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I currently have iCal syncing to one Google account with 1 main calendar and 3 sub-calendars (selected on Delegation tab). Let's say that this account is

This is the only one account set up in iCal.

Additionally I have 4 email accounts defined in in this order:


Problem 1 - iCal will not send out invites to attendees

I cannot make iCal send invites when creating an event within a calendar that's synced with Google.

I have to create a local calendar on Mac, create an event there - invites are sent out "correctly" (see Problem 2), then I simply move the event from one calendar to another and this seems to do the trick.

This seems to be a bit troublesome though (obviously, really). Is there anything I can do to make it work properly - so the invites are sent out from Google's CalDAV calendar?

Problem 2 - iCal invites email addresses

iCal seems to be totally inconsistent with using email addresses when sending invitations.

Consider the setup:

  • 1 CalDAV account in iCal (,
  • 1 local calendar (as mentioned in Problem 1),
  • 4 email accounts in Mail (as described above).

Now iCal seems to be sending invites using the topmost email account set up in - in this case Is there a way to use different email account to do this?

Also, it seems that iCal creates invites using the email account defined in iCal accounts - in this case, even though I use local Calendar and not the CalDAV one!

This means that invite is sent from, but people replying to invites send them back to This really is plain wrong. Any way to sort it out?

NOTE: Ideally I'd like iCal to send invites from the second Mail account -

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iCal doesn't send invitations - Google Calendar do.

You need to set up Notifications for each Google Calendar - main and sub-calendars.

"Google Cal->Calendar settings->Calendars->[select calendar]->Notifications->[set check mark at Email and/or SMS for each type of invitations]"
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Someone needs to read the help files on google's page... Just because you've sync'd your google cal w/ ical doesn't mean you can go & send invites to anyone willy nilly. Have you told google that your going to "share" your cal w/ this other person who may or may not have a google account? Did they accept your ical share? As far as "sending out" invites, that'll happen off your "default" email account. Generally iCal will send out a "link" to your event & lots of people just click on that to go to a page where they "accept" or "deny" or "reply" to your invite, so auto received from your gmail account. You could set up a rule to forward them to your other email account if you prefer?

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