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Sync any Google Calendar with iCal

This can sync calendars between ical and gcal without the need for extra software.
  1. In iCal go to Preferences -> Accounts in the Menu
  2. Hit the "+" to add a new account--a dialog will pop up
  3. Enter a "Description:"
  4. Enter your full gmail email address as the "Username:" (e.g.
  5. Enter your gmail password for the "Password:"
  6. Go to google calendar in your browser
  7. For the google calendar of choice, go to its settings
    1. Expand the "My Calendars" field by hitting the "+"
    2. Click on the down-arrow next to the google calendar you want to synchronize
    3. Click "Calendar Settings" to go to the settings page
  8. Scroll to the bottom of the settings page
  9. After "Calendar Addresses:" copy the Calendar ID (e.g. xr28t1huaf952koiuzuzuz5tfx)
  10. In a word processor, construct this URL where the Calendar ID is pasted into the correct place (bold), e.g.:
    IMPORTANT: use copy-paste to avoid typos!
  11. Go back to iCal and in the dialog expand the "Server Options" by clicking the arrow to the left
  12. Copy the URL you constructed in Step 10 and then paste it into "Account URL:"
  13. Hit the Add button in the dialog
  14. Enjoy.