that you want to work with</li>
   10: <li>change many entries in one step</li>
   11: <li>summarize entries in a report</li>
   12: <li>choose calendar colours from an extended palette</li>
   13: <li>see a clock*</li>
   14: </ul>
   15: </p>
   17: <p>
   18: * The clock is a temporary feature.
   19: Future releases of Calendar Folders will have no clock,
   20: and the clock will be available in a separate extension.
   21: </p>
   23: <img src="./calfo0.png" style="margin-left:2em;">
   25: <p>
   26: <span style="border:1px solid #f00; margin-left:-4px; padding:4px;">
   27: The current version of Calendar Folders is a prototype for Sunbird 0.2+ and Sunbird 0.3a1 only.
   28: </span>
   29: </p>
   31: <p>
   32: In this prototype, some features do not work at all and some others are buggy.
   33: </p>
   35: <p>
   36: For installation instructions, see the <a href="#install">bottom</a> of this page.
   37: </p>
   39: <p>
   40: There is no version of Calendar Folders for the current release, Sunbird 0.2,
   41: and there is no version for any Calendar extensions or Lightning.
   42: </p>
   45: <p>
   46: The <b>Calendar Folders</b> project is a subproject of <b>Calendar Help</b>.
   47: </p>
   49: <h3>Why use Calendar Folders?</h3>
   50: <p>
   51: Use Calendar Folders when you often work with many calendars,
   52: so that you can easily view groups of calendars at the same time.
   53: </p>
   55: <p>
   56: Or use it just for its batch change and reporting features,
   57: or just to add a clock to your calendar.
   58: </p>
   60: <h3>Example</h3>
   61: <div style="margin-left:-4px; padding:4px; border:1px inset #f99; width:40em;">
   62: <p>
   63: You work on two projects, codenamed <i>Alum</i> and <i>Borax</i>.
   64: You have three colleagues Cedric, Daisy and Evan in your department.
   65: Cedric also works on Alum and Borax, but Daisy only works on Alum and Evan only works on Borax.
   66: </p>
   68: <p>
   69: Each of you has a personal calendar and a calendar for each project.
   70: The project calendars are shared on a server.
   71: So there are ten calendars in all:
   72: four personal calendars, and six shared on the server.
   73: </p>
   75: <p>
   76: In Sunbird, you can work with your personal calendar and the six shared calendars.
   77: (You cannot work with other people's personal calendars.)
   78: </p>
   80: <p>
   81: Here the seven calendars that you can work with:
   82: </p>
   83: <img src="./calfo1.png" style="margin-left:2em;">
   85: <h4>Working with your own calendars</h4>
   86: <p>
   87: To work with your own three calendars, you place them in a folder named Me:
   88: </p>
   89: <img src="./calfo2.png" style="margin-left:2em;">
   91: <p>
   92: When you select this folder, you see these three calendars but no others.
   93: The default calendar for new entries is Personal.
   94: </p>
   96: <h4>Working with project calendars</h4>
   97: <p>
   98: To work with project calendars, you place them in folders:
   99: </p>
  100: <img src="./calfo3.png" style="margin-left:2em;">
  102: <p>
  103: When you select a project folder, you see the calendars for that project but no others.
  104: The default calendar for new entries is your calendar for the selected project.
  105: </p>
  107: <p>
  108: Using Calendar Folders, you can also give the calendars different names and different
  109: colours in each folder.
  110: </p>
  112: </div>
  115: <h3>Default folders</h3>
  116: <p>
  117: When you install <b>Calendar Folders</b> and restart sunbird,
  118: you two folders are created automatically, named <i>All</i> and <i>Default</i>.
  119: </p>
  121: <p>
  122: The folder All is a special folder that contains all you calendars.
  123: It is very like Sunbird's original Calendars list.
  124: You cannot delete this folder (but you can rename it).
  125: </p>
  127: <p>
  128: The folder Default contains whatever calendars are active when
  129: <b>Calendar Folders</b> first runs.
  130: You can work with this folder just like any other folder.
  131: </p>
  134: <h3>Working with calendars and folders</h3>
  135: <p>
  136: To work with calendars and folders, use the entries in the
  137: Calendar Folders list, and use the context menus.
  138: (To obtain a context menu, you can right-click, or use the Menu key
  139: on your keyboard, or use some other method depending on your system.)
  140: </p>
  143: <h4>Creating and maintaining a folder</h4>
  144: <p>
  145: To create a new folder, choose New Folder from the context menu.
  146: </p>
  147: <img src="./calfo4.png" style="margin-left:2em;">
  149: <p>
  150: Give the new folder a name.
  151: </p>
  152: <img src="./calfo5.png" style="margin-left:2em;">
  154: <p>
  155: To populate the new folder, drag calendars from the All folder and drop
  156: them in the new folder:
  157: </p>
  159: <p>
  160: To specify the default calendar for new entries in the folder,
  161: click one calendar's icon.
  162: The icon displays a radio button to show that it is the default.
  163: </p>
  165: <p>
  166: To remove a calendar from the folder, drag it back into All.
  167: </p>
  170: <h4>Changing calendar properties</h4>
  171: <p>
  172: The names and colours of calendars apply within a folder.
  173: So a calendar can have a different name and a different colour
  174: depending on the folder.
  175: </p>
  177: <p>
  178: For example, in each project you might name the project manager's
  179: calendar Project Manager, and colour it blue.
  180: Suppose you are the project manager in one project.
  181: In that project's folder, your calendar is named Project Manager and
  182: has the colour blue.
  183: But in other folders the same calendar has a different name and colour.
  184: </p>
  186: <img src="./calfo8.png" style="margin-left:2em;">
  188: <p>
  189: This feature can be confusing.
  190: Only use it if you have a specific purpose for different names and colours.
  191: </p>
  193: <p>
  194: To rename a calendar, select it in the Folders panel, then click on its name.
  195: To change a calendar's colour, click on its colour patch in the Folders panel.
  196: </p>
  198: <p>
  199: To reload a remote calendar, click on its reload marker (a small blue circle at the
  200: right of its colour patch).
  201: </p>
  204: <h4>Filters</h4>
  205: <p>
  206: To filter a folder's entries, so you only see the entries that you want to work with,
  207: open the folder's properties and choose the Entry filter tab.
  208: Specify filter criteria to select the required entries.
  209: In this example, category and status criteria are specified:
  210: </p>
  212: <img src="./calfo7.png" style="margin-left:2em;">
  215: <h4>Changing multiple entries in one step</h4>
  216: <p>
  217: <span style="border:1px solid #f00; margin-left:-4px; padding:4px;">
  218: This feature is not implemented yet, but its user interface partly works.
  219: </span>
  220: </p>
  222: <p>
  223: To change multiple entries in one step, make a folder that contains the entries.
  224: The entries can be in different calendars, and the folder can be filtered to protect
  225: entries that you do not want to change.
  226: </p>
  228: <p>
  229: From the folder's context menu, select Change Entries....
  230: In the Change Entries wizard, specify the change that you want to make.
  231: Press the Finish button to make the change.
  232: </p>
  234: <img src="./calfo9.png" style="margin-left:2em;">
  237: <h4>Summarizing entries in a report</h4>
  238: <p>
  239: To summarize entries in a report, make a folder that contains the entries.
  240: The entries can be in different calendars, and the folder can be filtered to protect
  241: entries that you do not want to change.
  242: </p>
  244: <p>
  245: From the folder's context menu, select Report...
  246: In the Report wizard, specify the content of the report.
  247: Check the preview to see the results.
  248: </p>
  250: <p>
  251: To work with the report, choose to view it in your browser, print it, save it as a file,
  252: or any combination of these.
  253: You can save your report as a file in plain text, as a web page, or as XML data.
  254: </p>
  256: <img src="./calfo10.png" style="margin-left:2em;">
  261: <h4>Options</h4>
  262: <p>
  263: To set options for Calendar Folders, choose Tools &ndash; Options... from the menu bar.
  264: Go to the Folders page.
  265: </p>
  267: <img src="./calfo11.png" style="margin-left:2em;">
  269: <p>
  270: Choose whether to display tabs for the clock and the original Calendars list.
  271: </p>
  273: <p>
  274: Specify how to display the date and time in the clock.
  275: To use your operating system's settings, uncheck the Long box for the date
  276: and choose System for the time.
  277: </p>
  279: <p>
  280: To ensure that only one folder can be selected at a time, check the Single folder box.
  281: </p>
  283: <p>
  284: To lock calendar names or colours so that they remain consistent between folders,
  285: check the Name or Color boxes.
  286: </p>
  288: <p>
  289: To choose calendar colours from a larger palette, check the box Alternate palette.
  290: The alternate palette has two pages, with 80 colours on each page.
  291: One page contains bright colours and greys, the other contains dull and pastel colours.
  292: The bar at the side of the palette switches pages.
  293: </p>
  295: <img src="./calfo6.png" style="margin-left:2em;">
  298: <h4>Help</h4>
  299: <p>
  300: Calendar Folders contains built-in help.
  301: To use the help, you must also have the Calendar Help extension.
  302: </p>
  304: <p>
  305: You can access the help in all the usual ways.
  306: For example, you can press the F1 or Help key, or the Help button in a dialog,
  307: or you can go to the Calendar Folders chapter in the help contents.
  309: </p>
  313: <h3 id="install">Installing Calendar Folders</h3>
  314: <p>
  315: A prototype of Calendar Folders is available so that you can understand the design.
  316: It is not yet fully working.
  317: Like Sunbird 0.2+ nightlies, the Calendar Folders prototype might have significant
  318: bugs that affect your data.
  319: </p>
  321: <p>
  322: To use the Calendar Folders prototype, you must have Sunbird 0.2+ (a nightly test build),
  323: Sunbird 0.3a1, or a later version.
  324: </p>
  326: <p>
  327: To install Calendar Folders, choose Tools &ndash; Extensions... from Sunbird's menu bar.
  328: Drag the link below and drop it in the Extensions window:
  329: </p>
  331: <p><a href="">calfolder-0.3-en-US.xpi</a></p>
  333: <p><b>Note: &nbsp;</b>
  334: Calendar Folders version numbers have no relationship to Sunbird version numbers.
  335: </p>
  337: <p>
  338: Wait for the download, and allow the installation to proceed.
  339: </p>
  342: <p>
  343: Restart Sunbird.
  344: If the installation succeeds, you see the About Calendar Folders window.
  345: To dismiss it, click on the background of the window (or press Escape).
  346: </p>
  348: <h4>Uninstalling Calendar Folders</h4>
  349: <p>
  350: To uninstall, return to the Extensions window.
  351: Select Calendar Folders and press the Uninstall button.
  352: Close Sunbird.
  353: </p>
  355: <p>
  356: Go to your profile directory and delete the file <code>calfolder.rdf</code>.
  357: Edit the file <code>prefs.js</code> and remove all the entries that contain <tt>calfolder</tt>.
  358: Restart Sunbird.
  359: </p>

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