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Calendar templates automate the creation of schedules for your area. It consists of the name of a "base event" (such as "Start of classes") and list of appointments, except that instead of actual dates, the list contains the number of days before or after this base event each appointment should occur on. When the template is used, actual dates are calculated based on the actual date of the base event, and a set of real appointments is created for your review. Upon approval, they are entered into the calendar en masse. These appointments may be edited individually, but they remain associated with one another so that editing may also be done en masse.
To create a calendar template, you need editing rights in the area in question, and an expertise level of "genius" or better. In this case, you will see abutton in the red button bar of the area in question. Before creating a calendar template, consider how (and for what clubs or areas) it is intended to be used. Calendar templates are available to child clubs of the area in question, and generally, should be created with this in mind. For example, if you wish to allow all the Shows in a give venue to use a calendar template, the template should be created by the Venue in question. A template created by a Show will not be available to other shows, but one created by a Venue will be available to all of its Shows, Classes, and Events, as well as to the Venue itself. Similarly, a template created by an Author will be available to all Plays created by that Author, as well as to the Author in question.
You may add any number of elements to a template, allowing you to create (for example) an entire Show's business and rehearsal calendar all at once. Depending on your Venue's policies, it may make sense to group your template elements into different templates, perhaps using different base events to anchor the appointments. You may create any number of templates, each for different kinds of events, or different aspects of an event.