By Cocoa Sublime
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Candles is the answer to managing anniversaries and birthdays in iCal. Using a simple interface, Candles takes your birthdays and other dates from Address Book and allows you to add reminder events in iCal. Candles allows the creation of any number of alarms for each and every anniversary.
You'll never forget an Anniversary again!
Candles extracts all the birthdays and other dates from your Address Book for you to set reminders against. This provides the only way to view all your anniversaries in one place. With the ability to sort these anniversaries by name, calendar date or original date (i.e. with the year the event actually fell in), Candles provides the ability to visualise all your anniversaries.
Candles allows you to set as many Alarms as you need. Up to two Default Alarms can be set, which are then created for each of your Anniversaries. In addition, any number of additional alarms can be created for a specific Anniversary.
All Alarms have the same options and capabilities as in iCal, so you've got full control over when the alarm occurs, and what it does.
Once you're happy that you've set all the reminders that you need, you can tell Candles to update iCal with your details. Candles will then created detailed events for each Anniversary, and set the Alarms that you've told it to.
What's New in Version 1.1
Adds improvements to Address Book and Calendar analysis to improve accuracy, and improvements to Calendar creation process.
I'm terrible about keeping track of birthdays, so this nifty app keeps me in line. As someone who didn't really use my mac's address book, before, the only learning curve was making sure to include "birthday" as one of the default entries in the address book's settings. Once that's set, Candles takes care of the rest!
Thanks for the creation!
It's hard to get the year to get the year to be accepted in address book. I'm not sure if that is a problem with address book or candles. The age doesn't always show on ical. That's what I want it to do. Its a good thing it was a free app. I'm still looking for something to help me keep up with grandkids birthdays and ages.
I ended up not liking this app because it didn't sync with my iCal. I has also synced with my Reminders app which I use all the time and really messed up it's function which I hate. I've tried removing the app and it's folders, but it must have some hidden files. Any attempts to contact Candles support just comes back to my own email address.