As the gray hair starts to creep in and memory cells abandon my brain, I’ve become more sensitive to valueless, mundane tasks.
Simple things like changing the rating of songs in iTunes—one song at a time—really bugs me. I want to enter ratings for 50 songs at a time. Ditto for iCal events. One event at a time? Who has time for that? I’m a busy woman. My life is slipping away by the minute.
Batching My Life Away
Batching functions for Mac users merely means we can do something in batches—a bunch at a time instead of one at a time. Select all the bad photos in iPhoto and delete them. Not one at a time. All at once.
If your life centers around entries in iCal (instead of work, children, spouse, or truly meaningful things), then you know the problem.
It’s one entry at a time. One at a time. One at a time. Ad nauseam.
Yes, I know you can create a recurring event, say, the same meeting every Monday at 3:00 PM, or the same task every weekday at 11:00 (oh how I long for the job where I can wake up at the crack of noon).
What isn’t easily accomplished is changing a whole bunch of entries at once, or finding and removing duplicate entries (duplicate entries happen often before morning coffee).
So, you want to change event titles, alarms, locations, notes, links, et all, on a bunch of entries. iCal does ‘em alright, one freaking event at a time. My life is flashing before my eyes. I need something to save me from mundane tasks.
CaliBrate To The Rescue
For barely more than the price of a trip to Starbucks, CaliBrate becomes your iCal buddy. Simply put, it batch processes iCal events. Hello? Apple? This is very cool.
Because iCal data is really just information stuffed into a database, all you need is a Mac app that knows what’s what and where so you can make multiple changes all at once. Here’s what it looks like:
Calibrate treats your iCal on your Mac like the database it is. Search events according to all kinds of criteria.
Results are just a list of events. Make changes on only the events that matter.
CaliBrate lets you create and save search criteria to be used again and again.
Even handier is the ability to move or archive events in one calendar to another, delete non-recurring duplicates, even add or clear alarms and attendees for events.
If you’re a heavy iCal user, then you know the problem that occurs when you need to make wholesale changes to many entries. CaliBrate fixes that and it’s dirt cheap.
There’s just one problem and it’s a doozy. CaliBrate does so much and does it database style, vs. iCal’s visual style, that it can be intimidating to use. While it’s a straightforward database manipulation app, the learning curve can be significant, so enter slowly, carefully, and make sure you have everything backed up.
That said, there’s no better value for creating and batch processing events in iCal.