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Agenda / time management with Evolution

Evolution (from the company Ximian) is a system for management of your appointments and assignments (comparable with MS-Outlook).

Remark: When you read "click" this means clicking with the left mouse button.

Starting Evolution - Ground configuration

k_in_gear Click on the Knoppix-KDE-Desktop below left at the "K" Icon.

k_internet Click in the menu that opened on the entry "Internet".

k_evolution Click in the sub menu that opened onto the entry "Ximian Evolution".

When Evolution is started for the first time, the "Evolution Setup Assistant" window for the set-up of your email account is started.
As we do not treat the mail program in this tutorial, simply make a test email account in the following way:

Now you see the "Summary - Ximian Evolution" window


window_buttons_top_right In the window at top right you will find the symbols Underscore, Arrow and "X". These buttons have the following functions:

window_button_underscore_top_right A click at the underscore minimizes the window. The minimized window is represented by a symbol at the bottom of the screen in the KDE control tray. A click on this symbol maximizes the window again. window_minimized

window_button_arrow_top_right A click at the up-arrow maximizes the window such that it fills the whole screen. The arrow changes to a down-arrow. A click on the down-arrow shrinks the window again  to its original size.

window_button_x_top_right A click on the "X" stops the Evolution program and closes the window.
Remark: All KDE windows generally have at the top right these three buttons representing these functions.

Click at the  "Summary - Ximian Evolution" window top right at the arrow symbol to maximize the "Summary - Ximian Evolution" window.

Entering a task / appointment in the calendar

evolution_calendar_symbol Click at the "Overview - Ximian Evolution" window at the left at the "Calendar" icon and then top left  at evolution_appointment_new to book a new appointment.

The "Appointment - ..."-window opens. It shows the content of the Tab "Appointment". Insert for example:


Remark: Do not select at the start and end time the real birthday of Bill Gates (1955), but the current year, as Evolution will not show the appointment correctly.

(1) Click now at the top right at the tab "Recurrence" to show the contents:


(2) First select with a click "Simple recurrence" at the Recurrence Rule.

(3) Then select with a click at the button  time interval "year(s)" instead of days.

(4) Save your entry with a click on <Save> and close with this the window.

You are now again in the "Calendar" window:


(5) If you click far right at a small black dot, the month's overview will be advanced by one month. If you browse to October 2004 (or 2005, 2006, 2007 etc.) and then click at October 28...

(6) ... then in the daily overview of 28 October the entry "Birthday of  Bill Gates" will show. Remark: The two rotating arrows indicate that the appointment  / entry is a repetitive one.

Stopping Evolution / exporting and importing the agenda on floppy

window_button_x_top_right The Evolution program is ended by a click on the X" icon at top right in the window.

All appointments of the evolution calendar are now saved in the directory /home/knoppix/evolution/local/Calendar in the file calendar.ics.
(Please take care, the name of the directory is written with a capital C, whereas the filename itself is written with a small character "c".)

If you do not want to lose the appointment data, then  it is best to store the data with  mtools on a floppy disk.

When you have rebooted Knoppix from CD then you can easily retrieve the file calendar.ics before you start Evolution with  mtools from the floppy onto the directory /tmp.
Then start Evolution and choose in the top left menu "File" the  entry "Import...". This starts the Evolution Import Assistant. In the dialog with the Import Assistant, proceed as follows to obtain your appointments from the file:

Working with Evolution


(1) In the monthly overview you can click on a day (marked gray, here 15. June 2004)  and so you can have a look at the appointments of this day in the daily overview.  Remark: The current day (today) is always enclosed in a red box (here also June 15, 2004).

(2) With the left  mouse button pressed down, you can select multiple days, to show you the appointments of more than one day.

(3) When you click on "Week", "Month", etc., you can see the appointments for a week, a month, etc.

(4) A *double click* on an appointment on a day's overview screen opens the appointment for editing.
With a pressed left mouse button you can drag the appointment to another time.

(5) Under the menu entry Help is no help available. The company Ximian has, however, a  A User's Guide to Ximian Evolution 1.4 on the WWW.

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This Document describes the Knoppix Version 3.4 CeBit 2004 Edition.
Copyright (c) 2004-04-19 Karl Schock. (Thanks to all that have contributed to this document - special thanks to Pieter Jonker for translation into english.)
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