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I hate it...
Authored by: robg on Nov 20, '07 08:46:46AM

Personally, I hate this change: before, you could easily browse a ton of events (and their details) with a glance at the sidebar as you used the arrow keys to move from event to event. Now I have to use Command-I and Escape to open and close windows as I move around.

-rob.



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...I love it
Authored by: scott721 on Nov 20, '07 09:10:46AM

Frankly, I don't get what all the complaining is about. I've been using iCal for years for everything that I do; I track every event and appointment in it, have every birthday, anniversary, personal notable date, etc., in it as well. In short, there probably aren't a whole lot of people who use iCal _more_ than I do.

The latest version is a significant improvement, in my opinion, over the Tiger-based version. I don't know why there's so much whining about clicking and double-clicking... I never (OK, rarely) even use the mouse. When I want to create a new event I simple hit "Cmd.+N"; if I want to edit an existing event I use the tab key to get there (if it's close to where the highlighted event is, otherwise I'll revert to the mouse) and then hit "Cmd.+E" to enter the edit mode. Use the tab keys to cycle through the editable fields; when you're done, hit the Escape key to save all the info (or tab down to the "Done" key - either way works the same) and you're set.

You can change the calendar type within the editing window, too... after you've tabbed to the Calendar field hit the Space bar and it brings up the drop-down menu showing all the calendars - then use the cursor to get to the one you want and hit the Space bar again.

Could it stand some improvement? Sure. It needs an integrated Notes function (putting it Mail is downright stupid) that syncs with the iPhone. It doesn't always hold my window position for the calendar bar on the left side of the main window, but it does hold the window size when switching between day, week and month views (all of which are also easily accessible via keyboard shortcuts). The preferences leave a lot to be desired - I'd sure like to personalize it more microscopically - but generally do the job.

In short, those who are whining about it need to take a closer look. I've tried them all, including PDA calendars starting as far back as the original Palm, Google Calendar, Yahoo Calendar and others. iCal offers the clearest interface and most flexibility. I love it.



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Creating and editing vs. browsing
Authored by: robg on Nov 20, '07 09:26:03AM
Great, so it's better at creating and editing events (in your opinion). My complaint is about browsing existing events. In the old setup, it required zero effort to see the event details. In the new setup, I have to press Cmd-I for every single event just to see the details ...and then press Escape to close that window. Repeat ad infinitum.

BTW, this all relates to month view. Daily and weekly views are useless to me, as I have too many longer-term projects that I like to be able to see at a glance.

-rob.

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Creating and editing vs. browsing
Authored by: barefootguru on Nov 20, '07 12:15:08PM

While I prefer the old method of an event's details sticking around on the screen, there's a couple of shortcuts which make the new method more bearable:

- If an info window is open you can double-click another event or just click somewhere else in the calendar to dismiss the window (no need to click Done)

- Instead of double-clicking an event and then clicking Edit, single click the event and command-E



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Creating and editing vs. browsing
Authored by: JonMountjoy on Nov 21, '07 04:52:08AM

If it helps, you can just hit command-I again to close (you don't need to move your fingers to escape)



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