I could’ve sworn I’d posted about this previously, but can’t find any posts.
I get calendar invites from people that don’t name things well at all, and don’t bother to pay attention to naming. Examples (no joke):
Fwd: Re: Meeting with Robert
Of course I’M ROBERT, so the first is supremely useless. And I’m involved in Toastmasters in multiple clubs, and in a volunteer leadership category where “Toastmasters” literally describes an entire calendar, not an event. That’s not even taking into account that in a week / month view, I’ll see something like:
Fwd: Re: Meeti
These events come in via ICS files in email. Calendar won’t let me rename these events. And if I duplicate the event, it will let me edit it - but it won’t let me save without sending a new calendar invite to everybody on the invite list. I could duplicate and then hand-delete every invitee, but that’s very time-consuming.
So I downloaded Fantastical & BusyCal to play with.
BusyCal won’t let me edit it either. It will let me duplicate the event (helpfully clearing out the attendee list, so I don’t have to delete by hand!), and delete the old one - but it prompts me whether or not I want to notify the organizers when I delete the “real” event. The process is very annoying, and obviously detaches my event from the organizer’s, but it’s the best on-Mac solution I have so far.
Fantastical won’t let me edit it either. It will also let me duplicate the event, like BusyCal, but I can’t delete the old event without notifying the organizers that I’m declining the invite. No option given to not notify.
Oddly enough, Google will let me import the ICS and edit the events just fine. But I don’t want to have to upload ICS files to Google every time I want to schedule something, and I don’t use Gmail.
I discovered that I can manually edit the ICS files before import, and name the events whatever the heck I want…but that’s silly to have to do.
I’ve been going down the rabbit hole with Fantastical’s support, and so far their solution is (no joke) to import everything via Google and see if it will then be editable in Fantastical.
I can’t believe that the industry solution here is to hold everybody who gets a calendar invite hostage to horrible naming on the part of the organizer. I mean…can’t we AT LEAST strip out “Fwd:” and “Re:”?
Is there some way to edit these things on the Mac?