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  1. Import ATTACH field as defined in the ICS spec

    Google Calendar and the ICS spec both define the ATTACH attribute.
    GCal like

    ATTACH;FILENAME={filename} FMTTYPE={url}

    Here it is in the ICal spec https://www.kanzaki.com/docs/ical/attach.html

    Import this data as meta data

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    • A filter for mapping attributes in aggregator

      Before the request is sent to the aggregator api, add a filter so that weird attributes on the event host can be mapped to sane attributes in the aggregator server before they are sent to the receiving TEC calendar

      for example XYZ-ATTRIBUTE => ORGANIZER

      where XYZ-ATTRIBUTE is an attribute that is served from the originating host and ORGANIZER is defined here https://www.kanzaki.com/docs/ical/organizer.html

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      • Add songkick or bandsintown integration

        I would like to be able to create a calendar of live music in my city using your events aggregator feature

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        • Add names/aliases to imports

          iCalendar imports don't have the ability to be named, which makes working with them confusing – I have a whole bunch of imports called "calendar", and I don't know which is which.

          5 votes
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          • Enable Additional Fields support in Other URL imports

            I believe that the use case is a valuable one. We have a group event calendar whereby having Additional Fields import capability could be utilized to easily customize various event listings coming in from various "Other URL" scheduled imports from participating organizations. Everyone would use the same set of Additional Fields to specify information about their event. We would then use these field values as variables for controlling the ultimate display of the event item at runtime.

            2 votes
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            • Allow imports from Ticketmaster

              Would be nice to be able to import events from Ticketmaster (using their Discovery API?)

              2 votes
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              • Extend date range in event aggregator to allow more than the next 3 months to be imported

                I have imports to make from calendars which are only seasonal, e.g. some special events in september only. Unfortunately I cannot aggregate them because i can only go 3 months into the future.

                More options would be appreciated here, at least 12 months (or even unlimited if possible and of course on your own risk). I hacked it in now myself but that's not the best solution obviously.

                And would the amount limit not still be in place?

                (and for the record, I am using the custom url to import from other tribe event calendars)

                2 votes
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                • Notifications for Pending Imported Events

                  When a new import has been made and the event is set to "waiting for approval" an e-mail is sent to one or more (pre defined by admin) addresses with a message saying "you have new events to approve".

                  23 votes
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                  • Add more frequency options to Event Aggregator automatic imports

                    Right now, the automatic import frequency options in Event Aggregator go from hourly to daily with no options in between. Those are hugely different for how up to date the calendar would be. I'd like either a few options in between (ie every two hours, every three hours, every six hours) or the ability to manually choose the frequency.

                    7 votes
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                    • Merge locations

                      OMG I love Event Aggregator. But now that it's importing from third party calendars (Facebook and Google Calendars etc) the locations section is a mess of duplicate locations. I don't know the correct terminology, but could there be a system which allows locations to be merged, and it learns the terminology (so it knows that "the flying nun" and "flying nun" are the same location). Thanks!!!

                      21 votes
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                      • 1 vote
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                        • Add a search to the scheduled imports

                          I have 7 pages of scheduled imports and sometimes need to find one of them. Would save a LOT of time over the years if I could just search instead of browsing through 7 pages. Please add to the next upgrade!

                          21 votes
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                          • API to create new scheduled imports

                            Provide an API for creating new scheduled imports to be executed in Event Aggregator. We need to import thousands of automated import sources to aggregate from on various schedules. An API should enable us to extend the plugin to allow importing these scheduled imports from an external data source. We would like the ability to provide all the information required for creating a scheduled import in a single object or array.

                            3 votes
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                            • Include [View-Event] link in notification of newly imported event

                              When a new event is imported a notification is given which includes a link to any new venue or new organizer. However the new event itself is not linked.

                              The new event listing is likely to be the view that one is most likely to want to look at to see if it has rendered correctly, or to edit some personal content to the event.

                              It could be a simple fix to add [View your event listing] to the notification.

                              This is what is currently shown:

                              Import complete!
                              1 new event was imported. 1 new image was imported.
                              1 new…

                              4 votes
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                              • Ability to prepend/append text to event title

                                When importing events from multiple sources it would be nice to have the ability to prepend/append some text to indicate the event source and differentiate it from other imported events.

                                For example, if an import feed came from "Event Organizer A", I might want to prepend "Event Organizer A--" to the event title such that the imported title appeared as "Event Organizer A--Event Title".

                                Seems like this shouldn't be too difficult to implement and would be quite handy.

                                7 votes
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                                • Allow import from Wild Apricot

                                  We import events for a couple of organizations that are using Wild Apricot (https://www.wildapricot.com). Since Wild Apricot isn't support by EA, we import the events via ics file.

                                  If EA supported automated event import for Wild Apricot it would certainly make updating events much easier.

                                  Thanks!

                                  2 votes
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                                  • Add ability to import multiple iCal files simultaneously

                                    Currently in Event Aggregator, the iCal import is a one-by-one process. Select an iCal file, import it. Select next iCal file, import it. Etc.

                                    If I could select and upload multiple iCal files at once and process them simultaneously it would make a tedious process much quicker.

                                    Also, if you could auto-delete the iCal files from the WP Media section it would be appreciated. These files are not likely to be used as content as any page/post. Better yet, would be to upload them in some other fashion so they don't end up in the WP Media section at all.

                                    2 votes
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                                    • Mark import as featured

                                      It would be great if imports could be marked as featured so that all events from that source get featured tag rather than having to go in and manually mark them.

                                      12 votes
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                                      • suppress category import in Event Aggregator

                                        When importing events, the assigned category often comes with it. I believe this is other wordpress sites. I would like a way to suppress importing other calendar's categories. Just makes a mess and then I have to delete the category.

                                        5 votes
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                                        • Adding multiple categories & tags

                                          Now we can pick one category when using the aggregator, but in our calendar it's possible that a certain event belongs in more categories.
                                          This means I still have to do this manually to complete the event. Also I miss the option to activate tags. For this the same as with the categories it's handy when we could fill out more then one tag.

                                          42 votes
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