Map-based event search tool
Superior Events System
For most publishers a calendar of events can be a core reader service that builds a permanent bond with an activity hungry audience. The Metro Publisher team has invested years in original research and design to create what is an original and one-of-a-kind event system.
Great User Experience for Your Readers
To start with, a great event calendar requires an interface for your readers that is useful and intuitive. Metro Publisher comes with map-based event searches that provide a visual experience for your readers to sort and find relevant upcoming events quickly and easily.
In Metro Publishers your readers can:
- Scan events by date and within geographic areas such as regions, cities or neighborhoods
- See what’s happening and plan outings
- Subscribe to RSS feeds to receive event updates
Enter Events Yourself
Staff can quickly (and less repetitively) enter events manually because Metro Publisher’s event system lives and breathes the iCalendar standard. iCalendar supports advanced rules for all kinds of recurring event scenarios, such as events that happen weekly, monthly, or even on an irregular basis.
Let Your Users Enter Events
Enjoy the benefits of direct input from your readers without losing any control over your content. Users can easily contribute events via a public event submit form. Yet, you maintain control via settings for moderating these event submissions.
While both of these tools are great, they still involve a manual process to input or approve events. What about events from trusted venues such as a museums or night clubs? Wouldn’t it be even better if you could import or subscribe to event calendars and have events show up automatically?
Import or Subscribe to Events
With Metro Publisher, it is possible to pull-in events automatically from any iCalendar compliant calendar which includes thousands of Google calendars maintained by organizations and venues world-wide.
It gets even better.
You can define the behaviors of these event imports/subscriptions, such as mapping feeds to a location on a map or deciding in advance whether events from a specific organization are trusted or need to be reviewed. You can even associate default images with each event feed, which can be the difference visually between yet another community calendar and the one amazing calendar that everybody goes to.
All you have to do is set up a feed once and – until you decide to cancel it — watch the events flow.
Export and Re-use Your Events
As a further bonus, the event system also may integrate into your print workflow. Metro Publisher provides a powerful tool to export your events in various formats including XML for Adobe Indesign.
For advanced users Metro Publisher now also provides an advanced Application Programming Interface (API) which can be used by software developers to build completely new products or mobile apps around your event data.
If a great events calendar is important to you, you won’t find an events system more feature rich and powerful than what is included in every version of Metro Publisher.
What is iCalendar?
iCalendar is a computer file format which allows Internet users to share calendars and events. iCalendar is used and supported by a large number of products, including Google Calendar, Apple Calendar (formerly iCal), Yahoo! Calendar, and Microsoft Outlook.
1. List of applications with iCalendar Support