iCal feature wish-list

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in iPod + iTunes + AppleTV edited January 2014
Hi all, I downloaded iCal and I think the programme is pretty ok for a 1.0-release. I just sent to Apple the following requests:



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Great stuff for a 1.0-release, BUT:



1. add weeknumbers, and use international standards for that

2. make sure that in the minicalendar, weeks start with the same day as in the large calendar, as for now they always start on Sundays which is not international standard

3. the dock icon gets confusing; if the programme has been running it shows the current date, otherwise it displays the 17th - which will make it difficult to know on th 16,17, and 18th what date it really is. If the programme hasn't been running, it should show text or something or that sort

4. add menus to the dock, just as palm desktop uses

5. be able to connect people with events without sending them info

6. I want to be able to choose and design my own colours,as with other cocoa-programmes

7. events for a particular day are not visible except with an X, they should be

8. birthdays should be integrated with address-book.



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BUGG: I want to small calendar to always stay the same when I open iCal, as for now I have to manually adjust it so that it fits me -> shows my four calendars, three months and a rather small monthly view - I don't want to iCal to take up the entire screan



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What do you think? any more features....? and please don't forget to send them in to Apple, and include mine as well (guess they listen to numbers....) if you think they are enhancements....
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  • Reply 1 of 35
    escherescher Posts: 1,811member
    iCal will remain completely useless to me until I can import my calendar from Palm Desktop and synchronize iCal (and Address Book) with my Palm PDA via iSync. So my iCal feature wish-list is:



    1. Import calendar from Palm Desktop.

    2. iSync to synchronize iCal (and Address Book) with Palm PDA.



    Escher
  • Reply 2 of 35
    I'd like to see 24 hour coverage, but otherwise I think most of my wish list will be handled by iSync.



    Alex.
  • Reply 3 of 35
    frykefryke Posts: 217member
    I'd like it to be independent of the HelveticaNeue.dfont ... I have deleted that from my system, as it doesn't play well with Adobe apps and the 'real' Helvetica Neue PostScript font.



    Can anyone send me HelveticaNeue.dfont from his/her system to fryke _at_ fryke.com and post here that he/she sent it?
  • Reply 4 of 35
    Escher - I managed to import my palm desktop calendar by Export -> vCal format, and then import it into iCal. Worked nice. I agree that iCal is pretty useless without iSync, but that is coming end of this month, no point in telling Apple that.
  • Reply 5 of 35
    [quote]Originally posted by dividend:

    <strong>3. the dock icon gets confusing; if the programme has been running it shows the current date, otherwise it displays the ...</strong><hr></blockquote>





    Call me crazy but I kinda like this. If I'm not mistaken July 17 was when Jobs announced iCal (MWNY), so the version 1.0 icon has that date. I figured that an update would have the date of the update, so I can always tell at a glance what version I'm using. It's the same with iTunes...the icon changes slightly to indicate the version no.



    Other than that, yea, I really want iSync. I mean, first Apple gives me a calendar on my iPod...but I have to wait to get software to use it. Then, I get the software, but have to wait to be able to some other software sync them.



    Reminds me of a girl I used to know in college.
  • Reply 6 of 35
    I have only used it a short time, but I haven't noticed any kind of memo feature like in Palm Desktop.



    I do web design and work in various locations. I keep all my user/password and registration numbers in memos on my palm so I can always have them with me (it saves my bacon all the time). Without them this app by itself is useless to me.



    In my short time using it I kind of like this thing - and the web publish feature is sooo cool (I can't remember holidays to save my life. Now my wife won't be able to make fun of me).



    Anyone know a good app for keeping simple memos that syncs with a Palm (besides Desktop)?
  • Reply 7 of 35
    [quote]Originally posted by dividend:

    <strong>



    2. make sure that in the minicalendar, weeks start with the same day as in the large calendar, as for now they always start on Sundays which is not international standard

    </strong><hr></blockquote> I believe you can set the start date of a week to any day in the Preferences [quote]

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    4. add menus to the dock, just as palm desktop uses</strong><hr></blockquote> yeah, they should have this. [quote]

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    5. be able to connect people with events without sending them info</strong><hr></blockquote> I am pretty shure you can, just add them and nevfer choose "Send Invitation." [quote]

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    6. I want to be able to choose and design my own colours,as with other cocoa-programmes</strong><hr></blockquote> The check buttons are actually images, so if you wanted to make different colored ones, you need to hard-wire it into the program, should not be too hard. This should be a feature. They offer a limited amount of colours. [quote]

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    7. events for a particular day are not visible except with an X, they should be</strong><hr></blockquote> But that defeats the purpose of being able to view one calendar without viewing another. [quote]

    <strong>

    8. birthdays should be integrated with address-book.

    </strong><hr></blockquote>



    Also, that is a good idea, incorporating that, but, what calendar would it go under. I think that in the Adress Book, you choose "Add Birthday to Calendar" and then iCal asks "Which calendar should I add this to?"



    This seems like it all



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  • Reply 8 of 35
    iCal sucks. I entered 15 weeks worth of to dos for one class, clicked back into PalmDesktop and thought, "What am I doing." PalmDesktop is where it's at right now. Screw iCal's pretty interface and crappy feature set.
  • Reply 9 of 35
    lucaluca Posts: 3,833member
    Here's what would be nice:



    SPEED! Right now it's super slow on my 233 MHz G3. Yes, it's a four year old computer, but a calendar program should not be what I'm worrying about in terms of speed.



    iSync. I have my schedules entered in but they're not really useful now because I can't see them on my iPod.



    Have an option to remove at least some of the warnings when you try to change the first event in a recurring event. It's annoying and confusing when I get a warning asking for confirmation when I click to change the time but I haven't even changed anything yet.



    It should handle events that last less than an hour better. Right now it keeps changing things back to one hour even if I don't want it to be that long.



    You should be able to specify the spacing on the "grid" when you're dragging a new event or changing an old one. Instead of being fixed at 15 minute intervals, it would be nice to change that to five or ten minute intervals.



    Speed. Wait, did I say that already? Yes, it needs more speed.
  • Reply 10 of 35
    I'd really like a web interface for creating/editing calendar events a la webmail.mac.com. Currently I use Yahoo! calendar because I can add things as I think of them at the Windows computer at work. Without this, iCal will simply be a curiosity for me.



    Edit: along the same lines, I want _one_ calendar between my 2 macs. I don't want to have to publish 1 calendar and have the other mac have read-only access to it. Perhaps my calendar can live on .Mac? Didn't Jobs hint at some sort of uber-sync capabilities between machines when he was talking about iSync?



    [ 09-11-2002: Message edited by: chromos ]</p>
  • Reply 11 of 35
    jbljbl Posts: 555member
    I would like some more complicated repeated item options. For instance do something on first, third and fifth Saturdays. Of course not every month has a fifth Saturday, so this event only happens twice on those months. I don't think you can do this in iCal.
  • Reply 12 of 35
    othelloothello Posts: 1,053member
    [quote]Originally posted by Alexander Wilson:

    <strong>I'd like to see 24 hour coverage, but otherwise I think most of my wish list will be handled by iSync.



    Alex.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Do you means seeing the whole day (i.e. all 24 hours)?



    Thats just a change in the prefs -- make hours to view as 24 and start and end time as midnight and it shows the whole day.



    I would prefer it ti mimic Palm Desktop -- show my my working day but let me scroll down to see evening events.



    Its getting there but we all need iSync!
  • Reply 13 of 35
    [quote]Originally posted by fryke:

    <strong>I'd like it to be independent of the HelveticaNeue.dfont ... I have deleted that from my system, as it doesn't play well with Adobe apps and the 'real' Helvetica Neue PostScript font.



    Can anyone send me HelveticaNeue.dfont from his/her system to fryke _at_ fryke.com and post here that he/she sent it?</strong><hr></blockquote>



    I had just removed HelveticaNeue.dfont the same day I downloaded iCal.



    FYI - Not having HelveticaNeue.dfont in your Library/Fonts folder means it will Quit on Opening.



    This is a big deal for me who uses InDesign and Helvetica nearly exclusivly for my design work.



    I have sent feedback to iCal team. Hopefully they can rename or somehow internalise the font within the software.



    userone
  • Reply 14 of 35
    2. make sure that in the minicalendar, weeks start with the same day as in the large calendar, as for now they always start on Sundays which is not international standard





    I believe you can set the start date of a week to any day in the Preferences



    -&gt; You can change the first day of the week for the big calendar for ANY day, but you CANNOT change it in the mini-calendar, it always starts on Sunday, which is silly and against international practise



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    Michael Gray -&gt; well, sorry, but I have to call you crazy - I find it really stupid to have a date on the icon, you may be mistaken 3 times a month. I don't mind that the icon changes for each new version - fine, but do away with the date. Silly.
  • Reply 15 of 35
    Some small suggestions:



    1. Somehow integrate/coordinate Stickies with your to-do lists. This is what I use(d) Stickies. (And Stickies should have a Dock menu for New Note, but that's another discussion.)



    2. Resizable columns for weeks!



    The above posts cover all of my other requests. This is like iTunes 1.0 and iPhoto 1.0 at this point. They have lots of room to improve the thing, and, at least with iTunes as a precedent, we have reason to believe it will. (I'm still waiting for iPhoto 2.0, but that's another subject again.)



    Insofar as the icon, couldn't it just keep the last date when it was run until the next time you start up? People who use this sort of thing are very likely to place it in their login items list. Maybe Apple should pose this question when you first run it, and place the option in the preferences to have it start automatically on login.



    [ 09-11-2002: Message edited by: BuonRotto ]</p>
  • Reply 16 of 35
    Make the software USABLE. I feel incredibly limited by iCal's inherent LACK of options.



    To do items:

    Option to make the to do panel date-dependent. I mean when you scroll to a new date, have the to do items update to reflect that date rather than every day you have to do items for. Ahhh. The whole needs to be re-written. How about "Formatting" options for the calendar?
  • Reply 17 of 35
    [quote]Originally posted by ShawnPatrickJoyce:

    <strong>The whole needs to be re-written.</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Let's not overreact, eh?
  • Reply 18 of 35
    keshkesh Posts: 621member
    [quote]Originally posted by BuonRotto:

    <strong>Some small suggestions:



    1. Somehow integrate/coordinate Stickies with your to-do lists. This is what I use(d) Stickies. (And Stickies should have a Dock menu for New Note, but that's another discussion.)</strong><hr></blockquote>



    Check out your Services menu under the app's name. There's now an option for "Make New Sticky Note" using whatever text is currently selected.
  • Reply 19 of 35
    Simple, free application to create .ics files



    This subscription thing would be ingenius attached to a web-based multi-platform personal calendar.



    Make it easy for anyone to create and update their own .ics subscriptions



    I always have trouble knowing when my favorite indie bands are in town - it would be great if they, or their fans were able to create subscriptions like this.





    I am thinkin about pitching this to my programmer friends and actually making this a reality . . .

    Hmmmm . . .



    [ 09-12-2002: Message edited by: cinder ]</p>
  • Reply 20 of 35
    [quote]Originally posted by Kesh:

    <strong>



    Check out your Services menu under the app's name. There's now an option for "Make New Sticky Note" using whatever text is currently selected. </strong><hr></blockquote>



    Ah, this is true. I don't know quite what I am looking for in this feature -- auto synch of note and to-do list? seems silly. Yeah, you're probably right. Maybe stickies should just get a checkbox feature.
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