If you answered yes to most questions, you’re in the majority. If you answered no, especially when using iCal and the Finder, man, oh man, do I have an app for you.
Check Daily Events The Easy Way
My line of work brings me in touch with many, many Mac and Windows PC users. The stories I could tell. Most Mac users fall into two categories. Neat and tidy. And, well, not so much.
The latter category of Mac users find a way to do something and never bother to check around to other ways.
Take the Mac’s Desktop. Please. There are two Desktops. The one in the Finder. And the Desktop that displays your wallpaper; that overgrow, full screen image of your kids. Or your cat. Or the family photo from last summer’s vacation.
If you’re in the latter group, stop. Do not pass go. Do not collect any more photos for wallpaper. You’re using your Mac wrong. That Desktop wallpaper photo should never be seen except in an emergency.
If you use the Finder’s Desktop, and navigate through folders the way God intended (Column view is especially anointed), you’ll never see much of the Desktop wallpaper and you won’t need Mindful, the app that displays iCal events on the Desktop, on top of your wallpaper photo.
There it is. Perfectly clear in the clutter of the photo and color of the Desktop wallpaper. Your iCal events. That’s not where they should be. Don’t use the Desktop that way.
Mindful purports to be a helpful app for Mac users who want iCal’s events plastered on a photo you shouldn’t be looking at anyway.
Mindful is easy enough to set up and use (click on either of the images above for a larger, pop up view of the details).
If you use it at all you’ll need to pay close attention to the wallpaper image you’ve chosen for your Desktop.
Otherwise, the whole mess just blends and melts together and doesn’t communicate events at a glance.
That’s the problem with using the Desktop in that manner. It’s eye candy. It’s not functional. Use the Finder instead. Use the Finder Sidebar to navigate often used folders.
Use the Finder’s column view instead. It’s faster. Divine inspiration (and 20 years of Mac experience) is the way to go. Mindful works well and is rightfully inexpensive, but there’s no try-before-you-buy option.