iCal is the built-in calendering application included with every version of the Mac operating system since OS 10.2. I admit that until the release of the newest version of iCal (included with Mac OS 10.5 Leopard), I wasn’t a big fan of the application. However, the newest version of iCal has a much cleaner look, and iCal is easier and more efficient and use. I now depend on iCal daily—especially since it syncs beautifully with the iPhone.

One feature I’ve always enjoyed is the availability of free, easy-to-download iCal-compatible calenders. These calenders cover a wide range of topics, including astronomical events, sporting schedules, national and international holidays, school schedules, music tour dates, and many more.

You can find public, shared calendars at Apple’s website by clicking here. You can also find over 2400 downloadable iCal ready calenders on iCalshare by clicking here. However, many of the calenders on iCalshare.com are out of date.

I usually just use Google to find iCal calenders. For example, I was looking for the Red Sox schedule and simply Googled “Red Sox iCal.” That brought me directly to a Red Sox page that lists three different iCal compatible calenders: the complete 2009 schedule, the home schedule, and the away schedule. Click here to download the 2009 Red Sox schedule in iCal format.

Once I subscribe to these calenders, I can then sync and share them on all my Macs and my iPhone with MobileMe.

Apple has a comprehensive iCal page, which you can see by clicking here.

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