Through the years I’ve noticed that Apple remains disciplined and restrained when adding features to many built-in applications; like Contacts and Calendar. I don’t consider Calendar to be particularly daunting, but it is loaded with features, and can get complex rather quickly. Is there an easier solution?
Simple Notes, Simple Calendar
This week I ran across a cleverly designed and very useful Calendar-like utility called Calendar Notes and it’s probably what you think it is based upon the app’s name.
Calendar Notes is a simple calendar with a simple notes component. And, well, that’s about it. Use it as a calendar with color coded notes which also act as reminders. Create a note, attach it to a day, select a color code.
On the surface, Calendar Notes looks simple because it is simple.
Good applications have a learning curve the peels like an onion (or, a banana), which allows you to add more functionality without buying a book or taking a community college class.
Calendar Notes lets you save one or any number of notes for a particular date on the calendar. Each note can be associated with a specific color; one of seven. You choose the meaning or value of each color. For me, red is urgent, blue is less important, orange is pending; that kind of thing.
With a click you can view not just the calendar, but the notes; and on a per day, per month, or per year basis. Ditto for notes which have a color tag.
Also built in to the Calendar Notes notes function is a mini word processor which gives you control of how the note appears; change font style, color, and size as needed. Calendar Notes is not Calendar but it doesn’t have to be. If you’ve mastered Calendar you probably don’t need Calendar Notes. But if Calendar is a bit daunting and too complex for you, Calendar Notes is not.