April 21, 2018

Geektool – Displaying iCal Events and a To Do list on your desktop

To display iCal Events and a to do list on your desktop, you will need to use third party software, such as GeekTool and iCalBuddy. Both tools are free and are required to view your iCal events and to do list on your desktop. They eliminate the process of opening your iCal app to view your events. They conveniently place your iCal events and to do items on the desktop.

In this step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to download and install iCalBuddy and GeekTool, as well display your iCal events and to do list on your desktop.

  1. Download GeekTool
    1. First, click on the Download GeekTool link to download the version of GeekTool for your system.

2. Open GeekTool

    1. For Snow Leopard and earlier versions, go to System Preferences, located in your Applications folder or on your Dock. Click Show All. GeekTool is located at the bottom in Other.
      Geek Tool

      Geek Tool

        1. For Mac OS X Lion, you must download the Application version from the Apple store. You will need to open it from your Applications folder or go to Spotlight and type GeekTool, to bring it up. Select the Top Hit or Applications option.


      2. Download and Install iCalBuddy

        1. Click on the iCalBuddy link to download. Follow the instructions to download.
        2. This is a command line tool so you will need to install it manually.
        3. Unzip the iCalBuddy download and double click install.command.Terminal will open.Now Type ‘y’ for yes, to install.You will now need to enter your administrator passwordto complete the installation.
          1. Open and Setup GeekTool
            1. Open GeekTool.
              1. For Snow Leopard and earlier versions, open GeekTool from System Preferences.
              2. For Mac OS X Lion, open GeekTool from the Applications folder.
            2. Drag the Shell option to your desktop.
              1. You should see the Properties dialog box appear.



          1. Create a Geeklet Example.
            1. In this example, type date in the Commandtext box.
              1. The current date and time will appear on the desktop.


              1. The Command section is where you will enter the instructions for displaying your events and to do items.

          1. Place Events on Desktop.
            1. Type /usr/local/bin/icalBuddy eventsToday in the Command text box.


              1. If you have any events in your iCal calendar it should appear on your desktop in the shell box. It may look like in the following image.



          1. Place reminders/to do list on Desktop.
            1. Type /usr/local/bin/icalBuddy uncompletedTasksin the Command text box.
              1. You should see your reminders/to do list appear on the desktop. It may look like the following image.




          Note: Reminders are also called to dos, depending your version of iCal

          1. Try out commands.
            1. Type /usr/local/bin/icalBuddy Tasks in the command text box to see the list of commands that you can use.
              1. Just replace Tasks with a command from the list.

          In Conclusion

          To have a better understanding of these tools, you will need to familiarize yourself with the commands and how they work with iCal.


About Monja

Monja is a Multimediadesigner and Mac enthusiast since she discovered the beauty of Mac Computers - she never looked back to her Windows Laptop.

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