How much longer will we put up with point and click as the interface of choice on the Mac? Apple’s iPhone 4S comes with Siri, the voice activated personal assistant that can handle basic calendar scheduling and reminders with ease.
On the Mac, it’s open up iCal, hit the keyboard, point and click, click, click, then type, type, type, set alarms, repeat ad nauseam. There needs to be a better way to handle iCal calendar entries. Unfortunately, there’s no Siri for the Mac.
Almost A Better Way To iCal
Until our Macs can respond to voice or read our minds, the best way to manage event entries in iCal is probably Fantastical.
Instead of opening up iCal and digging through the calendar to create an event entry, Fantastical sits waiting in the Mac’s Menubar.
Click the icon and Fantastical pops down an instant Add Event window with all the information you need in one simple place.
Everything you enter– from location and time, specific calendar and alarms, even invitees– is in one place and easy to enter.
Easy to enter? That’s Fantastical’s secret. Instead of point and click and type, type, type, simply enter your iCal entry in a natural language format.
Fantastical recognizes the event’s location and date and fills in the iCal data automatically, including alarms.
All you need to do is click the Fantastical icon in the Menubar, and start typing your event details.
Without using iCal, you can search for events, add notes to existing events, even edit events.
Did I mention iCal?
Fantastical also works with other Mac calendars, including Outlook, Entourage, and BusyCall.
If you’re using Google Calendar or Yahoo! Calendar, all you need to do is add them to iCal and Fantastical makes entries that go everywhere your calendar entries need to be.
It’s natural language input, but not voice activated the way Siri works on the iPhone 4S.
How much longer will it be before Apple brings Siri-like integration to the Mac is anybody’s guess.
In the meantime Fantastical could use a menu clock and perhaps an option for voice input (your Mac already does that on a limited basis). But what you get is easy natural language entry, quick entry and editing which avoids iCal, and multiple calendar options.