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Frequently Asked Questions
Why is there no 'Save' menu item?
WebCalendar Creator auto saves information as you work. Each time you make any change to the events or preferences, your changes are immediately saved to the database. Furthermore, the Basic version of WebCalendar Creator only allows for the creation of one calendar, hence the 'Save As', 'Open', and 'New' menu items are disabled in the Basic version.
Can I use my own HTML in Event Description?
Yes! Simply enclose whatever HTML formatting you'd like between <HTML> and </HTML> tags. Any text and formatting found between those two tags in an event description will be left alone by WebCalendar when your HTML pages are generated. Thus, your own HTML formatting will display as you've written it in the Event Description. You may use as many <HTML> </HTML> as you like in an Event Description! For more details on this feature, please see the Advanced Configuration section of the help file.
Is there any way to eliminate the 'Created by WebCal' graphic that appears on all pages?
Yes, but you must be licensed for the professional version or higher. This setting is located on the User Preferences screen. Select EDIT > USER PREFERENCES to display this screen. This option is disabled in the Basic version.
How can I restore a lost calendar, or move calendar maintenance to another computer?

All version of WebCalendar Creator use a single database file that holds all the information (event names, description, dates, etc.) for each calendar created. The name of the database file is webcal.gcl and is located in the directory where you installed the software. If you are trying to restore a lost calendar and you no longer have the original webcal.gcl file due to a computer crash, or some other type of computer failure. There is unfortunately no way to recreate the database from the HTML pages that WebCalendar creates. For this reason it's very important to backup your .gcl file to prevent having to re-enter all your calendar events again.

If you are using the Professional or Enterprise version of WebCalendar Creator, you should use the Backup feature to save copies of your database occasionally. If you are using the Basic version, you need to backup the entire WebCalendar installation directory.

To move or restore a calendar first install WebCalendar Creator on the new computer. Then enter the license information that was sent to you when you purchased the software to unlock the new installation. Then, move the file named webcal.gcl from the old computer (or from a backup copy) to the new computer. Again, the name of the database file is webcal.gcl and it's located in the directory where you installed WebCalendar Creator, which is normally c:\grafix\webcal\webcal.gcl.

Once complete, the next time you open WebCalendar your previous calendar information will be restored. If you are restoring the data file from a CDROM, be sure to clear the 'Read Only' attribute on the file - CDROM files are always marked as 'Read Only'. To clear this attribute, right click on the webcal.gcl file after restoring it, then uncheck the read only attribute.

My web site uses FrontPage, can I still use WebCalendar Creator?

Using the integrated FTP publishing feature in WebCalendar Creator to upload your calendar to your FrontPage enabled web site is not a problem as long as you dedicate a directory on your server to hold your calendar pages. For example, you would create a directory within your web account named 'calendar' - this would be accessible over the web at http://www.yoursite.com/calendar. Then configure WebCalendar Creator to FTP publish your calendar pages to that directory. As long as you dedicate a directory for your calendar there will be no problems using FTP to upload your calendar pages.

However, if you do not have FTP access to your web site, you can still use WebCalendar Creator within your web site by configuring WebCalendar Creator to generate its HTML pages to a directory in a local copy of your web site. Then, use the FrontPage publish routine to upload the completed calendar pages to your web site. As an example, you have a copy of your web site on your hard drive at C:\myweb - you would then configure WebCalendar Creator to generate its calendar pages to a directory within c:\myweb\calendar -

You should not attempt to edit the calendar pages directly with FrontPage. Although this may be possible, all the changes made would be overwritten the next time you generate your calendar. If you want to modify the appearance of your calendar to more closely match the appearance of your web site, you should use the appearance options within WebCalendar Creator. You can also make advanced HTML modifications to your calendar by modifying the underlying template files in WebCalendar Creator. Detailed information on templates is contained in the Advanced Configuration ot the help file.

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