Getting Started

Edit Pull Down

This section is a quick start guide to building a calendar. It assumes you have downloaded and installed the program. The first time you start the program it will show you the following popup.

First Time Popup

Assuming you replayt Yes, it will bring up the gneral preferences menu to allow you to choose the default place to put calendar files. Calendar files have s suffix of .wcal. Default location is in the "My Documents" folder on your machine.

First Time Preferences

The program will then ask you if you want to create a new calendar. Assuming you press Yes, you will be presented with a save dialog. Pick a file name for the new calendar and press Save

First Time Save As

The program will then open the window normally found under Edit->Calendar Title to allow you to enter the title for the calendar. This will go at the top of each calendar web page generated.

First Time Title

You will then be presented with a calendar for the current month.

With the left mouse button, select File->New
File New

You will be presented with an open dialog.
Save Dialog
Choose the folder where the calendar will go and choose a file name for the calendar. The suffix .wcal will be appended to the file name. The default folder is your My Documents folder.

Press Save and you will be presented with the title dialog.
Edit Calendar
Give the calendar a title and press OK.

You are now ready to start editing the calendar. Double click a date and you will be presented with the edit window. This is a text box window similar to that used for Notepad.
Edit Day
Enter some text and press Enter.

You will notice that the date you just entered changed from background white to background beige and if you hover over the window you will see the data you entered.
Save Dialog
Edit a few cells to put in some data. You can use the Next month and prev month buttons to navigate to other months.
Navigate to other months

To prepare to publish the calendar, select Publish->Publish Preferences
Save Dialog
You will be presented with the following dialog window:
Preferences Dialog
The first box is the local directory the calendar will be generated into. This can be on your computer or a network attached drive. If you are publishing to a folder,
Publish To Folder then the this is where the generated web pages will go. If you are publishing to a web site via FTP,
Publish To FTP then this is a staging area.

The next entries give the information needed to FTP to the target web directory.
Preferences Preferences
The host, login, and password are pretty obvious. The directory is set relative to the home directory of the user specified in login. On many systems this is called public_html. You have to set up the directory to contain the calendar before you publish.

An Important control on this page is the
Empty Dir Checkbox.
If checked, all the files in the target directory will be deleted before publishing the calendar. That is why it is strongly recommended that you put the calendar in its own directory. Otherwise the tool may delete files you wanted to keep! If this checkbox is not checked, old entries may accumulate in the directory.

Once these fields are filled in you are ready to publish your calendar. You may want to publish to a folder and look it over first till it looks the way you want and then publish to the FTP site.


If this Getting Started page is not clear, or you feel I left something important out, please drop me a line and I will try to fix it. Bob Styma