Mr. CodeBoy's thoughts on the Mac Calendar System

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The maturing of iOS has provided the biggest improvement in the Mac Calendar system over the past ten years. Although a lot of people gripe about iCloud, Mr. CodeBoy thinks it is a tremendous venue for keeping one's calendars tidy and relevant. It is now simple and easy to search and edit a schedule on any device at almost any time.

In the interest of full disclosure, understand that Mr. CodeBoy uses an iMac (at his day job), while a MacBook Pro is his primary personal machine. He also uses an iPhone (currently the 4s model) and has recently (2012) acquired an iPad. His wife is a avid non-technical user of a MacBook Air and an iPhone (also the 4s version). His two teenage children share an older Mac Pro and an old Intel MacBook; each one also is in possession an iPhone (the 3G model). One of Mr. CodeBoy's major responsibilities in his home is to keep all of the calendars of all the people healthy and user-friendly.

Mr. CodeBoy's personal and work-related calendars are on iCloud, and he subscribes to two calendars (one for his church, and one with US Holidays). With his other responsibilities and interests, Mr. CodeBoy has a lot of Events to stay on top of, thus, he finds the most useful feature of iCal (or Calendar as of OSX 10.8.x - Mountain Lion) to be the ability to hide calendars:

This powerful tool allows users to track as many calendars as they wish, but only see those pertinent to regular usage, depending on where one is when looking at one's calendars. For instance, Mr. CodeBoy prefers to only see certain calendars on his work machine, others on his iPhone, and still others on his MacBook. He can, of course, click them off and on at will, but he has a pretty good idea of what he needs based on where he is, and therefore, which device he is using.

Both subscription calendars have Events that do not pertain to Mr. CodeBoy's interests, so he uses FilterCal every few months to copy Events into his personal calendars so that he keeps up with applicable activities, Holidays, and meetings, while both source calendars remain hidden (yet accessible) on all of his machines.

Certain time periods are more cluttered and eventful than others, and this is where CalEventer makes a huge difference in being able to 'see' what is going on over a specified date range. For instance, Mr. CodeBoy happens to have a busy couple of weeks right at the beginning of October 2012. To get a list of everything in iCal/Calendar, one must traverse a few menus and drop-downs, and end up with a 2 page document:

Honestly, Mr. CodeBoy is not complaining about that output. It has everything, in order, and color-coded for the source calendar for each Event. It is just so BUSY. It actually has too much information for a user that just wants a simple listing of Calendar Events scheduled for a two week period. Life is complicated enough already, nauseating detail about one's schedule is not always a helpful thing.

However, as you can see below, CalEventer produces a much cleaner, much tidier single page document from the exact same source of information. One sees everything that is necessary without all the distracting cruft.

Admittedly, it lacks a legend for which Events came from which calendar, but it also lacks the collections of invitees, URLs, and Notes, all of which simply clog up the document and make it more difficult to read. As an added bonus, Mr. CodeBoy was able to choose the fonts and font colors himself, and format the document in Pages® to his own specifications.

In addition, what if one only needed to know the weekend schedule for an entire month? No amount of tweaking the output capabilities of iCal/Calendar will provide that, but thanks to Mr. CodeBoy, it is incredibly easy with CalEventer. Mr. CodeBoy thrives on simple and easy.

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