As I get along in years I find it necessary to become more efficient in my Mac use.
I figure I only have so many point and clicks left in my not-quite-arthritis-infected hands and fingers, so efficiency is the name of the game. Like many Mac users, I’m into iCal. iCal requires plenty of clicks to enter new events and tasks. Add this elegant Dashboard Widget and reduce your keystrokes, points, and clicks for free.
Free The Dashboard Widget!
Except for those who know better, the cry of this summer’s discontent has been Free Lindsey Lohan. Alright, even if you didn’t protest her incarceration you certainly wouldn’t protest a free Dashboard Widget that can help you live longer, right?
Free? Alright, it’s donationware. Free as in free beer. Who can argue with that kind of free?
Live longer? Sure. Pitchers get pulled from games because their pitch count gets too high. Likewise, dear Mac user, you have only so many point and clicks in your lifetime. Why take a chance?
The QuickCal Dashboard Widget is a faster way to input more events and tasks, even if you don’t have iCal running somewhere in the background of all those open windows on your Mac.
What makes QuickCal so enticing to those who have enough children to fear mortality is how quickly you can begin to use it, how quickly you realize that it’s a better way to use iCal, and how quickly you realize that a Donationware Beer Fund is an idea whose time has come.
I set up my Dashboard Widget hotspots so the Widget appear when I move the mouse point to a corner. QuickCal is a Widget I can get to without a click, and without iCal being open and running on my Mac.
Entering events and tasks into QuickCal is only easier if someone else does it for you.
Don’t tell me you were hoping for more? QuickCal is simple, elegant, easy to use, and comes with attractive neon colored text in Helvetica. Some Mac developer’s art teacher, somewhere, is rolling over in a grave.
Other than the unnecessary neon accouterments, QuickCal is clean and neat.
Simply enter a quick blurb for an event or task with the right information—that includes name, time, duration, even the day—and there’s nothing left to click. QuickCal magically transforms your entry into the title, start date, end date, and date.
QuickCal use natural language expressions to figure out the event and tasks and dates.
Preferences include selecting a specific calendar from iCal, set an auto reminder for minutes, week, and month (yes, all three), and set the reminder sound. QuickCal works instantly so you can enter just the event and task text necessary to set title and time.
Now the good news and the bad news. The good news is that QuickCal is free, as in donationware, as in free beer. The bad news is that you can’t send beer to the developer. The good news is that QuickCal has an iPhone version called—duh duh—QuickCal Mobile. The bad news is that you can’t enter specific dates and times and calendars in QuickCal beyond the basics.
Still, QuickCal is a worthy Dashboard Widget with the kind of price tag we’d pay to see more of. And it comes from Smelly. Puppy. software. That’s worth a click, no?