Backpack has had a great calendar for a while now. But we’re about to make it better. If you have multiple users on your Backpack account you’ll be able to use the calendar together.
Many calendars, one grid
The new Backpack Calendar’s color coding lets you plot different people’s schedules on the same grid. Plus, you can toggle calendars on and off by just checking the box in front of a calendar:
The new Backpack Calendar allows allows you to specify who can see which calendars. When you create a new calendar, or edit an existing calendar, you can check off the names of users on your account. If they’re unchecked they can’t see the calendar.
The new Backpack is around the corner
Stay tuned for launch. It’s coming soon!
Georgeon 15 Feb 08
Q: Is there a way to sync my Mail.app (or Outlook) calendar with Backpacks calendar?
JFon 15 Feb 08
George: The Backpack Calendar allows you to subscribe to your calendars in iCalendar format. You can pull iCalendars into iCal, Google Calendar, your iPhone, etc.
Georgeon 15 Feb 08
Another quick question. In the screenshot, it shows that Feb 15th is “Today”, which it is. Though in the top right of the screenshot is says “Friday February 29” and is showing a short description of the event of that day.
Why does it say Feb. 29th and show a description of events on that day when it says today is Feb 15th? Did you click on Feb. 29th or something?
davidinbcnon 15 Feb 08
Hi, can you explain what happens when you add a new person to your account? Do you have to go through and add the person manually to the calendars or is it automatic… i suppose it would be if you have everyone selected.
the changes look intereting. You’ve made it into an interesting product
RSon 15 Feb 08
Timon 15 Feb 08
George: if you look closely, you’ll see that the 29th is in fact selected.
Kenn Wilsonon 15 Feb 08
So no CalDAV support?
I’m waiting anxiously for someone to implement it; I can’t believe none of the calendaring applications out there have yet.
Ben Millson 15 Feb 08
So still no flexibility in setting the reminder for a calendar event? Does a 30 minute reminder always make sense for every appointment?
Scott Wintheiseron 15 Feb 08
It’s like your reading my mind. Backpack is going to rock! All of these updates are exactly what I’ve been hoping for.
Will you be able to set reminders for other users in the same account as well?
MHon 15 Feb 08
With the advent of multiuser backpacks, will there be some kind of migration plan for merging existing single-user Backpacks?
Jeff Prillamanon 15 Feb 08
Are there plans to provide this great calendar service in conjunction with Basecamp or Highrise accounts any time soon.. I think that backpack is great, but I just don’t need the additional service for my business right now.
This would seem to be a natural add on to the calendaring already inside of Basecamp, and it would be a huge benefit.
Willie Abramson 15 Feb 08
Did you all fix the problem the subscribed calendar problem where if you have multiple events in different time zones in the same calendar, it doesn’t handle the time correctly?
If not, then that is pretty ridiculous.
Dmitryon 15 Feb 08
This update is looking better and better—great work guys.
Andrewon 15 Feb 08
This is great news. This upgrade will address one of the major issues we’re having, namely the inability to filter the calendars. Some other things we’d like you to consider are:
1) being able to remove sat and sun from multi-day projects 2) being able to organize the events by calendar – we’re trying to use the backpack cal for resource management and haven’t quite figured out the ordering logic in the calendar. 3) the calendar doesn’t print very well, so an export to a PDF would be sweet.
thanks and keep up the awesome work.
Erik Mallinsonon 15 Feb 08
So many calendars, so few colors. Any chance of adding more? Google Calendars has more without being totally ridiculous about the whole thing.
Javion 15 Feb 08
very nice. any plans and getting this on basecamp?
Roman Bercoton 16 Feb 08
Maybe it’s just me, but I think that consumer grade calendaring needs to sync both ways to Outlook to really be worth doing. When I’m at work, I’ve got to use Outlook (along with everybody I know). It’s great to sync a Backpack calendar into my Outlook, but I really need to send my work calendar out to Backpack for this to be worth doing. Otherwise, it’s just another way my data is splintered.
Stephenon 16 Feb 08
These updates are looking great. I’m a satisfied Backpack, Basecamp, and Highrise user, but the one thing that still has me using Google Calendar is the ability to paste in a bunch of notes (related URLs, phone numbers, messages) for new events I put in. Any plans for Backpack Calendar events to have a notes field to use if we need it?
Anonymous Cowardon 16 Feb 08
Since only one person can carry a backpack, maybe change the name to “caravan”?
Benon 16 Feb 08
Man, great product, but I also like to code websites without typing. Will backpack be doing this?
Also, I love flickr. Any chance in the very near future that I can edit photos in Backpack? Maybe it can even take pictures of things I think about?
And, I want to know if my coworkers think I’m HotOrNot. Are their plans to integrate this into the backpack experience by the end the month?
Maxime Brusseon 16 Feb 08
Beign able to add things into backpack by sending an email to the system would be great !
JFon 16 Feb 08
Beign able to add things into backpack by sending an email to the system would be great
You already can.
Maxime Brusseon 17 Feb 08
Sorry, i meant emailing to the backpack calendar.
Dave C.on 17 Feb 08
I’ve been having problems with backback calendar since the beginning. All my support request have been ignored, so I quit asking for help. This update doesn’t interest me at all.
An unhappy, paying customer.
Brooks Watsonon 18 Feb 08
I might of missed this, but can you edit someone else’s calendar (i.e. adding a meeting or service appointment to an employee’s calendar)
This is the biggest failing of every small business service we’ve found.
JFon 18 Feb 08
Brooks: Yes, you can add an event to any calendar you have permission to see.
Serge Lescouarnecon 18 Feb 08
Maybe I can test drive these new features for the final preparations with the fellow panelists of my Just Over 50 and Not Dead Yet bit at South by Southwest.
I use Backpack more and more for my blog Serge the Concierge .
Serge ‘The French Guy from New Jersey’
Erikaon 18 Feb 08
I’m really hoping it will be possible to enter start and end times for events, across hours and/or days. I haven’t been able to figure out a work-around for that, and oh, how I’ve tried. Any suggestions for that? I’ve just been putting that info into the title of the appt but that has it’s drawbacks.
A notes field would be lovely. 2-way syncing to other calendars, particularly ical, would be so fabulous.
Is there going to be a way to hook my backpack, basecamp and highrise all together? I’d love that so much I’d pay for it. Thanks!
SHon 18 Feb 08
@Erika, the single sign-on method works wonders for this right now: http://www.37signals.com/openbar
Igoron 19 Feb 08
It is interesting what will be with calendar appearance if many Events will have lengthy descriptions. How do you handle this?
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