The NFL released the official 2012-13 schedule today, and once again I was ON IT! The new Steelers schedule for Outlook is ready to go in near record time!
The download is available in the traditional CSV format (used by Microsoft Outlook and Yahoo! Calendar) as well as the iCal format (used by Google Calendar and iTunes\iPhone). Be sure to choose the correct version when you download!
The CSV version of the schedule is compatible with Microsoft Outlook 98 or later. It might also work with any calendar app that can import from CSV files; it has only been tested with Outlook 2010, however.
The iCal version of the schedule has not been tested at all. I used this handy online tool to convert the CSV to iCal format, so if there are any problems with the iCal version, please take it up with the webmaster there!
Both schedules contain all preseason and regular season Steelers games as well as the name of the network airing the game. All times are for the Eastern (USA) time zone. A reminder is also scheduled for 8:00PM the day before each game.
Note that the start times for three of the Steelers’ four preseason games are unknown at this time, and are listed as “TIME TBA” in the calendar. UPDATE: I’ve found the start times for the preseason games, and also marked the potential flex-time games with an asterisk. If you downloaded the calendar before 23:20 on 04/17/2012, please download the updated version below!
There are two versions of each type of schedule: the Steelers 2012-13 schedule only and the 2012-13 Steelers schedule with the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl XLVII. Pick your poison by clicking the appropriate link below:
CSV (OUTLOOK FORMAT):
iCAL (GOOGLE\IPHONE FORMAT):
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Outlook users may follow these simple instructions to import the schedule. Make sure to read the all the directions below before you begin:
- Download the appropriate file to your desktop and unzip.
- OUTLOOK 2007 and earlier: Open Outlook and select “File” > “Import and Export” > “Import from another program or file”, then click “Next”.
OUTLOOK 2010: Open Outlook and select “File” > “Open” > “Import” > “Import from another program or file”, then click “Next”.
- Choose “Comma Separated Values (Windows)”, then click “Next”.
- Use the “Browse” button on the next screen to select the CSV file you unzipped in step 1.
- On the next screen make sure to select “Calendar” as the destination then click “Next” and “Finish”… That’s it!
DISABLING REMINDERS: If you wish to disable the reminders, open the CSV file and change the value of “reminder on/off” (column G) to FALSE for each game before you import the Calendar into Outlook.
CHANGING “SHOW TIME AS”: By default, the entries will display their time as “Free” on your calendar. If you wish to change this to something else, open the file in your favorite spreadsheet app and change the value of each entry in Column V (“Show Time As”) from FREE to “1” (Tentative), “2” (Busy), “3” (Free) or “4” (Out of the Office) – without the quotes.
TROUBLESHOOTING: If you try to import the schedule but don’t see any of the games listed in your calendar (especially if you do not get any kind of error message), shut Outlook down completely (open Task Manager to make sure that OUTLOOK.EXE is not running) and re-open Outlook and try the import again.
VERSION INFORMATION: These files were tested on April 17, 2012 on a computer running Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and Microsoft Office 2010. They were scanned with Microsoft Security Essentials 2.1.1116.0 and found to be virus-free. It’s the exact same file I’ve used for all prior versions of the schedule, so it should work for just about everyone.