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10.6: Tear off iCal event editing windows
Authored by: WaltFrench on Oct 07, '09 02:45:59PM

Thanks! to the poster & commenters so I now (w/ the "separate windows" option) can just double-click on an event to edit it.

Now, if I could only make the slightest sense whatsoever of how tabbing between events' fields works. Say I create my Steering Committee conference call by double-clicking on a date. Type name, tab to ... the start time's AM/PM field. Click back, fix the start time assumed, then tab to... the End Time's AM/PM field. Because I must want to change a meeting that starts at 4PM to end on the same day at 5:00 —>AM<— ?!?

Gotta click around to do the most frequent thing one ever does with manual data entry. As a seasoned Mac user, I won't listen to "Apple s/w quality has slipped" (whoever said that never used System 7 or 8), but boy, they have children doing the design these days.

While I'm started, who else double-clicks on a date to create a new event, but occasionally hits [Return] after creating the event name, then needs to painstakingly go back into Edit mode to insert any content? Whatever happened to Bruce Tognazzini and MacOS 1.0's marvelous "Don't Mode Me In, Bro!" Human Guidelines?

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10.6: Tear off iCal event editing windows
Authored by: jiclark on Oct 07, '09 06:07:44PM

Walt, you are so right on it's not even funny!

As I've said for years now, it's painfully obvious that Apple's iCal team can't possibly USE the software they develop, or it wouldn't work the way it does!

I use some slightly more esoteric keyboard commands to get around the issues you describe. Shift-tab is your friend (no, your savior!) in these cases. I've been shift-tabbing around so long in iCal that it didn't even occur to me just how assinine their tab functionality is!!

I almost posted a similar rant earlier, but decided against it. Your post made me realize I had to post in support...

My frustrations go more to the odd things in the new interface, like the Show button at the bottom of the Inspector... Huh? What in the hell could that button be FOR?? If you're viewing an event's details in that panel, it's already showing, right? I can't get it to do anything! Weird...

But your point about the odd tab behavior is the primary thing that baffles and frustrates me as well. Yes, they've fixed some things, but why they can't make it work so someone can actually USE it efficiently, boggles the mind...


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