MyiCal.com is now up and running. It’s the latest in a slew of new free sharing services for users of Apple’s iCal calendaring program. There’s a twist, however — MyiCal permits users to publish calendars through WebDAV, instead of just uploading static calendars that are then shared with other users.
iCal itself enables Mac OS X 10.2 users to create calendars for their work, home and other schedules. iCal enables its users to publish their calendars as well, either through Apple’s subscription-based .Mac service, which costs almost US$100 per year, or via a WebDAV server.
MyiCal isn’t the first free calendar sharing service to appear in the wake of iCal’s release, but it is one of the first to support WebDAV, which enables its users to publish their files in the same manner in which they’re published using .Mac, without incurring the subscription fee.
“We want to let iCal users take full advantage of their software and not have to pay any extra fees. We want to provide relief for all abandoned iTools members,” said MyiCal spokesman Chris Larson.
The free service is hosted by goBlox Technologies, and is hosted using Apple Xserves.
The company also has more irons in the fire, with plans to offer Web-based e-mail, Internet storage, community calendars, Mac chat services and more.