Related link: http://www.apple.com/macosx/features/ical/
While there are definitely areas that Apple’s iCal calendaring application could be improved, it is generally a serviceable basic program. One area it could really use help with, however, is with its UI — particularly keyboard interaction. Here’s a bit of feedback (also submitted via the link in the iCal menu) about that very issue. I’m interested to know others’ opinions on the latest iCal (2.0.3). Are that many folks using it?
Hi, there. Thanks for a generally pretty cool calendar application. There is one particular area, however, that could really use some help, and that is keyboard interaction.
Scrolling through the Keyboard Shortcuts list (via the iCal Help menu), there are a number of handy commands available, even for some relatively rare or detailed actions along the lines of ‘Make the selected all-day event start one day sooner’ (Shift-Control-Left Arrow).
For the life of me, though, I don’t see a shortcut for a simple, everyday interactions like checking off a to do item as done. I would suggest the spacebar, which OmniOutliner uses to good effect.
Also, it seems to be impossible to move from the main iCal window over to the Info palette, whether it’s attached or detached, when creating a To Do item. When you create an event, whether by click on the calendar or hitting Command-N, you can tab from the event over to the Info window as long as you’re still initially editing the event’s name. I would really love that to be the case for To Do items as well.
Thanks again, and I hope iCal continues to improve as time goes by.
While researching this entry, I came across a cool tip from Rob Griffiths (of macosxhints.com fame) — you can customize the number of days the calendar window displays by using Command-Option-n, where n is a number between 1 and 7.
What’s your opinion of iCal?